The Assistant/Associate Director, First-Generation Student Success will support Michigan State University in advancing existing and emerging initiatives that support the success of first-generation college students. This position will manage the operational aspects of the newly created Spartan First-Generation Leadership and Innovation (FLI) program as well as management of funding support for students to participate in high-impact experiences. The position also has responsibility for coordinating an emerging set of campus-wide first-generation student success initiatives and committees. As a campus leader for first-generation student success, this role is an exciting opportunity to innovate and build partnerships to enhance student success at Michigan State University.
Coordinate, develop, and teach 1 credit UGS 110 first-year seminar course for students in the Spartan FLI Program.
Advising/Curriculum Development (50%)
Develop comprehensive academic advising and coaching program in alignment with university advising policies and practices for Spartan FLI program.
Daily operation of the Spartan FLI program with development and management of academic and socio-emotional programming including workshops, orientations, welcomes, recognition celebrations and summer bridge programming.
Provide individual coaching and advising to program students in the FLI program.
Advise students in applying for funding and getting involved with high-impact practices such as research, study abroad, etc.
Serve as a primary contact for first-generation students to support institutional navigation and connection.
Develop and monitor policies, procedures, and processes for efficient and effective program operations with intentional outcomes.
Collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to maximize support for program students (i.e. colleges and academic units, other support programs, New Student Orientation, Office of Financial Aid, academic colleges, and Residential Education and Housing Services, etc.).
Collaborate and coordinate with faculty, staff, students, administrators, other University programs, and other stakeholders to ensure student success outcomes and learning goals.
Lead the developing of learning outcomes, curriculum for and implementation of campus-wide first-generation celebration week
In collaboration with Deputy Director, create and convene campus-wide first-generation forward committee including event planning, programming, marketing, and development of emergent initiatives.
Implement comprehensive assessment and evaluation strategies to provide for continuous program improvement and effective operations.
Monitor and utilize institutional level data on first-generation student success to make informed decisions regarding the implementation of new and existing first-generation initiatives.
Work with Data Analysts to develop data request calendars, assessment plans, and reports.
Utilize technology platforms to organize program data on participants in order to assist in the measurement of learning outcomes and program goals.
Report, document, and present as appropriate on the programs and first-generation student success.
Coordinate with staff to develop and implement annual recruitment and orientation plans.
Establish partnerships with on-campus and off-campus community stakeholders to develop first-generation student success initiatives.
Serve as a lead campus representative and advocate for first-generation student issues on-campus and through involvement with the National Center for First-Generation Student Success as part of First-Gen Forward initiative.
Develop and work with staff to implement a communications and outreach plan for first-generation student programs and resources including working with website, print, and social media.
Leadership, management, and supervision of one full-time professional as well as graduate student employees/interns, and undergraduate student employees.
Manage distribution of Dr. Kimberlynn J. Kleasen and Glenn S. Thomas Fund for Student Success for students to participate in high-impact practices. Manage promotion of the funds, application process, and convene review committee.
Manage program expenditures in alignment with budget plan and donor fund requirements.
Serve on relevant committees.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -higher education, student affairs or ano
Master’s degree with 5 years of experience higher education.
Excellent communication skills; including an ability to work diplomatically and effectively with campus partners.
Experience managing and supervising staff towards program goals and ability to apply project management concepts.
Ability to access, understand, and interpret data from multiple sources to facilitate and promote student success through pro-active and innovative student services
Demonstrated competency in workplace technologies and evidence of promoting effective teamwork among faculty and staff. Experience with student support technology systems.
Proven commitment to undergraduate student success with a diversity, equity, and inclusion lens to close opportunity gaps.
Demonstrated ability to work with students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
The ideal candidate will have deep knowledge of issues pertaining to first-generation college students as well as undergraduate student success concepts, theories and/or practice.
Previous work in developing, leading, or supporting first-generation student success initiatives.
Evidence of skill in documentation and data management event planning, and ability to facilitate student engagement and learning
Experience teaching, advising, leading, and/or mentoring diverse undergraduate students.
Budget management including knowledge of student financial aid and work with donor-based funds.
Program management to include curriculum development, planning, implementation, and assessment of activities.
Required Application Materials
Cover letter, Resume/CV to the attention of Committee Chair
The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/
Remote Work Statement
MSU strives to provide a flexible work environment and this position has been designated as remote-friendly. Remote-friendly means some or all of the duties can be performed remotely as mutually agreed upon.
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