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Director, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5


College of Literature, Science, and the Arts - Student Academic Affairs


University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Date Posted:

Sep 16 2019 10:00PM

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Position Description

The Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center is a non-instructional administrative position with a salary range between $95,000 - $110,000 in addition to a comprehensive benefits package through the University of Michigan. This role plays a critical role in the undergraduate education mission of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan. As the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, LSA serves over 17,000 undergraduate students in over 100 degree programs. This position reports to the LSA Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Academic Affairs (SAA) and is part of the SAA Senior Leadership Team along with other directors within SAA and the Office of the Assistant Dean. LSA Student Academic Affairs (SAA) engages students, fosters their success, and upholds academic standards in support of the liberal arts and the University of Michigan community. As a community of higher education professionals, and in collaboration with key partners across the college and beyond, SAA aspires to be a valued resource and leader in support of the academic and personal experience of undergraduate students at the university. Overall, SAA is responsible for helping LSA undergraduates achieve the expectations and rewards of the liberal arts and science education afforded by the college. To accomplish this responsibility, LSA SAA is organized into the following units: Office of the Assistant Dean, Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, Office of Academic Standards and Academic Opportunities, Advising Information and Communications, and the Testing Accommodation Center.


The Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center is responsible for the development and assessment of innovative undergraduate advising programs and practices for all students in the college grounded in best practices and research in advising and student success. While leading the daily administration and leadership of a center of full-time professional advisors, the Director will also have additional leadership responsibilities for programs and services for the college’s undergraduate education division, including work with departments and faculty. The successful candidate will play a key role in developing advising initiatives and programs while collaborating with other areas to support students in the college and university. They will be expected to build relationships across the college and university around advising and student support, and spearhead innovative and data-driven efforts to enhance the ever evolving undergraduate student experience in the tradition of the liberal arts at the university. The Director is expected to supervise a team of Associate Directors as well as maintain a small advising caseload. They will also be expected to collaborate with the SAA Senior Leadership Team to provide functional leadership and administration of the daily operations of the overarching unit.

Application Process

NOTE: A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume in a single document to be uploaded in the online application. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and the skills and experience that directly relate to this position. All interested staff must apply directly through the posting on the UM Careers website ( Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Institution Information

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.
The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
- Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
- Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit The University of Michigan and LSA are committed to the ongoing development of a workplace culture supportive of personal and family life, which includes resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility. The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

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Required Qualifications

- PhD or EdD, or equivalent combination of education and experience required, with at least five years of experience within academic advising leadership
- Strong background in higher education academic advising and student success trends and issues, including extensive experience advising, teaching, or mentoring college students
- Track record of successful implementation of innovative practices, processes, and programs related to the undergraduate student experience, including their evaluation and assessment
- Ability to effectively articulate the value of a liberal arts education to a broad range of constituents
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture, including direct experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and identities
- Strong experiences creating and implementing a unit or program strategic plan
- Proven ability to supervise, train, and develop staff, including the demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and support a diverse staff
- Demonstrated ability to promote a professional, cooperative, and inclusive team environment and to collaborate with colleagues across the college and university.
- Demonstrated ability to promote a professional, cooperative, and inclusive team environment
- Experience in managing various aspects of a complex area, with a proven ability to lead teams and manage change as part of an overarching unit-level strategic plan
- Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff, and faculty
- Exemplary oral and written communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

- PhD or EdD, with seven to ten years of progressively responsible experience leading a complex academic advising center environment, preferably with at least five years in a position with duties and responsibilities comparable to the position
- Evidence of significant national or regional involvement in an organization or efforts related to higher education academic advising and/or student success
- Extensive hands-on experience leading organizational learning, change management, and strategic planning
- Experience with large-scale evaluation and assessment
Salary is commensurate with direct advising leadership experience.