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Asst/Assoc Director of the Academic Resource Center

Categories: Great Lakes Region 5



Academic Resource Center


Denison University

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Position Description
Serve as a member of the Academic Resource Center (ARC) team. Contribute to the continued development and advancement of an innovative and engaging approach to academic support/engagement based on Denison’s mission, leadership principles, commitment to academic engagement, creative problem solving, and elements of individual and community well-being.Essential Job FunctionsAssess, evaluate, and update programs and services to match the mission of the college, vision of the department and core student learning outcomes.Supervise and train student staff who serve as tutors, ARC Ambassadors, and student workers.Maintain high visibility and engagement with the student body and campus community at university events; work effectively with a culturally diverse population of students to coach, mentor and support dynamic needs.Coordinate and design programmatic and other co-curricular initiatives (grounded in disability, diversity, academic skill building and student self-advocacy/efficacy), managing the assigned program budget and maintain records.Build strong, collaborative relationships with campus partners, students, faculty/staff and parents; and communicate regularly with these partners.Employ appreciative advising and positive psychology practices in communication and interactions with students, colleagues and other constituencies.Sustain collegial relationships with colleagues in Student Development, the Dean of Students, the Dean of First-Year Students, Associate Provosts and the Registrar, among others. Demonstrate generous support to the work of colleagues in Student Development as well as faculty and staff across the college.Strive to create a culture characterized by creativity and innovation in problem solving, optimism, individual initiative, a shared sense of responsibility, the intentional cultivation of trust, and attention to clear and timely communication.

Coordinate all aspects of the ARC Tutoring Program approximately 150 tutors and 6-8 Head Tutors
Students with Disabilities – Communicate with various constituents about services of Center, disability accommodations at the collegiate level including June Orientation programs, Evaluate disability documentation and recommend reasonable accommodation and adaptive technology. Keep current with knowledge of ADA, Title III, and trends in Disability Services
Academic Support/Outreach – Provide on-going advising of students who are on academic warning, have been recently reinstated or are considered to be academically “at-risk” and assess intervention strategies. Meet with students with academic, social, and personal issues that may interfere with their academic performance and teach development of time management, study plans and self-advocacy skills
Engage with parents/family members
CARE Network/Persistence Team – Respond to CARE Reports as assigned in a timely and appropriate manner, Maintain records on intervention/contact in reference to specific CARE reports and attend CARE Meetings
Office Operations-Serve as the representative from Academic Resource Center at campus events/meetings/training and as the Director’s proxy when appropriate (SERC, ASB etc.)
Provide indirect supervision of Administrative Assistant and student worker office staff
Keep records, track trends and assess programs and prepare office reports; Serve as a generalist on the Division of Student Development team in supporting existing programs and services, shaping policy and practice, and participating in the implementation of Division goals, objectives and other duties as assigned
Participate in professional development organizations and opportunities to improve job performance
Perform other duties as assigned.

Application Process
Submit materials via online employment portal at

Institution Information
To achieve our mission as a liberal arts college, we continually strive to foster a diverse campus community, which recognizes the value of all persons regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic background. For additional information and resources about diversity at Denison, please see our Diversity Guide. Denison University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Contact Information
Jennifer Grube Vestal



Required Qualifications
Master’s degree in Education, Special Education, Counseling Psychology, Student Personnel Administration or a related field. Qualified applicants must possess excellent written and presentation skills, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with students, faculty, staff and parents.

Preferred Qualifications
Priority will be given to candidates with professional experience providing academic support for students in higher education.Knowledge of psychological testing used in diagnosing specific learning disabilities is desired. Post-secondary experience (2 years or more) with oversight of tutoring programs, disability services, knowledge of Section 504 and ADA; experience with a range of disability types and experience reviewing and interpreting documentation including psychoeducational evaluations, experience in data gathering, data analysis, report writing and assessment. Experience in meeting with students for academic support, partnering with colleagues to implement best practices related to persistence of students. Detail oriented, ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues, evidence of excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with a variety of audiences, ability to work in a team, sensitivity and competency in working with diverse populations, solid presentation, teaching and problem solving skills. Flexibility and willingness to engage in work outside of traditional business hours and on weekends. Familiarity with FERPA guidelines for access to student records. Experience with BANNER student database and Symplicity CARE system helpful.