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Candidates must submit materials as attachments (in PDF format) and include the following:

  • Cover letter addressing specific interest in this position, outlining skills and experience that directly relate to this position
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae

Applications must be submitted through the U-M careers website.

Job Summary

CSP is seeking a highly motivated and creative individual with a strong background in higher education; a commitment to equity and access for all of the University’s talented students; experience with program evaluation and assessment; and a dedication to supervision and staff development to serve as Assistant Director of Advising and Summer Initiatives.

The Assistant Director of Advising and Summer Initiatives provides vision, supervision, and leadership for a team of academic advisors and administrative staff, undergraduate and graduate staff. The Assistant Director also leads the planning and implementation of all elements of CSP’s Bridge Programs.

As a member of the CSP management team, the Assistant Director contributes to the strategic direction of CSP and sets a tone of respect, creativity, and excellence for all members of the CSP community. Strong candidates will be committed to collaboration and will communicate clearly and effectively.

This position reports to CSP’s Associate Director of Advising.

The expected start date is January 2021.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Who We Are

Established in 1983 as an early diversity initiative, the Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) has grown in size, scope, and stature. Today it is a community of scholars -- students, staff, and faculty -- organized around principles of diversity, access, equity, and inclusion. Together, members of the community promote academic excellence and champion personal growth and wellness for all students within the Program and at the U-M at large. CSP sits within the Undergraduate Education division of the College of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts (LSA) and serves over 3,100 students across multiple schools and colleges, including the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, School of Kinesiology, and School of Nursing. Many are the first in their family to go to college, identify with populations historically underrepresented at the University, or attended systemically under-resourced high schools, both urban and rural. The Program plays a high-profile role in the College’s and the University’s commitment to access, diversity, and inclusion for all of its undergraduates -- from admission to graduation. CSP is dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging at its large, public institution. More information can be found on the CSP website: www.lsa.umich.edu/csp/.

CSP is a Michigan Learning Community that offers

  • intensive and holistic advising (academic, personal, and financial)
  • pre-professional advising
  • credit-bearing, intensive, introductory courses in select disciplines
  • a summer bridge program
  • Individual and group tutoring services
  • skills workshops
  • first year interest groups, and
  • other enrichment activities appropriate for a highly diverse group of students

The major objective of CSP is to retain and graduate students who, with intensive support and encouragement, will persist and graduate at the same outstanding rate for which the University of Michigan is known. Learn more about CSP and the Summer Bridge Scholars Program at www.lsa.umich.edu/csp.

Responsibilities*

Hiring, Supervision and Staff Development of Summer Initiatives Team:        25 %

  • Oversee the planning and day-to-day operations for all CSP summer initiatives
  • Supervise and direct the work of a small team of academic advisors (4.0 FTE) and one program manager
  • Conduct staff selection, on-boarding, scheduling, performance planning, evaluation and discipline as needed for assigned staff
  • Engage staff in annual professional development and review of best practice models for the continuous growth of the team
  • Conduct bi-weekly team meetings

Administrative oversight & management of Bridge Programs:  30%

  • Design and implementation of orientation programs (students and parents) for Bridge Programs
  • Design, and implement programming for Bridge Programs
  • Manage all non-academic components of Bridge Programs
  • Manage annual programming and staffing budget of approximately $200,000
  • Partner with the Office of Enrollment Management to support programming designed to increase yield of Bridge Programs admits
  • Partner with campus partners to create programming for Bridge Programs students and their support systems to eliminate summer melt
  • Liaise with campus partners, including:
    • Center of Global and Intercultural Studies
    • LSA Undergraduate Education units
    • Participating programming partners
    • Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives
    • Office of Financial Aid
    • Office of New Students Programs
    • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Residence Education and University Housing
    • U-M Athletics
    • U-M undergraduate schools and colleges

Evaluation and Assessment:            20%

  • Lead a team of staff in the evaluation and assessment of all elements of Bridge Programs
  • Manage strategic planning for the Bridge Programs cohort and staffing models
  • Contribute to the overall CSP research, evaluation, and assessment agenda

Individual Student Advising:           15%

  • Advise and support assigned caseload of 50 diverse undergraduate students
  • Orient students to academic programs and university services
  • Educate students on College and University degree requirements
  • Monitor academic progress and provide individual feedback to students through graduation
  • Maintain regular contact with assigned students throughout their tenure at Michigan
  • Evaluate personal and academic needs of students and make necessary referrals

General Administration:      5%

  • Serve as an active contributing member of the CSP management team 
  • Chair and/or serve on department committees as required

Professional Development:   5%

  • Analyze current trends in bridge programs and incorporate this knowledge into the CSP program model as appropriate
  • Maintain active membership in professional associations such as NACADA and MiACADA

Required Qualifications*

Master's degree or an equivalent combination of education and university administrative experience; 3-5 years of progressive program administrative/coordination experience; a minimum of 1 year supervisory experience; excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, with demonstrated experience communicating with a diverse group of people; ability to work both independently and in teams; ability to lead and develop teams; experience with public speaking; strong organizational skills, with attention to accuracy and detail; excellent computer skills.

Desired Qualifications*

Exemplary work ethic and job performance that exceeds standard levels of expectation; strong administrative experience, including projecting and managing budgets; capacity for exercising initiative and innovation; awareness of the developmental process experienced by college students; familiarity with the college student developmental process and the college environment; ability to equip students with the skills to define educational goals and strategies for achievement; demonstrated experience fostering and articulating the vision and goals of liberal arts academic advising and education.

Work Schedule

This is a full-time position that requires 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

This position will require occasional evening and weekend work.

Hours are negotiable based on unit need.

Additional Information

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.  

To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/about/diversity--equity-and-inclusion.html

To learn more about LSA’s Guiding Principles visit http://lsa.umich.edu/lsa/faculty-staff/human-resources/lsa-staff-guiding-principles.html

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

Selection Process

All components of this position’s interview process will be conducted virtually.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.