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Assistant Director

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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Student Affairs, Academic Advising, Other Student Affairs Jobs
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Four-Year Institution
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Join the dynamic team in the Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center), an academic advising unit serving Undeclared, Pre-Health, Pre-Law, and Pre-Engineering students. The Assistant Director supports the Director of the Explore Center with overall operations of the unit. This includes providing direct supervision for professional academic advisors and coordinating advisors’ training and professional development plans. Contributes to identifying unit goals and priorities and collaborates with Explore Center staff and campus partners to progress toward those goals. Leads and coordinates advising and retention programs and initiatives for first and second-year scholars in the Explore Center. Assists with data collection, compilation, analysis, and reporting to collaborate in making strategic decisions for the unit. Provides comprehensive academic advising to students in the Explore Center and understands how cultural context, differences, and institutional/social barriers influence the student experience. Provides academic and/or social support for first generation, low-income, and/or racially minoritized college students and applies inclusive advising strategies for all students. Collaborates with the Explore Center team and other campus offices to engage in best practices and to develop programming to aid student retention and success efforts. 

Minimum qualifications include:
Master’s degree plus three years professional experience in higher education, including at least two years of academic advising or related 1:1 direct student contact experience required; combination of education and additional experience may substitute for master’s degree. Ability to supervise professional staff, advising programs, and processes. Demonstrated knowledge of student information systems as it relates to academic advising. Demonstrated ability to create and critically analyze office operations to ensure maximum efficiency. Demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with other units on campus essential. Strong writing skills and experience presenting to the public. Evidence of working in a fast paced environment with multiple demands and changing needs with verification of working collaboratively within a team environment. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse student backgrounds.

Preferred qualifications include: 
Five years professional experience in higher education, including three years of advising related experience desired. Supervisory experience preferred. Experience with resource allocation, strategic planning and program assessment. Demonstrated ability to research, implement, apply and share advising-related best practices on student development topics. 

Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review begins February 4, 2022. View requisition at to apply.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an EO/AA employer and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.


Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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