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18-06  Director of Academic Success Center


Deadline: 01/01/1900

Position Summary: Cheyney University of Pennsylvania’s Academic Affairs Division invites applicants for the Director of Academic Success Center. We are seeking a highly skilled professional to provide visionary leadership in the development and delivery of services to enhance the academic growth of students and reinforce the student-centered learning environment. The Director will provide administrative direction and leadership for a number of related programs and for developing solutions, new projects and processes to support student success and retention. The Director will be responsible for grant management, budget management, and for preparing reports for all relevant and affiliated agencies. This incumbent must leverage prior professional experience and deliver strategic planning, fiscal management, and efficient day-to-day operations of this important unit on Cheyney’s campus.

• Operational and fiscal management of the Academic Success Center which includes oversight of TRiO SSS, writing assistants, tutors and other tutorial services.
• Strategic management and oversight as well as the program marketing to identify program participants including campus partners and community partners.
• Conduct systematic and regular reviews of the various components of the Academic Success Center.
• Create encompassing program policies and procedures. Develop department and campus wide policies, procedures and appropriate programs to manage academic support services for all students admitted to the university with/without conditions or at-risk status.
• Manage the recruitment, hiring, training and evaluating and supervision of staff involved in all aspects of the academic success center programming. Ensures TRiO training is completed.
• Work with university faculty to support advising, early-alert systems and ensure that co-curricular programming advances student success.
• Fiscal management of all program operations. Reviews direct and matching expenditures and budget variances; recommends and journalizes any necessary adjustments.
• Supervise maintenance of data collection/record-keeping systems and assessment systems to show and present on program progress. Researches and makes recommendations for appropriate tools to meet program outcomes.
• Monitor academic progress for all students enrolled in the University and collaborate with faculty and academic affairs for intervention with at-risk students. Initiate effective programming to meet student needs.
• Collaborate with relevant campus constituents to identify target cohorts for academic support through customized programming.
• Develop and manage program plans for student persistence for overall student body as well as specific cohorts such as second semester first year students and first semester sophomore students.
• Create communication strategies to educate on campus and off campus communities about programs, research partnerships and student/department achievements.
• Liaise with appropriate constituents to develop and implement cultural and personal enrichment programs.
• Prepare required program reports and evaluations and ensure timely submission to the supervisor to ensure final submission to the appropriate agency; prepare reports in a manner that is consistent with Department of Education and EDGAR requirements.
• Ensure through audits that all applications for the TRiO program are screened for eligibility based on U.S. Department of Education criteria.
• Develop and implement skill building workshops for all students; work closely with other departments across the university to facilitate access and matriculation by transfer students.
• Ensures that programs are promoted through multiple modalities to ensure diversity of partners, sites, participants and facilitate public presentations on program initiatives and outcomes.
• Oversee all selection processes and participant criteria for the programs. Communicate professionally with all community partners involved.
• Provide routine and ad hoc assessments and reports to track activities and progress.
• Develop retention and university transfer strategies in collaborations with other university constituents such as the Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Center program staff.
• Performs related duties as assigned.

Requirements: • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Education Administration or an academic discipline is required; a Ph.D. is preferred.
• Seven years of experience in academic affairs administration and experience teaching and/or developing programs to support student success in higher education.
• At least seven years of supervisory experience.
• Experience with early alert programs.
• A demonstrated ability to implement full cycle assessment and to utilize data in planning, delivering, evaluating and demonstrating results in programs or initiatives over the short and long term.
• Teaching experience at the university/college level, and knowledge of curriculum design processes. Experience with peer-to-peer learning programs and facilitative pedagogy.
• Grant management experience.

Instructions for Applying: Applicants must complete an online application and upload a resume and cover letter. All applications must be submitted through the online application system. Mailed, emailed or fax application materials will not be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment criminal background checks.