Franklin & Marshall College is a residential college dedicated to excellence in undergraduate liberal education. Its aims are to inspire in young people of high promise and diverse backgrounds a genuine and enduring love for learning, to teach them to read, write, and think critically, to instill in them the capacity for both independent and collaborative action, and to educate them to explore and understand the natural, social, and cultural worlds in which they live. In so doing, the College seeks to foster in its students' qualities of intellect, creativity, and character, that they may live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world.
Franklin & Marshall College invites qualified candidates to apply for the role of Director of Fellowships Advising. Reporting to the Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs and situated within Franklin & Marshall's nationally-recognized and centrally-located Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, this full-time year-round position is responsible for developing and leading F & M's robust Fellowships Advising Program including, without limitation, advising and preparing students and graduates to compete for nationally and internationally competitive fellowship opportunities by guiding them throughout the exploration, discernment, application, nomination, interview and decision processes while facilitating programmatic, relational and marketing initiatives that generate ongoing awareness about fellowships that F & M students and graduates could pursue and the Director's services.
Location: F&M Campus - Lancaster, PA
Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Schedule: 40 hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm or 9:00 - 5:00 pm with evening and occasional weekend hours
Reports to: Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Department: Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development
Advise students and graduates about the range of nationally and internationally competitive fellowships they could pursue, along with how to develop competencies and access curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular experiences that could help them become competitive candidates for those fellowships;
Guide students and graduates through the fellowship application process, including, without limitation, feedback on the content and substance of scholarship application biographical forms and essays, and interview preparation and performance.
Communications, Marketing and Writing:
Develop and oversee strategic outreach, collaborative programs and marketing campaigns which generate awareness among students about the range of fellowships students can pursue along with the nature and scope of the Director's services. Regularly assess the efficacy and impact of said marketing and awareness initiatives and adjust the same as necessary;
Write and/or procure institutional endorsement letters while mentoring and providing feedback to letter of recommendation writers as needed;
Manage the Fellowship website(s) and social media outlets to aggregate and disseminate information about the scope and result of fellowships students and graduates have secured and may pursue.
Partnerships and Committee Oversight:
Cultivate relationships with faculty and staff to ensure cross-campus participation in identifying and mentoring candidates, serving on selection committees, and providing letters of support;
Develop and maintain relationships with external funding agencies and foundations, ensuring appropriate campus preparation and selection procedures;
Collaborate with the Provost's Office to identify faculty for the Committee on Post-Graduate Fellowship Committee. Train and lead said Committee whose work includes, among other tasks, vetting drafts of statements, participating in mock interviews, and other forms of support; and
Partner with Franklin & Marshall's Office of Admission and College Advancement to maintain and enhance the strong reputation for Franklin & Marshall's Fellowships Program among prospective students and graduates looking to use and support the program.
Events & Programs:
Design and deliver programs and resources which support the Director's advising efforts, including on-campus workshops and online, on-demand resources;
Represent the College at meetings of regional and national conferences, professional associations such as the National Association for Fellowship Advisors, peer institutions, and on international site visits as applicable, remaining up-to-date on best practices in the field of Fellowships Advising.
Data and Process Oversight:
Maintain records of advisement and programmatic engagement while also collecting and maintaining data pertaining to the outcomes of student and graduate applications for fellowships.
To learn more about the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development, please click HERE.
A graduate degree in international education, higher education administration, student affairs or another relevant field plus experience with academic, career, and/or study abroad advising in a college/university setting is required.
Minimum 4 years experience with academic, career, and/or study abroad advising in a college/university setting; experience teaching writing or editing personal statements, scholarship essays and/or applications to graduate and professional programs is required.
Knowledge of national and international scholarship/fellowship competitions and ability to match students and graduates to appropriate programs based on their aspirations, value and experience strongly preferred.
Ability to recognize strengths and clarify the interests and values of students while assisting them in making informed decisions about their life after college is required.
Exceptional interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills are required.
Excellent strategic planning, leadership and organizational skills are preferred.
Experience in creating partnerships with and working creatively and effectively with broad constituencies is required.
Ability and willingness to provide excellent service and to work in a collegial manner with students, faculty and staff, and other constituencies is essential.
Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of reference checks, a criminal background verification, and verification of credentials. The College will coordinate these verifications.
Franklin & Marshall College strongly encourages all employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Full-time members of the Franklin & Marshall College professional staff receive competitive starting pay and a comprehensive benefits package that includes health coverage, dental, vision, generous retirement savings plan contributions, education benefits for employees, spouses and dependent children, and enjoy access to all College facilities including dining venues to suit all tastes, recreation and fitness facilities, and libraries, plus access to College performances, lectures, and events. To learn more about our Benefits, please visit our Benefits Page.
Franklin & Marshall College is committed to having an inclusive campus community where all members are treated with dignity and respect. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, the College does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of gender/gender-identity, sex, race or ethnicity, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, veteran's status, genetic information, family or marital status, sexual orientation, or any other protected class.
All candidates must submit a application, resume, cover letter and writing sample. The writing sample must be 1-2 pages in length.
All submitted materials must be submitted via this online process. We regret we are unable to accept applications or resumes submitted via mail, email, or fax. As you are submitting your application via this online process, please ensure that you provide an accurate email address. You will then receive an acknowledgment indicating that your application materials have been received. Individuals who need accommodations due to a disability in order to submit an application or attend an employment interview should contact Human Resources at (717) 358-3996.