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Director of the National Resource Center

Employer
University of South Carolina
Location
Columbia

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Employment Type
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

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Posting Number:

STA01363PO23

Job Family:

Academic and Professional Training and Development

Job Function:

Academic Programming

USC Market Title:

Academic Program Director

Job Level:

M4 - Managerial

Business Title (Internal Title):

Director of the National Resource Center

Campus:

Columbia

Work County:

Richland

College/Division:

Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support

Department:

SAAS U101 and National Resource Center

State Pay Band:

Unclassified

Approved Starting Salary:

$105,550

Advertised Salary Range:

$105,550 - Commensurate with experience

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:

37.5

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Administrative

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Advertised Job Summary:

The University of South Carolina (USC) is seeking an innovative, energetic, and experienced academic leader to serve as the Director of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC). The NRC serves as the trusted expert, internationally recognized leader, and clearinghouse for scholarship, policy, and best practice for all postsecondary student transitions. The Center’s mission is to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education, and carries out the mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical, theory-based information and ideas through the convening of conferences, institutes, and workshops; publishing books, monographs, guides, newsletters, and a peer-reviewed journal; generating and supporting research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and providing a robust suite of electronic resources.The Director is responsible for all operational aspects of the Center and will:· Engage with national, international, and institutional thought leaders to identify emerging trends and issues in higher education to ensure that the Center’s current activities remain relevant and to gain ideas for future efforts.

· Engage in research, scholarship, and professional development at the local, national, and international level.

· Work collaboratively with staff to secure extramural funding and internal partnerships.

· Serve as liaison to the Center’s constituents such as members of the Center’s network, Advisory Board members, Fellows, visiting scholars, university partners, and other national organizations/associations.

· Engage in service to the university and to the higher education community through committee work, providing institutional support and expertise to university practitioners, participation in review and editorial boards, and other organizations, institutions, and associations dedicated to the mission, vision, and core commitments of the University of South Carolina, the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Success Unit, and University 101 Programs and National Resource Center.

Preferred credentials for candidates applying for this position are an earned doctorate, knowledge of the first-year experience movement and other student transition issues, and significant experience with national/international level collaborations in higher education, continuing professional development planning, research, and publishing. Experience garnering and administering grants and dynamic public speaking skills are also indicators of competitive candidates.The successful candidate will join a talented and experienced department whose work has significant impact on faculty, staff, and students across the country, around the world and at USC. The director will hold a key professional position at the University of South Carolina, a Research I state flagship campus known for its outstanding first-year and undergraduate experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree required and a minimum of 7 years of experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. preferred. experience with collaborations in higher education. Demonstrated involvement in professional activities to include research, publications and presentations at national conferences. Knowledge of how to build and sustain internal research and practitioner partnerships.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Knowledge of the first-year experience movements and other student transition issues in higher education. Outstanding interpersonal, collaboration, written, and oral communications skills.

Job Duty:

The Director of the National Resource Center is directly or indirectly responsible for recruitment, selection, hiring, onboarding, training, development, coaching, recognition and performance management of all Center staff.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

5

Job Duty:

Prepare, manage, and maintain program and activity budgets. Works with budget, human resources, and the Center Leadership Team to manage fiscal operations and ensure that Center activities are self-supporting. Works collaboratively with staff to engage in innovative efforts to secure extramural funding and internal partnerships.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Job Duty:

Engages with national, international, and institutional thought leaders to identify emerging trends and issues in higher education to ensure that the Center’s current activities remain relevant and to gain ideas for future efforts of the Center. Monitors the competitive landscape to identify potential partners and innovative opportunities to advance the Center’s work. Continually seeks out ideas for publications, continuing education efforts, and scholarly activities of the Center.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Job Duty:

Serve as liaison to the Center’s constituents such as members of the Center’s network, current and past Advisory Board members, Fellows, visiting scholars, university partners, other national organizations/associations, and others.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Job Duty:

Engages in research, productive scholarship, professional development for practitioners, institutional support and expertise to local and external practitioners, publication, and presentations at institutional, regional, national, and international conferences and professional development events. As appropriate, contributes to writing and publication projects of the National Resource Center and presents at conferences and events sponsored by the National Resource Center.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

20

Job Duty:

Responsible for the daily operations of the National Resource Center to include short and long range planning, decision making in relation to program content, staffing, fiscal management, and support to university practitioners. Ensures compliance with University policies and procedures and develops and implements departmental policies and procedures

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

25

Job Duty:

Responsible for writing and submitting annual strategic planning documents and annual reports. Engages in program assessment and outcome measurement.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

5

Job Duty:

Engages in service to the university and to the higher education community through committee work, providing institutional support and expertise to university practitioners, participation in review and editorial boards, and other organizations, institutions, and associations dedicated to the mission, vision, and core commitments of the University of South Carolina, the Division of Student Affairs, the Student Success Unit, and U101 & National Resource Center. Perform other duties as assigned.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

15

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive:

No

Hazardous weather category:

Non-Essential

Number of Vacancies:

1

Job Open Date:

11/09/2023

Job Close Date:

01/04/2024

Open Until Filled:

No

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.We are only accepting applications submitted by January 4, 2024.The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Programs
  • Paid Tuition
  • Dependent Scholarships
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development Opportunities

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Quicklink for Posting:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/158068

EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

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Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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