Open Position

Director of Student Academic Affairs & Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising

Director of Student Academic Affairs and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Advising - Arts & Sciences - 51968

The College of Arts & Sciences is looking for a versatile and experienced leader to direct and oversee the development, implementation, and management of Student Academic Affairs functions within the College Office. As the largest undergraduate program at Washington University, the College of Arts & Sciences serves approximately 4,400 degree-seeking undergraduate students and more than 600 non-A&S students who are pursuing second majors and minors within the College.

Student Academic Affairs comprises four central functional areas: four-year advising and the first-year experience; student progress and academic success; academic policies and administration; and post-graduate and pre-professional planning. The Director of Student Academic Affairs will set, coordinate, and monitor the priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion across these functional areas and serve as an expert guide in the College’s efforts to support students from diverse backgrounds. 

This position is one of the senior leadership roles in the College Office reporting directly to the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs. Twenty-two FTE staff members report through this function with four reporting directly to the Director of Student Academic Affairs. 

Lead the development and oversight of Student Academic Affairs activities and personnel.

  • Direct the development, planning, execution, and oversight of Student Academic Affairs programs and events, for example, four-year advising and the first-year experience, including FSAP, Summer Start, Orientation, First-Year Programs, and major/minor declaration; student progress and academic success, including leaves of absence, progress counseling, and CISP; academic policies and administration, including academic integrity, internships, graduation certification, curriculum oversight, special majors, inter-divisional and transfer students, and graduation; post-graduate and pre-professional planning, including pre-health, pre-law, pre-grad, and fellowship advising, Junior Jumpstart, and PRAXIS.
  • Oversee the assessment of programs within the Student Academic Affairs functional areas. Work with personnel to ensure program goals are effectively implemented and evaluated and make recommendations for improvement.
  • Serve as the chief program officer responsible for recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, recruitment strategy, and general management functions of all Student Academic Affairs personnel.

Serve on the senior leadership team of the Vice Dean of Undergraduate Affairs to ensure alignment of Student Academic Affairs with the mission of the College and to realize the strategic vision of the Vice Dean.

  • Collaborate closely with the Vice Dean and senior leadership of the Vice Dean in areas of strategic growth for the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • Support the Vice Dean in the development and implementation of a recruitment strategy for the College of Arts & Sciences in collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • In collaboration with the Vice Dean support the development and implementation of alumni engagement strategy as it relates to the growth of Student Academic Affairs programs and events.
  • Work with Finance and the Director of Operations to set financial goals for Student Academic Affairs programs.

Represent the College of Arts & Sciences with mission critical stakeholders.

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for families of prospective and currently enrolled students.
  • Develop and participate in recruitment sessions.
  • In conjunction with other Student Academic Affairs staff, liaise with Arts & Sciences departments and programs to support a holistic student academic experience, including robust major advising at the academic unit level.
  • Participate in various university committees and task forces.
  • Work with the Arts & Sciences Communications team on marketing and communications.

Serve as an academic advisor to a small number of undergraduate students.

Date Posted: 05/12/2021

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