Director of the Roz and Gene Chaiken Center for Student Success, College of the Liberal Arts

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of the Roz and Gene Chaiken Center for Student Success, College of the Liberal Arts

The College of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies Office at The Pennsylvania State University seeks an innovative leader for the position of Director of the Roz and Gene Chaiken Center for Student Success. The Center is a new initiative for the College and the inaugural director will lead strategic planning and implementation for the Center's stated goal of improving student learning, career readiness, engagement with the University, and academic success. The Director will be responsible for planning and establishing the Center, its vision and direction, and implementation of all activities. The Director will report directly to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of the Liberal Arts (LAUS) and be a member of the LAUS senior staff, but will also have a dotted line to the Dean. The Director will work with special populations (e.g., first-generation, underrepresented racial minorities, veterans, and Pell-eligible students) and develop programming and activities that help them achieve their academic, engagement, and graduation goals. The Director will refer and connect students to existing College and University services that meet students' needs in academic, emotional, and financial areas. The Director will also collaborate with other members of the Associate Dean's senior staff, including the Director of Advising, the Director of the Career Enrichment Network, and the College's Academic Recovery Specialist. The Director will be responsible for managing the Chaiken Center for Student Success budget.

In addition, the Director will provide leadership and support for equity and inclusion and serve as a strong advocate for student success initiatives as a part of ensuring access and affordability in public higher education. Information on The Pennsylvania State University can be obtained by accessing Information on the Office of Undergraduate Education is available at

Typically requires a Master's Degree or higher in an education or social science-related discipline, plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate must be innovative and collaborative, have demonstrated success in developing data-informed strategies for programs and services, and possess a record of leadership and the potential to contribute effectively to the mission of the University. In addition, the successful candidate must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity. Essential qualities and skills include, but are not limited to, planning, organizational, and management skills, excellent public speaking and communication abilities, high energy and creativity, capacity to work with others, ability to solve problems, experience in the application of technology to support student success, and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse undergraduate student populations, especially first-generation and underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, and other minoritized groups.

A resume and cover letter must be submitted as part of your application.

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

The following clearances must be successfully completed for this position:

- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Background Check

- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History

- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check

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