Reporting to the Executive Director for Academic Student Success Programs (ASSP), the Director is responsible for providing strategic leadership oversight for the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) and the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees (OITCD), including oversight of 15 staff and an operating budget of $1.4 million dollars. Serves as a key member of the Executive Director's leadership team in support of programming and initiatives designed to promote academic success and achievement, and diversity goals for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, as well as low-income and first-generation college students.
Provides supervision, direction and mentorship to staff, and works to shape the culture/climate in line with the values and mission of the organization. Provides financial management, human resources management, and other operations oversight. Provides leadership with regard to organizational planning and goal-setting activities in support of the academic mission. Supports and facilitates effective program management, and consistent application of new and existing university systems, policies, and procedures. Builds and fosters key relationships within the organization and with key constituents across campus, such as with colleagues in each undergraduate school/college admissions office, college advising offices, Student & Campus Life, Office of Engagement Initiatives, etc.
In complex cases, the director provides guidance and referrals to enable students to access appropriate campus resources for academic advising in the colleges/schools, secure undergraduate research opportunities with faculty, obtain financial counseling through appropriate offices such as Financial Aid, and obtain personal and professional development support through Student and Campus Life/Dean of Students, and related offices.
Bachelor's degree with 5-7 years of experience in management and leading operations functions, including finance and human resources; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have knowledge of and experience working with underrepresented minority students. Excellent writing and speaking skills. Proven leader in strategic planning, resource allocation, and coordination of people and resources, including seasoned supervisory skills. Program and grant management experience are essential. Experience working in a complex environment with various constituencies, and operating within complex policies and procedures is important. Sophisticated judgment, decision making, reasoning, critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills are imperative. Must have the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with sensitivity to cultural differences, to establish trust, and to interact diplomatically. Ability to motivate, guide, counsel, and coordinate the work of others. Excellent oral and written skills with ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and concisely.
The successful applicant will have the ability to foster constructive dialogue with different groups across campus, build trust, establish ongoing communication structures, and work in collaboration with others to ensure access and academic success and achievement for students from various backgrounds.
Superior organizational talents and a proven ability to manage efficiently multiple, complex activities, and deadlines is a must. High level of initiative, and a flexible and collaborative nature is critical. Experience with undergraduate student program administration and advising is critical.
Proficiency with standard desktop productivity tools, e.g., MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.
Masters or PhD strongly preferred.
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