University at Albany — Director of Honors Program

About University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses.

Located in Albany, New York, New York State’s capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks.

Job Description:
The Program Director for the Honors College will have responsibility for the day-to-day management of the students in the first two years of the Honors College. This leader will work collaboratively with Admissions and the Associate Vice Provost to set admissions goals and criteria, communicate with students and families throughout the admissions cycle, plan, implement and track Honors College engagement programs and teach the FYE class for incoming Honors College freshmen. The Director will liaison to the Honors College Advantage Board and work with Department Chairs and Deans to ensure proper numbers and alignment of Honors College classes (T100 and T200 level class taught in fall and spring for Honors College Students).

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Associate Vice Provost to provide academic oversight for admissions standards and review applications
  • Work closely with Admissions and Orientation staff to ensure appropriate communication and expectation setting for incoming Honors College students
  • Work closely with Admissions to provide outreach to underrepresented groups to ensure a vibrant and diverse Honors College community
  • Prepare job descriptions for Honors College student leaders and student assistants (both graduate and undergraduate). Recruit, select, train, and manage all the above-mentioned positions.
  • Plan and coordinate appropriate engagement programs for Honors College students in their first two years. Track attendance and provide reports on levels of student engagement
  • Manage the budget for the Honors College staffing and co-curricular activities
  • Teach Freshman First Year Experience classes for Honors Students
  • Meet one-on-one with Honors College students including helping students connect with faculty and departments, counseling students who are not maintaining Honors College required GPA, and creating an engaged and encouraging Honors College community for all members
  • Additional Responsibilities:
  • Develop marketing materials for the Honors College
  • Manage our marketing efforts in partnership with the Admissions Office and the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs to ensure communication with prospective students, admitted students, and matriculated students
  • Work closely with the Associate Vice Provost and the Honors College Board on curricular issues including transitions into the honors program in academic departments
  • Assess student retention, GPA, and satisfaction of Honors community members
  • Work closely with the Associate Vice Provost to ensure an appropriate number of classes for Honors College students in their first two years at UAlbany. Work closely with departments to publicize teaching opportunities within the Honors College

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization
  • 5+ years of academic experience working with undergraduates
  • Teaching experience
  • Prior experience with undergraduate program management
  • Exceptional communication skills including the ability to communicate with students, faculty, chairs and deans, staff, and families
  • Familiarity with current communication and marketing techniques including social media
  • Exceptional technology skills including familiarity with how technology is used in assessment and program management
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Ability to manage budgets
  • Experience managing student workers.  It is expected that the incumbent will source, hire, train and manage many students (both undergraduate and graduate) each year
  • Ability to work with very diverse populations and create an inclusive atmosphere within the Honors College community
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • PhD from a college or university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization is strongly preferred

Additional Information:
This is a promotional opportunity for current UAlbany employees.
Eligibility for Consideration:

  • You must be employed at the University at Albany campus.
  • You must be in a State funded UUP professional position (MC employees are not eligible).
  • You must have a permanent, term, or probationary appointment (temporary employees are not eligible).

For details concerning the University’s Promotion Policy for Professional Employees, please see HR Memorandum 88-4.
Professional Rank and Salary Range: SL4, Staff Associate

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Application Instructions:
Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter stating all the required minimum qualifications and any of the applicable preferred qualifications
  • Three professional references with contact information required
  • Finalists must give a short presentation with their thoughts on addressing one challenge that Honors Colleges or Honors College students face nationwide

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Closing date for receipt of applications: February 10, 2022