Director of Academic Success, Academic Success

Nebraska, United States
Salary Not specified
Dec 16, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Description or Duties

The Director has broad responsibilities to advance student success by working collaboratively with Colleges, Academic and Student Affairs Departments, Graduate College, the Office of Institutional Research, and other appropriate offices. The Director must exhibit superior management and communication skills to build partnerships with staff and the university’s leadership team.  UNK invites applications for the position of Director, Academic Success. Reporting to the Dean, Division of Student Affairs (Chief Student Affairs Officer), the Director provides campus leadership in all aspects of student academic success, with principal responsibility for overseeing and managing the following units: Disability Services for Student, Student Support Services (TRIO Federal Grant), Kearney Bound Scholars program, and the First Generation initiative. Director is responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating as well as improving through innovative strategic planning the integrated and comprehensive student access and success models of these programs. Director has broad responsibilities to advance student accessibility and success by working collaboratively with Colleges, Academic and Student Affairs Departments, Graduate College, the Office of Institutional Research, Office of Sponsored Programs, and other appropriate offices. Director must exhibit superior management and communication skills to build partnerships with staff and the university’s leadership teams. Director will serve as a member of the Student Affairs Leadership Team as well as the Concerning and Risky Events (CARE) team.

The Director will have overarching responsibilities that include, but are not limited to the following: • Administer, develop, structure, and periodically evaluate TRIO SSS program which focuses on retention and graduation for students who are low income, first generation, and/or have disabilities that interfere significantly with higher education. Maintain grant program, adjust to changing student needs and monitor services provided by Student Support Services, Federal TRIO Grant including reporting, monitoring, ensuring compliance with federal, state, and institutional regulations, policies, and procedures related to administering the grant for the institution. In close collaboration with the Assistant Director of TRIO oversee the day to day activities of the program. • In close collaboration with the KBS Coordinator ensure local high schools annually select 9th grader participants for scholarship, support the successful transition of these KBS students to UNK, seeking full participation of KBS students into the Living Learning community as well as the LNSK 103 Foundations course taught by the KBS Coordinator. Support the coordination of program services with Admissions and Financial Aid as well as Housing. Overseeing the addition of supplemental instruction on transition to college. • In close collaboration with the 1st Gen Coordinator inform program development based on empirical evidence of best practices in the field. Provides vision and oversight for developing and implementing a comprehensive program of activities to promote the academic success and integration of 1st Gen student communities into the UNK family. The position is focused on supporting 1st generation college students who benefit from a strong, integrated program of academic and support services. Supervision of the coordinator’s responsibilities to monitor & coach first gen students; work with various students, faculty, and parents to educate and support awareness of 1st gen issues; assist in the implementation of student success/retention strategies; and collaborate on data strategies. • In collaboration with the Assistant Director of Disability Services for Students (DSS) administer, develop, structure, and periodically evaluate services for students with disabilities and oversee the provision of executive services for these students that includes documentation verification, Accommodation Plan development, coaching for accessing services and acting as liaison for communication with administration. Responsible for compliance with ADA, 504, and other disability legislation. • Responsible for personnel administration of the Academic Success Offices including selection, supervision, evaluation, training, and recommendation for salary increase • Establish a positive rapport and maintain strong working relationships with faculty and staff for referrals, development of discipline-specific resources, and ensure that offerings are complementary rather than duplicative across departments. Oversee assessment of services and program performance as well as develop and implement a unit assessment plan, including the collection of student usage statistics, satisfaction surveys, assessments of progress toward learning goals, and potentially tracking student outcomes over time, reviewing the process annually, and making recommendations for changes or decision based on assessment outcomes • Monitor and manage budgets for all areas, learning and utilizing the specific requirements that govern each. Project expenditures to all for informed decision making for obligation program funds. Administer services including accountability, evaluation, correction and improvement, documentation and reporting services to address students’ needs. Oversee and encourage the use of technology in providing services as well as in program assessment. • Must work effectively with Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Students Affairs, Business and Finance and others Divisions and departments to accomplish duties of the position. • Participate in professional development both on and off campus. Represent the Division and UNK in professional arenas.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities The successful candidate for this position will demonstrate evidence of the following: • Successful leadership experiences in student success programs and disability services. • Effective supervision of academic and nonacademic staff, students, interns and other categories of personnel. • Knowledge of current research and interventions promoting student success, 1st generation, scholarship, and disability services, as well as demonstrated understanding, development, and assessment of learning outcomes. • Effective communication with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and the general public. • University-level academic teaching and/or scholarship. • Knowledge or experience in budget administration, program evaluation, personnel training and supervision, and services for individuals with disabilities required. • Working knowledge of technology for grant management and service delivery, previous experience in grant writing, implementation, or administration preferred. • Demonstrated experience of having met the challenges of first generation, low income, or disability barriers. • Active engagement with the campus community


Required Qualifications:             

A master’s degree in education, counseling, human services, higher education administration or related fields is required.  A minimum of three years of administrative experience with progressive responsibilities overseeing, managing, designing, and implementing student success programs and disability services at a mid-level or above administrative position related to higher education.  Experience in retention programming, academic performance management, and working with students at high academic risk required. Trio SSS and/or similar student success programs as well as a university disability services program.


Preferred Qualifications:            


Earned doctorate from an accredited institution is preferred. More than 3 years of administrative experience with progressive responsibilities overseeing, managing, designing, and implementing student success programs and disability services at a mid-level or above administrative position related to higher education. Research in retention and grant writing experience preferred. Demonstrated experience with assessment and strategic planning preferred



HOW TO APPLY: To ensure full consideration, please submit all application materials before review date January 30, 2021. For more information and to apply visit UNK Employment Opportunities. For more information about the position contact: Rashawn Harvey at  For more information about the online application process contact: 308-865-8516 or


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  With contingent offer of employment, the University of Nebraska will conduct an investigation of employment records, educational records, criminal records, and other records to verify the information provided in your application and/or any additional information you have provided is accurate.  Salaries at the University of Nebraska at Kearney are competitive.  The University provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. Benefit choices include a Medical Plan and Prescription Drug Program, Vision Care, Dental Plan, LTD, Life Insurance, AD&D Insurance, Dependent Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Reimbursement Accounts for Health and Dependent Care.  The Employee and Dependent Scholarship program is also available to eligible employees.  Basic Retirement Plan options include TIAA and Fidelity.


The University of Nebraska at Kearney, serving over 6,000 students, is one of four University of Nebraska campuses. Established in 1905, the University has a tradition of emphasis in scholarly teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in a variety of disciplines. Kearney, a progressive city of over 33,000, is the educational, medical, cultural, commercial, and agricultural center of a large mid-state area.


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