The Johns Hopkins University Hop-In program was established in 2015 to promote the success of high achieving students that are identified as first generation, low income or academically at risk. The program has the capacity to serve 160 students throughout their undergraduate experience and is generously supported through a grant from the Office of the President. Hop-In also receives regular additional support from the Office of Student Financial Services and the Office of Admissions.
A high profile program, establishment of Hop-In is one example of the university's commitment to student success as put forth by the Ten By Twenty document (https://10x2020progress.jhu.edu/2017/) and Roadmap on Diversity and Inclusion (https://diversity.jhu.edu/roadmap/). Hop-In's purpose also directly aligns the America's Talent Initiative whose mission is to "expand enrollment of talented low-moderate income students at U.S. undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.
Johns Hopkins is one of 30 colleges and universities to join this national endeavor that is supported by a $1.7 million, Bloomberg Philanthropies grant.
The director also provides leadership in coordinating, implementing and evaluating Hop-In's annual five-week summer program for 40 incoming first year students and facilitating on-going advising, academic support and career development to all program participants during the academic year. The Hop-In director is also responsible for developing and implementing an assessment plan and regularly communicating relevant student/program issues or trends to Homewood Student Affairs leadership via the associate dean of student success. Additionally, the director plays an important role in working with colleagues across campus to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming environment for first generation and low income students.
Hire, train, evaluate and supervise personnel effectively to insure programs and services support the mission of the Hop-In (N= 2FTE and 12 summer positions). Provide leadership and professional development opportunities for staff consistent with professional goals.
Provide fiscal oversight including the development of annual budgets and the fiscal management of departmental budget including forecasting expenditures and revenues, maintaining records, and linking program objectives and assessment to the annual budget process.
Provide leadership in developing and implementing long-range strategic plans for Hop-In that are aligned with the university including the division of Homewood Student Affairs and Hop-In's financial resources.
Stay abreast of best practices for serving underrepresented racial minority, low-income, first generation, and academically at-risk college students.
Provide leadership in developing program policies and procedures
Supplemental Advising and Academic Support
Work with faculty, students and key campus partners in order to develop effective interventions that positively impact the academic outcomes (grades, retention rates) of students enrolled in the Hop-In program.
Provide individual, academically oriented advising for students from their freshmen to senior years.
Make referrals to helpful campus resources as needed.
Provide individual holistic/supplemental advising for students (n=30). Sessions are designed to help students identify goals and plans to achieve goals each semester.
Coordinate staff advising efforts, facilitate referrals when needed and monitor student's academic performance using the Hop-Reach Early Alert system.
Work with Academic Support Services offices to connect participants with university learning assistance programs and provide designated programs for Hop-In participants.
Work with academic advisors to monitor compliance with academic improvement plans for participants that are on academic probation (2.0 and below GPA) as needed.
Develop and implement strategies to enhance academic performance of participants with cumulative GPAs below 3.0.
Outreach and Collaborative Partnerships
Work with the financial aid office to offer programs and services to "de-mystify" the financial aid process including completing the FAFSA, important deadlines, and financial literacy programs.
Administer and manage the Hop-In Supplemental Grant Aid need-based financial support program.
Work with the Career Center, Alumni Services and appropriate academic departments to enhance career and professional skills development of program participants.
Partner with Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering academic advising and support offices.
Support and co-chair Hop-In Advisory committee with Dean of Academic and Student Services.
Assessment and Report Writing
Develop and implement a plan to assess progress in achieving program goals each year. The plan should include methods for evaluating participant's satisfaction with the Hop-In program's services, and other related activities.
Work with director of Academic Services Assessment and Analysis to monitor and report participants' academic performance, persistence, graduation, campus involvement and satisfaction with their Johns Hopkins undergraduate experience.
Analyze data, identify trends and develop reports based upon contact, and assessment data (quantitative and qualitative). Work with staff to develop and implement program changes as needed.
Administer and interpret academic assessment instruments to determine participant's academic needs and goals as well as integrate results into College Success Plans.
Master's degree in the field of higher education, counseling or related area required. Ph.D. preferred.
Qualified applicants should have three years of experience in advising, mentoring or guiding college students from targeted populations; planning and/or coordinating events, and establishing/maintaining collaborative working relationships with professionals. Candidates must have experience developing, administering, implementing and evaluating academic support and retention programs for college students from underrepresented populations. Five years' experience preferred.
Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Demonstrated understanding of the mission of a complex, decentralized research university.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, the ability to relate well to a diverse student body, and understand the needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Demonstrated ability to provide vision and execute plans to address changing social, educational, demographic and financial issues which impact service delivery to students.
Strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks under time pressure, and meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to interact in a professional manner with students, faculty, parents, and public.
Must be student centered and possess knowledge of retention initiatives and apply student development theory.
Strong administrative and fiscal management skills combined with strong collaborative and problem solving abilities.
Applicants must have knowledge strategies to assess the academic needs of academically at-risk, economically disadvantaged and first generation college students.
Demonstrated ability to develop and assess student outcomes. Strong understanding of program assessment and ability to assess student and program outcomes retention initiatives.
Johns Hopkins University remains committed to its founding principle, that education for all students should be grounded in exploration and discovery. Hopkins students are challenged not just to learn but also to advance learning itself. Critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all encouraged and nourished in this unique educational environment. After more than 130... years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Faculty members and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area.