Assistant/Associate Dean and Director of CARE (Instructional Specialist I, 12 Month Salaried)

Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 31, 2020
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Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Dean and Director of CARE (Instructional Specialist I, 12 Month Salaried)


The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) at Florida State University is a nationally-recognized leader in supporting access, educational equity, and campus engagement efforts for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Housed as a department in both the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Undergraduate Studies, CARE manages more than a dozen programs and services at the pre-collegiate and collegiate levels to define our work in student success and engagement with first-generation and other historically disadvantaged student populations. In total, CARE successfully engages over 1,700 students annually, and has earned a 94% first-year retention and 80% 6-year graduation rates.


Serves as a member of the senior management team for both the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Division of Student Affairs. Participates in strategic planning focusing on access, equity, and diversity within and beyond the Division of Undergraduate Studies and Division of Student Affairs. Responsible for assisting in the operational management, leadership, and policy direction for multiple institution-wide student programs and initiatives that promote equity, diversity, and inclusion for first-generation and other traditionally underrepresented student populations. Coordinates the institution’s innovative efforts for first-generation student success.


Leads, develops, and ensures operational and fiscal management, policy compliance and implementation, administration, evaluation, and oversight for all programs and services within CARE. Responsible for strategic planning, overall staffing, academic support, student engagement programs, recruitment/enrollment activities, and grant/sponsored research projects. Oversees the recruitment, hiring, terminating, training, and performance management of employees and completes performance evaluations as required.


Provides guidance and direction for recruitment, retention, and other success initiatives for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Responsible for assessing all programs based on retention, progress to degree, and other measures of student engagement/academic success, and provides programmatic reports to both the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Vice President of Student Affairs.


Prepares and allocates the annual Department budget and monitors expenditures for institutional, state, federal, and project compliance in consultation with both the Division of Undergraduate Studies and Division of Student Affairs Budget Managers. In partnership with the FSU Foundation, leads fund raising efforts to generate additional support for scholarships and programmatic costs.


Develops and maintains partnerships throughout the university and with both local and national communities to meet departmental and institutional goals and objectives. Consults with student groups, alumni, parents, and other advocacy groups about personal and academic needs of the student population and how to support student success.



  • Master's degree or highest-level terminal degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field of specialization
  • Minimum of three years of experience working at a college or university or a state higher education coordinating agency
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with grant-writing, fund acquisition, and grant management
  • Proficiency in basic computer skills
  • Proficiency in data analysis and knowledge of student data systems


The ideal candidate will have a doctorate in a field relevant to the position responsibilities and will also have all or most of these qualifications:

  • Experience working with retention programs and/or academic support services at the university level
  • Experience managing and analyzing large student data
  • Experience working with a diverse student population including nontraditional and transfer students
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, develop new initiatives, and manage large-scale division and university projects
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships across departments/units
  • Demonstrated management experience; working with large, diverse staff
  • Experience with Budget Management is preferred


If qualified and interested in this faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University no later than September 8th, 2020 by visiting, job opening ID 47650. FSU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

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