Location: SCSU Main Campus, 720 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud MN 56301
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: At Will
The Executive Director of Advising & Student Success leads and oversees all services and operations of Advising & Student Transitions (A&ST) including the design, implementation and assessment of the university's advising system; implementation and operation of the university's early-alert student success platform (EAB Navigate); outreach and intervention for student success; orientation/on-boarding programs (including Advising and Registration Days and Huskies First Four), supervision of academic advisors, student success coaches, and staff; and providing resources and training support for faculty advisors and academic staff in colleges/schools.
The Executive Director will have delegated authority to lead professional staff and faculty in other areas of University College, outside of A&ST on initiatives/projects that are assigned by the Dean/AVP. The Executive Director will also perform various duties outside of A&ST that support the mission of the college and contribute to a culture of student-centered, individualized approaches to student services.
The Executive Director works in cooperation and close partnership with colleagues in Academic Affairs, Admissions, Records and Registration, the TRIO Student Success Program, Multicultural Student Services, Center for International Studies, Career Center, and Student Affairs to promote and support student success.
Lead, oversee, and implement all operations, services, programs, and activities in A&ST, including academic advising, academic coaching, new student orientation/on-boarding, outreach and intervention for student success, Community College Connection, support and training for faculty advisors and academic staff. Oversee budget for A&ST, including establishing financial goals, monitoring, and adjusting to ensure budget is both met and sustainable in the long and short term.
Supervise department personnel, including but not limited to hiring, coaching and developing, promoting, rewarding, assigning and reviewing of work, directing work, approving transfers, disciplining, suspending, discharging and adjusting grievances to ensure all A&ST advising processes flow smoothly; ensure all expenditures for A&ST are within budget; collective bargaining agreements and Minnesota State policies and procedures are implemented and appropriately enforced, all applicable laws and regulations are implemented and enforced, and all employees and applicants receive equitable treatment. Create and promote a culture of inclusive excellence that is committed to advancing the university's principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Oversee implementation and all operations of the university's student success platform (EAB Navigate), which is used for student outreach and intervention, including but not limited to: alerts and Progress Report Campaigns, training and support for faculty and staff on campaigns, and ensure that data on academic advising and student success are collected, maintained and disseminated to Dean/AVP and senior leaders to inform data-driven decision making.
Perform administrative duties in University College and lead student success projects/initiatives as assigned by Dean/AVP.
Work collaboratively with colleagues across university units for student success initiatives, projects, or services.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Master's degree and eight (8) years of professional experience in academic advising (or a related area) in a higher education setting providing direct service to students; or Doctoral degree and five (5) years of professional experience in academic advising (or a related area) in a higher education setting providing direct service to students
Five (5) years of professional experience leading an academic unit in higher education, including supervision of a substantial professional staff
Demonstrated progressive leadership skills and budget management acumen
Advanced understanding and knowledge of advising models, effective practices in academic advising, academic coaching, and best practices for student success and retention
Ability to collaborate across multiple academic and student service units
Experience working with diverse student populations and demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; ability to facilitate diverse perspectives and experiences
Demonstrated ability to collect, understand, analyze data/research and report data in ways that inform senior leaders for strategic decision making.
Possession of a growth mindset and ability to lead and develop a team to be adaptable and flexible to changes or challenging situations, including learning new systems and processes.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Teaching experience in higher education
Administrative experience in academic affairs within higher education
Experience integrating Diversity Equity and Inclusion principles
Change management experience
Understanding of enrollment and recruitment, financial aid, and student information systems
Founded in 1869, St. Cloud State is an award-winning regional public university and proud member of the Minnesota State Universities & Colleges system. The 100-acre campus is about an hour northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul, along the oak-crowned west bank of the Mississippi River. St. Cloud State students prepare for life, work and citizenship by exploring the world around them and making it better. St. Cloud State employees value active and applied learning, community engagement, sustainability, and global and cultural understanding. These commitments complement more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, 60 graduate programs and 250 student clubs and organizations. St. Cloud State began as a normal school in 1869 and became St. Cloud State Teachers College in 1921. Bachelor's degrees were first offered in 1925. Master's degrees debuted in 1957. In 1975, the institution became St. Cloud State University. In recent years, the University added applied doctoral programs in Higher Education Administration and Educational Administration and Leadership. A diverse mix of students from Midwestern towns and U.S. metropolitan areas are learning alongside more than 1,000 international students from about 80 nations.
Additional information on St. Cloud State University can be found here.
Why Work For Us
GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
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About Saint Cloud State University
St. Cloud State prepares students for life, work and citizenship in the 21st century. In our rigorous academic programs, students apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Our 200 academic programs, 60 graduate degrees and education abroad choices on six continents emphasize hands-on learning through community engagement and close interaction with professors. Couple that with support from the Career Services Center and you have a clear path to a career. Our 100-acre campus is between downtown St. Cloud and the Beaver Islands, a group of more than 30 islands that form a natural maze for a two-mile stretch of the Mississippi River.