Director of Scholars Program

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 04, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the success of a world-class research institution. We are concerned especially with the institutional change required for visioning and realizing a more socially just university.

Toward that end, the Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity invites applications for the position of Director of the Office of Scholars Programs, who will report to the Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Equity. The Director of the Office of Scholars Programs will manage and coordinate University-wide Scholars Programs, including the Bunton-Waller Fellow and Merit programs, Lenfest Scholars Program, Maguire Scholars Program, and the Milton Hershey Scholars Program, serving students in all Penn State's University Park colleges and at Commonwealth Campuses.


  • Implement and support student programs and resources using evidence-based practices to support student success and retention of Educational Equity Scholars, including teaching a first-year seminar and managing a living-learning program; planning New Student Orientation activities and the Scholars Retreat; providing academic coaching; and managing communications with Scholars
  • Provide oversight and management of administrative processes, including incoming Scholar awards; current Scholar renewals; and collaboration with foundations, administrative offices, and academic units
  • Identify and assess program goals, student learning outcomes, and program policies and procedures
  • Create reports on program activities and services, student retention, and persistence to graduation
  • Serve on committees as appropriate
  • Contribute to the Office of Educational Equity's strategic plan
  • Develop and monitor Scholars budget lines
  • Supervise and evaluate staff, which currently includes one shared program coordinator (.5 FTE), two graduate assistants, and one undergraduate programming assistant

Necessary Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of intersectional diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices
  • Successful history of collaboration with diverse constituents
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development; student-centered equity-minded practice; and skills in academic coaching
  • Experience with program development, implementation, and assessment in student affairs, academic affairs, multicultural affairs, or related student services
  • Evidence of collaborative project and program management skills
  • Experience having implemented program and learning outcomes assessment
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience with student academic record systems, collecting and managing retention and persistence data
  • Supervisory experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, and organization skills
  • Experience with budget management

Required Qualifications

  • Typically requires a Master's degree in higher education or related field and five years of related experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience)

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.