Executive Director of Advising
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
General Summary of Responsibilities: Valdosta State University seeks candidates for the position of Executive Director of Advising. This is a full-time, benefited position reporting to the Vice President for Student Success. The Executive Director of Advising is responsible for providing visionary leadership within Centralized Advising Center and Academic Advising within colleges across the campus. Valdosta State University believes that strong academic advising is central to student success, particularly for the large population of first-generation students and low-income students who attend VSU. Overseeing a team of professional advisors serving all of VSU's programs in five academic units, the director will have primary responsibility to ensure that the quality and effectiveness of the academic advising program fully embrace VSU's mission, values, and strategic goals. Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to: coordinate oversight and management of primarily Centralized Advising, academic advising by college, manage faculty/staff advising loads; analyze advising-related data to inform decision-making about tools and technologies for advising and retention efforts; plan and facilitate New Adviser Training and on-going professional development for faculty and staff advisors; develop effective advising evaluation and assessment systems; explore sub-models for specialized advising, group advising, first-year advising, etc. and follow through with implementation and evaluation as appropriate; collaborate with Student Success staff on retention/academic success programs, coordinate advising aspects of Pre-Orientation and Orientation Week; and maintain a caseload of advisees.
Required Qualifications: Master's degree in higher education, student development, or related field. Minimum of five years of advising/retention experience in a higher education setting; experience managing professional staff. Ability to effectively deliver content through trainings, workshops, etc.; effectiveness in working with faculty and professional staff on best practices in academic advising, and incentivizing the execution of strong advising standards; proficient data analysis/interpretation skills, including tracking, reporting and synthesizing data from different sources; confidently independent and proactive leader who is comfortable with a high degree of collaboration with multiple departments; willingness to adhere to the University's core values; excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written); have knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of cultural differences and the diversity within the campus and community; demonstrated professional manner with all internal and external constituents; ability to be flexible, adjust to fluctuating priorities, and produce reliable work product; possess proven ability to perform well in stressful situations; and the ability to attend work consistently and maintain a regular work schedule.
Physical Requirements: Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation. Ability to communicate with reasonable accommodation.
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