Detailed Job Description
Provide substantive leadership in advancing the quality of academic support services for undergraduate and graduate students to support student success, persistence and graduation. Provide leadership and supervision for the Bernard B. Rinella, Jr. Learning Center that includes: academic coaching, academic counseling, academic intervention, learning strategies course & workshops, scholastic enhancement program, supplemental instruction, tutoring, the undergraduate associates program, support for Miami Access Initiative scholars, and undergraduate research; collaboratively work with academic affairs and faculty to provide academic support and to coordinate university-wide academic interventions; work in partnership with the disability resources office to provide students with testing and other academic accommodations; and serve as a member of the Dean of Students leadership team.
- Provide overall direction for staff, programs, services, budget, planning and operations of the Bernard B. Rinella, Jr. Learning Center that includes:
- Collaborative Learning Initiatives (CLI) including
individual, group, and drop-in peer tutoring, the
supplemental instruction program, the undergraduate
associates program, and training courses for peer
- Academic Support Services including academic
counseling, academic coaching, academic intervention
with students on academic warning, probation,
suspension, and dismissal, a learning strategies
workshop series, a two credit hour learning strategies
course, and academic support services for graduate
- Scholastic Enhancement Program (a special
admissions program for Miami University) including a
transition course, specialized advising, academic
monitoring and intervention, and focus on
- Access Scholars Program (a support program for
Miami Access Initiative students) including a transition
course, a mentoring program, supplementary
advising and coaching, academic monitoring and
intervention, and facilitation of undergraduate
research, service learning, student leadership, and
student employment opportunities.
- Testing Center including distraction reduced test
proctoring and assistance with accessible technology.
- Recruit, select, train, supervise and evaluate full-time and student staff. Develop and implement plans for staff development.
- Provide leadership in program administration and management and the use of assessment and other data to improve programs and services.
- Manage the budget of the Rinella Center, including managing multiple gift accounts. Work closely with Advancement to practice good stewardship of gifts.
- Work in partnership with the co-located student disability office. Communicate regularly to ensure that we are providing up-to-date technology and support for students with disabilities.
- Work to establish partnerships and collaborative relations with other University offices and departments to provide effective academic support services for Miami University students.
- Articulate and interpret philosophies, concerns and policies of the Learning Center to the University and the broader community.
- Respond to student, parent and community needs, issues and concerns.
- Coordinate the development of marketing and other instructional and informational materials.
- Serve on University, Divisional and Departmental committees and task forces as assigned.
- Conduct research on retention, learning services, and academic intervention.
- Maintain longitudinal statistical data on student retention and success.
- Serve as a member of the Undergraduate Academic Advising Council to assist in the improvement, and coordination of the University's academic advising system for undergraduate students.
- Provide leadership and support in the development and implementation of a first-year research experience (FYRE) program for undergraduate students in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research.
- Partner with other offices to support the mission and work of the Division of Student Affairs; support division-wide and university-wide programs as needed.
- Ability to build partnerships and work collaboratively across Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, with faculty, and other campus partners to develop effective academic support services for students
- Master's degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, or another related field is required. An earned doctorate is preferred.
- Five or more years experience advising college students in one or more of the following areas is required: academic advising, college teaching, career counseling, supportive academic programs, or related area
- Demonstrated understanding of the developmental needs of college students
- Experience developing new programs and services
- Excellent computer skills and comfort with technology
- Experience with assessment and data-driven decision making
- Excellent written, oral, and presentation skills
- Must be willing to work occasional evening and weekend hours
Special Instructions to Applicants
Employment will require a criminal background check according to University guidelines.