In leading a team of professional advisors who work with first-year students, the Director will work collaboratively with the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and key student success offices and academic units across the institution to ensure that students receive holistic support as they transition to the University. The Director will administer daily operations of the Advisement Center, manage and support a team of professional advisors, commit to continuous improvement and professional development, and collaborate with other campus leadership to support student success.
- Work with the Executive Vice Provost for Academic Affairs to create the strategic direction of the Advisement Center, adjusting the advisement model as needed, identifying opportunities for growth, and building on strengths to enhance the work of the Center as it expands over the next two years. The Director will also work collaboratively and effectively with Directors, administrators, faculty and staff to achieve goals.
- Launch phase one of the Advisement Center, with a limited roll-out to select areas of campus, then expand to support all first-year students in the upcoming two years. This process will include partnerships with academic advisors within the programs and colleges to ensure smooth transitions for students as they enter the University, learn essential skills and connections, and move through the Advisement Center to root in their major area of choice in their sophomore year.
- Manage daily operations of the Advisement Center, including budgets, staff hiring, and communications; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, to include written reports and public presentations as needed; attend workshops, present at office meetings, and/or hold membership in strategic professional organizations (e.g., NACADA).
- Supervise eight professional academic advisors and ensure that advisors provide unbiased guidance to undeclared students and those considering changing majors, working in partnership with Career Services and others; ensure that advisors are operating with consistency, regularly referring students as appropriate, and responding to student inquiries in a timely fashion; work with the Executive Vice Provost to hire additional professional advisors as the Advisement Center expands
- Identify and support continuous professional development and training of staff to improve advising skills, including recognizing and supporting the needs of diverse student populations
- Assess all Advisement Center operations for continuous improvement; and perform other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: The Director will oversee eight professional academic advisors during the 2019-2020 academic year, with continued expansion of the number of advisors up to 18 in the next two years.
The University of Southern Mississippi welcomes applications from enthusiastic, student-centered, experienced professionals who want to contribute to the student success mission of the institution as the founding Director of a new University Advisement Center. For your application, please upload a professional resume, detailed cover letter, and statement on your leadership philosophy (300 words) online at https://usm.csod.com/ats/careersite/JobDetails.aspx?id=969&site=1. In this statement, describe how you conceptualize “advisement” and how you would approach leading the new Advisement Center at Southern Miss. If you have any questions, feel free to email Christina.Foreman@usm.edu.
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research university offering more than 140 degree programs for both undergraduates and graduates. Southern Miss has a student body of approximately 15,000 and is ranked in the top 150 for campus ethnic diversity among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. We are a Carnegie R1 research institution that emphasizes undergraduate student active learning, prioritizes a friendly campus community, and values diversity in many forms. For additional information about Southern Miss, visit www.usm.edu. Hattiesburg is known as the “Hub City” because of its proximity to New Orleans and popular Florida and Alabama beaches. New Orleans culture is a strong influence in the area, and Mardi Gras is an official University holiday. Hattiesburg features a range of restaurants from casual to formal dining, and live entertainment venues host local bands as well as visiting artists. There are also numerous outdoor opportunities including the Longleaf Trace, a 41-mile walking, jogging, biking, and equestrian trail, adjacent to the campus, in addition to nearby rivers, lakes, and forests offering camping, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Some of the top-ranked school districts in the state are located in the Hattiesburg area. The Petal School District and Lamar County School District consistently receive A ratings, and Petal is currently ranked as the #2 school district in Mississippi. Petal and Oak Grove High Schools also rank in the top 15% of schools nationwide, according to US News and World Report data for 2019. The city has been recognized by numerous publications and rankings as a retirement destination because of the area's amenities, low cost of living, and strong healthcare services, which include two hospitals and a multi-specialty clinic. For more information on Hattiesburg, visit www.visithburg.org.
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