Director, Exploratory Student Advisement - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Carbondale Illinois

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

United States

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Position Summary: University College (UC) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU Carbondale) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, Exploratory Student Advisement (ESA). This Administrative/Professional position reports to the Assistant Dean of University College. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment contingent on job performance and available funding.

The Director of ESA is essential to the retention, persistence to graduation and reducing the student time-to-degree mission. The position is also responsible for management of advisement for SIU Carbondale's Exploratory students, planning, data collection, assessment, research, marketing, publications, special University College events, and other duties assigned by the Dean or Assistant Dean of University College.

Program Description: ESA admits exploratory students, a population that consists of provisionally admitted and undeclared students, approximately half of the incoming freshman class. ESA designs and offers support services to bolster the success rate of these at-risk students.

Students who have shown potential to succeed at SIU Carbondale but who do not meet the standards for regular admission are conditionally admitted as Provisional status. These students are provided an extended academic transition between high school and college that includes intrusive advisement, mandatory support services, and an 8-week student success course.

Essential Administrative Responsibilities:

  1. Provides leadership and direction for ESA programs and staff.
    1. Assumes overall responsibility for all professional and managerial activities of the unit including: personnel supervision, training, staff and program assessment, fiscal management, and NSO participation.
    2. Supervises staff who will oversee specific programmatic aspects within the unit.
    3. Responsible for development and implementation of relevant academic advising processes and policies.
    4. Maintains and enhances the exploratory, intrusive, strengths-based, and developmental advising focus within the unit.
    5. Conducts annual ESA program review.
    6. Assists in identification of students in need of student success support programs. Leads student support programming initiatives. Assists with direction and formulation of policies and procedures that impact student success.

  2. Serves as the primary Provisional admissions data and retention officer for ESA.
    1. Provides data collection and assessment.
    2. Supports the University's overall enrollment growth.
    3. Establishes, facilitates, and continues to improve all aspects of an Early Alert Program (EAP) and Early Intervention Program (EIP), including training and usage of EAP and EIP technology platforms for all advisors in the unit.
    4. Develops and implements systems for ESA assessments.
    5. Reviews applications and selects Provisional admissions through University College.
    6. Responsible for developing plans, interventions, and goals for students with academic difficulties.
    7. Supervises students who have special academic circumstances or needs. Offers students referrals to appropriate resources, programs, services, departments and faculty in relation to academic and personal needs.
    8. Responsible for academic standing, degree audits, transfer credit review, time to completion audits, dual degree program audits.
    9. Assesses the effectiveness of ESA unit services.

  3. Serves as primary ESA liaison with academic units and advisors, as well as other University departments.
    1. Works closely with other university stakeholders, including other advisement units, academic departments and support programs associated with first-year, curricular and co-curricular, and other retention initiatives.
    2. Collaborates with key offices and constituencies to support undeclared and previsional admit students.
    3. Responsible for special ESA events.
    4. May teach a section of UCOL 101.
    5. Works with Director of University Core Curriculum on student support issues.
    6. Refers students to Dean of Students for academic intervention as appropriate.
    7. Represents ESA unit through University committees and at various University events, including presentations and Orientation.

  4. Responsible for development of all promotional material.
    1. Develops marketing materials, publications, and updates ESA website in accordance with guidelines established by University Communications.
    2. Develops forms, handbook, and advisement forms both paper and electronic.
    3. Responsible for special ESA events.
    4. Responsible for annual updates to the pertinent sections of the Undergraduate Catalog and the Counselors' Advisement Catalog.

  5. Additional Duties and Task
    1. Maintains a minimal student advisement load.
    2. Confirms and monitors conditionally admitted students' compliance with Provisional Student Contract.
    3. Prepares written and/or oral reports regarding programs within the unit.
    4. Seeks external funding for advisement support programs.
    5. Performs other duties as assigned by the University College Dean or Assistant Dean.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master's degree in higher education or relevant field.
  2. Five years of experience in academic advisement in higher education.
  3. Proficiency and experience using technology and social media as they relate to delivery and marketing of information to students.
  4. Two years of supervisory experience.
  5. Three years of experience in each of the following:
    1. working collaboratively, cooperatively, and effectively with diverse populations;
    2. utilizing student information systems and early alert platforms to assist in advising, retention management and assessment of retention initiatives,
    3. program administration, program development, and assessment for diverse populations; and,
    4. an exceptional record of professionalism in collaborating with administrators, faculty, staff, students, and families.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Two years of teaching in higher education.
  2. Three years of direct and relevant working experience with conditionally-admitted or undeclared students.
  3. Two years of fiscal management.
  4. Outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Application Instructions:
Use Institution Website button to the right of this job description, then follow instructions on the jobpage at SIU-Carbondale's website.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
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Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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