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Assistant Director, Academic Engagement

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

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Position OverviewThe Academic Retention and Engagement Center (AREC) is seeking an exceptional individual to support strategic initiatives focused on the support, retention and matriculation of traditionally underserved populations including first-generation college students, low income and/or minoritized student populations. The Assistant Director of Academic Engagement will provide support to the University wide Hawk Link program and Multicultural Scholars program in developing and implementing strategies to increase the engagement of identified student populations in campus and experiential learning practices throughout their college experience. The Assistant Director of Academic Engagement will supervise the Program Coordinator and a Graduate Assistant of student engagement and collaborate with campus partners and students to promote academic engagement strategies. The Assistant Director reports to the Senior Associate Director of the AREC.

Unit Overview:

University Academic Support Centers (UASC) is comprehensive student support unit designed to provide resources to strengthen the academic skills and written communication of students at the University of Kansas while supporting the University's commitment to the academic success and holistic development of students. Specifically, UASC supports the intellectual development of individuals by encouraging active participation both in and out of the classroom; coordinating services and programs in which students can acquire and practice life management, decision-making, and learning skills; and linking students to other resources that will help them learn these skills. University Academic Support Centers is a department within Academic Success.

Job DescriptionAcademic Engagement Programs 60%
  • Utilize research to increase the retention and persistence of marginalized students. Utilize assessment data to recognize gaps in engagement and create targeted and intentional initiatives to address student needs.
  • Utilizing Curricular approaches to develop a sequenced structure for engagement of students throughout their college experiences. Strategies should support transition to the college environment, promote a sense of belonging on campus and lead to increased involvement in experiential learning initiatives like undergraduate research, study abroad, service learning, and internships. Collaborate with other offices as appropriate to support these initiatives
  • Collaborate with campus partners to support and expand existing programs focused on the recruitment of underserved and historically underrepresented populations including, but not limited to Destination KU, symposiums, visit days and recruitment events.
  • Assess and evaluate effectiveness of the engagement initiatives in line with metrics established by the Academic Retention and Engagement Center, the University Academic Support Center and the Division of Academic Success.
  • Maintain an effective marketing and communication plan to keep students and stakeholders informed of events and opportunities.
  • Supervise, evaluate and provide ongoing development for professional staff f and a graduate assistant
  • Manage a programming budget in accordance with University guidelines and policies.
Center Initiatives 20%
  • Develop and implement virtual programming to serve as a supplement to summer orientation for students and families before they arrive at the University of Kansas.
  • Provide support for summer early access program including marketing and recruitment of students to the event, oversee social programming, and manage logistics and volunteers for the day(s) event takes place.
  • Instruct co-enrolled courses as assigned.
  • Meet one-on-one with students to provide coaching or support as assigned.

General Responsibilities 20%
  • Coordinate team meetings, individual supervision meetings and trainings as deemed necessary.
  • Attend regularly scheduled AREC team meetings and one-on-one meeting with supervisor to provide. updates, strengths and areas of concerns.
  • Attend UASC team meetings and participate in committees as assigned.
  • Participate on UASC, Academic Success, and University committees as assigned.
  • Attend and actively participate and AREC wide programs and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements
  1. This position requires working on-site.
  2. Some evening work hours required.
Required Qualifications
  1. Master's degree or Bachelor's degree plus three (3) years of experience in academic support, advising, or academic coaching services in higher education.
  2. Experience working with diverse populations as evidenced by application materials.
  3. Excellent written communications skills as evidenced by application materials.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Master’s Degree in education, counseling, psychology, special education, social work, liberal arts, or related field.
  2. Experience with planning, implementing and assessing programming.
  3. Previous experience with supervision.
  4. Experience creating and giving presentations.
  5. Excellent oral communication skills as demonstrated through past experience and/or interview.
  6. Proficient in use of Microsoft Office products and some familiarly with web-based retention software such as EAB.
  7. Demonstrated interpersonal skills, as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  8. Experience working collaboratively with key campus stakeholders.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application includes:
  1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Resume.
  3. Contact information for three professional references (including at least one previous or current supervisor).
  4. Completion of the online application.
  • Application review begins Monday, January 10, 2022. To ensure consideration, apply no later than Sunday, January 9, 2022.
Contact Information to ApplicantsAnnise Richard, [email protected] or 785-264-4228
Advertised Salary Range$45,000 - $48,000 Work Schedule40 hours per week, Monday- Friday, 8am- 5pm. Some evening work hours required. Application Review Begins10-Jan-2022 Anticipated Start Date21-Feb-2022


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