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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. Student programming needs do require some evening and weekend hours.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of Scholar Programs on the Danforth Campus. Some travel is required related to community engagement, admissions, recruitment, and donor relations.
The Director of the Danforth Scholars Program recruits and drives selection of the scholars, both undergraduate and graduate level, and then plans and manages mentorship, programming, and development of the participants during their time at the university. The Director also works to develop and maintain significant relationships with alumni and supporters of the program, and fosters a richly diverse educational atmosphere within Danforth Program and at the university.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide independent leadership vision and budget oversight for the Danforth Scholars Program, overseeing all steps of the program from admissions to programming, student support and alumni and community relations. The Director will create a robust program of exceptional quality that mentors and supports exceptional students dedicated to diversity and service. The Director will foster a richly diverse educational atmosphere that looks to dismantle systemic racism and enhance the overall quality and diversity of the Washington University student body.
Supervise student assistant(s) as assigned.
Serve as the primary mentor for the Danforth Scholars: monitor Danforth Scholars’ academic progress working in tandem with the student’s academic advisor and provide referrals for academic resources, as needed; develop and oversee a peer community and network for scholars’ academic and personal excellence.
Development and execution of sustainable strategies to recruit, select and retain Danforth Scholars in collaboration with the Washington University Office of Admissions, the four undergraduate divisions and the Office of Scholar Programs (i.e. website, communications strategy, etc.).
Coordinate with the Office of Admissions scheduling of various events including but not limited to Scholar Finalist Weekend and related communication to student and their families.
Serve as the Program “Ambassador” to discuss all aspects of the Scholar program when prospective students, families, school and college access program representatives call and/or visit the University. From time to time the Director will be asked to travel in the St. Louis area and other locations for the purposes of promoting the Scholar program.
Collaborate with University Advancement to maintain long-term strategic fundraising initiatives, including regular reunions for the Danforth Scholars, alumni, and friends of the program.
Collaborate with University Advancement to host alumni events in cities with high alumni concentrations and additional locations with high potential for recruitment of students. Launch an alumni-scholar mentor program and host alumni weekend events.
Maintain an accurate Danforth Scholar alumni database to enhance networking and professional development opportunities between and among undergraduates and alumni.
Facilitate consistent and sustainable communication with alumni.
Capture alumni stories, milestones and successes useful for newsletters, website, promotional opportunities and role modelling for undergraduate scholars.
Receive inquiries and assist with responding to alumni inquiries.
All-Danforth Scholar events
Camp Miniwanca Fall Orientation
Group Service opportunities
Social and leadership ad hoc experiences
Academic and other advising
DUC Discussions-informal dialogues with faculty and campus leaders
Coordination with the Office of Scholar Programs and campus partners
Perform other Duties as Assigned, including but not limited to advising student organizations, participating in campus diversity initiatives.
CRITICAL SKILLS & EXPERTISE
Strong working knowledge and appreciation for the values of an academic community, including diversity and social justice.
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity and ability to embrace and navigate change.
Ability to supervise student employees, graduate level interns and professional staff.
Exercise common sense regarding priorities and critical nature of certain jobs
Ability to responsibly and discreetly handle confidential information that pertains to students.
Attentive to details and the “follow up” that is required to execute a job or task well.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Student-oriented, understand and value the roles of faculty and staff in an undergraduate community, and be committed to maintaining the exceptional quality of the undergraduate experience.
Able to balance many tasks at one time.
Collegial, possess exceptional interpersonal skills, function as both a leader and a team player, and maintain a positive attitude in all interactions.
Master’s degree, plus five years of professional experience in an educational environment, with demonstrated experience working with diverse, high-achieving students.
Working knowledge of student development and effective practices to enhance student learning.
Demonstrated experience working with university administrators and faculty.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Candidate preferred who has experience in managing a merit-based scholar program and/or student leadership development program for diverse, high achieving students.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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