Assistant Director for Scholarship Programming

Boone, North Carolina
May 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Assistant Director for Scholarship Programming reports directly to the Director of University Scholarships and is responsible for creating and implementing robust support for the Wilson Scholars Program, as well as supporting and consulting with all signature scholarship programs for undergraduate students. Duties include assisting with the transition to college, collaborating with scholarship program faculty directors and administrative offices, managing program budgets, and retaining and graduating students in the programs. The Assistant Director for Scholarship Programming will also recruit and prepare high-achieving students to compete successfully for prestigious national and international scholarships. This position will work in collaboration with the Prestigious Scholarship Faculty Director to identify stakeholders across campus to publicize opportunities, identify and nurture a diverse set of high-potential students, advise students as they develop their portfolios and applications, and support faculty in their roles as mentors and recommenders.


Primary responsibilities:


  • Reviewing all university-sponsored scholarship programs to then provide an individual brand
  • Executing, in collaboration with the Office of Orientation, orientation sessions for each program
  • Designing and executing, in coordination with the faculty director, a robust program for each scholarship; mentorship, internships, classes, speakers, travel, leadership opportunities, service experiences, and more should be included in the program
  • Managing each program budget in coordination with the Director of University Scholarships
  • Advocating for funding to the university by providing budget projections and portfolios
  • Recruiting volunteers to assist with programming needs
  • Overseeing the design of scholarship program website(s), print material, and newsletters.
  • Focusing on retention of students for each program
  • Serve as the university’s point-of-contact (in collaboration with the Faculty Director of Prestigious Scholarship Programs) for specific scholarships, including the Rhodes, Fulbright, Boren, Goldwater, Truman, Marshall, Udall, Gilman, and NSF-GRFP scholarships, while researching and learning about other opportunities.
  • Manage a student record database, website, social media messaging, and CRM data inputs and communications.
  • Assist in developing programs to improve national scholarship awareness, preparation, and advising effectiveness.
  • Track scholarship applications and outcomes, collaborate in evaluating program effectiveness, and manage student-related data.
  • Assist in publicizing and celebrating student achievements through appropriate channels, such as annual recognition events in cooperation with university.
  • Manage the prestigious scholarships program budget and ensure fund accuracy.
  • Serve on the Prestigious Scholarship Program Advisory Council.
  • Serve on the Scholarship Advisory Council
  • other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:


Bachelor's degree required, with emphasis on communications, program planning, public relations, and/or training. Experience with student development, working with academically talented students, and/or coordinating programs to host students and families, is strongly preferred. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and show evidence of superior judgment. Also required are ability to work as part of a team; well-developed planning and organizational skills; ability to work independently, manage multiple projects and meet deadlines; ability to interact effectively with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Master’s degree
  • Great communication skills
  • Evidence of successful program planning
  • Experience with mentoring and advising academically talented students
  • Dynamic team-building and leadership skills
  • Commitment to collaboration

Application Procedure:


Review of applications may begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by May 31, 2017.


Please submit a complete application which includes a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position and a current resume or curriculum vitae. It is requested that the application package includes the names of five references with titles, institutions, and contact information. References will not be contacted until approval is provided by the candidate. Applications must be submitted online:


Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Leah Beth Hubbard (


Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.


Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report