Lead the energetic student focused Exploratory and Pre-Professional Advising Center (Explore Center). Reporting to the Associate Dean of Advising and Career Development, the director has responsibility for undecided/in-transition academic advising programs, career and pre-professional program advising, Explore Center prospective student recruitment, and co-supervising the Academic Navigator program team located within the center. The Director sets unit goals and priorities, especially focused on increasing the retention rate from first to second year, the number of majors declared within the first year, and admission rates into professional health and law programs.
The Explore Center is a critical high-impact advising unit on the UNL campus, its mission is aligned with UNL’s N2025 vision to increase degree completion for all students. In 2021 the center enrolled 23.6% of UNL’s first-year class, including the largest percentage of underrepresented students and over 40% of Explore scholars have demonstrated financial need at the highest three levels. The center supports 2,800+ scholars with majors, who are also pre-health or pre-law and engaged in 10,500 student meetings through advising, plus seminars and events. Over the past 5 years undeclared student retention has increased by 3%, over the past decade four-year graduation rates for the same group increased by 15.1%, and UNL students’ admissions to health-profession programs consistently exceeds the national average in all areas.
The Director represents the unit in campus wide advising and student success committees and initiatives, regularly interacting with faculty and administrators from across campus. Actively contributes to a collaborative campus wide culture for academic advising. Develops and maintains relationships of trust among colleagues in units and colleges across campus. Leads and develops diversity and inclusion goals for the center, including coordinating training for staff to deepen understanding of how cultural context, differences, and institutional/social barriers influence the student experience and to apply inclusive advising strategies for all students to ensure that all students succeed. Collaborates with Assistant Directors in the coordination and provision of training and professional development for all EXP staff, with attention to meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
Directs efforts to develop and coordinate both required and optional programs for Explore Center students, to fulfill strategic priorities and goals. Promotes a supportive, positive, and collaborative team environment and approach both within the Explore Center and with campus partners. Coordinates the academic dismissal appeal process, including the work of the Academic Standards Committee of the Faculty Senate. Manages all aspects of operations for the Explore Center, including obtaining, maintaining, and managing physical and human resources; managing front desk staff and processes; developing budget proposals and records; and maintaining physical resources necessary for high quality student service for undeclared and pre-professional students. Coordinates obtaining and analyzing unit data on student outcomes needed for regular campus reporting and decision making.
Minimum qualifications include:
Master’s degree plus five years’ increasingly progressive, relevant experience in a higher education academic unit. Experience supervising staff and contributing to a positive, supportive, and collaborative staff team environment. Experience successfully collaborating with colleagues from other campus units. Demonstrated experience in meeting the needs of students from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated evidence of establishing and accomplishing goals with minimal supervision. Must have evidence of successfully working in a fast-paced environment with multiple demands and changing needs. Demonstrated ability to process and communicate detailed academic information and policies and procedures to students and other populations.
Preferred qualifications include:
Resource allocation experience preferred. Experience serving students in transition or undecided populations, or pre-professional students helpful.
Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review begins October 24. View requisition S_221160 at http://employment.unl.edu to apply.
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