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Assistant Director, William H. Thompson Learning Scholars Program

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska

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The William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community Assistant Director position assists in providing academic support through advising, programming, and counseling W.H. Thompson Scholars. This position is responsible for research and retention as well as assisting with training/updating staff on policies and procedures, functions, and standard operating procedures. The Assistant Director will evaluate and assess program outcomes within the Thompson Scholars Learning Community as well as supervise professional staff on the Management Information System and with Academic Recovery Plans. The Assistant Director supervises and instructs undergraduate learning assistants and student mentors as well as teaches the William H. Thompson First-Year Experience Course. Additionally, the Assistant Director will be responsible for managing communication for the William H. Thompson Scholars email and other duties assigned by the Director.

Minimum qualifications include:
Bachelor’s degree in academic discipline, education, counseling, student affairs, educational leadership or related human services field plus minimum 2 years of experience with learning communities or mid-level professional experience with higher education department required. Must have experience supervising full-time staff, graduate assistants or student staff members. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, decision-making and problem-solving skills essential. Must have ability to interact with and relate to college-age individuals. Sincere interest in helping at-promise students necessary. Program planning and implementation experience required. Budget development and maintenance essential. Ability to manage multiple tasks and complete in a timely manner necessary. Must have the ability and willingness to contribute in a team-oriented environment. Working knowledge of computer applications required.

Preferred qualifications include:
Master’s degree or equivalent experience in academic discipline, education, counseling, student affairs, educational leadership or related human services field preferred. Minimum 3 years experience with learning communities or mid-level professional experience with higher education department desirable. Experience with the Thompson Scholars Program helpful. Knowledge of student development theory and its application with students preferred. Demonstrated advising experience helpful. Prefer experience with at-promise students, basic study skills and evaluating achievement. Experience working with data collection, analysis and assessment desirable.

Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. Applicant review begins February 2.  View requisition S_230064 at to apply.

As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See


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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.

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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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