George Mason University
Associate Director, Student Success
The George Mason University Division of University Life invites applicants for the position of Associate Director of Student Success. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.
George Mason University is an innovative, public, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in the heart of northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., the university attracts a diverse and talented student body of over 34,000. The university—its enrollment, academic programs, facilities and services—is expanding, as is its reputation. The Fairfax campus is the largest of four domestic campuses and home to over 4,800 students living in university housing, as well as the Division of University Life. Recently cited as a top rated institution in The Chronicle of Higher Education “2008 Great Colleges to Work For Survey” and as one of the nation’s top universities to watch on The U.S. News and World Report list of “Up-and-Coming Schools,” George Mason is an institution providing tremendous opportunity for students, faculty and staff.
Reporting to the Associate Dean of University Life, the Associate Director provides strategic, active management of the student success initiatives for the Division of University Life. With a commitment to continuous improvement, the Associate Director collaborates closely with numerous university partners—including Admissions, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Services and University Life division colleagues—in setting the goals and outcomes for student success programs, implementing a broad spectrum of program initiatives, and conducting outcomes assessment for a comprehensive organization serving the needs of a diverse population of undergraduate students. The Associate Director develops and manages a University Life student retention plan and is responsible for contributing to overall institutional goals. As an integral member of the University Life management team, the Associate Director provides direction and support for a wide-range of division initiatives, including but not limited to: co-curricular student experience platform, early alert and intervention strategy, peer success coaching, first-year initiatives, and serves as an active ambassador of the George Mason University community. Anticipated start date is Summer 2017.
Candidates for this position must have a master’s degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling or a related field; as well as progressively responsible professional experience, and leadership experience working closely with undergraduates student populations. Experience with supervision, assessment/evaluation, training and development, leadership and student involvement programs is necessary. Candidates must have a strong working knowledge of student development and the ability to relate to people from diverse backgrounds. Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours, particularly in the summer, is a position requirement.
A minimum of four years of progressively responsible professional experience; an earned doctorate in higher education, student affairs administration, or other applicable discipline; and demonstrated commitment to the practice of open and effective communication with students, faculty and staff to build and maintain collaborative relationships.
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA62Ez at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
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