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Director of Academic Standards

Categories: Rocky Mountain Region 10


Academic Advising Center


University of Utah

Date Posted:

Apr 9 2021 2:39PM

Close Date:

Open until filled

Position Description

This position is responsible for the direction of the university-wide Academic Standards Program. This position is responsible for activities that engage and retain academically at-risk students through techniques and strategies used in academic advising. This individual develops and implements programming related to the university’s Academic Standards policy to help student’s engage in and complete their degree. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of working collaboratively across academic units, of developing and assessing inclusive academic advising initiatives, an understanding of technologies used in the academic advising environment, and well developed written & spoken skills for large group presentations. This individual is part of the Advisory Board of the Academic Advising Center and is responsible for supervision of an Academic Advising Coordinator and a Senior Advisor. We are seeking a manager that can collaborate with advising staff within the Academic Advising Center as well as campus partners to best serve our student populations. In addition to programming and coordination, this individual will advise students from diverse backgrounds in areas such as academic standards, major exploration, degree completion, new freshmen and transfer students, policies and procedures and general education. While the current work of the Academic Advising Center’s staff is being done remotely, all staff — including the candidate selected for hire — will resume their duties on-campus when normal operations begin again.


• Set the vision and direction of the Academic Standards Program at the University of Utah.
• Provide culturally competent training to Academic Advising Center and the campus advising community regarding the learning objectives and assessment of Academic Standards advising.
• Supervise one Academic Advising Coordinator and one Senior Advisor .
• Assess program effectiveness to inform program changes and enhancements .
• Oversee the technological processes necessary to place academic standings and chair university’s Suspension Appeal Committee .
• Serve on the AAC Advisory Board, providing insights and feedback to Leadership on the direction of AAC.
• Prepare and manage budget to reach program goals.
• Advise undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in areas including academic standards, major exploration and decision making, degree completion, new freshmen and transfer students, policies and procedures, general education.
• Other duties as assigned which may include advising special populations, class presentations, teaching, assessment, internal and external committees. This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.
Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required: Nearly Continuously: Office environment.
Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required: Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking. Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.
Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Application Process Cover letter, resume, application

Institution Information

The University of Utah is a public flagship four-year research university in Salt Lake City, Utah, accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1933. The U organizes its 150 academic departments and programs into 17 colleges and schools.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

Contact Information

Beth Howard


Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area plus three years of experience in budget, grant and program management or equivalency required. Develops and implements program ideas into successful academic and research programs; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills also required. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

Preferred Qualifications

Three years experience in academic advising
• Master’s Degree in a related field
• Demonstrated experience with campus-wide program assessment
• Supervisory experience
• Program management experience
• Experience with event planning
• Demonstrated experience as effective team player and collaborator
• Demonstrated awareness of the needs of diverse student populations