Boston University invites applications for the founding director of a university-wide program to support our first generation undergraduate and graduate students and their families. A large, private, urban research university with nearly 34,000 students, Boston University is committed to enabling our first-generation students engagement in a full, rich educational experience and to supporting their success throughout their academic programs and in their post-graduation aspirations. 17% of Boston Universitys 17,000 undergraduates come from families whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree; nearly half are Pell-eligible; almost a third are from historically underrepresented groups. We seek a creative thinker and experienced leader in student success to envision, develop, and direct a dynamic, multimodal program to recognize the distinctive strengths and address the challenges experienced by first-generation students. Building on and coordinating existing efforts across campus, this central, university-wide program will provide evidence-based, measurable (immediate and longitudinal), holistic interventions and opportunities for conversation and advice that are open to all students with the questions and needs often expressed by first-generation students. It will also provide support to meet the specific needs of sub-populations of first-generation students. The director will report to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs and will collaborate with BUs 17 degree-granting schools and colleges; the Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Advising; the Offices of the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs, the Associate Provost and Dean of Students, and the Associate Provost for Enrollment and Student Administration; Wellness & Prevention; the Center for Career Development; Alumni Relations; the Office of College Access, and other units. In consultation with stakeholders, including undergraduate and graduate students, the director will create a coherent ecosystem of opportunities that serve students in a clear, thoughtful, purposeful way.
The founding director will have the opportunity to hire two professional staff plus graduate students and undergraduate students to help develop programming to enhance the success of our first-generation students by: *Providing support and information to students and families
*Increasing their sense of belonging, community, and involvement in campus life by fostering substantive connections with peers, advisors, faculty, staff and alumni
*Cultivating greater confidence and self-advocacy skills, including harnessing and augmenting the determination and sensitivity of first-generation students as strengths for themselves and others
*Creating occasions for conversation and advice for and among first-generation and other students
*Enhancing students ability to identify and access resources and opportunities to make the most of their BU education, including engagement in such high-impact practices as study abroad, internships, research, and capstone experiences.
*A highly skilled professional, with expertise and at least 5 years of experience in higher education student success.
* A thorough understanding of academic culture, the environment of a large research university, and an ability to engage faculty and staff is essential.
* A thorough understanding of the nuances of intersectionality.
*Excellent teamwork and diplomacy skills, including the ability to work with a variety of constituencies on issues around student success.
*Excellent communication skills, including written, oral/signed, and web-based.
*Experience motivating and supervising staff for a common goal.
*Advanced degree required.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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