The Director of the Deneb Scholars is responsible for the overall planning, management and accountability of the program to provide a structure and climate of support for first generation, low income and historically under represented students at Washington University in St. Louis. The Director manages the team to recruit and drive selection of the scholars and then plans and manages mentorship 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.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Provides independent leadership, vision and budget oversight for the Deneb STARS Program, emergency and essential aid funds and other university, grant and privately sponsored programs as designated to support the student experience.
The Director is responsible for overseeing all steps from admissions to programming, student support and alumni relations.
The Director will develop and oversee a four-year program of exceptional quality that mentors and supports exceptional students through graduation at WashU.
The Director will foster a richly diverse educational atmosphere and enhance the overall quality and diversity of the Washington University student body.
Serves as the primary contact for the Deneb Scholars:Â monitors student academic progress working in tandem with the studentâ™s academic advisor and provides referrals for academic resources, as needed; develop and oversees a peer community and network for scholarsâ™ academic and personal excellence.
Designs and implements assessment tools in collaboration with the Associate Dean for Student Success and campus partners to determine the impact of the implemented programs.
Development and execution of sustainable strategies to recruit, select and retain scholars in collaboration with the Washington University Office of Admissions, the four undergraduate divisions and various campus partners.Â (i.e. website, communications strategy, etc.).
Coordinates with the Office of Admissions scheduling of various events including but not limited to fly in/Zoom in visits and related communication for prospective students and their families.
Serves as the programâ™s ambassador to discuss all aspects of the program when prospective students, families, school and college access program representatives call and/or visit the University.Â
From time to time the Director may be asked to travel in the St. Louis area and other locations for the purposes of promoting the program.Â Â Â Â
Collaborates with University Advancement and campus partners to maintain long-term strategic fundraising initiatives, including regular reunions for the Deneb Scholar alums.
Collaborates with University Advancement to host WashU alumni events in cities with high alumni concentrations to promote the program and additional locations with high potential for recruitment of students.
Launches an alumni-scholar mentor program.
Ensures an accurate alumni database to enhance networking and professional development opportunities between and among undergraduates and alumni.
Facilitates consistent and sustainable communication with alumni.
Captures alumni stories, milestones and successes useful for newsletters, website, promotional opportunities and role modelling for undergraduate scholars.
Receives inquiries and assist with responding to alumni inquiries.
Coordination with WashU Scholar programs and other campus partners.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience in managing a merit-based and/or need-based scholar program and advising diverse, high achieving students.
Supervisory experience of professional staff.
Strong working knowledge and appreciation for the values of an academic community, including diversity.
Energy, vision, initiative, creativity and ability to embrace and navigate change.
Ability to supervise student employees, graduate level interns and professional staff.
Experience with and/or sensitivity to working with first generation, Pell eligible and other resource impacted students and families.
The Director is responsible for confidential information that pertains to students. As such, the Director must be discreet and must maintain confidentiality as appropriate.
Willing to travel.
Work evenings and weekends, as needed.
Attentive to details and the âœfollow upâ that is required to execute a job or task well.
Masterâ™s degree in related field and three years related experience or Bachelorâ™s degree in related field and eight years related experience.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an 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.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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