Director of Student Life, Parsons Paris
The Offices of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Student Services, The New School, seek a Director of Student Life to direct the student life programs and operations of Parsons Paris, beginning in or about April, 2013. Parsons has a century-long tradition of education in Paris, and as the campus is relaunched in Summer 2013, the Director of Student Life will have primary responsibility for all aspects of the student life experience of graduate, undergraduate, and visiting students. Reporting to the Director of Administrative Planning, and working in collaboration with the Parsons Paris and NY staff, the Director will be responsible for working on the implementation and development of residential life programs and a supportive student community, student orientation, advising, and engagement with the local region and culture, and for managing health and safety systems in Paris, including student compliance with New School policies, procedures and expectations.
Develop short and long range visions for the fostering the student community at Parsons Paris and implement plans toward realizing these goals, including the planning and execution of campus-wide events such as orientation, liaising with academic leadership on organization of student trips and extra-curricular activities, and coordinating the development and delivery of a wide variety of activities to enhance students' experience of Paris and Europe.
Promote strategies and programs designed to enhance student persistence and increase student satisfaction, utilizing city resources to enhance the student experience; working with Paris faculty and the advising staff in NY, ensure effective academic advising to students across programs regarding degree requirements, registration, and other enrollment issues.
Supervise the smooth and effective running of the Residential Life programs, including liaising with housing providers on service quality and security provisions, managing residence life staff and support systems, and ensuring smooth coordination with NYC for student check-in, check-out, and housing assignments. Provide effective communication to students and parents to ensure conflict resolution and student satisfaction.
Coordinate compliance with government regulatory matters, including student disability and mental health services; assure safety and security of students in all campus and campus-related facilities; keep excellent, detailed, and organized records of all interactions with students and coordinate with NY offices on reporting.
Develop and oversee an on-call system to ensure student health and safety,
including dissemination of travel advisories and safety advisories as required, responding to parental and student queries in order to solve
reported difficulties and conflicts in coordination with other TNS/Parsons staff.
Seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience in Student Life and Student services at an institution of higher education, preferably across the range of student support from residential life, community development and student activities, to health, safety, and preparedness and academic advising and learning support.
Excellent and effective verbal communication skills, strong organizational and analytic ability, and a deep knowledge of and experience with the important role Student Services play in the American higher education context.
Proven ability to support the diversity of needs had by college-level students, especially across cultures and in a cosmopolitan and international setting; experience managing conflict and effectively communicating with individuals in demanding situations; understanding of the processes and diverse teamwork required for successful student support with the broad range of stakeholders across the community.
BA degree required, Master's degree in Higher Education, Counseling, or other related discipline preferred.
Fluency in English and French required.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office, SCT Banner, and familiarity with University Software and technology support.
Ability to be hired and work in
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- Are you a citizen of a European Union country?
- If you are not a citizen of the European Union Country, have you received from the French government une
autorisation a diriger dlivr par un rectorate?
- If you answered yes to the last question, what visa status
do you hold in France?
(Open Ended Question)
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