Assistant Director for Student Engagement / Appalachian
Community of Education Scholars (ACES) Program Director
College of Education - 260000
Description of University
Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge
Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global
citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in
creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational
Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings
people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge,
to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and
embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the
University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about
20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more
than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
- Bachelor’s degree in Student Development, Student Affairs,
Education or related discipline.
- Excellent interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and
- Good knowledge of a student-centered/customer service-oriented
philosophy is essential; knowledge and understanding of the
structure and chain of responsibilities within a university.
- Possess excellent leadership, supervision, communication, and
- Be willing to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the Assistant Director for Student
Engagement is to coordinate the student programming and
engagement efforts in the James Center for Student Success &
Advising Center in the Reich College of Education.
Assistant Director serves as the Director of the Appalachian
Community of Education Scholars program ( ACES ), which is a
residential learning community program.
Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not
limited to the following:
Direct the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars ( ACES )
Advise and coordinate programming and leadership for the
Appalachian Educators Club.
- Plan, manage and evaluate programming (e.g., First Year
Community Retreat, Enrichment Trips, Cohort Meetings, professional
development, Social Events, Mentor Committee, etc) that promotes
the mission of the Reich College of Education, James Center for
Student Success and Advising, and the ACES program.
- Create and maintain program resources, including manuals,
websites, newsletters, and forms.
- Work closely with the Director of the James Center to provide
leadership to the ACES Advisory Council and oversight of the
programming budget in excess of $60,000.
- Serve as the ACES Residential Learning Community ( RLC )
Leadership Chair and coordinate with University Housing.
- Track program requirements and participation.
- Work closely with the RCOE Scholarship Coordinator to provide
support and select scholarship students.
- Market and promote the ACES program and its offerings through
social media and direct communications with students, parents, and
the university community.
- Supervise the Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement in
effectively supporting student engagement efforts.
- Teach CI 3530 – Seminar on Teacher Leadership, as needed.
Provide career-related counseling, information, and support to
- Provide outreach opportunities for preservice teachers to work
with various school groups who come to campus/Reich College of
- Co-advise 9+ committees and 400+ organization members on club
policies, leadership, etc.
Work closely with Associate Director of Admissions for Teacher
Education to plan and host significant recruitment events (i.e.,
Open House and Teacher Education Preview Day).
- Provide students with information regarding various campus
offices that support students. Refer students appropriately when
- Foster a focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and social
justice in all aspects of student engagement (e.g., recruitment and
selection of students, programming, etc).
Collaborate effectively as a member of the James Center for
Student Success and Advising staff.
- Collaborate to recruit, interview, and select members for
- Provide support and leadership development to the Education
Peer Ambassador program.
- Understand the James Center’s vision, mission, and goals; work
toward their realization through supporting James Center
programming and operations, and collaborate with all James Center
staff on the continuous improvement of our efforts.
- With the Associate Director for Retention Initiatives, serve on
the James Center for Student Success and Advising Leadership Team
in order to collaborate with and provide feedback and guidance to
- With other James Center staff who have been appropriately
trained, assist in managing the James Center website.
- Lead orientation sessions on teacher education admission and
- Provide staff representation at University outreach
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Suggested Salary Range
Physical Demands of Position
Typical physical demands of a professional position at a
university, including the ability to lift up to 20 pounds, with or
without reasonable accommodation.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicant should provide the following materials:
- Cover Letter
The cover letter should address how the candidate meets the
minimum and/or preferred qualifications for the position.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae
- Diversity Statement: Please review the Appalachian Diversity and
Inclusion and the RCOE Inclusive
Excellence webpage and provide a statement regarding your
commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and how you might
prioritize this in your work as the Associate Director of Student
- List of three professional references with contact
Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in
access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect
to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis
of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and
expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status,
genetic information or sexual orientation.
Director of Human Resources/ EEO Officer
Office of Human Resources
330 University Hall Dr.
Boone, NC 28608
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian
We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity,
equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.
We understand that the successful implementation of diversity,
equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the
entire university community, including alumni and official
university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an
influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning
opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work
collectively to achieve a just experience for all.
We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an
equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are
safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions,
and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity
opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness,
justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university