Director of Academic Success - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 135833
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Tue Aug 24 2021 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
Reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of Academic Success (DAS) strategically leads and manages college-wide academic success and testing services to maximize the academic success of all learners. Academic success services include conducting college readiness and academic skills workshops; managing tutoring, and academic coaching; collaborating with advising, the disabilities office, student services, and advising offices to support academic success planning and to optimize the support available to the general population learners; and using student progress and academic success analytics to identify students and target interventions. The incumbent will also have responsibility for developing instructional materials/resources implementing and managing an academic resource center. The DAS will also manage testing services for the college, including placement testing, certification testing, and proctoring. Management of the testing center includes identifying and managing the administration of tests, interpretation of findings, and collaborating with faculty and advisors to align assessment results with advising recommendations and course placement.
Lead and supervise staff providing academic success and testing services;
Manage dissemination of information regarding academic success resources as well as testing standards/guidelines/recommendations;
Prepare and manage the budget for academic success and testing services;
Establish and maintain policies for effective, accessible, and efficient use of success services;
Oversee the development of resources and curation of academic success repositories;
Serve as a resource for faculty and academic advisors on issues related to placement, academic success interventions, and academic success planning;
Collaborate closely with advising to ensure appropriate and effective use of testing results to inform course placement, assessment of college readiness, and early interventions;
Oversee implementation of success services for students with disabilities in collaboration with the Disabilities Office;
Oversee college activities that are geared toward improving outcomes for identified students, probationary students, and the general population of learners;
Oversee administration of all tests offered via Testing Services and interpretation of test results;
Recruit, train, supervise, evaluate, and develop professional and paraprofessional tutors, and manage the eTutoring platform;
Create and conduct relevant workshops for tutors, faculty, and staff;
Oversee implementation and maintenance of technologies used for academic support and testing services;
Serve on college and state-wide committees relevant to academic success;
Serve as chair of the MWCC Academic Review Board;
Perform other services and duties as assigned.
Master's degree in English, Mathematics, Education, or a discipline taught at the college;
Four years of higher education or related experience supporting learner success, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience;
Three years of supervisory experience and evidence of excellent supervisory, administrative, and leadership skills;
Experience working in a college/university academic support, advising, or tutoring center;
Knowledge of assessment in higher education and experience with placement testing
Experience in planning, developing, and managing academic support programs at the post-secondary level;
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND APTITUDES:
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a diverse population of students presenting with a wide range of college readiness, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education;
Demonstrated knowledge of disability issues, strategies, and approaches to universally supporting the success of all learners;
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires data-driven decision-making and highly effective communications and collaboration;
Ability to organize, manage, and facilitate multi-functional teams, including onboarding, training, and continuous professional development;
Ability to communicate effectively through written and verbal modes and to work effectively through distance learning technology.
Doctoral degree in English, Mathematics, Education, or related disciplines;
Five years of supervisory experience and a record of success leading teams to support student success;
Demonstrated expertise and experience in planning, designing, implementing, and improving academic success strategies and initiatives;
Demonstrated record of pursuing and obtaining external funding to support success initiatives
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $70,000.00-$80,000.00 Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.