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About the Department:
Since 1973, SMU-in-Taos, also known as Fort
Burgwin has been an educational center of Southern Methodist
University. It’s beautiful setting in the Sangre de Cristo
Mountains--surrounded by the Carson National
Forest --provides a unique backdrop for the enrichment of
body, mind and spirit. The SMU-in-Taos department is charged with
four SMU terms that take place on the Taos campus: Jan Term, May
Term, June Field Term, and August Term. The department also
provides conference and event coordination for outside groups to
meet and experience engaging learning activities.
SMU-in-Taos’ unique environment, courses, and research
opportunities contribute to its popularity and enduring
About the Position:
The Assistant Director ensures an appropriate level of
administrative, managerial, and operational support for the
SMU-in-Taos program. The position also serves as a key contact for
prospective students and their parents and provides advising as
Prepares/routes both internal and external use contracts,
invoices visitors, and is present during orientation for all
visitors. The position also manages all aspects of
The Assistant Director will report to the SMU-in-Taos Executive
Director ad interim in the Provost's Office.
Serves as key contact for prospective students and their
parents, provides advising as needed and appropriate. Monitors
enrollment (class size, male/female ratios, housing, etc.),
processes cancellation/withdrawal and other paperwork.
Prepares/routes both internal and external use contracts and
Assists Executive Director in planning and scheduling course
offerings, including soliciting and reviewing course proposals,
reviewing syllabi, verifying UC/GEC components, coordinating with
faculty members. Maintains schedule of classes on my.SMU.
Ensures smooth running of SMU-in-Taos office, schedules
SMU-in-Taos events on the main campus. Hires, schedules and
manages student workers who work up to 40 combined hours per
week. Maintains and organizes course forms, student
paperwork, reports, marketing materials, etc. Handles other
administrative duties as necessary.
Supports Executive Director ad interim in communicating with
program faculty and academic departments to ensure they are well
prepared to teach by providing regular and frequent
updates/information and by responding to their
Coordinates with other SMU departments across campus including
Registrar, Student Financials, Advising, ALEC, Student Life and
Resident Housing, Public Affairs, Risk Management, Legal, OIT,
University Libraries, etc.
Coordinates marketing and advertising efforts, email blasts,
open houses, and other promotional events/opportunities.
Maintains website (including editing and writing new text) and
ensures accuracy of information. Oversees student-run Taos
Ambassador program, provides feedback and assistance as
Works closely with Enrollment Services, Student Financials and
Financial Aid; and manages SMU-in-Taos Friends of Taos
Coordinates with OIT to ensure that online evaluation process is
in place, reviews evaluations and shares with faculty and
communicates with Office of Assessment to ensure that appropriate
procedures are in place for accreditation/assessment
Occasional evening/weekend hours is required.
Occasional travel to Taos will be necessary.
Education and Experience:
A Bachelor’s degree is required.
Three years work experience is required. Experience providing
marketing and enrollment support is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal
communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly
across the University and develop and maintain effective
relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also
demonstrate strong written communication skills.
Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the
ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise
solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel,
Outlook) is required. Must have the ability to learn new
Experience using Zoom and Sharepoint is a plus.
Physical and Environmental Demands:
- Sit for long periods of time
- Carry/lift over 25/50 lbs.
- Walk for long distances
Deadline to Apply:
This position is open until filled.
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activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,
sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive
Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated
to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be
reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz
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SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and
related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as
health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range
programs to help attract, support, and retain our
employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education
and research institution.
SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement
programs that benefit and protect you and your family
throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's
retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after
you leave SMU.
The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our
students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety
and personal development opportunities, including tuition