Director of Scholarships and Student Completi

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TITLE: Director of Scholarships and Student Completion                                 


REPORTS TO: Chief of Staff


EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time                                                         

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt                      



The Director Scholarships and Student Completion will provide vision, leadership and active management to support scholarships, persistence, cohort progression and academic support efforts. The person selected for this position will lead college faculty and partners across campus to enhance student success and completion. The Director is responsible for leading the university retention and persistence efforts; cohort progression initiatives, developing/managing budgets; recruiting, developing, and supervising staff; advocating for students; and collaborating with campus partners to aid students in handling academic, financial and personal issues that affect time to degree and academic performance. 




Stewardship of Scholarships and Donor RelationsDevelop, implement and sustain the completion plan and retention strategiesDevelop effective relationships in student support and academic support with the Registrar, Advising, Thorobred Learning Center, Career and Professional Development, Financial Aid, Counseling Center, Residence Life, Veterans, and Military Affairs, Testing Center, and Disability ServicesCollaborate with Institutional Research in preparing and reporting on student success including transfer and transient enrollmentCollaborate with Admissions and Registrar as needed on student performanceCollaborate with the Office of Financial Aid in the determination of academic qualifications for scholarshipsCollaborate with Brand Identity to maintain scholarship information, database/dashboard on awards  


OTHER DUTIES: Perform other duties as assigned.




Master’s degree required; Doctoral degree or other appropriate terminal degree preferred
  • 4+ years experience working in Higher Education or management and supervisory experience 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Supervisory experience
  • Ability to work nights and weekends 


  • Superior listening and critical thinking skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Experience with data collection and reporting
  • Experience managing, supervising, evaluating, and motivating staff
  • Candidates should have the ability to become knowledgeable of the range of varied student services available, enrollment services, academic policies, requirements, and procedures of Kentucky State University
  • Strong interpersonal/human relations skills essential
  • Ability to initiate and maintain professional relationships with diverse groups, demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population including low-income, first-generation, students of color, disabled, underrepresented, older and non-traditional, and international students
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality is essential
  • Must have attention to detail
  • Basic skills in productivity software (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn SMS and student success software
  • Ability to collect, analyze and report retention-related data.  
  • Must be able to multi-task, prioritize, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Must have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and possess excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to interpret and communicate university policies and procedures and associated federal and state regulations



  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior and/or office work environment.
  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

  • KENTUCKY STATE UNVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.




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    Posted: 4/7/2021
    Application Due: 7/6/2021
    Work Type: Full Time