Director of the Academic Success Center

MBU is seeking qualified applicants for the Director of the Academic Success Center (ASC). Under the direction of the Associate Dean of Students, the ASC Director serves as the facilitator of academic support services for students enrolled at the university and specifically for students in Quest, the academic support program for students at-risk.

The Director of the ASC oversees the Coordinator of Testing/Administrative Assistant, the Writing Lab Coordinator, the Special Needs Access Coordinator, and all administrative staff and student tutors working in the ASC.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Oversee and provide mentorship and academic accountability to students in the Quest program. Includes assisting students with goal setting and developing a plan for academic success.
  • Track and report data on the progress and retention of students in Quest.
  • Oversees and manages budget that supports programs which include testing and university assessment and special needs access services.
  • Work closely with the Associate Dean of Students and Dean of Advisement and Retention in on-going efforts to identify categories of students at risk, retention rates and assess overall effectiveness of the program.
  • Serve as the initial academic advisor to all students in the Quest program by reviewing their first-year schedules to ensure correct class placement and by working in close cooperation with the Dean of Advisement and Retention.
  • Works closely with Associate Dean of Students to identify and refer students in need of career or mental health counseling.
  • Oversees the development and provision of academic support services such as Tutoring, the Writing Lab and Study Skills Development. Makes sure that all programs and services provided by the ASC maintain high academic standards consistent with the university as a whole.
  • Coordinate effective scheduling of tutoring, writing lab assistance, study skills coaching and workshops each semester.
  • Provide support to the Special Needs Access Coordinator in the provision of services to students identified under the Department of Education regulations as those entitled to special need services.
  • Works closely with the Director of First Year Experience to provide resources for first year students.
  • Engages department in yearly strategic planning initiatives and manages budget in accordance with those plans.
  • Effectively communicate with students, parents, faculty and staff about ASC services through written correspondence, one-on-one meetings, and large group presentations.
  • Provide Workshops that promote and educate Academic Success Strategies for Students.
  • Active engagement and involvement in all aspects of the University’s Retention and Persistence efforts, including serving on committees or relevant groups as assigned.
  • This person shall maintain an open and mutually cooperative relationship with other offices on campus including faculty members and Regional Learning Centers.

Job Requirements

  • Statement of faith demonstrating commitment to Christ and Christian values.
  • Master’s degree in education, counseling, college student personnel, social work or other related academic area.
  • Background and experience working in an institution of higher learning with at least three years program management experience and staff supervision.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, organizational and administrative abilities.
  • Strong professionalism with the ability to effectively communicate, interact and work collaboratively with students, university staff, academic departments and outside groups.
  • Knowledge of University Policies and Procedures
  • Experience and ability to relate well with college students
  • Ability to work with diverse populations of students
  • Counseling and Advising Skills

To apply, interested candidates should submit a letter of application, current vita; references, a statement of Christian faith, and a statement of philosophy for running a successful academic support program (please indicate any relevant experience to support your candidacy for this position). Materials should be emailed to Kim Grey, Associate Dean of Students at grey@mobap.edu.