Suffolk University Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs in Boston, Massachusetts

Assistant Director of Orientation and New Student Programs

StaffBoston, Massachusetts



Suffolk University invites qualified candidates to submit an application for our Assistant Director of Orientation & New Student Programs opening. The Asst Dir. will supports all new student and family initiatives which help ensure a successful transition, engagement and retention with the Suffolk community. Specific responsibilities include conducting student training and developing new student outreach for second-semester, sophomore, and commuter students.

Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Assist in all aspects of the planning and implementation of the institution’s undergraduate student and family orientation initiatives by collaborating with campus partners.

  • Supports the transfer community through assessment, programming, community building, and advocacy by developing transfer initiatives.

  • Responsible for Orientation Team Leader and Orientation Leader recruitment, selection, and training/leadership development programs (including a 14 week spring training workshop and intensive summer training program).

  • Provide peer mentoring, personal support, and success strategy education to at-risk student populations during their initial year at Suffolk.

  • Serve on various Student Affairs committees to support campus activities and professional development. Assist in the planning and implementation of Family Weekend in collaboration with campus partners.

  • Develop and execute Suffolk’s extended orientation program, Ram Academy in conjunction with campus partners. Oversee all Orientation & New Student Programs involvement in fall and spring new student showcase events.

  • Develop spring semester new student initiatives which target the co-curricular and academic transition needs of mid-year new students and second-year students.

  • Supervise NODA Interns, graduate fellow, and approximately 20-25 Orientation Team Leaders/Orientation Leaders.


  • Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education Administration or related field is required.

  • 1-2 years of previous professional experience with new student programs, new student orientation, academic advising, student affairs or related fields.

  • Demonstrated experience in program development, implementation, and assessment.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong professional and ethical standards on which to serve as a role model to a diverse student constituency. Ability to build working relationships with students, faculty and staff.

  • Ability to maintain flexibility and work well in a fast paced environment, including ability to work nights and weekends as necessary.

  • Demonstrated leadership, organization, management, and platform skills; an ability to oversee a wide variety of activities; ability to work independently.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills.