Assistant Director for Student Equity and First-Generation Programs

Saint Mary's College
March 17, 2023
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Position Assistant Director for Student Equity and First-Generation Programs

Job Category Administrator/Management Job Description

Saint Mary's College seeks a student-centered leader to serve as the Assistant Director for Student Equity and First-Generation Programs to lead initiatives to support first-generation and/or low socioeconomic identified students, oversee the Kessler Scholars program, and serve as a team member for the Division for Inclusion & Equity. The Assistant Director will work in close partnership with the Division's leadership, programs and centers, and other campus units to provide an inclusive atmosphere of collaboration and to leverage the multiplicity of resources in service of the program's objectives.

The Kessler Scholars Program provides financial, academic, professional, and personal support to help first-generation students navigate Saint Mary's College with a clear sense of belonging and purpose across all years of their undergraduate experience. The program will welcome 20 first-year students each year with an overall goal of supporting a four-year cohort of 80 students. Students in the Kessler Scholars Program engage in shared learning experiences, receive regular one-on-one guidance from professional staff, support one another through a peer-mentoring program, come together for interactive workshops and community service events, and help shape program activities through a student leadership board.

Job Duties

  • Lead and administer innovative programmatic and co-curricular development to support first-generation and/or low socioeconomic students.
  • Direct the Kessler Scholars program including peer mentoring and student advisory board.
  • Executes program-level assessment and evaluation, including annual reporting to the College and the Kessler Scholars Collaborative on outcomes and achievements.
  • Assist with the recruitment, selection, and awarding process to select and retain a broadly diverse student cohort.
  • Support individual student needs through coaching and mentorship.
  • Create, develop, and maintain systems for engaging Kessler Scholars alums in program activities with current students.
  • Represent the College within the national Kessler Scholars Collaborative and works with professional staff peers at partner institutions to build network and connection opportunities for students.
  • Build partnerships across campus to support resource connections for first-generation and/or low socioeconomic students, and Kessler Scholars.
  • Build awareness of the program and the experiences under resourced students face at Saint Mary's College.
  • Serve as a resource to the College on issues related to under resourced students and other access and success matters.
  • Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Education, Psychology, Sociology, or a related field.
  • Three or more years of demonstrated successful experience working in higher education, student services, or multicultural service is required.
  • Demonstrated success in a leadership role related to student success program design and development.
  • Demonstrated success working with and participating in programs promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Experience working with culturally diverse groups and demonstrated knowledge of research and practice related to support of first-generation and under-represented students, student retention and completion, and academic success.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with high-impact practices for undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and cooperation as well as a sense of community around a shared vision and set of values.
  • Strong partnership-oriented and collaborative working style; strong interpersonal, listening, and influencing skills; the ability to cultivate and sustain trust and credibility with colleagues.
  • Preferred Qualifications

    A Master's degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Education, Counseling, or a related field is preferred.

    EEO Statement

    Saint Mary's College is an Equal Opportunity Employer, in keeping with the College's mission, Saint Mary's is committed to increasing racial and ethnic diversity at all levels – students, faculty, and staff – and seeks applications from candidates who share this commitment.

    Job Type Full-time FLSA Exempt

    Posting Detail Information

    Posting Number S19277

    Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Department Website Scheduled Days of Week and Hours Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Scheduled Hours per Week 40 hours Scheduled Months 12 Open Date 01/13/2023 Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant

    COVID-19 Considerations:

    Saint Mary's College requires all faculty, staff and students to be fully immunized against COVID-19. Medical or religious exemptions may be considered for approval.

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    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Optional Documents

  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation
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