Assistant Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

Dahlonega, GA
Jul 01, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Director, National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students

Position Number: 53068241

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Campus Location: Dahlonega

Job Close Date: 08/01/2017

General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for an Assistant Director for the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. The National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS), located at the University of North Georgia, is the premiere national organization focused solely on higher education transfer-related issues. Its mission is to promote transfer student success through research, education, and advocacy. NISTS conducts, promotes, and disseminates disciplined inquiries to inform and improve transfer policy and practice. The Assistant Director will be responsible for leading the NISTS annual conference and other professional development events, as well as supporting research and publication projects. This individual will engage in project management for NISTS with an expectation to improve efficiencies for a variety of initiatives, including grants, publications, the Association for the Study of Transfer Students (ASTS), and internal UNG projects.

Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.

Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Assistant Director will:
  • Conference and Professional Development Management: Co-directs NISTS national conference and other professional development activities in collaboration with the NISTS executive director and advisory board; coordinates annual conference call for program proposals and awards processes, including securing volunteer assistance; recruits and cultivates relationships with sponsors and vendors; and engages in regular review of conference and professional development planning and execution; documenting processes, identifying areas for improvement, and implementing changes.
  • Collaborates in the writing of research and service grant proposals and reports; serves as project coordinator for grants, research, and publication projects; and serves as liaison to publishing partners, UNG Press, and other publishing outlets.
  • Serves on the UNG Transfer Leadership Team, comprised of NISTS and UNG Orientation and Transitions Programs staff; collaborates with other divisions and departments to review, revise, and develop new transfer policies and procedures across all UNG campuses; coordinates the warehousing and communication of all UNG transfer-related policies and procedures to ensure consistency and historical record; leads UNG's reverse transfer initiatives with the Registrar's Office; participates in training of faculty, staff, and students on transfer-related issues;
  • Serves on university committees as requested.
  • Presents workshops and supports other NISTS and UNG faculty and staff in presenting at national and regional professional conferences; serves as NISTS representative at national, regional, and local events; Communicates with a broad constituency of faculty, staff, agency, and governmental personnel to encourage focus on transfer-related policies, programs, and student success; and develops relationships with related associations and agencies to advance the national transfer agenda.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the Association for the Study of Transfer Students (ASTS), the membership arm of the NISTS: manages member recruitment and application processes; develops and maintains membership benefits program; maintains regular membership communication; educates higher education community about ASTS;
  • Oversees marketing strategies and outreach; and communicates with external constituencies.
  • Supervises graduate and student staff assigned to Institute projects; assists in the supervision of UNG OTP transfer professional staff assigned to annual conference and Institute projects; and supervises seasonal conference staff.
  • Oversees NISTS, ASTS, and conference web pages and maintains a web presence related to current transfer research and practice.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of higher education policy, transfer student populations and student development theories a plus
  • Demonstrated skills in process improvement and project management
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must be willing to travel, present at national and regional conferences, and work on some evenings and weekends.

Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
  • Master's degree required
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in higher education, non-profit, or related field

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit contact information for three professional references.

Employer Information: All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.

We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.

The University of North Georgia is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without discrimination at the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or handicap as a matter of college policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws.