Director of Scholars Programs

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Feb 18, 2021
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 uniquely 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 Scholars Programs will manage and coordinate University-wide Scholars Programs, including the Bunton-Waller Fellows and Merit programs; Lenfest Scholars Program; Maguire Scholars Program; and Milton Hershey Scholars Program, serving several hundred students in all University Park colleges and two campuses (Behrend and Harrisburg).


  • Create and implement student programs and resources using evidence-based practices in support of
  • Educational Equity Scholars, including a first-year curriculum; Scholars Retreat; academic coaching; and communications
  • Manage administrative processes, including awarding to incoming Scholars; renewal of current Scholars; and liaising 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 University and Educational Equity committees
  • Contribute to Educational Equity strategic plan
  • Develop and monitor the budget
  • Hire, train, develop, supervise, and evaluate staff


Necessary Skills and Knowledge

  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles and practices working with students and colleagues
  • 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
  • Demonstrated implementation of assessment of programs and student learning outcomes
  • Demonstrated knowledge of student development and skills in academic coaching
  • Experience supervising professional staff and graduate assistants
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, writing, and organizational 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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