Position Title: Executive Director for Undergraduate Academic Student Success
Position Tracking Number: F615
School/College: Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs
Department: Undergraduate Academic Success Center
Location: Azusa Campus
The Executive Director for Undergraduate Academic Student success works under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs and serves in a role that oversees the development, management, and supervision of academic student success initiatives for undergraduate students at APU. The Executive Director will collaborate with other academic support services and student life offices on campus to support and implement programs and employ high impact practices/strategies that enhance academic engagement and successful degree completion, and promotes thriving among undergraduate students. The Executive Director serves as the administrative leader of the office, supervising office academic administrators and staff. The Executive Director manages and employs office resources, including the budget, to meet the mission and goals of the office.
Doctorate in a related field preferred.
Academic Student Success Initiatives
Advocate and coordinate university-wide efforts to promote academic student success, persistence, and graduation among a diverse student population, which are demonstrated by achieving and sustaining retention goals and graduation rates.
Collaborate with various academic support service offices, Enrollment Management Services, and Student Life Offices to implement university wide student success initiatives and goals that meet the needs of diverse student groups.
Work with the General Education Council and Undergraduate Studies Council to help students achieve university-wide aims for academic student success.
Identify and recommend improvements in university policies, procedures, and systems to improve administrative and academic services for students in order to increase student success and retention and enhance student progress to degree completion.
Regularly update the senior leadership on academic student success initiatives and progress towards supporting high impact practices on campus.
Establish and maintain relationships with students, staff, and faculty through attendance at campus events, informal interaction, and organized programs and workshops.
Network with community leaders to collaborate on student success initiatives.
Work in collaboration with the Vice President of Enrollment Management on student success initiatives and engage in collaborative meetings with that office and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs office.
Maintain successful partnerships with faculty and campus offices and programs devoted to student success, including the Office of Orientation and Transitions, One Stop services, Vice President for Student Life, the Learning Enrichment Center, the, Director of General Education, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, the Executive Director of Writing Programs, and other campus partners to foster integrative approaches to student learning.
Collaborate with offices and personnel on campus to support and promote peer mentoring programs.
Seeks external funding to promote student success initiatives. Ensures all grants and programs operating under the office meet expected outcomes and follow all institutional guidelines.
Collect, analyze, disseminate and employ assessment data to improve department programs and student success initiatives with the goal towards improving student retention, graduation and completion, and the overall student experience at APU.
Provide academic oversight of the First Year Seminar (FYS) program, including curriculum development, faculty development, and program assessment.
Supervise the FYS coordinator to ensure successful implementation of the FYS program. Oversee the Assistant Director as they supervise student workers.
Provide guidance to and facilitate the First-Year Experience Steering Committee that will research best practices and make recommendations for improvements and changes to programs in an effort to increase student retention.
Coordinate collaboration efforts between both curricular and co-curricular programs related to FYE.
Employ high-impact practices to develop and implement programs and processes that are directly aimed at students in their first-year at APU.
Engage in scholarship that promotes the aims of the first-year experience and goals of thriving and retention within the undergraduate experience.
Identify and pursue internal and external grant funding for FYE; administer FYE grants and serve as a resource for other faculty whose grants, fellowships, or teaching awards impact FYE.
Academic Advising and Retention
Oversee the provision of academic advising and retention programs provided by the office to ensure the initiatives and activities meet the needs of the undergraduate students at APU, with special consideration to populations such as student athletes, and transfer, undeclared, probation students.
Supervise the Director to ensure successful implementation of academic advising and retention goals and practices within the department. Oversees the Director as he/she supervises the Academic Success Coaches and the Graduate Assistants.
Ensure resources and staff are appropriately assigned and employed to provide an optimal student advising experience.
Collaborate with the Director to establish and implement a retention plan for undergraduate students throughout their careers at APU, determining factors impacting student attrition, and developing effective advising and retention strategies that powerfully connect students to their educational experience.
Ensure participation, and assign departmental representation on cross-campus committee such as the Academic Probation Petitions Committee, and the CARE team.
Develop and employ an annual strategic plan directed towards achieving outcomes.
Identify resources and needs, develop budget requests, and manage annual budget.
Serve on university committees.
Assign office staff to university committees and task forces to represent student success initiatives.
Conduct regularly scheduled departmental meetings with directors and staff.
Oversee workload and assignments of employees in office.
Manage strategic implementation of the program budget.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Level: Academic Administrator
A demonstrated, vibrant Christian faith compatible with the mission of Azusa Pacific University (Faculty members are required to sign a “Statement of Faith,” available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe, and to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook).
Doctorate degree in relevant field.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering both curricular and co-curricular student learning.
A strong potential to contribute to the vision of student success at APU.
Minimum of three years of successful university-level teaching and administrative experiences with diverse populations.
Proven track record for building team consensus, and for developing collegial and collaborative relationships among team members and related support offices.
Experience working with diverse staff, faculty, and student populations.
Knowledge of diversity sensitive hiring practices.
Hire Date: Open until filled.
Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
Self starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.
Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Academic Administrators are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu.edu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook and Employee Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.
Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.
Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.