Assistant Provost of Student Advising and Academic Success Programs

Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

ID: 7240536
Posted: April 29, 2024
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Southern Methodist University
Assistant Provost of Student Advising and Academic Success Programs

A nationally ranked private university located near the heart of Dallas, Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a distinguished center for global research and teaching. SMU’s more than 11,000 high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University’s small class sizes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study, and innovative programs. SMU is data-driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem – paired with enterprising spirit – creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence. Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty, and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU’s relationship with Dallas – the dynamic center of one of the nation’s fastest-growing regions – offers unique learning, research, social, and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact. SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

The Position
Reporting to the Associate Provost for Student Academic Engagement and Success, the Assistant Provost of Student Advising and Academic Success Programs will oversee approximately 35 centralized advising and academic support staff in the University Advising Center, Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center, and Academic Skill Development. Success programs include academic transition counseling, tutoring, a writing center, and academic and personal development courses available to all undergraduate students. The Assistant Provost will manage enrollment outcomes for first-year and transfer pre-majors and select declared majors; set and evaluate performance goals for advising staff across the university that align with University strategic goals to improve first-year retention and four and six-year graduation rates; and develop new approaches to advising and academic support to improve first-year academic outcomes. The Assistant Provost will communicate with critical constituencies through web and print communications; establish and lead close collaborations with pre-major and declared major advising in the five undergraduate schools; and work with the Office of Student Financial Services, University Registrar, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and the Division of Student Affairs to complete specific tasks. The Assistant Provost will also manage both operational budgets and designated gifts and endowments.

A master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a field relevant to the primary responsibilities is required; a terminal degree is preferred. A minimum of seven years of related work experience, including managerial experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience is required. The ideal candidate must be able to resolve personnel issues, address work allocation, and manage staff; resolve complex problems with timeliness, strength, and objectivity; understand a complex enrollment management system; and analyze and resolve curricular inconsistencies. Knowledge of managing budgets and demonstrated ability to use data to make strategic decisions is required. Successful candidates must be able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of constituents including faculty, advisors, administrators, records officers, and administrative staff, and be self-motivated, organized, and detail-oriented. The ability to manage organizational change is desirable.

Application Process
Review of applications will begin May 23, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at [email protected]. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email [email protected].

The hiring salary range is $140,000-$150,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

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