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Sr. Director, Scholars & Fellows Programs

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, United States, 21218

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We are seeking a Sr Director, Scholars & Fellows Programs who will provide leadership in the ongoing integration of an expanding portfolio of cohort-based scholars programs and fellowships advising. The integration of these programs within the Center for Student Success (CSS) has a three-fold goal: to create a strong sense of academic and social belonging via the cohort-based experience; to provide strong pathways for first-generation and/or limited-income (FLI) students to fellowships opportunities; to allow the fellowships program to develop a stronger presence for first years and sophomores. Continuing its steady growth, in AY 24-25, the Scholars & Fellows Programs (SFP) will expand its scholar's programs to become home to additional cohort-based programs at JHU that will provide robust scholar development programming and community for students.

The director will have expertise in scholar development, familiarity with the landscape of nationally competitive fellowships, and demonstrated success in working with high-achieving underserved students, including success in navigating issues that typically confront FLI students. The director provides strategic oversight for all programs in the portfolio and is charged with evaluating and reporting on the programming, advising and interventions employed. In keeping with the array of FLI programs at JHU, the director will be ambitious in advancing an equity-based approach to fellowships advising and innovating with scholar development frameworks so that work on the JHU campus belongs to the forefront of national conversations about access and equity.

The director will supervise and lead a team of 5-7 full-time staff, which includes three established positions and several new positions that director will have the opportunity to shape in partnership with the Executive Director of Student Success to expand cohort-based scholars programs at JHU. The person in this role must move effortlessly in both administrative and faculty cultures and be effective in both student-facing work and collaboration with development officers, admissions, and senior leadership.

Organizationally, this role belongs to the leadership team in the CSS and works in strong partnership with all CSS program heads. The role maintains an especially strategic collaboration with the leadership in the Success Coaching program in Academic Advising (SCAA), which provides the primary advising for all FLI students in the FLI cohort-based scholars programs. SCAA provides provide year-round and year-to-year proactive, holistic guidance, while advising within the Scholars & Fellows team focuses on students’ intellectual wayfinding, high levels of self-reflection and expressive competence, and community building. Within the CSS, the role holds an additional strategic responsibility in coordinating and defining pathways to high-impact experiences (CSS Summer Grant program, FiGURE research opportunities, etc.).

The Senior Director of Scholars and Fellows reports to the Executive Director for Student Success.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

Management of Human & Financial Resources (15%)

  • Supervise and develop 5-7 professional staff in SFP and any part-time employees.
  • Develop and monitor annual budgets and align financial and human resources with strategic priorities.

Direct portfolio management (30%)

  • Cultivate and promote a long-range vision and mission of the programs within the SFP portfolio that is aligned with our FLI programs, and JHU’s Student Affairs Division and academic mission.

Kessler Scholars Program

  • Support staff member who leads the program and, when needed, co-lead aspects of our work on campus. Provide strategic guidance for and/or direct representation of our campus program within the Kessler Collaborative (inter-institutional activities, assessment strategies, reporting).
  • Be a visible presence within the Kessler Scholars community, demonstrating an investment in knowing students directly and engaging staff and faculty as key community members.

Cummings Scholars Program

  • Serve as an ex officio member of the Faculty Advisory Board.
  • Support staff member who leads the programs and, when needed, co-lead aspects of our work on campus. Provide strategic guidance for and/or direct representation of the programs with senior leadership on campus and external stakeholders.
  • Be a visible presence within the Cummings Scholars community, demonstrating an investment in knowing students directly and engaging staff and faculty as key community members.

Fellowships Advising

  • Provide strategic direction to align fellowships advising with a mission of access and inclusion in all aspects of the work. This includes developing targeted outreach initiatives to FLI and underserved student and developing strengths-based advising practices that utilizes narrative and empowerment theories to fully support FLI and underserved students to see the potential and possibilities within themselves through engaging in the fellowships application process.
  • Provide leadership in creating accessible and equitable pathways for FLI and underserved students to fellowship opportunities both at Hopkins and with national foundations.
  • Participate in the major advising processes (UK/Ireland and Fulbright), carrying a small caseload alongside other SFP team members through the full arc of the process, from initial interest through practice interviews. Provide opportunities in advising fellowships applicants for self-reflection, helping students develop a strong understanding of their strengths, the multiple pathways and opportunities to realize their ambitious goals.

Strategic Planning, Collaborative Partnerships, Assessment (55%)

  • Expand Scholars Programs in SFP in alignment with strategic goals of the Student Affairs Division.
  • Lead the structural changes within SFP to accomplish its new strategic goals as a primary home base for cohort-based scholars programs at JHU.
  • Recruit, onboard and supervise 2-3 additional FTEs with projected expansion of several cohort-based scholars programs.
  • Strategically define and collaboratively partner on high-impact experience pathways within the CSS. Specifically:
  • Partner with Life Design on the design and implementation of the coordinated summer scholarships program (general CSS funding in addition to Kessler, Cummings, and JUMP). On the CSS side, provide close project management of the full process. Coordinate with the Life Design Lab and Student Financial Services in reporting all funding decisions.
  • Partner with the heads of the Kessler and Cummings programs on the strategic implementation of each program’s commitment to connecting Scholars to high-impact, immersive experiences.
  • Consult with JUMP Director about the FiGURE program, its programmatic and strategic growth, its connection to subsequent/other high-impact pathways for participants.
  • Consult with the FLI Network & Life Design about promoting summer opportunities and participate in student-facing outreach that builds awareness and skills.
  • Operate as the primary liaison for high-impact practices with campus partners. Be a visible spokesperson for high-impact experiences, helping both students and staff understand the specific value of high-impact, immersive experiences for FLI and underserved students.
  • Collaborate with the head of the Success Coaching program in Academic Advising (SCAA) to ensure coordination and shared purpose between advising within the offices of Academic Advising and advising/engagement for scholars in the Kessler Scholars and Cummings Scholars.
  • Collaborate with the FLI Network to streamline programming so that SFP benefits from and contributes to overall programming & engagement efforts. In particular, bolster faculty engagement in the FLI Network.
  • Develop strong working connections with faculty across academic disciplines to the benefit of all programs within the portfolio.
  • Participate in the FLI Coordinated Recruitment process and partner directly with Admissions to recruit (yield, welcome) incoming students into the scholars programs.
  • Partner with Development & Alumni Relations in maintaining relationships with each program’s donors.
  • Evaluate program results and make changes as needed to reach desired program and student outcomes.
  • Keep abreast of national trends in higher education and remain current in the fields of retention and student success and competitive national fellowships.

Metrics & Accountability

  • Academic progress (retention & graduation rates) in all scholar's programs.
  • Engagement metrics for scholars in all programs.
  • Affinity metrics for scholars in all programs.
  • Evidence of increased social mobility for scholars in all programs.
  • Student satisfaction for all programs within the portfolio.
  • Growing the proportion of FLI students who engage in various fellowships application processes.
  • Growing first and second year students' participation in undergraduate fellowships.

Additional required skills are described below

  • Demonstrated success in providing transformational educational and co-curricular opportunities to underrepresented scholars.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus and community culture.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, public speaking, writing, and listening skills.
  • Development experience including working with donors and development offices.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing iterative feedback on students’ written work and interviewing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in both faculty and administrative cultures.
  • Strong budgetary, planning, organizational, supervision and management skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating, negotiating, and building consensus.
  • Ability to use appropriate judgment when dealing with sensitive issues.
  • Ability to influence societal and workplace attitudes that foster a more inclusive community.
  • Demonstrated success in a complex, multi-layered, and data-driven organization.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty members and staff at all levels.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, articulating, operationalizing, and assessing strategic priorities.
  • Proven ability to cultivate trust and credibility with colleagues and to build positive and effective relationships.
  • Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling or related fields including a humanities or social science discipline is required. PhD preferred.
  • Five years of experience leading, implementing, managing programs of similar complexity required. Seven years of experience preferred. Significant experience supervising staff required.

Classified Title: Associate Director Student Success
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Sr. Director, Scholars & Fellows Programs
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF
Starting Salary Range: Min $74,400 - Max $130,400 Annually ($115,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience)
Employee group: Full Time
Schedule: Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
Exempt Status: Exempt
Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus
Department name: Center for Student Success
Personnel area: University Student Services

Total Rewards
The referenced salary range is based on Johns Hopkins University’s good faith belief at the time of posting. Actual compensation may vary based on factors such as geographic location, work experience, market conditions, education/training and skill level. Johns Hopkins offers a total rewards package that supports our employees' health, life, career and retirement. More information can be found here:

Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines:
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

**Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements but are completing their final academic semester/quarter will be considered eligible for employment and may be asked to provide additional information confirming their academic completion date.

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