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Terminal or Master’s Degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education, or related field from an Accredited College or University. A minimum of 7 years experience in Academic Support Services or related areas. Evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience including supervision and budget management. Outstanding writing skills (ability to construct successful grant proposals), oral communication skills, computer skills, strong interpersonal skills and a willingness to work closely with other units on campus.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Executive Director provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for academic initiatives that promote the academic support services of the Student Learning Center. Additionally, the position supports and coordinates collaborative activities with existing academic communities on campus.
The Executive Director of the Student Learning Center (SLC) reports to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and participates fully in the activities and services as an active member of the University College Council. This is a full-time 12-month position.
The responsibilities of the Executive Director of the SLC are to oversee the operation of the programs within the SLC and include, but are not limited to:
Supporting all students served in the Student Learning Center.
Serving as an advocate both for the SLC unit and for the students served by SLC; publicizing successes and communicating the mission and needs to the Appalachian community and other institutions that look to the SLC as a model for academic support.
Coordinating strategic planning and assessment for the SLC including: keeping up with applicable research and national trends, supervising the implementation of the plan and developing and submitting budget requests based upon the established objectives and priorities.
Hiring/dismissing, training, supervising, and evaluating SHRA & EHRA staff of the SLC; conducting annual performance reviews and making salary and promotion recommendations. Direct reports to the Executive Director include the Directors of Academic Strategy Instruction, the As-U-R program, and University Tutorial Services as well as a University Program Associate.
Serving on the University College Council, the Admissions Committee and Admissions Review Committee, Student Success Team, Undergraduate Recruitment and Transition Team, and other councils and committees as appropriate.
Making budget requests to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education for the continued maintenance and operation of the program (travel, supplies and equipment, graduate students, student temporary and work/study funds, etc.) and administering these funds when allocations are made.
Serving as the SLC liaison to the Registrar's Office, the Admissions Office, the Office of Student Success, and other agencies/units/areas seeking to provide academic support to students.
Consulting with program directors, who also supervise staff, in the performance of their responsibilities regarding supervision and evaluation.
Leading regular staff meetings of the SLC.
Participating in campus, regional and national professional development programs on learning assistance, retention, and student success that would enhance the overall effectiveness of the SLC services.
Carrying out the policies adopted by the administration and interpreting them for SLC personnel; keeping the administration fully informed of the operation and needs of the program and preparing the SLC section of the Annual Report to the Chancellor.
Developing and administering other budgets for the SLC including grant funds.
Serving as a member of grant writing teams within the SLC for new grant applications.
Providing support and leadership for personnel development and training in order to enhance the personal and professional growth and development of SLC staff.
Managing and maintaining the facilities assigned to the Student Learning Center.
Working in conjunction with the Directors and Chairpersons of appropriate campus programs to assure integration of academic support information and services.
Work with other directors affected including the Executive Director of Advising and Student Success, the Director of Academic Services for Student-Athletes, and others to plan for the coordination of retention efforts and Mid Term Grade Reports.
Close coordination with the Executive Director of Advising and Student Success to improve retention and to enhance student success.
Teaching appropriate classes as time permits.
Master’s degree in higher education or related field; ten years of experience in supporting college students through advising and mentoring including progressive responsibility in academic support programming; experience in grant writing for student support programs.
Type of Position: Full Time Position
Work Schedule/Hours: Mon.- Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.