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Director, Academic Advising

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Letter of interest and resume. Salt Lake Community College will complete a criminal background check on the finalist.

Position Information

Position Information

Position Title Director, Academic Advising
Open Internally or Externally External
If faculty, tenure track status Not Applicable
Reports to (title) Assistant VP for Student Development
Department Academic Advising-4B4
Requisition Number 17152
Position Type Replacement
Job Category Administrative
FT/PT Full-time
Initial Work Location
Starting Salary Based on qualifications
Job Open Date 02/08/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Priority Review Date 03/05/2018
Job Summary

Provide leadership for all aspects of academic advising to promote student growth and development and to assist students in the development of meaningful educational goals and plans. Develop and continuously improve programs and services in response to the changing needs of students and the evolving institutional priorities. Oversee a professional staff of full-time and part-time advisors to ensure delivery of quality advising and career exploration in a multi-campus setting.
Academic advising at SLCC consists of three assistant directors, approximately 30 full-time and 8 part-time advisors, in addition to support staff, located at three campuses and several sites. This position is at-will.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Provide strategic leadership to the Department of Academic Advising and support the strategic direction and mission of the College with particular focus on student persistence and completion. Direct and manage advising services that include placement test interpretation, career exploration, transfer requirements, selection of appropriate college areas of study, course selection, class scheduling, goal setting, and the development of an academic plan that fulfills graduation requirements. Ensure that effective academic advising is available to students at all campuses and sites through a variety of services, including appointments, walk-in, group advising, and on-line advising. Work with academic administrators to create, maintain, and deploy academic advising support structures across the programs and student types (i.e., traditional, non-traditional, developmental, health science, online.)
Manage human resource processes including recruitment, selection, development, supervision, performance planning, and evaluation of a professional staff and support staff. Empower professional and support staff to accept leadership opportunities. Encourage and support scholarly contribution to the profession.
In collaboration with advisors and other Student Affairs staff, plan advising strategies, activities and innovative programs to improve student success and completion and meet the needs of a diverse student body consistent with the mission of the College and departmental goals. Develop and implement program priorities and strategies to meet the needs of students (i.e. early alert, academic warning and probation, and students from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds, etc.) Provide strategic leadership and direction for the implementation and use of academic advising technology that supports early alerts and resources for students.
Define outcomes and develop tools to assess accuracy and effectiveness of advising services. Collect data on effectiveness of advising services; prepare annual assessment reports. Acknowledge results of institutional research studies by creating procedures and programs to implement recommendations.
Be informed about and provide leadership for the implementation of the latest technologies and practices for the delivery of effective and efficient academic advising. Maintain constant liaison and collaboration with all academic and student services departments to ensure that Academic Advising is providing current and accurate information to students.
Participate in professional development opportunities such as NACADA to constantly refine knowledge and share skills; read and review literature in the field. Provide leadership for and collaborate with advising staff to ensure that on-going training and staff development opportunities are developed and presented.
Project, manage, and track budgets from a variety of accounts.
Serve on a variety of College committees focused on student retention and success.
Other duties as assigned

Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued
Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in a community college setting
Experience working with under-served students at a post-secondary level
Experience working with a Pathways academic advising model

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree required; emphasis in educational psychology, education, educational leadership, student personnel administration, counseling or closely related field.
Minimum of 3 years full-time director or assistant director or equivalent in academic advising at a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Experience in supervision and management, academic advising, and current issues in higher education.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Student development and learning theory;
Student retention and persistence theory;
Academic advising theory and best practices;
Higher education environment including student services functions, academic program requirements, and policies and procedures;
Planning, research and assessment;
Advise students regarding educational goals and academic planning;
Supervise and train a large staff;
Manage complex schedule, operations and staff at multiple locations;
Develop, plan and implement new services, and procedures and processes;
Communicate effectively in writing and orally;
Make presentations to small and large groups;
Understand and be sensitive to needs of highly diverse student population;
Coordinate services and work collaboratively with many departments and personnel;
Manage and forecast budgets;
Work well in a fast-paced changing environment with new responsibilities, ideas and approaches to academic advising;
Work closely with faculty, administration and key departments across campus;
Maintain flexible schedule with some evening and weekend hours as well as campus rotation.
Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College.
Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Special Instructions

Letter of interest and resume.
Salt Lake Community College will complete a criminal background check on the finalist.

FLSA Exempt

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you first learn about this position?
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    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Organization
    • SLCC Website
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    • College Placement Center
    • Friend
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    • SLCC Email
    • SLCC HR Office
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    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume / Curr. Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Letters of Reference
  2. Other Doc