Assistant Director, Program & Student Support

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Assistant Director, Program & Student Support
Target Hire Date
01/04/2021 - 12 days to go
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Actively seeking a certified Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who will be responsible for the advisement of our students' academic progress and ensure clinical placements meet program qualifications.

Emerson College, the nation's only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts, is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, curriculum, and the college's intellectual and geographic communities.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) seeks Speech-Language Pathologists who brings innovation, creativity, and impact to our student body, and who brings a greater depth, breadth, and diversity to our educational and programmatic experiences.

The Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) Master's program, [email protected], combines online and in-person learning for aspiring speech-language pathologists across the US. Our program prepares students to become Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) capable of working in any setting, with a variety of disorders, across the lifespan.

Key Partners:

Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) Leadership

Student Success

Your Key Responsibilities:
You will communicate regularly and collaborate closely with key partners to gain a full understanding of advisees' academic and clinical progress. You will review and render admission decisions and will play a key role at each Immersion, where students will complete seminars on academic and clinical topics. You will support clinical placements, ensuring sites meet program qualifications, and will be expected to problem-solve, and demonstrate thoughtful, strategic, and student-focused decision making. Your position is broken down into the following key areas:

Academic Advising & Support

  • Advise and consult with students on the field of Speech Language Pathology (SLP), meeting each semester as part of an assigned advising caseload to monitor completion of program portfolio documents, discuss SLP related topics and ensure academic and programmatic requirements are being met.
  • Consult and partner with the Graduate Program Director, Student Success Advisors, and the Director of Clinical Education, to provide academic updates, review clinical placements and document students' progression.
  • Streamline processes with internal departments and external partners to inform and provide feedback to ensure policies, protocols and program requirements are being maintained.
  • Lead exit interview sessions, and provide students with information to adhere to American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) standards for certification and licensure.

  • Interpret and apply academic criteria to determine an applicant's eligibility to the [email protected] program. Maintain currency on admissions requirements, new and current student enrollments each term, program policies, and ASHA guidelines.
  • Review and analyze course descriptions, syllabi, and other documentation to evaluate foundational level coursework, observation hours and general educational requirements.
  • Represent the program at school events, conferences, and serve as a [email protected] representative for prospective and current student webinars.

Program & Placement Support
  • Partner with the Director of Clinical Education to assess placement site qualifications, and conduct virtual placement site visits.
  • Participate in committee work, manage database systems and ongoing process and operational improvements as required.

Immersion Support
  • Participate in the planning and logistics of Immersions by coordinating sessions, facilitating and leading forums, and meeting with advisees.
  • Work with CSD leadership to evolve and inform Immersion sessions, outcomes and the overall student experience.

Your Qualifications:
  • Master's degree with national certification in speech-language pathology and state licensure required.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with students, administrators, faculty, and other team members.
  • Able to present effectively to small and large groups and to work productively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Able to handle sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, with demonstrated ability and comfort to handle multiple tasks and projects.
  • Able to exercise sound judgment, work independently and employ decision making skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including editing and proofreading.
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills.
  • Able to work flexible hours to accommodate advisees in different time zones. Able to work occasional nights, weekends, and all [email protected] Immersions.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience as a clinical educator and/or in an administrative leadership role within an academic setting.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and presentation software.
  • Fluent with webinar technology (i.e. Zoom, WebEx, GoToMeeting, and Skype).

Grade of Position: A16E

Scheduled Weekly Hours: 36.25

Hiring Range: $61,350.00 - $64,300.00

This position will be exclusively represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 888 for purposes of wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
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About Us
Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

Diversity Statement
Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email: [email protected]

Annual Clery Report
n accordance with the federal Clery and Campus SaVE Acts, Emerson College commits to providing all current and prospective students and employees with access to the annual campus security reports for each of our campuses. This report may be accessed from the Emerson College Police Department website.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2020
Application Due: 12/22/2032
Work Type: Full Time