Associate Director of the DegreePlus Program #175410
Posting Information: As part of the decennial reaffirmation process, Western Carolina University (WCU) has developed a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) entitled DegreePlus. Briefly, the goals of DegreePlus are to increase student involvement in extracurricular activities that provide soft skills that will benefit students post-graduation. The focus skills are cultural responsiveness, leadership, professionalism and teamwork. An additional goal is to aid students in articulating their experiences and skills through reflections and an experiential transcript. More details about the program can be found at http://degreeplus.wcu.edu We are seeking to hire a QEP Associate Director to implement this program beginning with a pilot phase in the 2017-2018 academic year. The position will be housed in the Center for Career and Professional Development (CCPD) which is under the Division of Undergraduate Studies in Academic Affairs. Pending financial approval, the associate director will have the opportunity to hire his/her own support team consisting of 2-3 additional personnel over the first three years of the program. During this time, the associate director will have the support of CCPD staff as well as an institutional QEP advisory committee composed of dedicated faculty and staff across campus. The salary range for this 12-month position is $45,000 - $52,000, and the anticipated start date is July 1, 2017. The position will be posted until filled. Job responsibilities include: * Management of support staff for DegreePlus * Management of the DegreePlus budget * Marketing of DegreePlus to students, faculty, staff and external constituencies * Point of contact for employer advisory board; students, staff and faculty that have questions about DegreePlus; administrators; SACSCOC; Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness; the Registrar's Office; and other units on campus that participate in DegreePlus * Training of faculty and staff that desire to host events or activities that support DegreePlus * Management and coordination of events or activities that support DegreePlus * Management of a software platform (OrgSync, or a similar product) that coordinates events, tracks student participation, and produces an experiential transcript * Management of student assessment, including reflection statements and capstone projects * Planning, organization and implementation of DegreePlus Day, the event at which students share their experiences and are mentored in the reflection process. * Coordinator of mentor training with the Coulter Faculty Commons * Meeting with students for one-on-one or small group mentoring * Assessment of the DegreePlus program for internal purposes and SACSCOC
Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: Required qualifications: * Master's Degree from a regionally accredited institution * At least 2 years of experience working in higher education
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred qualifications: Experience in: * Teaching at the college level * Work in student services (student affairs or a student services unit in academic affairs) * Event planning * Budget management * Staff management * Outcomes-based assessment Additional preferred qualifications include: * Familiarity with OrgSync or similar student engagement platform * Customer service oriented work ethic * Interest in building a program from the ground up * Passion for student development * Understanding of student, faculty and staff relations
Special Instructions to Applicants: To be considered you must apply online and include a resume/CV, cover letter, and contact information for 3 professional references. Review of all applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. For further information, please contact Theresa Cruz Paul at 828-227-7133. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.