UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Office of Undergraduate Education & Institute for Social, Behavioral and Economic Research
Director of Academic Success Initiatives
Name of Department Head: Stuart Sweeney (ISBER)/Linda Adler-Kassner (Office ofUndergraduate Education)
The Director of Academic Success Initiatives is a full-time administrative appointment that reports to the Interim Co-Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Title V Program Director/PI. The Director oversees site-based tutoring, supplemental instruction, and mentoring programs and activities associated with the Division of Undergraduate Education Student Success Initiatives: the ONDAS Success Center (OSC) and the Transfer Student Center (TSC). The Director is responsible for developing a framework and strategy for these initiatives, drawing on educational research and taking into account institutional priorities and capacity. The Director manages both centers and their respective staff members to implement the framework outlined using the resources available. The director also manages internal and external communication and public relations and coordinates program evaluation and reporting.
The primary Director areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to:
Project Coordination and Management:
Under general supervision from the Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education and the Title V Program Director/PI, the Director is responsible for developing a strategic framework for the OSC and TSC. The Director manages Student Program Coordinators in the OSC and the TSC to ensure that the strategic framework developed for each center is implemented appropriately. The Director also ensures that daily management and direction for the OSC and TSC and related budgets is in place. The Director:
Supervises the TSC and OSC Student Programs Coordinators.
Leads the search, hiring, and training processes for ONDAS and TSC Student Programs Coordinator positions and ensures that appropriate hiring, training, and mentoring practices are in place for ONDAS and TSC staff.
Ensures that structures are in place to supervise staff and students, including conducting annual performance evaluations, exercising authority over discipline and work/schedule assignments, and encouraging professional development.
Develops evaluation and assessment methods and protocols in coordination with the Division of Undergraduate Education, and the ONDAS Evaluation team and, if appropriate, UCSB’s Assessment Research Group.
Specifically related to the OSC:
Works with the staff of ISBER to ensure responsible programmatic and fiscal management, adhering to U. S. Department of Education grant guidelines, and procedures and practices of the University of California.
Works closely with all grant-funded staff to ensure that grant program objectives are met, and the Department of Education General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and campus regulations are followed.
Assists the Title V Program Director/PI with ONDAS Advisory Committee communication, including scheduling meetings, and preparing reports, presentations, and other materials.
In the event the Title V Program Director/PI is not available, serves as the interim lead for the Title V ONDAS project.
Development and Direction of the OSC and TSC:
The Director is responsible for developing a framework for activities in the OSC and the TSC. The Director will work with student program coordinators to develop, revise, and assess research-based workshops and other learning support opportunities for students. In this capacity, the director:
Draws on research-based knowledge of learning strategies and best practices to develop a multi-tiered program of activities appropriate to the needs, backgrounds, and interests of the OSC and TSC participants.
Ensures that the Student Programs Coordinators of the OSC and TSC notify the student body and university community about the goals, activities, and selection procedures and by encouraging potential students to participate in the programs.
Ensures that the Student Programs Coordinators of the TSC and OSC provide expert knowledge of current university and college degree requirements, and of college policies, procedures, and precedents related to undergraduate matters.
Campus and Public Relations:
The Director is responsible for ensuring development and maintenance of strong working relationships with, among other units, office of undergraduate education, departmental undergraduate advisors, honors programs, undergraduate research programs, student affairs, institutional research and planning, instructional development, as well as other academic preparation and outreach programs. The Director determines appropriate representation of the OSC and TSC Programs at national and regional meetings, such as those of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE). In order to publicize the program and its outcomes, ensures that the Student Programs Coordinators of the OSC and the TSC work with program staff to develop, promote, and maintain the internal (campus) and external profile of the OSC and TSC, including social media, website, and other potential media such as newsletters, press releases, blogs, and presentations.
Program Evaluation and Student Assessment:
The Director oversees evaluation of OSC and TSC Programs through coordination with an internal evaluation team, and coordination with the external evaluators.
Specifically related to the OSC:
The Director, along with the Title V Program Director/PI, is responsible for the delivery of annual progress reports for the Department of Education and campus leaders.
For primary consideration, submit completed application including cover letter, updated CV, and three letters of recommendation by March 20, 2017.
Position will be open until filled.
The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.