Job Req ID:  113158

Assistant Director of Life Design, First Year Student

Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural Vice Provost for Integrative Learning and Life Design, Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students and postdoctoral fellows.

The Seizing Opportunities, Access, and Relationships (SOAR) team is seeking an Assistant Director of Life Design, First Year Student in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. This educator will execute the Life Design Labs vision, strategy, and objectives to enhance and deliver the professional development, career advancement, and life design offerings with special attention to our first-year students in the school of arts and sciences, with additional support for our first-generation college students, Pell-eligible students and underrepresented populations in higher education. As an equity-based office that believes all our students have the same opportunity to pursue their life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital, each Life Design Educator is expected to co-create, collaborate, and support all our students; however, this position has a particular focus on the first year experience.

The Life Design Educator will become familiar with the novel approach to career readiness and life design established at Johns Hopkins University, implement programs scalable support systems, and create content to connect critical mindsets, frameworks, and approaches with their designated student population.

Furthermore, the Life Design Educator will work with Directors and Associate Directors within the Life Design Lab to continue working with key partner stakeholders that include departmental leadership, faculty, campus partners, community partners, alumni, and employers. Maintaining critical and established relationships will be imperative to the Life Design Educator’s success.

Over the year, the Life Design Lab offers credit-bearing and non-credit-bearing coursework driven by our unique life design curriculum. The Life Design Educator will spend time serving as a facilitator for first-year students and supports as a facilitator or co-facilitator of the formalized curriculum for our student population throughout the calendar year and may oversee immersive learning opportunities outside of Baltimore.

The Life Design Lab’s efforts are also driven by initiative-based programs that span the academic calendar. Life Design Educators are expected to actively participate in

the planning and executing programs that impact our entire student population throughout the year.

While all Life Design Educators are expected to innovate, design, and execute with inclusivity and equity in mind, the collective work of our SOAR team of educators will have a direct impact on identifying ways to support our diversifying student population and enhance the experience of our FLI (first-gen, limited income) students, and our underrepresented populations.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Execute on integrating life design, alumni connections, employer engagement, experiential learning, and implementing an established mentoring program into the academic and co-curricular learning experience for students and alumni, with special attention paid to our first-year students in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Customize offerings and approaches given the unique needs of students and alumni based on identity and values, academic pursuits, and professional interests.
  • Using the mindsets and methodologies of life design and best practices from the Life Design Lab, deliver inclusive workshops, programs, content, and digital resources to help all students and alumni achieve their life ambitions.
  • Develop and execute programming alongside Academic Advising and the First Year Experience team for all of our first-year KSAS through the lens of life design and career readiness.
  • Support in the delivery of the Life Design curriculum to students via official life design offerings (the Life Design Summer Experience Practicum, intersession classes, and treks, or department-sponsored courses).
  • Partner with faculty, alumni, and employers to equitably increase mentoring, experiential learning, and career opportunities for students and alumni.
  • Serve in a supporting role for the execution of signature annual offerings.
  • Serve as a point of contact for industry employers by identifying, promoting, and supporting established recruitment opportunities on campus.
  • Scale efforts for a positive life design and professional development experience for all students and alumni, with special attention to under-represented, first-generation, and limited-income communities.
  • In partnership with Life Design Lab leadership, cultivate and strengthen relationships with colleagues across units, including academic departments, academic advising, Life Design Lab, alumni relations, and university student services.
  • Collaborate with Life Design Lab staff to build and maintain a network of employers and mentors across varied careers who can attend courses, programs, and networking events.
  • Engage in social media, digital outlets, and academic and professional journals and associations to establish an exciting brand, tell the story, and serve as a thought leader at Johns Hopkins University and higher education.
  • Other Duties as Assigned.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • By way of experience, evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to achieve individual and shared goals within a complex and decentralized institution.
  • Strong multicultural competency and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to achieve equitable and inclusive results.
  • Comfortable with technology and able to quickly learn and use a wide range of systems (Handshake, Salesforce, PeopleGrove), collaboration tools (Zoom, Teams, Miro, Monday), and instructional technologies (Blackboard, etc.)
  • Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements.
  • Our educators work within multiple offices and spaces on campus. We have a shared workspace on campus in the Imagine Center but have modernized our approach and expect that our teams will work from multiple spaces on campus to scale our impact across the institution.
  • The ideal candidate can work from the Homewood Campus 3-4 days per week under the guidance of their supervisor.
  • The ideal candidate is excited about engaging with students, campus partners, and alumni through multiple social media channels.
  • For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent relationship development skills and engage audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets.
  • The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes-driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading programs and interventions with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once.
  • Our vision is focused on the scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model. Traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions for this transformation to work.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree required.
  • Three (3) years of experience within a higher education, government, non-profit, or corporate setting.

Preferred Qualifications



Classified Title: IL & LD Officer 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Assistant Director of Life Design, First Year Student   
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MD  
Starting Salary Range: $55,200 - $96,600 Annually (Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri / 8:30am- 5:00pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt 
Location: Homewood Campus 
Department name: Life Design Lab 
Personnel area: University Student Services 



Total Rewards
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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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