Director, University Advising Leadership, Enrollment Management

Director, University Advising Leadership, Enrollment Management

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation's best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls "the most ambitious campus design program in the country."

With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadeadrship in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC's momentum has never been stronger. UC's annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.

Job Overview
Provide creative vision, leadership, and strategy to ensure high-quality, proactive advising and a culture of student success. Advance the UC Advising vision and mission, building upon the university's reputation for advising quality, innovation, equity practice, and demonstrable impact to retention and graduation. Provide leadership coordination and strategy for advising administrators and colleges across the institution and work in close partnership with several university offices.

This position will offer flexibility for a hybrid remote option (hybrid remote work arrangement split time in the office and home each week) for applicants with a residence within OH/IN/KY.  Remote work arrangements are subject to change in accordance with university policies.

Essential Functions

  • Lead the university-wide, multi-campus advising effort to advance student success outcomes of advising, supporting increased student persistence, course completion, graduation, and goal attainment.
  • Manage strategic initiatives to implement high-quality and research-based advising models (e.g. proactive advising) in alignment with UC's Bearcat Promise and the UC Advising mission and vision.
  • Facilitate, support, and partner with advising administrators across decentralized colleges and specialized advising centers to collaboratively maximize outcomes. Collaborate regularly with colleagues across Enrollment Management, Undergraduate Affairs, and Student Affairs.
  • Lead as a senior member of the Office of Advising & Academic Services directorial team, supervising two unit-level advising directors and assistant director/project manager roles. Partner with other AAS offices, including orientation, advising tools & technology, college credit services, early college programs, and Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Strong to strengthen enrollment and ensure a quality student experience.
  • Identify and address policy, process, organizational, and cultural barriers to student success in partnership with university offices and leaders.
  • Advance equity and inclusion strategies and communicate inclusively to achieve an accountable and sustainable climate for advising across the university.Advocate for inclusive access and strategize to close student equity gaps.
  • Strategize and enculturate best practice utilization of advising & student success software tools, case management, and analytics to maximize advisor use and student impact.
  • Partner with faculty to ensure a coordinated, responsive approach to course-based student needs and advising outreach, including early alert strategy.Identify student progression barriers in academic program structures.
  • Oversee advisor training and professional development, sponsor the UC Advising Association and UC Advising Conference, and serve as a university advocate for the needs of more than 150 advisors.

Essential Functions Continued

  • Analyze data, identify trends, report, and present outcomes to identify student needs and inform university planning. Assess services and programs to ensure accountability and continuous quality improvement toward targeted outcomes.
  • Represent the university in national and local advising forums, share strategy and outcomes, benchmark best practices, consult with peers, and engage research to continually develop expertise.
  • May provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff (i.e., hiring/firing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education
Master's Degree in Education Administration, Counseling, Advising, Student Development, or related field.

Required Experience

  • Seven (7) years of higher education administration, advising, student services, or other relevant work experience.
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience of professional staff.
  • Progressively responsible administrative experience.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Demonstrate evidence of exceptional leadership, strategic planning, dedication, and priority for equity and inclusion.
  • History of accomplishing targeted outcomes for students.
  • Experience at both 2-year and 4-year schools.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Compensation and Benefits
UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $89,000 - $104,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

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The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.