Director of Academic Advising Center and Career Services
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
December 17, 2014
“What should I major in?” “How do I find a job?” These are important questions for college students. At the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, the Academic Advising Center and Career Services offices provide assistance in answering these questions that impact the future for our students. We are searching for an innovative individual to serve as the Director of Academic Advising Center and Career Services. This position will provide leadership and vision to the Academic Advising Center and Career Services offices within the Enrollment Management Division of Academic Affairs and will report to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management. We at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse believe students, faculty, and staff all are enriched by our exposure to differing ideas, opinions, and cultures. We strive to be a leader in Wisconsin’s movement toward increased diversity and inclusiveness. We believe that employees from diverse backgrounds are critical to achieving excellence as a nationally recognized institution of higher education. We seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. We strongly encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The Academic Advising Center and Career Services offices provide a broad range of comprehensive academic and career services. The offices are physically located in the same space and currently provide services as two separate organizational entities. The Academic Advising Center includes six staff members, four graduate assistants, and several peer advisors. The service load is approximately 800 undeclared students yet the unit’s charge includes assisting all university students whose academic interests are in transition. The Career Services office includes eight staff members, one graduate assistant, and several student employees. The unit provides comprehensive career-related services to all enrolled students and alumni. Responsibilities include career advising, employer relations, internship coordination, and several career-related campus-wide activities. The new Director of Academic Advising Center and Career Services will have the opportunity to develop and implement a vision for how these organizations will function and work collaboratively in the future. Key aspects of this position include maintenance of the integrity of academic policies, while being a student advocate and fostering a culture of student responsibility and success. In addition, the Director will respond to the needs of the university and the faculty in all areas related to academic support, post-graduation preparation, and employer relations. Management of the departmental budgets and professional development of staff are also essential responsibilities of this position.
Other duties and responsibilities include: • Develop and maintain the vision for the delivery of holistic developmental academic advising for undeclared students and students in transition • Develop and maintain the vision for career counseling and post-graduation preparation for all active students and alumni • Oversee the development and delivery of academic and career support workshops and activities • Oversee and provide direction for the centralized Cooperative Education and Internship Program, and ensure the development and maintenance of employer relations and placement opportunity cultivation • Ensure effective operation and delivery of services • Hire, supervise, evaluate and provide continuous professional development and direction for professional staff members, graduate assistants, graduate interns, peer advisors and undergraduate interns • Principal liaison for the administration, faculty, students, and external constituents for all concerns related to academic success and professional preparation • Develop and manage a budget • Ensure participation in all recruiting and onboarding activities • Assess, track, and report on activities for both internal and external audiences Minimum Qualifications: • Master’s degree • Three or more years of supervisory/management experience in higher education with documentation of increasing levels of responsibility • Extensive experience in academic advising and/or career counseling • Professional engagement in relevant organizations • Excellent communication and diplomacy skills Preferred Qualifications: • Five years’ supervisory experience/management experience in higher education leading either an academic advising or career services unit • Specific experience with academic and career activities related to first year experience initiatives • Experience working in both academic advising and career counseling • Doctorate degree
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