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Associate Director University College
University of North Carolina Wilmington in Wilmington, North Carolina
Date Posted 08/20/2020
Admin-Student Affairs and Services
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
Associate Director University College
External Link to Posting
University College - 30120
Vacancy Number
Position Number
Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Associate Director of University College within Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is part of a collaborative team promoting student success through the day-to-day management of a comprehensive academic advising and student engagement program. This position’s primary responsibility is the design, development, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of the advising and curricular efforts within University College. The Associate Director of University College reports to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director of University College and supports University College’s mission by developing and leading a comprehensive approach to strengthening university-wide retention and persistence goals and student success efforts within University College. Particular attention is focused on strategic retention goals for first-to-second year students, and transitioning University College students to other Academic units. In addition, the Associate Director works collaboratively with the Assistant Directors to support and manage all personnel issues and when needed involves the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Director of University College. The Associate Director serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team within University College and plays a vital role in developing and interpreting policies, developing systems-oriented methods to address workflow, goal setting, program level assessment, and operations and planning.

Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s Degree and equivalent combination of training and experience necessary to perform the work is required
  • Minimum of seven years of progressive responsibility in collegiate academic advising or student service setting
List the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the essential functions of the position
  • Strong staff supervision, budget oversight, and management of the needs within an evolving and complex organization.
  • Experience leading student retention and persistence initiatives
  • Superior interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; demonstrated effective public speaking skills
  • Proven abilities to prioritize and handle multiple deadlines and projects in the midst of changing priorities
  • Strong team building skills to provide collaborative leadership within the team, throughout the university, and with other key stakeholders on campus
  • Exceptional leadership skills with ability to manage people and results within a complex organizational structure
  • Proven ability to lead and drive change
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective teams to meet necessary outcomes
  • Dynamic interpersonal talents that incorporate a collaborative work style
  • Ability to demonstrate successful outcomes through measures such as academic progress, persistence, retention, and completion
  • Possess strong commitment to students and the overall mission of the University College to help students progress successfully through college
  • Possess strong commitment to and advocacy of the liberal arts tradition through advising practices and curriculum & first-year program development.
  • Program development, implementation and evaluation experience, strong attention to detail
  • Must demonstrate strong data management and analytical skills and/or the ability to learn these skills quickly
  • Must have experience or demonstrate the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with the university community and work as an effective team member in a diverse work environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to the highest ethical standards in leadership and administration
Preferred formal education, professional skills and work experience
  • Ph.D. preferred, in counseling, higher education or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to apply current best practices in student development theory when developing/modifying policies and practices
  • Demonstrated ability to apply student development and enrollment management theories, and current technological tools to contemporary advising practices
  • Current experience with the use of data in advising; experience in data analytics software preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and executing program level assessment to support strategic initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement professional development experiences, aligned with the codified philosophy and curriculum of academic advising
  • Demonstrated understanding of student learning process and curriculum and instructional design viewed through the lens of student development theory to support students in transitioning and adhering to the academic mission of the university.
  • Teaching and/or course/classroom management experience within higher education
  • Demonstrated skill in exceptional organizational and time management
  • Demonstrated experience in effective project and/or program management
  • Demonstrated skill in exceptional communication with on campus constituencies (e.g., staff, faculty, students, managers, etc.)
Primary purpose of the division, department, and/or grant

Undergraduate Studies is the central division for implementing the mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship and creative work as well as service to local, regional and global communities. The division allocates resources to recruit and retain faculty scholars and to create a learning environment that encourages students. As part of the University’s commitment to excellence in undergraduate education, the University College was created to provide academic advising and support to?UNCW?students from the time of their admission until they declare their major, which is usually in their sophomore year. The primary focus of the University College is to ensure that students: make a successful transition to?UNCW, are retained in good academic standing, and identify and declare an appropriate major. Through its advisors and academic support programs, the University College works with students in their formative semesters to assist them in developing their interests, skills and talents to the fullest extent.

College/School Information

The University College is the first academic home for over 3000 new first-year students each year. First-year students (including select transfer and military students) are advised in the University College until they declare a major or pre-major. The University College also administers the following academic programs and courses: Freshmen Seminar, Academic Learning Communities, and Synergy: The UNCW Common Reading program in addition to supporting students who are interested in Pre-Health and Pre-Law professions.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

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Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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