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Assistant Director for Academic Belonging

Utah State University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 28, 2022

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Assistant Director for Academic Belonging

Requisition ID: 2022-5994
# of Openings: 1
Location: US-UT-Logan
Category: Student Programs & Services
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification: Exempt
College: Executive Vice President
Department: Student Achievement Collaborative
Advertised Salary: Minimum $48,000 commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

The Assistant Director for Academic Belonging (Program Coordinator II) will be responsible for providing leadership to the USU system. This leadership will be focused on initiatives and programming focused on developing and supporting academic belonging for all USU students. The Assistant Director will also represent the unit on various committees including those focused on DEI work, collaborations, and initiatives.

The Assistant Director will be administratively responsible for the Aggie First Scholars (AFS) program. This position also serves as the Success Coach for TRIO students interested in pursuing graduate studies. Additionally, this position will implement a new program, Aggie Advocates, that seeks to provide every new student with one person on campus who will serve as their advocate and guide throughout their time at USU. The AFS program is heavily staffed by student employees and volunteers, therefore, the Assistant Director will be involved in hiring, training, and professionally developing a large student staff. The Assistant Director will report to the Director of Student Retention and Completion within the Student Achievement Collaborative. This is a full-time position with excellent benefits.

55% Aggie First Scholars Supervision
The Aggie First Scholars program is a leadership development and mentor program for first-generation college students at Utah State University.
  • Hire, train, and supervise Student Coordinator.
  • Support Student Coordinator in selecting and training AFS Mentors and Team Leads.
  • Data analysis and data-informed management of AFS programming.
  • Lead the AFS Faculty Advisory Committee in developing additional programming and maintenance of curriculum.
  • Recruit incoming and freshmen students to AFS.
  • Recruit continuing students as mentors and leaders within the program.
  • Supervise the coordination of all AFS activities and events.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders throughout the USU system to Support first-generation students.
  • Utilizing data, market and grow the AFS program to serve all first-generation students.
  • Supervise the maintenance of the website and social media presence for AFS.
  • Success coaching and brokering of first-generation students.
  • Teaching of USU 2160 (mentor development course).
  • Support for USU 1050 instruction and curriculum development.
  • Fundraising collaboration to support programming and scholarships for AFS students.
  • Manage all AFS budgets.

25% Student Support Services (TRIO) Success Coaching
  • Mentor TRIO participants who plan on future graduate/professional school.
  • Organize and implement monthly activities and workshops that assist Project participants to apply to, and obtain financial aid for, graduate school.
  • Assist with individualized student coaching.
  • Attend weekly TRIO staff meetings.
  • Assist with SSS marketing, evaluation, design, and curriculum development.
  • Provide other assistance as requested by the TRIO Project Director.

20% Retention and Completion Leadership
  • Aggie Advocates program development, implementation, and maintenance.
  • Data analytics and assessment of retention programming and outcomes.
  • Represent SR&C on appointed campus committees and working groups, including those with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Actively participate on and contribute to the SR&C leadership team.
  • Provide support and backup for the Director of Student Retention & Completion.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in an applicable field or a bachelors and two years of applicable experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in student support and/or retention programming within a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated communication skills including the ability to effectively convey information verbally and in writing.
  • Exhibited attention to detail in planning and executing leadership development.
  • Displayed computer literacy and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite programs, and a willingness and ability to learn additional computer software programs.
  • Experienced analyst of data utilizing ARGOS, CIVITAS, and Tableau (or comparable systems).
  • Proven supervision of marketing, fundraising, and grant-writing in support of student programming.
  • Demonstrated innovation and adaptation of strategies to improve programming outcomes.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledgeable regarding Utah State University services, academic policies and procedures, and resources.
  • Experience leading or supervising a First-generation college student program.
  • Experience as an instructor, mentor, and trainer.
  • Spanish speaker.
  • Training in serving diverse populations.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Leadership Philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary
Minimum $48,000 commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights
The purpose of the Office of Student Retention & Completion is to empower students to reach their goal of earning a degree from Utah State University. We accomplish this through intentional collaboration with students, faculty, support professionals, and university administrators. To learn more, please visit:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.

USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at

USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner,, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481,

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695,

*updated 11/2022

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