Job Positions

Director of Academic Success Initiatives and Programming

Categories: Mid Atlantic Region 2

Department:

Academic Success

Institution:

California University of PA

Date Posted:

Nov 26 2019 10:00PM

Close Date:

01/01/2020
 

Position Description

This individual is responsible for planning, designing, implementing and evaluating various academic success initiatives and programs. The Director will serve as the primary contact person for faculty and university community for various academic success initiatives.

Duties

This individual is responsible for planning, designing, implementing and evaluating various academic success initiatives and programs. The Director will serve as the primary contact person for faculty and university community for various academic success initiatives. Overall, this individual must have extensive experience working with programs and services that help students be successful in the university setting. This individual will work independently and will report to the Associate Vice-President of Academic Success.
- Coordinate strategic planning efforts for the Office of Academic Success.
- Expand, design, execute and evaluate various high impact practices and academic success initiatives through strategic planning and alignment with university goals and mission. These initiatives will include, but are not limited to, Learning Communities, First Year Seminar, Summer Bridge, and Foster Youth Programming.
- Conduct research on best practices in student success.
- Provide and evaluate professional development activities for faculty involved in first-year initiatives.
- Work with Associate Vice-President, academic deans and department chairs to identify viable programs for learning communities and select faculty for UNI 100, UNI 101 and learning community sections.
- Collaborate with Student Affairs and related offices to create initiatives that mutually support academic success and student development.
- Analyze students' applications for readmission following academic dismissal to determine whether to accept or deny requests. Upon acceptance, formalize an academic plan for success.
- Meet often with students who are at-risk of failing and document their progress.
- Meet with students that need financial assistance to purchase books and course related supplies and coordinate the most financially viable solution.
- Serve as a point of contact on campus to answer concerning academic success.
- Develop campus-wide professional development workshops for faculty, staff, and administration. These workshops would be in collaboration with Faculty Professional Development Center, Teaching and Learning Center, and other offices to focus on student academic success issues.
- Lead ongoing evaluations and assessments of the retention initiatives to assess current practices, provide recommendations for new practices and for program accreditation and Middle States reporting.
- Lead special initiatives in the areas of retention, persistence and academic support including off-campus organizations that serve underrepresented minorities, including, but not limited to, Pittsburgh Promise and the Homewood Village Project.
- Serve as the Associate Vice-President for Academic Success in his/her absence. This includes decision-making and representation at various meetings.
- Develop initiatives that support online academic support programming.
- Direct and manage professional staff within the Office of Academic Success.
Direct supervision would include:
- Director of Peer Mentoring
- Student Success Specialist
- Asst Dir of Peer Mentoring, Parent/Family Engagement
- Management Technician
- Clerk Typist III
- Collaborate with the Director of Peer Mentoring to train peer mentor coordinators as it relates to engagement with first year seminar.
- Develop and implement PASSHE projects related to Academic Success in collaboration with Associate Vice-President.
- Identify, develop and execute grant projects.
- Assist Associate Vice-President in budgetary decisions.
- Incorporate best practices through research and attendance at conferences.

Application Process

Visit www.calu.edu; click on Employment near the bottom of the page, then Staff Positions. All applicants must apply online.

Institution Information

California University of Pennsylvania is one of fourteen universities in the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education, located throughout the Commonwealth and is composed of three undergraduate colleges and one graduate school. For more than 160 years, Cal U has been known for its educational excellence and for its commitment to the core values of Integrity, Civility and Responsibility. A proud member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Cal U serves more than 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1852, the University is committed above all to academic excellence and intellectual rigor in the context of personal and institutional Integrity, Civility and Responsibility.

Additional Information

 

Contact Information

Eric Guiser
Director of Human Resources
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419
724-938-4427
guiser@calu.edu

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

- Masters Degree
- Five years of experience in higher education leadership
- Five years experience in academic success/retention programs in higher education

Preferred Qualifications

Doctorate