Director of University Experience

Maine, United States
Competitive Salary
Oct 07, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of University Experience

The University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI) is seeking a dynamic and creative thought leader who is deeply invested in the first year experience and student success to serve as Director of University Experience.  The University Experience at UMPI provides an opportunity for a forward thinking individual to continue the redesign process of the traditional First Year Seminar into a series of courses from the freshmen year to upper level courses, positively impacting our first-year students and nurturing their transition from high school through graduation and into their careers.  In addition to receiving four top rankings in the recent US News & World Report’s 2021 Best Colleges list, UMPI has been named a 2020 Great College to Work For!


Position Summary and Responsibilities:

The Director of University Experience will work with Academic & Student Affairs teams to provide support and programming to the University Experience (UNV EXP) curriculum, including developing, pilot testing and/or teaching UNV EXP courses, from first year experience to upper level courses. This position will support career readiness activities across the academic lifecycle of students and the infusion of financial literacy and NACE competencies across the curriculum, with increased levels of experiential learning opportunities (capstone, internships, formal research and service learning projects).  This position is a 12 month, full-time professional staff position.  Additionally, the position will support student engagement efforts and students in transition.


The Director of University Experience will:

  • Serve as the lead member of the University Experience curriculum;

  • Be proactive about bringing ideas to the table and reporting on activities;

  • Be a leader in raising the visibility of expanded University Experience course sequence, experiential learning opportunities and career readiness competencies across the curriculum;

  • Represent and advocate to all UMPI faculty and staff, as well as all constituencies within the larger university community;

  • Support students in transition and engagement efforts of new students.



Essential Duties:

  • Provides philosophical and strategic direction for developing UNV EXP three-course sequence (UNV 101, 201, 301, inclusive of financial literacy modules and career readiness skills) and implementing high-impact practices and services that support student retention and success.

  • Leads the development and implementation of UNV courses, pilot test, teach, assess/analyze and modify UNV curriculum.

  • Coordinates UNV EXP coursework with UNV and other faculty from first year to pre-graduation initiatives in preparation for senior-level internships, formal research, practicums, and service learning projects to ensure all three UNV courses become part of the university core and are required of all degree-seeking students.

  • Supports faculty development activities and the creation of additional experiential learning opportunities for students by working with all faculty and the business community, especially in the Humanities.

  • Chairs the Experiential Learning Task Force and serves as member of the UMPI’s Career Advisory Board and other appropriate groups to ensure UNV EXP coursework is aligned with “job ready” requirements, specifically as related to the NACE career ready competencies.

  • Chairs the Financial Literacy Task Force and supports incorporation of financial literacy components in the UNV sequence.

  • Serves on the University’s Student Success & Retention Committee and CARE team in regards to support for UNV EXP students and overall student population to improve student retention and graduation rates, including the design, implementation and coordination of programs designed to support student onboarding and success.

  • Identify barriers in the University’s policies, procedures, and systems and recommend improvements that support student achievement and satisfaction, especially as related to the overall University Experience.

  • Builds and strengthens faculty relationships within the University of Maine at Presque that foster retention and progression of undergraduate students. 

  • In conjunction with academic Deans and other student success-aligned personnel, recommends effective academic learning community concepts and strategies.

  • Coordinates with the Director of Advising in regards to implementation, management, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the EAB/Navigate system and application.

  • Completes and submits documentation to Academic Program Planning and Assessment (APPA) for UNV course sequence.

  • Determines the overall effectiveness of University Experience with systematic assessment through consultation with APPA and other pertinent partners.

  • Works to meet the University Experience goals and objectives as stated under the U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions Grant Project.

  • Submits monthly time and effort, progress and other reports as needed for the U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Institutions grant project.

  • Participates in annual conferences related to the university experience as applicable.

  • Other duties as assigned.



As a reflection of UMPI’s values of responsive and meaningful engagement, the Director will:

  • Skillfully leverage knowledge and relationships in support of the University Experience program to include infusion of financial literacy and career readiness competencies as well as increased experiential learning opportunities for students.

  • Because UMPI has not focused on the extended university experience, financial literacy, and career readiness within its curriculum, this position will require an individual who can work independently as well as collaboratively with the faculty and staff to design and implement the best course sequence and integration of career readiness competencies across all courses.



About the University:

For more than a century, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has been helping students find their path to great professional careers providing its 1,300 traditional and non-traditional students from all areas of the state, country, and world with life-changing opportunities in a caring, small-university environment. UMPI combines liberal arts and selected professional programs and serves as a cultural and educational resource for the entire region. The campus sits on 150 acres surrounded by the rolling hills and potato fields of northern Maine and the University strives to be the region’s premier learning institution while helping to stimulate cultural and economic development in Aroostook County and the State of Maine. The University serves as an educational and cultural center for the area and its facilities are utilized for lectures, programs, concerts, dance performances, exhibits, and plays that benefit the entire region.


Additionally, UMPI has been named as a Great College To Work For according to the 2020 survey by The Great Colleges to Work For® program. This is the very first time that a public university in Maine has received this national recognition. UMPI also received a distinguished recognition as a 2020 Honor Roll Institution by The Great Colleges to Work For® program for achieving high scores in 11 out of 12 categories.

The Great Colleges to Work For® program is one of the largest and most respected workplace recognition programs in the country. Now in its thirteenth year, it recognizes the colleges that get top ratings from their employees regarding workplace practices and policies. This is a remarkable achievement for our University.





  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, higher education administration, education or related field.

  • Demonstrated understanding/experience with experiential learning activities for students.

  • Demonstrated experience or ability to employ high impact teaching practices and student development theory and draws upon national best practices and emerging trends in student transition, retention and engagement in order to evaluate, assess and modify pilot courses as needed.

  • Demonstrated clear commitment to working with a diverse student population with a focus on student success as well as dedication to collaboration with Academic and Student Affairs.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret, organize, and present data, information and ideas in written or presentation form.

  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills; initiative and a results-driven philosophy; a welcoming demeanor; ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and discretion and good judgment with confidential information.

  • Strong listening and interpretive skills. Ability to work effectively with business and community leaders, alumni, faculty, administrators, and students.

  • Proficiency with MaineStreet or similar student database and Microsoft Office applications.

  • Ability to independently problem-solve.

  • Strong attention to detail.



Other Information:

This is initially a soft money, federal grant-funded position funded by the US Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions (Title III) Program. The work to be done and annual result will impact future funding of the grant as well as public relations of the university as related to the career readiness of our graduates. These two items are critical to the sustainability of the organization with respect to future enrollment and job placement of graduates. Annual evaluations will be completed by the Title III Director, with input from the Academic Deans. At the completion of the five-year U.S. Department of Education Title III grant, this position will report to an Academic Dean.


Based on the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant, the salary range is in the mid-$50s plus a 10% employer contribution to the UMS retirement plan.   Additional benefits include medical, dental, vision, and tuition waiver programs for employees and dependents.  The UMS is a recipient of the Wellness Councils of America’s Well Workplace Award and offers wellness programs.


 Materials must be submitted via "Apply for position."  You will need to create an applicant profile, complete an application (which includes contact information for three professional references), and upload a cover letter, transcripts, education philosophy and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications. 


We are unable to consider applicants who need visa sponsorship.


 Review of applications will begin November 3, 2020, and will continue until an appropriate candidate is found.


Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.


The University of Maine at Presque Isle is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, University of  Maine, 101 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME  04469 207-581-1226.  TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).