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Posted Job Title
Associate Director of Student Affairs
Job Profile Title
Associate Director C
Job Description Summary
The Associate Director of Student Affairs works with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to manage student affairs for all degree programs and create a supportive, responsive environment in which students can thrive, academically, socially and emotionally. The position supports the creation and delivery of programs and services that foster a positive student experience, paying close attention to the unique needs of international students, students of color, LGBTQ students, and first-generation low-income students.
Provide advocacy, mentoring and support for students in all degree programs, demonstrating an understanding of the unique needs of students of color, LGBTQ students, international students, and first-generation low-income students. Advise and help obtain resources for student government and student organizations. Work closely with SP2 Student Government and SP2 Student Organizations, assist with on-boarding new student leaders to SP2 policies and procedures.
Design, develop, and distribute information to new students in all degree programs, collaborating with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid as needed. Plan and execute new student orientations for all degree programs; attend University NSO planning meetings. Develop and implement assessment and evaluation procedures for NSO; analyze results, and make changes accordingly. Plan, manage, and execute SP2 graduation.
Provide first-level counseling and advising to students in distress/expressing concerns regarding their academic, social, or emotional experiences. Liaise with, and connect students to, SP2 and campus resources and services (e.g., cultural resource centers, Career Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Office of Learning Resources, Student Disabilities Services, Graduate Student Center, Housing Office, Office of International Programs) designed to promote studentsâ™ academic and personal success and wellness.
Ensure that student physical meeting spaces (student lounge, student study center) are well equipped , comfortable, and functional.
Attend VPUL student affairs liaisons meetings, student disabilities liaisons meetings, and career services liaison meetings, representing SP2â™s voice and perspective. Attend SP2 Student Policies and Procedures Committee and monthly Community Meetings with SP2 Student Government. Report issues and actionable items to the Associate Dean and make recommendations for responses/changes as needed.
Develop and implement assessment and evaluation procedures for student affairs functions. Analyze and report on results to the Associate Dean; help develop strategies, programs/initiatives, and policy changes to address challenges and issues, and to facilitate the creation of a supportive environment in which all students can thrive; convene student affairs advisory committee.
Serve as liaison to student groups and clubs, assisting them with navigating University and School policies and procedures, and organizing events and projects. Support and facilitate the development and implementation of extracurricular activities that speak to student interest and needs. Update and maintain the Student Affairs & Support section of the SP2 website.
Perform additional duties as assigned
Bachelorâ™s degree and 3-5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required; Masterâ™s degree preferred. The ideal candidate will have: student affairs experience and/or counseling experience; sensitivity to needs of students from diverse backgrounds; strong interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team; excellent communication skills (speaking, writing, and listening); ability to represent the School and the Associate Dean in a professional manner; flexibility and creativity; the ability to work autonomously, multi-task, organize, coordinate and monitor work in process; proficiency in Microsoft Word, and knowledge of or ability to learn how to use SRS (Student Registration System), AIT (Advisor In Touch), and CIT (Courses in Touch). Please note, this position requires work in the evenings to accommodate the schedules of part-time students and also requires occasional work on the weekend.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
School of Social Policy and Practice
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00015271
About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.