The AUAF is a private, non-profit university, offering an American style liberal arts education. Our student population is currently around 900 students and we are experiencing a period of rapid growth and rewarding environment for faculty and staff. We expect to have nearly 1,000 students enrolled by the spring 2013 academic semester and we have recently begun construction on a new 75 acre campus.
We have an exciting opportunity available for a newly created Associate Director of Student Affairs position which will lead several aspects of the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs is an integral part of the university's plans to provide student support services equivalent to those found in American colleges and universities but reflecting the special needs and circumstances of a unique Afghan student body. The Office of Student Affairs is an integral part of the university's plans to provide student support services equivalent to those found in American colleges and universities but reflecting the special needs and circumstances of a unique Afghan student body.
The Associate Director of Student Affairs is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the following areas: residence life, campus programming, and the university success program (including new student orientation, UNV100, and academic advising). As part of this role, he/she will academically advise a limited number of first-year, second-year and other students without declared majors, and teach one section of the freshman year seminar course per year. The Associate Director will work to develop new programs, services, and oversee improvement in his/her designated areas of supervision. He/she will work collaboratively with faculty members and administrative staff as the university continues to develop its array of student support services and capabilities. The Associate Director reports directly to the Director of Student Affairs.
Position Title: Associate Director of Student Affairs
Department: Student Affairs
Reports to: Director of Student Affairs
Direct Reports: Student Development Specialists (3),
Assistant Director of Student Affairs for Career Services and Campus Programming (1)
Indirect Reports: Residence Hall Coordinators (3), Student Activities Coordinators (2),
Student Staff (18-20)-includes Resident Assistants, AUAF Ambassadors
and Orientation Leaders
Main Duties and Responsibilities Include:
1. Provide leadership, supervision and direction for the following area: residence life, campus programming, the university success program (including new student orientation, UNV100, and academic advising).
2. Fulfill the duties and responsibilities in the absence of the Director of Student Affairs.
3. Provide supervision, training and evaluation for the professional staff within the Office of Student Affairs.
4. Provide indirect supervision of all full-time and student staff in residence life, campus programming, and new student orientation.
5. Provide leadership, direction and support to all full-time, professional staff in their primary and supplementary roles. These roles include, but are not necessarily limited to, orientation, student conduct, residence life, career services, campus programming, academic advising, and all first year experience initiatives.
6. Serve as an administrative hearing officer for student conduct cases as needed.
7. Serve as instructor for at least one (1) section of UNV 100 (University Success) per calendar year.
8. Academically advise an assigned caseload of students each semester.
9. Encourage and further foster the development of student clubs and organizations, oversee the recognition process for clubs/organizations, and develop student leadership and faculty advisor retreats.
10. Oversee the annual student leadership recognition awards ceremony.
11. Facilitate and coordinate information flow between the Academic Affairs, the Office of Admissions, the Registrar, the Procurement Office, Physical Plant, and the Finance Office.
12. Serve on university committees as needed including co-chairing the annual Convocation Committee.
Knowledge, Skill, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:
• Knowledge of policies and procedures within a university academic environment.
• Knowledge of theory and best practices of student development.
• Working knowledge and/or experience in academic advising, Freshman Year Experience, and student success programs.
• Possess a broad understanding of, and have sufficient experience in several functional areas within a Student Affairs office.
• Excellent command of the English language including strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Experience creating and managing budgets.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism.
• Ability to operate a personal computer and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
• Cultural competency of working in the Islamic world.
• Direct knowledge, and experience working within the American System of Higher Education.
• Master Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, College Student Personnel or a closely related major and a minimum 5 years of progressive experience in student affairs/services at a college or university.
• Direct experience in teaching or directing FYE programs and services.
• Direct experience working in a university student judicial system.
• Minimum five years of progressively responsible duties within student affairs administration.
• Previous supervisory experience of professional personnel, budgets, program development, and policy creation and implementation.
• Previous direct or supervisory experience in some or all of the functional areas previously mentioned.
• Familiarity with CAS and accreditation standards.
• Ability to adapt professional best practices to fit the need of Afghan learners as well as flexibility to deal with living and working conditions in a developing, post-conflict society.
• Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, College Student Personnel, or s closely related major plus at least 10 years of progressive experience in student affairs/services at a college or university.
• Significant experience working in a Student Affairs department at an American college or university.
• Possession of a degree from an American University so as to be able to work within the culture at AUAF.
• Experience in delivery of education and specifically student services in an international context especially in an Islamic country.
Any interested person should apply by sending the following:
1) Cover Letter (detailing how your skills and experience fit this position)
3) List of 3 Professional References whom we may contact for more information about employment history and fit for this position. Their names, emails, phone numbers, and how you know them.
Applications will be screened as they are received. We are aggressively looking to fill this very important position as soon as we find the appropriate candidate. This position is "Open until Filled" with preference being given qualified applicants who apply on or before 28 February 2013.
Only qualified applicants will be contacted to set up formal interviews.
The complete application packet should be submitted in MS Word or PFD format to: firstname.lastname@example.org