15-Dec-2017 Assistant Director, Advising Programs Office Faculty of Arts and Sciences 44405BR
Duties & Responsibilities Reporting to the Director of the Advising Programs Office (APO), the Assistant Director manages various advising projects (and assists in supporting others) that serve the academic mission of Harvard College. Each of two Assistant Directors works closely with the Director on strategic planning and on the assessment of our programs. In addition, the Assistant Directors collaborate with the Director and each other on enhancing/implementing continuing programs, and designing/implementing new programs, in all areas of the office's purview. Each Assistant Director oversees specific programs and projects, and also supports the work of the other Assistant Director in his or her area of oversight. Primary responsibilities of the new Assistant Director will be the following:
Designing and delivering a training for approximately 280 sophomore advisers at the beginning of the academic year, and providing them with ongoing support and training opportunities.
Training and overseeing 13 House-based Sophomore Advising Coordinators (SACs). Meeting with them monthly to set goals and standards for the sophomore advising programs in their Houses. Assessing their performance and providing them with feedback.
Assessing the performance of sophomore advisers and overseeing SACs in the effective use of assessment results.
Writing/developing print and web resources for sophomores and sophomore advisers.
Overseeing the process of matching sophomores with advisers.
Working with faculty, staff, and students across campus to enhance the Sophomore Advising Program
Working in close collaboration with the other Assistant Director (who oversees the College's Freshman Advising Program) on projects in support of freshman advising:
Serving as a member of the Committee on Opening Days, collaborating on the design and implementation of academic advising programs aimed at first-year students during Opening Days week.
Overseeing 3 pre-concentration advising programs for first-year students:
Advising Corner: a casual lunchtime advising series in the freshman dining hall that runs daily throughout the academic year;
Professors and Pastries: a faculty panel series that runs roughly once monthly throughout the academic year;
Advising Fortnight: a two-week series of advising events delivered by academic departments. Duties to include organizing a kick-off advising fair in the freshman dining hall; overseeing an approximate $14,000 budget for departmental events; overseeing the process by which all first-year students complete a faculty-mandated 'Faculty Conversation' requirement
Designing and planning other pre-concentration advising programs for first-year students.
Serving as a point person in the College for enhancing the advising experience of students from traditionally marginalized communities (such as first generation students, low income students, and students from under-resourced high schools) and others who might benefit from more intensive forms of advising support:
Collaborating with the other Assistant Director in planning and implementing the joint APO/FDO (Freshman Dean's Office) wintersession FEP (First-Year Enrichment Program), a program that supports approximately 75 students in furthering their transition to college life and academics. (This program is open to all first-year students, but is especially concerned to benefit those students noted above.)
Collaborating with the other Assistant Director in planning and implementing a new joint APO/FDO summer pre-orientation program focusing on the transition to college life and academics. (This program is open to all first-year students, but is especially concerned to benefit those students noted above.)
Overseeing the creation of print/web resources (and possibly programs) for students in all four years from these backgrounds, as well as for advisers
Basic Qualifications Advanced degree, five years of experience as a college-level teacher or administrator, 3 years of direct advising experience in an academic setting. Demonstrated experience (preferably in higher ed) working with students from under-resourced educational backgrounds and/or from traditionally marginalized communities. Additional Qualifications Ph.D. or Ed.D. preferred. Strong speaking and writing skills, and strong interpersonal skills. Ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators. Ability to handle competing priorities efficiently, and to execute complex tasks on time with a high degree of creativity and independence. Experience designing/implementing academic programs preferred. Experience creating electronic and/or print advising resources (content development, not technical development) preferred. Additional Information The APO serves as a critical interface between undergraduate students and the College, aligning the College's academic policies and procedures with the needs of each class and communicating them to both advisers and students. The goal of academic advising at Harvard is to help all undergraduate students successfully transition to college academics, immerse themselves in the intellectual life of Harvard, develop plans of study that cohere with their evolving interests, and be aware and able to take full advantage of the many academic and co-curricular opportunities that Harvard offers. The APO helps meet this goal by overseeing freshman and sophomore academic advising programs and a peer mentoring program for first-year students; by hosting a number of advising events for first-year students throughout the year; by organizing and administering academic programs during freshman Opening Days; by creating and disseminating a variety of advising resources for both students and advisers; and by partnering with departments in their own advising work with prospective and current concentrators.
All formal written offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Job Function Faculty & Student Services
Sub Unit ------------
Location USA - MA - Cambridge
Department Advising Programs Office
Time Status Full-time
Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Salary Grade 057
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