SUNY Empire State College — Assistant Director of the Educational Opportunity Program and the Empire State Opportunity Program

About SUNY Empire State College:
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 by Dr. Ernest Boyer as a distinctive statewide institution focused on innovative, nontraditional teaching and learning.

SUNY Empire is part of the State University of New York system and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. With headquarters in Saratoga Springs, New York, SUNY Empire primarily serves working adults pursuing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees online and onsite at locations in every region of the state and abroad.

The college’s 50-year commitment to flexible, individualized learning is represented by faculty mentors who guide students throughout their academic studies, the ability for students to build individualized degree plans, the award of credit for learning gained from life and work experience, world-class academic and social student-support communities, and flexible course delivery methods that meet students’ diverse learning preferences. The college boasts more than 89,000 successful alumni and partners with nearly 16,000 students each year who want to expand their personal and professional horizons.

SUNY Empire State College is committed to creating a multicultural, inclusive academic and work environment. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. We believe that a diverse faculty is critical to academic excellence and prepares students to live and work in an increasingly global world.

We are pleased to offer our employees a generous compensation and benefits package. We also offer professional-development activities for professionals and support staff, as well as faculty-development opportunities that encourage pursuit of disciplinary and community-focused research, scholarship of teaching and learning, and leadership development. Faculty-development opportunities include our annual Fall Academic Conference and the annual Institute on Mentoring, Teaching and Learning.

Job Description:
SUNY Empire State College’s Office of Opportunity Programs seeks a full-time SUNY Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Empire State Opportunity Program (ESOP) Assistant Director (State Title: Senior Staff Assistant) with the expectation to provide some leadership and proactive support and advisement for undergraduate students that are a part of the program.

The Assistant Director of the EOP and ESOP will participate in recruitment activities, provide academic advisement, as well as to assist in managing a range of student success items, such as program orientation, academic coaching, retention initiatives, enrichment programming, and student engagement programming.

This position will supervise the ESOP and EOP Advisors and is a part of the Opportunity Programs leadership team, including responsibilities related to data analysis and trend identification.

The selected incumbent must be an experienced higher education professional that has worked with diverse student populations, especially non-traditional students.  The incumbent must also be knowledgeable about academic advisement, academic coaching, student services, and programming at the college level, as well as familiarity with working with adult students, specifically those from diverse backgrounds, underrepresented populations, and that are non-traditional learners, in both face-to-face and online learning environments. This position requires dedication to developing innovative ways to reach and engage students, effect student persistence, and provide holistic student development and support.

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Serve as a member of the Opportunity Program Leadership Team.  Have a deep understanding of the purpose of opportunity programs and the SUNY EOP guidelines. Supervise the ESOP and EOP Advisors.
  • Obtain student academic data, related to retention/persistence, course completion, graduation probability, first term factors, and student engagement.  Analyze the data, present it to the leadership team, and make suggestions for ways to improve service, programming, and performance.

Advisement and Coaching

  • Serve as primary mentor (academic advisor) for students in the Educational Opportunity Program and the Empire State Opportunity Program, provide coaching for escalated student situations, and student support to stay informed of all student’s academic progress.
  • Deliver/instruct degree planning to OP students. Liaise with Academic Review to amend degree plans, as needed.

Student Services

  • Act as a point person throughout the student lifecycle for referral to/collaboration with campus resources, offices, and services.  Check student academic progress and follow up with students. Investigate escalations and informal student complaints, grievances, and appeals.  Collect information and report it to the associate director or director when the case needs to be escalated.

Recruitment and Programming

  • Take part in the interview process during the recruitment cycle.  Play an active role in planning, delivering, and facilitating the Extended Student Orientation during the summer.
  • Coordinate clubs for OP students.

Requirements:

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in higher educational settings.
  • Experience in working with opportunity and/or access programs, diverse populations, or disadvantaged students.
  • Experience using data analysis to inform decision-making is required.
  • A minimum of three years of academic advisement and/or counseling experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree with course work in higher education, counseling, or related field.
  • Leadership experience or experience in a supervisory role.

Special Information:

  • This position can be located at any one of our regional locations.
  • VISA sponsorship is not available for this position.

Additional Information:

Rank/Salary: SL3/$68,000.

Empire State College is an EOE employer.

IF YOU NEED A DISABILITY-RELATED ACCOMMODATION, PLEASE CALL THE ADA COORDINATOR AT (518) 587-2100, ext. 2240. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TITLE II CRIME AWARENESS AND SECURITY ACT, A COPY OF OUR CRIME STATISTICS IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST BY CALLING (518) 587-2100, ext. 2800. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED ON-LINE AT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY WEBSITE AT http://www.esc.edu/safety-security

Application Instructions:

Applications Due By: The review of Applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until position is filled.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following documents, which are required for consideration by clicking on the APPLY NOW button:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Name and contact information of three references

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