How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline any skilsl and experience that directly relate to this position.
The University of Michigan seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Director of the Engineering Advising Center in the College of Engineering. Located in the vibrant community of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the University of Michigan is one of the top public research universities in the world. The College of Engineering is an extraordinary center of creativity, innovation, and global impact.
Michigan Engineering is a place for a special kind of engineer. We welcome students from diverse backgrounds who will flourish within an environment of wide-ranging possibilities. Our breadth of outstanding opportunities is unmatched. Beyond excellent engineering research and teaching, a global footprint and significant resources, the University of Michigan College of Engineering provides the most well-rounded intellectual experience of any engineering institution.
The Director of the Engineering Advising Center (EAC) directs and guides the full array of advising related programs and activities in the College and manages the administrative and operational activities. The Director occupies a key position within CoE, working in collaboration with deans, faculty, staff, and students to promote and enhance the quality of academic advising through the College and University. The Director reports to the Executive Director for Student Affairs and directly supervises the Academic Advisors within the EAC. The Director also works closely with the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education to ensure academic success for our students. In addition to the above responsibilities, this position oversees first-year, international and transfer orientation.
The Office of Student Affairs serves students, the College, the University, and the larger society by contributing to the intellectual and personal growth of our students. The entire staff shares with faculty and academic departments the task of facilitating and guiding the students' academic path through the College. The staff helps students achieve their dreams and explore beyond them.
The successful candidate for the Director of the Engineering Advising Center will play a key role, supported by the Executive Director for Student Affairs in leading the effort to enhance advising services to students in the College, and the University. He/she will be expected to be able to build consensus among the various departments and interest groups and to lead the effort to add new initiatives to the advising milieu at Michigan. The Director will provide leadership and vision for an experienced staff of highly trained advisors.
Specifically, the successful candidate will have:
- A record of demonstrated accomplishment and responsibility in academic advising in a college or university setting.
- A record of demonstrated understanding of developmental issues facing students in Engineering.
- The ability to articulate a clear vision for academic advising to many constituents.
- Minimum of 5 years of supervision of professional staff.
- Proven leadership in academic advising in higher education, and student services and/or academic administration in a four-year institution.
- The ability to direct all aspects of undergraduate advising, activities, and resources for engineering students in the College, supporting efforts aligned with the College mission, values, and DEI commitments.
- Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of information technology, including computerized degree audits, and/or student electronic management systems.
- The ability to understand and manage the implications of evolving information technology in today's student academic advising environment.
- Ability to form consensus and work as a player in a team atmosphere.
- Excellent communication skills.
- The capacity for creative problem solving, innovation, and anticipating future needs.
- The ability to work in a collaborative fashion with colleagues across the College and University.
- Involvement in a national organization devoted to the improvement of academic advising.
- Master's degree in a related field.
Michigan Engineering’s vision is to be the world’s preeminent college of engineering serving the common good. This global outlook, leadership focus and service commitment permeate our culture. Our vision is supported by a mission and values that, together, provide the framework for all that we do. Information about our vision, mission and values can be found at: http://strategicvision.engin.
The University of Michigan has a storied legacy of commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). The Michigan Engineering component of the University’s comprehensive, five-year, DEI strategic plan—along with updates on our programs and resources dedicated to ensuring a welcoming, fair and inclusive environment—can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.