Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits include health, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Internal Number: E99940
The Division of Student Affairs (DoSA) at the University of Northern Colorado is active, intentional, and forward thinking in its approach to working with students while promoting social mobility. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are embedded in our work.
DoSA is committed to supporting students in their personal and academic success. To help students to thrive, DoSA provides resources, tools, and opportunities to create a student experience focused on learning, by creating a powerful sense of belonging and campus connection; promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments; developing career readiness; supporting student well-being; and getting involved, giving back, and developing leadership talent. This is a transformational opportunity for a talented, ambitious leader to join a young division in the next stage of development and integration with the whole University — work that has immense potential to have a positive and far-reaching impact on the University and its students.
Student Affairs Guiding Principles
We will be a division that is unwavering in our creation of meaningful opportunities for student learning and development. We will be responsive to emerging student needs, while continuing to invest in staff so they can create a safe, engaged, holistically well, and innovative campus community.
We believe that every student has a right to full and equal participation in the university community. We identify and collaboratively eliminate institutional barriers to success and cultivate a student-centered co-curricular experience. We intentionally educate our students on self-awareness, well-being, equity, career readiness, and interpersonal engagement. We seek to understand who our students are and who they want to become. We shape supportive environments for students to grow and belong as they navigate higher education and beyond.
Opportunities and Expectations for Leadership
The Director of Career Readiness will bring energy, vision, entrepreneurial thinking, and coherence to the Division of Student Affairs. The Director will support a talented and committed staff who are deeply engaged in the work of the division as a learning organization with a curricular emphasis on learning outcomes. The student affairs staff works hard to enhance the student experience, support academic success, and elevate the profile of the student experience at UNC. The Director will possess the intellectual vision and motivation necessary to lead as a member of the Student Affairs team committed to its guiding principles.
This is an opportunity for a talented, ambitious leader to transform an institution by taking a newly-developed department to the next stage of progression and integration with the whole university—work that has the enormous potential to have a positive, transformational impact on the University and its students.
About University of Northern Colorado
Founded in 1889 and tucked between the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s stunning high plains, UNC is a public doctoral research university committed to the success of its 11,500 students, with more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs. The University’s just-right size, expert faculty, and tradition of research and hands-on learning gives students exceptional opportunities and a personalized education.
UNC is Colorado’s leader in education.?One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade.
A diverse and inclusive state university located in Greeley, Colorado, UNC is preparing for its designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and is committed to instilling passion in its students that will lead them to greater community engagement, fulfilling careers, and meaningful lives. This commitment has been a driving force as the University has expanded academic offerings and advanced new experiential learning opportunities.
There is no typical UNC student. UNC prides itself on being a university where students do not have to conform to belong. Whatever their unique talents may be, UNC helps students reach their fullest potential. The University prepares students not only to have successful careers but also to lead fulfilling lives, engage in intelligent public discourse, participate in government, and thrive in a changing, global world.
UNC has a long history of serving students who are often underrepresented at research universities. More than one-third of UNC undergraduates are the first in their family to go to college and more than one quarter are eligible for federal need-based financial aid. Of all UNC students, 30% identify as students of color.
UNC is the first-choice college for 70% of its incoming first-year students and the second choice for 23%. Their motivations for attending college are both pragmatic and intellectual. 90% say that getting training for a specific career was important in their decision to attend college, and 89% say learning about things that interest them was particularly important.
UNC strives to cultivate the unique potential of each of its students and is positioned to advance knowledge through discovery because of its size, faculty members’ close connections with their students, and tradition of research and hands-on learning. By immersing students in innovative teaching and research methods in the classroom and in the field, UNC provides its students with an exceptional educational experience. UNC’s talented and dedicated faculty are housed in the University’s five colleges:
Education and Behavioral Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business
Natural and Health Sciences
Performing and Visual Arts
Acclaimed for its expertise in education, business, health sciences, and performing arts, UNC offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs in a broad array of academic disciplines on campus, off campus, and online. Undergraduate students’ study in a liberal arts tradition that supports them in exploring broadly, making connections, thinking critically, and using what they learn to make a difference in the world around them. More than 40% of UNC undergraduates earn a degree in the Natural and Health Sciences or the Humanities and Social Sciences. Graduate students work closely with faculty mentors whose expert guidance supports them in attaining professional competency. Over 60% of UNC graduate students earn a degree in Education and Behavioral Sciences and more than 20% earn a degree in the Natural and Health Sciences.
UNC also offers more than 60 extended campus programs throughout the state and online, meeting an increasing demand among adult learners and working students in industry-relevant disciplines. Of UNC’s 120 graduate programs, almost half are taught at satellite locations or online.
Position Overview and Responsibilities
The Director of Student Administration (DSA) position will provide leadership and oversight for the Division of Student Affair’s (DoSA) student and central administrative functions. The Director will collaborate with other Student Affairs departments and campus stakeholders to promote overall navigational functions and support within the division, to enhance student learning inside and outside the classroom, and to create services that will support students to persist and complete. The Director will provide vision and strategic planning that supports the work of UNC and fulfills the division’s mission and develop long term goals and strategic planning that relates to a high-quality campus experience and support student success.
The Director of Career Readiness is accountable for leading the Center for Career Readiness, including supervising staff, managing the strategy and execution of daily operations for the area, and developing and implementing strategic plans for career readiness across the institution with input from DoSA leadership and key stakeholders. The Director manages and develops budgets in alignment with institutional priorities. The Director is responsible for leading key initiatives and managing critical collaborations with institutional partners including those in academic affairs, development, and alumni relations, in addition to external industry stakeholders.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The salary compensation or compensation range for this position is $75,000 - $78,000. Benefits include health, life, and dental insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement programs. Other benefits may be available based on position.
Requested Start Date: July 1, 2022
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made.
Location and Environment:
The University of Northern Colorado is a research intensive institution enrolling 12,000+ graduate and undergraduate students. The university, founded in 1889, is located in Greeley, Colorado, which has a growing population of 100,000 and is perfectly situated on the high plains with panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains. Greeley offers a small-town feel with big-city attractions and entertainment. Greeley is situated an hour north of Denver and 55 miles east of the Rocky Mountains. Further information about UNC and the City of Greeley is available at www.unco.edu, or the https://www.visitgreeley.org/, and the U.S Census Quick Facts.
This position is contingent on funding from the Colorado State Legislature, approval by the Board of Trustees, and subject to the policies and regulations of the University of Northern Colorado. Federal regulations require that the University retain all documents submitted by applicants. Materials will not be returned or copied for applicants.
Minimum qualifications include an earned bachelor’s degree.
5-7 years of progressive professional experience in areas such as career services, student affairs, college or corporate recruitment, or comparable areas.
Experience managing and supervising professional staff.
Demonstrated knowledge of current issues and trends related to higher education career services and student development.
Preferred qualifications include an earned master’s degree in student affairs, higher education administration, counseling, business, public administration, or related discipline.
Prior experience as a unit leader in a university career center.
Experience with career services online database systems, such as Handshake.
Experience working with student affairs curriculum and assessment.