The University of Tennessee, Knoxvilleinvites applications for the position of Assistant Director in the Office ofNational Scholarships & Fellowships. The University of Tennessee, Knoxvilleis the state's flagship research institution, a campus of choice foroutstanding undergraduates, and a premier graduate institution. Enrollingapproximately 29,000 students, the campus is located in the foothills of theGreat Smoky Mountains. As a land-grant university, the university is committedto excellence in teaching and learning, scholarship, and engagement.
The Office of National Scholarships& Fellowships is part of the Division of Academic Success & Transitions,which is comprised of four units devoted to undergraduate student success: StudentSuccess Center, First-Year Studies, Student Support Services (federally fundedTRiO grant), and the Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF).
The Assistant Director is a new positionin ONSF, an office that has seen significant growth in campus engagement the pastfive years, including being named a Fulbright Top-Producing Institution in 2019.The Assistant Director will work alongside the Director and Senior FacultyDirector, as well as its numerous faculty and staff partners, in service ofONSF's primary function: to identify, advise, mentor, and develop a diversepool of candidates for nationally and internationally competitive awards. TheAssistant Director should possess a demonstrated commitment to working effectivelywith high-achieving students across academic fields and backgrounds, as well assuperior skill in writing, rhetoric, and composition, as evidenced by literary,journalistic, or scholarly publications and/or successful grant applications.The Assistant Director will also spearhead activities to further raiseawareness of nationally competitive awards among students, faculty, and staff,and contribute to strategic decision-making in ONSF.
Studentadvising and mentoring:
*Meet regularly1-on-1 with a diverse pool of potential and current fellowships candidates, toinclude general advising on nationally competitive awards, collaborativestrategic planning with candidates for their time at the university to improvecompetitiveness for targeted awards, and mentoring students in ways thatconnect them with key on- and off-campus resources and opportunities forpersonal and professional growth.
*Maintain detailedrecords of student meetings and play a substantial role in increasing ONSF'sadvising with first- and second-year students.
Applicationprocess coordination and oversight:
*Provide guidancein the drafting of candidate materials (e.g., personal and project statements);review candidate materials and provide detailed feedback; and offer ongoingsupport to students in their efforts to see applications through tocompletion/submission.
*Work withDirector and Senior Faculty Director in forming campus interview/nominationcommittees, scheduling campus interviews, and drafting endorsement/nominationmaterials as needed.
*Help solicit andtrack other incoming application materials, such as transcripts and letters ofrecommendation, and collaborate with the Director to ensure timely submissionof application packages.
*Take primary responsibilityfor particular awards and processes that best fit the incumbent's strengths, tobe agreed upon in consultation with the Director.
*Manage someinternal award application processes.
*Assist theDirector and Senior Faculty Director in promoting awareness of nationallycompetitive awards among students, faculty, and staff.
*Examples ofcampus engagement include, but are not limited to: organizing and leadinggeneral information sessions, workshops, and classroom and departmental visits;developing promotional materials; promoting ONSF's internal awards; representingONSF through university committee work; website development and maintenance;and e-mail, newsletter, and social media engagement.
Departmentalleadership and other tasks as assigned:
*Contributesubstantially to the strategic direction of this growing office, such asthrough ongoing and annual assessment activities and the development ofsubsequent initiatives, planning documents, and strategic partnerships.
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