Job Positions

Director

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5

Department:

Division of General Studies

Institution:

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Date Posted:

Feb 23 2021 1:21PM

Close Date:

Mar 16 2021
 

Position Description

As the executive officer for the Division of General Studies, the director provides leadership and direction for all aspects of the organization including academic advising, support for students on probation, enrollment management, honors, first-year experience, assessment, and staff training. The director has oversight of the Enrichment Experience Program (EEP) and the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP) and leads a team of 20 FTE including 5 administrators, 12 professional academic advisors, 1 Learning Skills Specialist, and 2 support staff. The director is responsible for the implementation of academic policies and procedures including petition and academic standing reviews, withdrawals, incompletes, reentry decisions, intercollegiate transfer policy, and academic records. The director will lead the unit in building strong relationships with each undergraduate serving college on campus and with student support units including Minority Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions, the Dean of Students, Student Affairs, Intercollegiate Athletics, and University Housing, among others.

Duties

• Provide leadership and direction for all aspects of the Division of General Studies (academic advising, support for students on probation, enrollment management, honors, first-year experience, assessment, and staff training). This position is responsible for leading a team of approximately 20 FTE staff focused on undergraduate student success. • Implement academic policies and procedures (petition review and academic standing reviews, withdrawals, incompletes, reentry decisions, intercollegiate transfer policy, and academic records).
• Build campus partnerships to promote curricular and co-curricular opportunities for DGS students.
- Serve on appropriate college and campus committees as assigned.
- Represent DGS to campus and external constituencies.
- Represent DGS at recruitment events for prospective students and families.
• Provide academic advising, mentoring support, referral services, programmatic support, and academic review for undeclared and pre-engineering students in the Division of General Studies at the University of Illinois during the academic year and new student registration programs.
- Provide holistic academic advising services for undeclared and pre-engineering students in DGS.
- Engage in purposeful discussion with students to learn about course performance and interests, assess qualifications for entry into specific courses or majors, and gauge student adjustment to the university.
- Provide advice and counsel regarding viable alternatives in academic, personal, and career options.
- Maintain exceptional knowledge of academic requirements, policies, and the University of Illinois Student Code that impact academic progress, success, and major declaration.
- Meet with students in crisis and students of concern, review petitions and withdrawals, and oversee the academic standing review process.
• Coordinate the unit’s course offerings (GS 101, 102, 198, and 199). Provide input and leadership on the development of course curricula. As available, teach one or more sections of GS 101 or other GS courses.
• Oversee the Enrichment Experience Program (EEP) and the Pre-Engineering Program (PREP).

Application Process

Preferred education, experience and qualifications:
• Master’s degree in related field such as counseling, social work, college student personnel, student affairs administration, higher education, social sciences, human development, etc.
• Earned doctorate.
• Five years of experience in a supervisory or leadership role in student academic affairs in higher education.
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in developmental academic advising, staff development, and student success programs.
• Experience working with an undeclared, exploratory, and academically diverse population of students.
• Engagement within professional student affairs, higher education, or advising organizations such as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
• Familiarity with degree auditing (uAchieve) and student information systems (Banner).
• Knowledge of University of Illinois curriculum, programs, and policies, campus resources, contacts, and offices that provide support services for undergraduate students.

Institution Information

https://illinois.edu/about/index.html

Additional Information

All requested information must be submitted no later than March 16, 2021 for your application to be considered. Interviews may begin prior to close of the search, but a hiring decision will not be made until after the close of the search. Start date is as soon as possible after the close of the search. For further information regarding application procedures, contact Jennifer Steiling at steiling@illinois.edu. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

Contact Information

contact Jennifer Steiling at steiling@illinois.edu.

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

Required Education, experience and qualifications:
• Master’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education.
• Five years of progressive administrative responsibility and experience working with college students, academic advisors, faculty, and staff in higher education.
• Five years of supervisory experience.
• Experience working with diverse student populations and commitment to fostering an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment for students and staff.
• Presentation and/or teaching experience at the college level.
• Demonstrated success with program development, implementation, assessment, and on-going management.
• Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Experience collaborating with colleagues, students, parents, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred education, experience and qualifications:
• Master’s degree in related field such as counseling, social work, college student personnel, student affairs administration, higher education, social sciences, human development, etc.
• Earned doctorate.
• Five years of experience in a supervisory or leadership role in student academic affairs in higher education.
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in developmental academic advising, staff development, and student success programs.
• Experience working with an undeclared, exploratory, and academically diverse population of students.
• Engagement within professional student affairs, higher education, or advising organizations such as the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
• Familiarity with degree auditing (uAchieve) and student information systems (Banner).
• Knowledge of University of Illinois curriculum, programs, and policies, campus resources, contacts, and offices that provide support services for undergraduate students.