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Student Director for New Student & Family Programs

The four Student Directors for New Student & Family Programs, along with the Assistant Dean and Coordinator for New Student & Family Programs, the Graduate Assistant for New Student & Family Programs, and the Office of Student Development staff, work collaboratively to plan and implement four programs at Marquette University: Winter Orientation, SPARK, New Student Orientation, and Family Weekend. The Student Directors are critical members of the New Student & Family Programs team, as they serve as an initial touchpoint for new students, families, and student leaders.

Candidate Requirements

By submitting this application, you give permission to the Office of Student Development to verify your academic and disciplinary standing. Student Directors are expected to abide by all city, state, and federal laws, and the Marquette University Code of Conduct.
  • Candidates must be full-time undergraduate Marquette University students, studying in Milwaukee through early October 2020.
  • Candidates must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of their selection and throughout their employment with New Student & Family Programs.
  • Candidates should have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Candidates demonstrate experience leading peers at the college level.
  • Previous experience with New Student & Family Programs is preferred, but not required. 

Student Director Responsibilities

  • Work collaboratively with the Coordinator, Assistant Dean, and Graduate Assistant for New Student & Family Programs, other members of the Office of Student Development Staff and other campus community members.
  • Meet and communicate regularly with the Coordinator for New Student & Family Programs throughout the period of employment.
  • Assist with implementation of Winter Orientation before the Spring Semester resumes.
  • Assist with the planning and coordination of SPARK and New Student Orientation.
  • Assist the Coordinator for New Student & Family Programs in recruiting, interviewing, and selecting candidates for student leader positions (100 total).
  • Foster cohesion among all student leaders and fellow Student Directors.
  • Guide a group of 25 student leaders through training and programs.
  • Assist the Coordinator and Graduate Assistant in the development and implementation of training.
  • Serve as a representative and ambassador of Marquette in a variety of settings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Coordinator of New Student and Family Programs and Assistant Dean for New Student & Family Programs. 

In addition to these general responsibilities, each Student Director holds one specific role, outlined here and assessed throughout the time of employment:

Student Director of Staff Development: The Student Director of Staff Development focuses primarily on the hiring, scheduling, and staffing of the student leaders for SPARK and Orientation. The ability to manage details is vital for this role. This person takes the lead on many of the initiatives surrounding student leader selection and candidate management. Specific skills include attention to detail, strong critical thinking and communication, and familiarity with Microsoft Excel.

Student Director of Event Logistics: The Student Director of Event Logistics will be the leader in developing the large social events like Late Night at the Annex during SPARK, Mash Up, and Late Night events during Orientation. This person coordinates and assists with program set-up and tear down and serves as primary point person at large events. Specific skills include the ability to communicate effectively and professionally with external vendors regarding their products and services as well the ability to plan as large-scale events.

Student Director of Marketing & Media: The Student Director of Marketing & Media works to create effective communication through the NSFP website, mobile app, social media, physical signage, and newsletters among all student staff members throughout spring, summer, and fall. This position requires creativity and diligence in forming a social media presence and brand for NSFP. The Student Director of Marketing & Media will work collaboratively with the other Student Directors to promote their projects to the campus and community. Specific skills include strong communication ability and enthusiasm about NSFP.

Student Director of Family Experience: The Student Director of Family Experience primarily serves to coordinate and implement family programming during SPARK, Orientation, Family Weekend, and throughout the year. Projects include Walk-N-Talk tours, Family Socials, Parent newsletters, and Parent Chats. This position will work closely with the Coordinator and Assistant Dean to implement Family Weekend in late September. Specific skills include keen professionalism to help with families, ability to remain proactive, and problem-solving.

Summer Programs Overview

SPARK 2020 is comprised of five 2-day sessions in June and a 1-day session in August. New Student Orientation will begin on Thursday, August 27. Student Directors will not be expected to work from June 26 - July 26. 

Time Commitment

Some evening and weekend work is required, especially during selection, student leader training, SPARK, and New Student Orientation. Student Directors will hold regular office hours (established with the Coordinator) in in the spring and in the summer as follows:
  • Winter Orientation (Sunday, January 12) - approximately 4 hours
  • Student Director Retreat (Monday, January 20) - approximately 4 hours
  • Spring Semester 2020 (January 13 - May 8) - 10 hours per week, except Spring Break
  • SPARK Season (May 11 - June 26) - 40 hours per week
  • Orientation Season (July 27 - August 30) - 40 hours per week
  • Wrap-up & Family Weekend (August 31 - October 11) - 5 hours/week

Application Information

This application is due via Handshake with required materials by Sunday, October 27th at 11:55pm CST. To apply, interested individuals need to submit the following 3 PDFs:

  1. Cover letter: Highlight experiences that make you qualified for the Student Director position and what you would gain working with New Student & Family Programs.
  2. Resume: Feature your employment history, involvement and leadership.
  3. Reference List & Ranking of positions: On the first page, list names, emails, phone numbers and relationship information of two professional references. On the next page, rank the four Student Director positions in order of your preference, including a (200-word maximum) response to the question, “What position most interests you, and how do your skills and abilities align with that position?”


Candidates will be prompted to select an interview time through Handshake at the end of the application. Candidates will receive a confirmation email confirming the interview time selected on Monday, October 28th. Interviews will take place between 9:00am – 4:00pm on October 30th and 31st.

If you have any questions, please contact:

New Student and Family Programs

Office of Student Development

Alumni Memorial Union, 329