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STARS Director

Categories: Northwest Region 8


STARS Program, College of Engineering


University of Washington

Date Posted:

Sep 10 2020 10:00PM

Close Date:

Nov 10 2020

Position Description

The College of Engineering has an outstanding opportunity for a Director of the STARS Program. The Director of the STARS Program provides overall day-to-day management of the program. This is a team leadership role that is outcome-driven in maintaining retention initiatives that support students from economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to receive BS degrees in Engineering and Computer Science. This position manages and mentors a full-time staff of six. As part of a holistic model for student success, this position coordinates activities and provides resources for staff on how to work with, support, advise and retain STARS students. Reporting to the STARS Faculty Director, the STARS Director ensures that all operational, administrative, marketing, recruitment, outreach and financial activities of the STARS program are operating at their highest capacity, and that the program maintains or increases current retention and graduation rates. This position requires a high level of personal initiative, strengths in problem solving, the ability to operate with minimal supervision and monitoring, and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential material. The Director is responsible for establishing project timelines and exercises sound judgment regarding content to deliver to the students in the program. The Director must stay abreast on literature regarding success strategies for at-risk college students in engineering fields.


- Management, Coordination, & Evaluation
- Operations
- Administration
- Supervision
- Advising Strategy and Collaboration
- Financial Management Please see full list of duties at:

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Contact Information

Carrie Mills


Required Qualifications

Strong candidates will have outstanding communication, organizational, leadership, and crisis management skills; the ability to develop and recommend short and long-range strategic plans; a deep commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community; a collaborative nature and ability; and willingness to build professional relationships with students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni.
• Master’s Degree in Education, Social Sciences, Human Services, Engineering, or related field with preference for student personnel, student affairs, higher education, educational psychology, counseling, or related area or four years of relevant experience/education
• Minimum 2 years of college advising experience. Must be able to problem-solve and support/advise students in personal and/or academic crisis.
• Minimum 2 years of experience in a higher education setting, preferably with STEM students and at a large research institution.
• Sound judgment and leadership in crisis management.
• Excellent ability to think critically and innovatively about measuring student academic progress and assisting students in overcoming barriers to success.
• Demonstrated history of, comfort with, and passion for working with diverse student populations, including, but not limited to, first-generation students, students from low-income backgrounds, underrepresented students and students with a spectrum of personal and academic challenges.
• Demonstrated effective management experience, with at least 1 year of documented supervisory experience.
• Excellent written, oral, interpersonal communications and rapport-building; demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.
• Experience juggling diverse and multiple projects or work assignments that range in duration and time sensitivity while having frequent interruptions and emergent priorities.
• Outstanding organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong analytical skills and ability to exercise independent judgment aligned to program management, organizational goals, and frequently changing priorities.
• Ability to exercise a high degree of responsibility and independent judgment and to have availability to work a flexible schedule, which can include some evenings and weekends. Must be available for STARS Bridge program (longer hours, typically two weeks before fall quarter begins).
• Ability to make and communicate difficult decisions in a clear and effective manner, to use outstanding judgment, and set an example for others to follow.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). The above list of primary tasks, functions, and responsibilities is not exclusive or exhaustive and incumbent may be required to undertake other duties as assigned as may occur within the changing needs of the organization and scope of the position.

Preferred Qualifications

• 1-2 years of experience with proactive or intrusive advising.
• Experience working with STEM students in higher education setting.
• Evidence of ability to be innovative in the workplace.
• Knowledge of University of Washington academic procedures, policies and administrative systems (e.g., SDB, EARS, DARS, MyPlan, etc.) comprehension of the distinctive qualities of the UW.
• Thorough understanding of student development theory and practice; comprehension of the history and context of the undergraduate experience, especially at large research universities.