We are seeking a Director, Scholars & Fellows who will provide leadership in the ongoing integration of a portfolio of cohort-based scholars programs and fellowships advising. The integration of these programs within the Center for Student Success (CSS) has a three-fold goal: to create a strong sense of academic and social belonging via the cohort-based experience; to provide strong pathways for first-generation and/or limited-income (FLI) students to fellowships opportunities; to allow the fellowships program to develop a stronger presence for first years and sophomores.
The director will have expertise in scholar development, familiarity with the landscape of nationally competitive fellowships, and demonstrated success in working with high-achieving underrepresented students, including success in navigating issues that typically confront FLI students. The director provides strategic oversight for all programs in the portfolio and is charged with evaluating and reporting on the programming, advising and interventions employed. In keeping with the unfolding FLI Initiatives at JHU, the director will be ambitious in advancing an equity-based approach to fellowships advising and innovating with scholar development frameworks so that work on the JHU campus belongs to the forefront of national conversations about access and equity.
The director supervises and leads a team of 3 full-time staff with matrixed roles. All team members are linked to fellowships advising while maintaining a separate locus of responsibility within the portfolio. The person in this role must move effortlessly in both administrative and faculty cultures and be effective in both student-facing work and collaboration with development officers.
Organizationally, this role belongs to the leadership team in the CSS and works in strong partnership with all CSS program heads. The role maintains an especially strategic collaboration with the leader of the Success Coaching program in Academic Advising (SCAA), which provides the primary advising for as all students in the cohort-based scholars programs. SCAA provides provide year-round and year-to-year proactive, holistic guidance, while advising within the Scholars & Fellows team focuses on students' intellectual wayfinding and high levels of self-reflection and expressive competence. Within the CSS, the role holds an additional strategic responsibility in coordinating and defining pathways to high-impact experiences (CSS Summer Grant program, FiGURE research opportunities).
The Director of Scholars and Fellows reports to the Executive Director for Student Success.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Management of Human and Financial Resources (20%)
Supervise and develop three professional staff in the Scholars & Fellows and any part-time employees.
Hire, train and supervise undergraduate and graduate student program assistants in SFP portfolio.
Develop and monitor annual budgets and align financial and human resources with strategic priorities.
Cultivate and promote a long-range vision and mission of the programs within the SFP portfolio that is aligned with the principles of the FLI Initiatives and JHUs academic mission. Specifically:
Kessler Scholars Program:
Support staff member who leads the program and, when needed, co-lead aspects of our work on campus. Provide strategic guidance for and/or direct representation of our campus program within the Kessler Collaborative (inter-institutional activities, assessment strategies, reporting).
Be a visible presence within the Kessler Scholars community, demonstrating an investment in knowing students directly and engaging staff and faculty as key community members.
Cummings Scholars Program:
Serve as an ex officio member of the Faculty Advisory Board
Support staff member who leads the programs and, when needed, co-lead aspects of our work on campus. Provide strategic guidance for and/or direct representation of the programs with senior leadership on campus and external stakeholders.
Be a visible presence within the Cummings Scholars community, demonstrating an investment in knowing students directly and engaging staff and faculty as key community members.
Provide strategic direction to align fellowships advising with a mission of access and inclusion in all aspects of the work. This includes developing targeted outreach initiatives to FLI and underrepresented student and developing strengths-based advising practices that utilizes narrative and empowerment theories to fully support FLI and underrepresented students to see the potential and possibilities within themselves through engaging in the fellowship's application process.
Provide leadership in creating accessible and equitable pathways for FLI and underrepresented students to fellowship opportunities both at Hopkins and with national foundations.
Collaborate with the Director of Success Coaching Program in Academic Advising (SCAA) to ensure coordination and shared purpose between advising within the offices of Academic Advising and personalized advising for scholars in the Kessler Scholars and Cummings Scholars.
Collaborate with CSS central leadership and CSS program heads to define and coordinate existing high-impact experience pathways, including the CSS Summer Grant and FiGURE research initiatives. Discern and develop additional high-impact initiatives that align with the evolving work with the CSS. Coordinate with the Life Design Lab and Financial Aid in reporting all grant decisions.
Collaborate with the FLI Network to streamline programming so that Scholars & Fellows benefits from and contributes to overall programming & engagement efforts.
Develop strong working connections with faculty across academic disciplines to the benefit of all programs within the portfolio.
Participate in the FLI Coordinated Recruitment process and partner directly with Admissions to recruit (yield, welcome) incoming students into the scholars' programs.
Partner with Development & Alumni Relations in maintaining relationships with each program's donors.
Evaluate program results and make changes as needed to reach desired program and student outcomes.
Keep abreast of national trends in higher education and remain current in the fields of retention and student success and competitive national fellowships.
Advising & Programming (20%)
Alongside the SFP team and faculty directors and mentors, maintain a modest caseload of advisees within the cohort-based programs and develop with each advisee an ongoing discussion about their scholar experience, identity, and goals (as a complement to the advising/coaching they receive through SCAA).
Advise fellowships applicants in all application processes.
Provide opportunities in advising scholars and fellowships applicants for self-reflection, helping students develop a strong understanding of their strengths, the multiple pathways and opportunities to realize their ambitious goals, the value of a liberal arts education, and what it means to lead through service. Prepare advisees for post-graduation, utilizing faculty and alumni mentors, Life Design and National Fellowships Program resources.
Metrics & Accountability
Academic progress (retention & graduation rates) in all scholar's programs.
Engagement metrics for scholars in all programs.
Affinity metrics for scholars in all programs.
Evidence of increased social mobility for scholars in all programs.
Student satisfaction for all programs within the portfolio.
Growing the proportion of FLI students who engage in various fellowships application processes.
Master's Degree in student affairs, higher education, counseling or related fields including a humanities or social science discipline is required.
Five years of experience leading, implementing, managing programs of similar complexity required.
Seven years of experience preferred.
Additional required skills are described below
Demonstrated success in providing transformational educational and co-curricular opportunities to underrepresented scholars.
Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds and to foster sensitivity to diversity and an inclusive campus and community culture.
Exceptional interpersonal, oral, public speaking, writing, and listening skills.
Development experience including working with donors and development offices.
Demonstrated experience in providing iterative feedback on students written work and interviewing skills.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in both faculty and administrative cultures.
Strong budgetary, planning, organizational, supervision and management skills and experience.
Demonstrated experience collaborating, negotiating, and building consensus.
Ability to use appropriate judgment when dealing with sensitive issues.
Ability to influence societal and workplace attitudes that foster a more inclusive community.
Demonstrated success in a complex, multi-layered, and data-driven organization.
Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty members and staff at all levels.
Demonstrated experience developing, articulating, operationalizing, and assessing strategic priorities.
Proven ability to cultivate trust and credibility with colleagues and to build positive and effective relationships.
Proven track record of establishing strategic relationships to strengthen program and service delivery.
Classified Title: Academic Program Manager Working Title: Director, Scholars & Fellows Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $62,780-$86,390-$110,010 Annually (Commensurate with experience) Employee group: Full Time Schedule: :Mon- Fri 8:30am-5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Hybrid/Homewood Campus Department name: Scholars & Fellows Programs Personnel area: University Student Services
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