Assistant Director of Advising and Student Academic Affairs
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
July 27, 2018
Ann Arbor, Michigan
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume in a single document to be uploaded in the on-line application. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, your advising philosophy and practice, and outline skills and competencies that directly relate to this position. Candidates who fail to meet this requirement will not be considered for the position.
The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an undergraduate, non-residential learning community designed to develop outstanding scholars at the University of Michigan. The program offers intensive and holistic advising (academic, personal, and financial), pre-professional advising, credit-bearing, intensive, introductory courses in select disciplines, a summer bridge program, tutoring services and skills workshops, first year interest groups, and other enrichment activities appropriate to a highly diverse group of students. The major objective of CSP is to retain and graduate students who, with intensive support and encouragement, will persist and graduate at the same outstanding rate for which the University of Michigan is known.
CSP seeks a highly-organized, detailed-oriented, and collaborative leader as Assistant Director of Advising and Student Academic Affairs. The successful candidate will direct the CSP Advising program and manage a team of professional advisors (10 FTE). Additional responsibilities include designing on-going training for advisors and assessment of CSP’s advising services. This position reports to the Associate Director of Student and Academic Affairs.
CSP Advising Program Administration
Provide leadership in promoting the holistic, active, and developmental model of CSP student success
Create and develop new advising models, policies, and procedures for effectiveness
Support the Associate Director in assessing and evaluating the CSP advising model
Develop evaluation tool to assess effectiveness of advising services to CSP student population
Provide leadership in the development of Summer Bridge Scholars Program advising workshop curriculum
Manage academic advisor assignment process
Process new CSP affiliates and oversee student group processing for incoming students
Manage late drop/add and midterm progress reporting processes for CSP
Establish effective working relationships with advising offices throughout the university
Develop communication plan to share information among CSP and other advising offices
Serve on advising awards committee in LSA
Meet with LSA Advising Directors as needed
Represent CSP Advising locally and nationally
Hiring, Supervision and Staff Development
Hire, train, supervise and evaluate academic advising staff
Develop on-boarding processes for new and continuing staff, including training around policy and procedures for the schools and colleges CSP serves
Establish advising staff work procedures and manage work hours throughout the office
Create yearly professional development & best practices model(s) for the continuous growth of advising staff
Academic Standards Board Member
Serve as CSP’s permanent member of the LSA Academic Standards Board
Perform LSA academic grade review after each term
Review petitions from LSA students requesting exceptions to College policy
Interpret College policy and procedures for students, staff, parents, and faculty
On-going training of advising staff on changes to college policies
Individual Student Advising
Advise and support assigned caseload of diverse undergraduate students
Orient students to academic programs and university services
Educate students on College and University degree requirements
Monitor academic progress and provide individual feedback to students through graduation
Manage non-traditional students re-entry into the College
Maintain regular contact with assigned students throughout their tenure at Michigan
Evaluate personal and academic needs of students and make necessary referrals
Serve as an active contributing member of the CSP leadership team
Develop and manage the CSP Student Advisory Committee
Chair and/or serve on department committees as required
Analyze current trends in academic advising and incorporate this knowledge into the CSP advising model as appropriate
Maintain active membership in professional associations such as NACADA and MiACADA
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in advising or an academic discipline which would support the advising function
At least 3 years of experience supervising a team of professional staff members
Three years of progressively responsible work experience in advising and/or student success programs
Understanding of student development theory and practices used to foster student learning
Demonstrated experience in staff development and supervision, including the ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and support a diverse staff
Ability to analyze data, identify trends, and communicate impact
Ability to effectively relate to students and staff of diverse ages and backgrounds
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent leadership, supervisory, planning, problem-solving, organizational, project management and customer service skills
Ph.D. in Higher Education or related field
Demonstrated leadership experience in a higher education setting, preferably in academic advising or student services
At least five years of experience in supervising academic advising; deep familiarity with best practices for advising, and student academic success
Able to effectively lead collaborative groups of faculty, staff, current and prospective students
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 160698
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.