Job Positions

Senior Director of Student Learning and Academic Initiatives

Categories: Southeast Region 4


Undergraduate Studies


University of North Florida

Date Posted:

Sep 14 2021 10:08AM

Close Date:

Sep 27 2021

Position Description

Senior Director of Student Learning and Academic Initiatives, under the direction of an Associate Vice President or above, provides strategic leadership to the Undergraduate Studies team. This includes direct supervision of Academic Advising units as well as coordination of efforts across academic advising, Student Academic Success Services, Living Learning Communities, and university initiatives focusing on student success.


The Senior Director is responsible for coordinating all aspects of Undergraduate Studies under the direction of the Associate Vice President or above. The Senior Director provides strategic leadership and coordination of the development, implementation and evaluation of academic initiatives contributing to student success metrics, including student retention and progression to graduation. The Senior Director has primary responsibility for supervising, coordinating and streamlining academic advising efforts across colleges and partnering with Student Academic Success Services and other learning centers to develop and assess student support initiatives as they relate to student retention and progression to graduation, and other markers of student success. The Senior Director collaborates with academic deans, chairs, faculty, and other university partners to develop a comprehensive curricular and co-curricular First Year Experience and transfer student transition. The Senior Director serves on university-wide committees, participates in the development and revision of academic policies. The Senior Director may be tasked with developing and chairing ad hoc committees and task forces to develop and implement various initiatives and perform other duties as assigned. During Declared campus emergencies, this position may be required to perform specific job-related duties at a designated off campus location or place of residence.

Application Process

Applicants must complete an online application, as well as upload supplemental documents, at in order to be considered for this position. Applicants who do not apply online and/or upload all the required documents will not be considered for this position. Required documents are: a cover letter that speaks to the preferred qualifications outlined in the position description a current CV a statement of Advising Philosophy (no more than 4 pages) a statement that outlines vision for a) developing and supporting academic advising partnerships across individual advising units and with key institutional stakeholders; b) improving student academic persistence and progression to graduation; and c) enhancing first year experience and transfer student transition. Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Ellie Denison at 904-620-2958, or Initial review of applications will begin on September 27, 2021.

Institution Information

This position requires a background check. In conjunction with the University’s policy, this position may also require a credit check. This position has been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). This position has been designated as a CSA because it involves significant responsibility for student and campus activities and/or responsibility for campus security. As such, any person in this position must report to the University Police Department a crime or an incident that might be a crime that he/she becomes aware of. This position has a reporting requirement because the University believes that responsibility for students, campus activities and/or campus security will make the holder of this position someone members of the University community will see as an authority figure and someone to whom they can seek help. A CSA is not expected to investigate or determine whether a criminal incident actually took place. A CSA’s responsibility is a duty to report. All positions designated as CSAs are required to complete an online or in-person training session. For more information concerning the training sessions or CSAs, please contact the University Police Department at (904) 620-2800 or the Office of the General Counsel at (904) 620-2828. The holder of this position is designated as a “Responsible Employee” pursuant to their role under Title IX. Therefore, the incumbent must promptly report allegations of sexual misconduct, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse by or against any student, employee, contractor, or visitor to the University’s Title IX Administrator or any divisional Title IX Coordinator.

Additional Information

The University of North Florida promotes the quality and effectiveness of education and strives to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction, research/scholarship/creative activity, and service.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this position, please contact Ellie Denison at 904-620-2958, or


Required Qualifications

A Master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization, six years of experience directly related to the job functions and two years in a directly related leadership role; or a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a directly related area of specialization, eight years of experience directly related to the job functions and two years in a directly related leadership role.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of factors affecting degree progression and retention. Experience in academic advising or equivalent, ability to collect, analyze, and interpret data/information. Interest in providing quality service and streamlining procedures to enhance student academic success. Requires a positive, self-motivated leader with excellent interpersonal, organization and communication skills who can work collaboratively with various stakeholders as well as independently on projects.