Smith Connector

Job Description

PRIMARY FUNCTION(S):

Smith College is committed to enhancing the infrastructure that supports undergraduate engagement with the full breadth of curricular, co-curricular, and experiential opportunities. At Smith we manifest this commitment in many ways, particularly via one on one mentoring of a diverse undergraduate student body, monitoring and guiding the academic progress across all four years and supporting early engagement in undergraduate research and other faculty-mentored projects, and by developing initiatives and implementing programs that both teach the value of a liberal education within a large research university and promote undergraduate intellectual engagement.

Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

We seek three motivated professionals to join a creative and dynamic team in launching the Smith Connector program (SC). They will support the College’s mission by encouraging students to participate in their communities, adapt to change, and skillfully discern, articulate, and pursue their purpose into a meaningful career after graduation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Advising: The SCs, in conjunction with faculty academic advisors and a network of support services, guide students as they navigate through college. Using a holistic and developmental approach, the SCs will build relationships with students and connect them with resources as they explore values, skills, and opportunities, set and pursue goals, make informed decisions, integrate their curricular and co-curricular learning, and reflect on their growth. SCs are responsible for:

  • Meeting regularly with students in their cohorts (individually, in groups, and through workshops and other events): helping students to explore values, skills, and opportunities; create and revise success plans; identify their needs and connect to resources; and integrate and reflect on their learning.

  • Tracking and documenting the status of student success plans in the student support system.

  • Communicating and collaborating with campus partners, including but not limited to faculty academic advisors, first-year course instructors, peer mentors, and staff in experiential learning, academic support, career development, wellness, accessibility, and residence life.

  • Engage students into reflections on their Smith journey.

  • Teach IDP132 Design your path (1 credit) when assigned.

  • Participating in student learning and program assessment activities.

  • Participating in staff meetings, training, professional development, and relevant committees.

  • Participating in building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community.



All employees are expected to participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education/Experience : Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree plus two years’ experience preferred, in areas such as counseling/psychology, college student development, educational equity and diversity, global education, higher education advising, higher education pedagogy (scholarship of teaching and learning), or related fields. Experience working with diverse populations of traditional-age college students is required; experience with student support software is a plus.

Experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Skills: Experience with assessment protocols, and ability to organize and evaluate assessment data. Experience conducting research in an academic discipline. Fluency with desktop applications including databases, word processing, presentation software (e.g., Powerpoint) and spreadsheets required. Experience with website, video, and other forms of new media design is very strongly preferred.

SCs must be empathetic, organized, collaborative, positive, excellent listeners and communicators, and committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; must understand college student development and integrative learning; must value reflection; and must be excited to help build and implement something new! The expertise sought for this position is student engagement. The focus will be discussing and planning the integration of curricular and co-curricular opportunities into each student’s undergraduate experience, including a full academic plan to graduation.

Preferred start date is July 1, 2021.

Please attach/upload a current resume and cover letter in order for your application to be considered for this position.

Position Type:

Regular

About Smith College

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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