TITLE Director, Access and Success Programs
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 1835
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs – Multicultural Services
The Director, Access and Success Programs works to recruit and improve retention rates of first generation, low-income students through a variety of programs and initiatives. The Director, Access and Success Programs recruits, builds, and maintains relationships with non-profit partners with an interest in supporting first generation, low-income students and assures compliance with agreements with those non-profit partners.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A Master’s degree is required.
Experience: At least three years of experience working with first generation, low-income students in a higher education setting is required.
Skills: The ability to work successfully with historically underrepresented students is required. Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required. Organizational skills are required. A working knowledge of computer applications is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
Other: Occasional overnight travel and attendance at evening and weekend events is required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Supports first-generation, low-income students with programming and resources to help them succeed academically and graduate.
2. Works with first generation, low-income high school students to introduce the higher education experience by hosting recruitment events on campus and a summer orientation experience.
3. Monitors the academic records, attendance at monthly one-on-one meetings and group meetings, and the utilization of support services of historically underrepresented students.
4. Oversees the Bears LEAD program that promotes success for low-income, first generation, low ACT score, and/or from historically underrepresented backgrounds.
5. Meets monthly with each student associated with these programs and provides advising related to academic, financial, and personal concerns and provides monthly group meetings and programming for students associated with these programs.
6. Develops and maintains policies, procedures, plans, and programs for programs administered through Access Programs.
7. Plans and administers the budgets for Access Programs.
8. Compiles information regarding academic performance, enrollment status, financial aid, retention, persistence, proactive registration reports, student involvement reports, etc. and provides and presents this information to various audiences, including the Board of Governors.
9. Develops and nurtures relationships with non-profit partners with an interest in supporting first generation, low-income students.
10. Assures compliance with the terms of partner agreements that require the provision of services for historically underrepresented students, including academic support, intrusive academic advising, counseling, referrals, career coaching, campus programming, leadership opportunities, etc.
11. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
12. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the supervisor.
The Director, Access and Success Programs is supervised by the Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs –Multicultural Services and supervises full-time employees and graduate assistants.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
REVISED MAY 2021