Director of New Student and Family Programs

Director of New Student and Family Programs


The George Mason University, Division of University Life invites applicants for the position of Director of New Student and Family Programs. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

George Mason University is an innovative, public, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in the heart of northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., the university attracts a diverse and talented student body of over 36,000. The university—its enrollment, academic programs, facilities and services—is expanding, as is its reputation. The Fairfax campus is the largest of four domestic campuses and home to over 6,600 students living in university housing, as well as the Division of University Life. Recently cited as a top-rated institution in The Chronicle of Higher Education “2014 Great Colleges to Work For Survey” and as one of the nation’s top universities to watch on the U.S. News & World Report list of “Up-and-Coming Schools,” George Mason is an institution providing tremendous opportunity for students, faculty and staff.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of University Life, the Director provides strategic, active management of the department consisting of nine full-time staff committed to new student programs, orientation, family programs, and first year initiatives, and provides leadership to a dynamic organization of graduate and undergraduate student leaders and employees. With a commitment to continuous improvement, the Director collaborates closely with numerous university partners—including Admissions, Academic Affairs, Academic Advising, Colleges and Schools, Auxiliary Services, Enrollment Management, and University Life division colleagues—in setting the vision, marketing the program, implementing a broad spectrum of program initiatives, and conducting outcomes assessment for a comprehensive organization serving the needs of a diverse population of incoming first-year and transfer students. The Director manages an annual budget of $2.4 million, including short- and long-term fiscal planning, as well as creates professional development plans promoting skill acquisition and leadership capacity of both full-time and student staff. As an integral member of the University Life management team, the Director provides direction and support for a wide-range of division initiatives and serves as an active ambassador of the George Mason community. Anticipated start date is late Fall 2018. 


Required Qualifications: 

Candidates for this position must have a master’s degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling or a related field; as well as a minimum seven years of progressively responsible professional experience and leadership working closely with prospective students, undergraduates and/or graduate student populations. Experience with supervision, assessment/evaluation, training and development, leadership and student programs are necessary. Candidates must have a strong working knowledge of student development and the ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds. Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours, particularly in the summer, is a position requirement.

Preferred Qualifications:
An earned doctorate in higher education, student affairs administration, or other applicable discipline is preferred. Demonstrated commitment to the practice of open and effective communication with students, faculty and staff to build and maintain collaborative relationships is desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA07EZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.