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Assistant Director for Student Engagement / Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES)

Appalachian State University
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Minority & Multicultural Affairs, Other Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
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Not specified
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Full Time
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Position Title Assistant Director for Student Engagement / Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES) Program Director Position Number 091091 Department 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. Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Student Development, Student Affairs, Education or related discipline.
  • Excellent interpersonal, speaking, and writing skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • 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 organizational skills.
  • Be willing to work evenings and weekends when necessary.
License/Certification Required
N/A 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. The 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 ) program.
  • 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.

Advise and coordinate programming and leadership for the Appalachian Educators Club.
  • Provide outreach opportunities for preservice teachers to work with various school groups who come to campus/Reich College of Education.
  • Co-advise 9+ committees and 400+ organization members on club policies, leadership, etc.

Provide career-related counseling, information, and support to students.
  • Provide students with information regarding various campus offices that support students. Refer students appropriately when needed.
  • 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).

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).
  • Collaborate to recruit, interview, and select members for student programs.
  • Provide support and leadership development to the Education Peer Ambassador program.

Collaborate effectively as a member of the James Center for Student Success and Advising staff.
  • 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 the Director.
  • 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 licensure requirements.
  • Provide staff representation at University outreach events.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Suggested Salary Range $40,000-$50,000 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 Engagement.
  • List of three professional references with contact information
AA/EEO Statement
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
(828) 262-3187
Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator
Office of Title IX Compliance
123 I.G. Greer Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-2144
ADA /504 Coordinator & Office of Disability Resources Director
Office of Disability Resources
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane/Suite 112 Anne Belk Hall
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3056

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 community. Quick Link
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