This position reports to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
This is a full-time, twelve-month, annually renewable position.
The individual will assume leadership for enhancing the advising and counseling functions. The Director will be responsible for leading the development of a comprehensive service program to respond to the advising and counseling needs of students. The individual participates in policy development, strategic planning, assessment, student emergency coordination, and program management. The Director must support a shared governance model, bring a team approach toward advising and counseling and build a working relationship with all academic and non-academic departments. Some weekend, early morning and evening hours are required. Major responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Manages department and staff who advise and counsel students regarding educational, social, and personal issues; i.e. course and program selection, class scheduling, college changes, as well as personal issues that arise;
Responsible for day-to-day operations of the Advising and Counseling Office and supervises all hourly and salaried staff employed within the office;
Maintains accurate and appropriate records on students who utilize the departmental services and assists with other data collection for reporting purposes as needed;
Assists with the direction and formulation of policies and procedures that impact retention and provides support for the overall enrollment growth;
Collaborates in the preparation & submission of applications for grants in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs;
Provides leadership for institutional academic advising policies, practices, programs and training in support of student development and retention;
Provides for the development, presentation and ongoing maintenance of the advisors and counselors professional training programs;
Directs service, referral, and outreach efforts in relation to the resolution of student issues and concerns;
Manages and coordinates group advising sessions for continuing students and at new student orientations;
Maintains an on-going positive relationship with Student Affairs and Academic Affairs on related activities, policies, procedure, and updates within the respective department/division;
Manages and assists in the planning, implementation, assessment, counseling, and improvement of the Advising and Counseling Department’s programs and services;
Assists in the development of the annual budget and assumes leadership for the unit’s assessment and strategic plan;
Serve on shared governance and other committees as approved by Vice President for Student Affairs;
Utilizes various word-processing, database and spreadsheet applications in downloading information from the administrative database system for individual/team reports;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master’s degree required in counselor education, college student personnel, student development or other appropriate degree field. Must have 5-7 years of progressively responsible management supervision and administrative experience in a higher education setting. Ability to develop new programs and functional areas of responsibility. Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills; must have working knowledge of computer relational databases and office-related software; knowledge of Ellucian Banner desirable. Support of a safe, student-centered learning environment and an appreciation for, and understanding of, a two-year college mission is expected; along with the ability to further the College’s commitment to multiculturalism and diversity.
About Rhodes State College
Rhodes State College is a public, state-assisted institution of higher learning which is chartered to provide degree granting career education programs, non-credit workforce development, and consulting for business and industry. The college prepares students for entry into careers, develops the regional workforce through credit and non-credit occupational training, and offers curricular programs that prepare students for transfer completion baccalaureate programs at selected colleges and universities. With over 4,100 students, the college's core institutional values of integrity, caring, responsibility, respect, and quality guide its policies and practices.