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Director, Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR) (12-048)

Job Title:

Director, Josephine Steiner Center for Academic Achievement
and Retention (CAAR)   

(12-048)

Department:

Academic Affairs

Reports To:

Provost/Dean of the Faculty

FLSA Status: Grade 7, Full-time, Exempt
Prepared By: Kate Conway-Turner
Prepared Date:

August 2011

Approved By: Carol Wuenschel
Approved Date:

August 2011

Summary

Directly reporting to the Provost, this position supervises all activities within The Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR). The Director sets goals, establishes policies,  develops priorities, and provides leadership for the functions of the center; directs and provides support and evaluation of all units within the Center; fosters cross divisional relationships, projects, and tasks that support student success; develops and assesses initiatives that support student success; partners with internal and external units to guarantee student success; collaborates with all special support programs, orientation activities, admission programs, and projects that support student academic development; and spearheads faculty development that addresses the improvement of teaching and advisement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

CAAR Administration and Development of Academic Support Services (80%)

  • Coordinates and provides leadership for Hood College advisement programs;
  • Identifies and meets the need of diverse learners within the college (the entire range);
  • Designs, implements, directs, and evaluates centralized advising strategies for all undergraduate students particularly first/second year students, transfer, and undeclared students;
  • Researches, develops, implements and directs new strategies to improve student retention (in collaboration with the Director of First Year Programs and the Director for Student Success and Outreach Activities;
  • Directs and evaluates all undergraduate summer and J term sessions;
  • Supervises the  Hood Start program and coordinates with Admissions an appropriate orientation for these students;
  • Encourages and develops collaborate efforts across divisions (particularly Admissions and Student Life);
  • Monitors and evaluates the budgets associated with CAAR;
  • Creates and supervises opportunities for the most competitive Hood students;
  • Maintains appropriate data files to assess all existing and new programs; analyses data and provides reports on the efficacy of academic support programs; engages in continuous improvement of academic support services.

Faculty Development to support student learning (15%)

  • Supports faculty advisement and spearheads professional development of advisees;
  • Develops and implements faculty development programs that enhance faculty members’ ability to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Represents CAAR at Events, Programs, and Activities (5%)

  • Represents Hood College Academic Support Activities locally, regionally, and nationally;
  • Represents CAAR at campus events, programs, and activities.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Other Skills and Ability

Must have a record as an effective leader who is able to provide confident leadership and work collegially with faculty and other administrators.  The Director should be a person of great integrity who values the college community and its spirit, traditions, and future. Successful candidate must have 10 or more years of experience in a college/university environment.  Essential that successful candidate have significant familiarity and experience with college developmental skills as a teacher, advisor, or administrator.

Supervisory Responsibilities  

Directly supervises the administrative staff in the CAAR.  Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience

Terminal degree preferred, Master’s Degree required; demonstrated effective, innovative and collaborative leadership in higher education; and a history of strong commitment to higher education. Experience in working with diverse learners.

Technology Skills

Familiarity with office productivity suite software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel; ability to use student information system such as SCT PowerCAMPUS, Internet applications, and e-mail.

Language Skills

Excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing to articulate a vision for CAAR; develop policies and procedures; and present information on support programs to internal and external constituents.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to work with mathematical concepts as appropriate; particularly the ability to analyze and assess data related to academic support programs.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.  Ability to hypothesize, draws conclusions, and support conclusions. Ability to work in theoretical arena and apply logic as appropriate.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  Nights and weekends may be required to support various College programs.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.  Noise could include interaction with students, faculty, staff, and the public; other noise may be generated by office equipment including telephone, computers, and instructional equipment.  Evening or weekend hours could be required to support programs or special events.  During some evening and weekend events, the noise level is moderate to high.

To Apply

Qualified candidates may apply by submitting a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three professional references to the Provost’s Office, (Position: Director of CAAR), Hood College, and 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD  21701 or by e-mail to Provost@hood.edu.

Hood College is committed to diversity and subscribes to a policy of hiring only individuals legally eligible to work in the United States. EEO

Hood College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, disability, religion, or age in recruitment, admission and access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs, services, benefits, or activities as required by applicable laws including Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and complies with the law regarding reasonable accommodation for disabled applicants and students. Inquiries about discrimination or reasonable accommodation should be referred to the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator at Alumnae Hall, 401 Rosemont Avenue, Frederick, MD. 21701 (AD 312), (301) 696-3592. For complete information on Hood College’s nondiscrimination policy, please visit www.hood.edu/non-discrimination.