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The Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center provides strategic vision and leadership for academic advising and student success initiatives for a majority of students in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) at the University of Michigan. As the largest college on the Ann Arbor campus, LSA serves over 18,000 undergraduate students in over 100 degree programs.
The Newnan LSA Advising Center plays a critical role in the undergraduate educational mission of LSA. Sitting within LSA’s Division of Undergraduate Education (UGED), Newnan engages students and fosters their success in support of the liberal arts and the University of Michigan community. As a community of over thirty full-time higher education professionals, and in collaboration with key partners across the college and beyond, Newnan aspires to be a valued resource and leader in support of the academic and personal experience of undergraduate students at the university.
This position is currently eligible for flexible scheduling and remote work opportunities (1-2 days/week remote) as determined by LSA policy and unit operational needs.
The Director of the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center provides the strategic vision for the Newnan Advising Center. They are responsible for the development and assessment of innovative undergraduate advising programs and practices for all students in the college grounded in best practices and research in advising and student success. While leading the daily administration and leadership of a center of more than thirty (30) full-time professional advisors and their supervisors, the Director will also have additional leadership responsibilities for programs and services for the college’s undergraduate education division, including work with departments and faculty.
The successful candidate will play a key role in developing advising initiatives and programs while collaborating with other areas to support students in the college and university. They will be expected to build strong relationships across the college and university around advising and student support, and spearhead innovative and data-driven efforts to enhance the ever-evolving undergraduate student experience in the tradition of the liberal arts at the university.
Strategic Leadership and Administration for the Newnan Academic Advising Center (50%)
Develop and implement undergraduate advising and student success initiatives that offer equitable access to all students, including first generation and underrepresented students, that are grounded in best practices and trends in academic advising and student success
Lead the development of new outreach initiatives and success programming for students of academic concern
Research and benchmark trends and best practices in academic advising and advising technologies
Provide direction for the functional areas of the advising center: unit operations, student-facing communications, staff training and development, incoming student registration, and pre-professional advising
Engage in ongoing assessment and evaluation of advising and make appropriate changes to respond to issues of student engagement, efficiency, equity, and inclusion
Development and management of the budget for the unit
Respond to concerns of students, families/advocates, faculty, and staff
Provide direct supervision to six (6) full-time Assistant/Associate Directors and one (1) administrative assistant, including supporting them in their supervision of full-time advising and student staff
Develop efforts to recruit, retain, supervise, and support a diverse full-time advising staff
Provide direction for the development and training of 30+ advising professionals
Oversee the year-round performance management process and salary program for all members of the unit
Foster Advising Partnerships (20%)
Build and foster relationships between Newnan and other academic advising units within LSA and in other schools and colleges
Develops and coordinates projects and collaborations with campus partners in support of academic advising and student success initiatives.
Serve as the Newnan representative on LSA and University of Michigan committees, task forces, and working groups
Engage with national advising and student success/affairs organizations (Big10, NACADA, etc.)
General supervision and support is received from the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs along with the rest of the LSA Undergraduate Education Leadership Team
Advanced degree and at least five years of experience within academic advising leadership
Strong background in higher education academic advising and student success trends and issues, including seven or more years of direct experience working with students in a higher education setting
Proven ability to supervise, train, and develop staff, including the demonstrated ability to recruit, retain, mentor, and support a diverse staff
Understanding of student development, high impact practices, and student success work in a university setting.
Track record of successful implementation of innovative practices, processes, and programs related to the undergraduate student experience, including their evaluation and assessment
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture, including direct experience working with students to provide inclusive and welcoming activities and experiences.
Experience building strategic and sustainable cross-organizational partnerships
Demonstrated ability to lead change and innovation in a complex organization
Outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff, and faculty
Direct experience with managing budgets
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Values, and sustain the excellence of LSA. To learn more about LSA’s Strategic Vision visit https://lsa.umich.edu/strategicvision. Details regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion in LSA can be found at https://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/dei.html.
The University of Michigan and LSA are committed to the ongoing development of a workplace culture supportive of personal and family life, which includes benefits, resources and tools promoting work-life flexibility. SAA strives to support work flexibility options while maintaining a high level of on-campus student support in alignment with the college’s residential experience. To learn more about the University’s generous and competitive benefits package visit https://careers.umich.edu/benefits/.
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