Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs

Anderson University and the Office of Student Development invite applications for a full-time position as Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs. Anderson University is an innovative, entrepreneurial, premier comprehensive, liberal arts university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university seeks candidates with a strong Christian value system, lifestyle and commitment to the integration of faith and learning.

Primary Purpose

The Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs has responsibility for providing opportunities for engagement for all students enrolled in traditional programs and overseeing the New Student Orientation program. The Director is responsible for oversight of the First Year Experience Program at AU including, but not limited to the following programs: Base Camp Orientation, Welcome Week, AU101 and Alpha Groups. 

Essential Functions

Base Camp Orientation

  • Collaborates with the Associate Vice President for Student Development and various departments on campus, to coordinate, plan, and implement the New Student Orientation programs (summer, fall, and spring) for traditional first year students, including transfers and commuter students. 
  • Responsible for coordinating a New Student Orientation program that utilizes a holistic approach that spans a new student’s entire first year at the University. 
  • Develops and oversees a marketing plan for the New Student Orientation that is relevant to both students and their family. 
  • Provides regular updates for New Student Orientation through all types of media outlets (i.e... web, text, and print).
  • Works strategically to ensure the branded New Student Orientation theme across all platforms.
  • Provides oversight of the Orientation Registration site; works closely with admissions to ensure students register for orientation
  • Responsible for the New Student Orientation budget.
  • Responsible for the hiring and training of New Student Orientation student staff members; collaborates with the Office of Admission, and Guest Services to coordinate the hiring of summer student staff, with special effort for New Student Orientation student staff.

First Year Experience

  • Works closely with the Associate Vice President for Student Development and Provost’s Office to support AU 101, a 10 week transition course taught by an AU Instructor with the support of an upperclassman student leader, called an “Alpha Leader”
  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training and ongoing support of the “Alpha Leaders” who support the AU101 instructors.
  • Facilitates opportunities for Alpha Groups (AU101 classes led by the Alpha Leader) to build social bonds through out-of-classroom activities.
  • Supports the First Year Experience for students by partnering with the Associate Vice President for Student Development to host first year Curriculum Enhancement Programs; 3 required sessions that take place in the fall term.
  • In collaboration with Student Activities and other departments, this position is responsible for creating the Welcome Week schedule at the beginning of the fall and spring semester.
  • Creates and implements all of the educational sessions during Welcome Week.
  • Works collaboratively with Student Activities to promote Welcome Week schedule to students and their family in addition to coordinating details with all campus constituents.

Student Involvement

  • Serves as the advisor of the Student Government Association (SGA) and act as a liaison between the SGA and the Administration. 
  • Assists SGA with budgeting and proper use of funds.
  • Works closely with SGA leadership to promote student involvement by providing funding for a variety of campus events and organizations for students.
  • Collaborates with SGA to maintain campus organization charters, and advisor information. 
  • Provides continuing educational training for club officers and advisors including a training workshop each semester. 
  • Promotes the use of the Campus Labs software platform, branded on campus as AUNITED, to students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Hires, trains, and oversees a Student Involvement Student Worker, who will also serve on SGA’s Executive team. This student worker supports the various needs of student organizations.
  • Works collaboratively with the Associate Vice President for Student Development to provide support for various programs and initiatives for first year, transfers, and commuter students. 
  • Provides support for commuter and transfer students by participating on the CARE team, assisting commuter students in crisis situations, and adjudication of conduct cases for commuter students.
  • Collaborates with various departments to plan and implement small portions of larger university events, such as: Homecoming (i.e.. Homecoming Court, “Fun Zone”), Graduation festivities (Baccalaureate), Welcome Back Beach Bash (staffing), and “Christmas First Night” (staffing and “Yule Log Ceremony”). 

Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge equivalent to that gained through completion of a master’s degree in Student Development, Higher Education, or closely related field is preferred. 
  • A bachelor’s degree and three to four years of working in a college environment is required.
  • Must have strong communication skills and dedication to collaboration.
  • A strong commitment to quality relationships, warmth, excellence, and Christ-like service is essential.
  • Must have a mature and contagious Christian faith.
  • Commitment to the academic and Christ-centered mission of Anderson University is essential.
  • Must be able to work with a diverse student population and demonstrate a commitment to the holistic development of students.
  • The ability to work in a professional and confidential manner with all staff, students, parents, and the general public is essential.

To ensure full consideration, please send a letter of application, resume, contact information for three professional references and a completed Anderson University Staff Application to:

Tonya Landrith, Executive Assistant to the Sr. Vice President, Student Development
Anderson University
316 Boulevard
Anderson, SC 29621

Applications by email may be sent to Electronic submissions are preferred.

About our Commitment to Diversity

Anderson University is committed to developing a diverse campus and culture that is reflective of God’s Kingdom and biblical unity. Anderson University does not illegally discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, religion, genetic information, veteran or military status, or any other basis on which the University is prohibited from discrimination under local, state, or federal law, in its employment or in the provision of its services, including but not limited to its programs and activities, admissions, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs. In order to fulfill its purpose, the University may legally discriminate on the basis of religion in employment. The University has been granted exemption from certain regulations promulgated under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which conflict with the University's religious tenets.

Please direct inquiries about our commitment to diversity to Dr. L. Dianne King, Associate Vice President for Student Development/Dean of Student Success/ Title IX Coordinator, Thrift Library Office 203, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621, (864) 231-2026, or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education at