Director of Advising and First Year Initiatives

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Location: Tennessee Ridge, TENNESSEE

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Director of Advising and First Year Initiatives
Nashville, TN, United States
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Director of Advising and First Year Initiatives 

To provide overall leadership for the development, communication of priorities, implementation, and monitoring of systemwide programs and activities related to advising and first year student initiatives. The director has a special focus on long-range strategic planning and facilitates the processes that insure that Student Success and Academic Affairs are working collaboratively to identify services, programs, and curricular interventions in the first year of college. As a key member of the Office of Student Success, the director will play a critical role in systemwide retention initiatives. As such, the director will be responsible for keeping abreast of national trends, participating in scholarly activity to enhance successful delivery of quality and inclusive services and programs for students in the first year of college.
Serve as system liaison for intrusive and relational advising and outreach initiatives with institutional advising centers and student success staff. Develop strategic planning focusing on new student programs and transitions. Coordinate annual advising academy and provide regular training on best practices in advising and student success coaching.
Provide overall administration and leadership for all orientation and transition programs (summer bridge, etc.), college success workshops/courses systemwide.
Serve as the system liaison to all first-year seminar/first year experience program coordinators and faculty in the implementation of best practices in the first year of college, with particular attention to under prepared students. 
Provide oversight for the Beyond Financial Aid Initiative to scale support services for low-income students at TBR institutions.
Sharing responsibility with the office of institutional research, serve as the primary system coordinator for student success tools and strategies. Coordinate assessment activities and prepare an annual report on first year student success initiatives.
Working with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, share responsibility for recruitment activities, coordinating broad-based participation with institutions, K-12 partners, THEC, and philanthropic organizations.
Support the Vice Chancellor for Student Success in the scaling of high impact practices among member institutions through the coordination and implementation of training to faculty on high impact practice pedagogies within the first year.
Other duties as assigned.

Requirements of the Position

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment;
Ability to self-motivate and work independently;
Proficient in the use of technology to communicate electronically and digitally;
A working familiarity with MS Office programs;
Strong organizational skills
Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s degree in education, adult education, student personnel, higher education administration, communication, business or related field;
4 years appropriate/relevant experience in student advising, student support services, postsecondary instruction and/or high impact practice design and implementation;
Demonstrated experience working successfully with students, parents, faculty, staff and administrators;
Demonstrated success in project management, program development, and managing multiple priorities;
Program and course assessment experience
Preferred Qualifications:
Doctoral degree
Experience in teaching and curriculum development in the first year experience and/or high impact practice pedagogies

Closing Date: 
Open Until Filled: No

Requisition Number: req3996

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