Job Vacancy Director of Mustang Scholars/1st Generation Initiatives (HR Title: Assistant Director 2) Southern Methodist University

Job title: Director of Mustang Scholars/1st Generation Initiatives (HR Title: Assistant Director 2)

Company: Southern Methodist University

Job description: Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU’s more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 90 countries to take advantage of the University’s small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities – from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

Student Academic Success Programs (SASP) helps students rise to academic challenges and assists them in successfully completing the undergraduate curriculum. SASP specialists offer students programs designed to maximize their learning potential, personal adjustment, and academic performance.

About the Position:

The Director of Mustang Scholars and 1st Generation Initiatives is responsible for academic engagement and success of first-generation and Pell-eligible students at SMU. The position develops and executes unique programming for Mustang Scholars (8-10 high-achieving Dallas-area students).

The person in this role collaborates closely with other campus offices that support first-year and transfer students at SMU; aligns programming and outreach with the stated goals of SMU in Four as they support success and retention of this identified student populations; plans and implements intentional programming which provides mentorship to students in support of their academic pursuits.

The position facilitates university-wide initiatives related to first-generation college students. A key portion of the job is to provide high-impact engagement and continuous monitoring, tracking and support from matriculation to degree completion.

Essential Functions:

Coordinate with other stakeholders across campus who already work with first generation and Pell-eligible students. The unique role of the Director facilitates activities across partners and identify gaps in services. Dir. is expected to work closely with Admissions, Engaged Learning, Hegi Career Ctr, University/Faculty Advising, Transfer Student Center, and honors groups.

Establish a strong cohort of Mustang Scholars who will work together throughout their 4 years to develop and present a working plan to improve one selected area with the Dallas metroplex or Texas are that will positively affect a social or economic issue identified. Work closely with faculty assigned to the cohort and community.

Establish and maintain relationships with existing student-led initiatives; serve on campus-wide committees representing students from these diverse student populations, conduct special projects to evaluate effectiveness of campus support efforts. Develop and promote mentor networks among 1st Gen and PELL students. Utilize current systems to avoid duplication and strengthen and expand services.

Facilitate campus-wide initiatives for first-generation college students. Complete annual reporting to national professional organizations to designate SMU as a first-gen ready campus. Support in the advising of the First Generation Association, a recognized student organization.

Work closely with admissions to identify potential Scholars and for joint programming on and off campus. Coordinate Interview Day with other Honor supervisors and identify partners for participation and presentations.

Supervise graduate assistants and share responsibility for hiring, training, mentoring, and supervising student employees. Delegate program tasks, review performance and be the first point of contact for challenges that arise amongst student employees.

Work closely with the Asst. Provost and Exec. Director of SASP to complete a variety of functional and administrative duties. Support would include answering routine and complex inquiries, enrollment assistance, updating websites and list serves, planning and executing events.

In order to support student needs, this job will require occasional evening and weekend


Education and Experience:

Master’s degree is required, preferably in Education, Higher Ed Admin, Counseling, Sociology, or Psychology.

A minimum of two years of work experience is required. Work experience in academic advising, counseling, higher education, social work, human services with students, young adults or adolescents, or related experiences including assistantships or internships is strongly preferred.

Experience working on a college/university campus desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills to work effectively and collaborate with administrators, faculty, and staff in various campus offices. The ability to work effectively and collaborate with a diverse student population in providing necessary referrals to appropriate campus offices and resources is essential.

Candidate must demonstrate strong written communication skills. Must also possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions.

Candidate must have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of MS Office suite. Experience generating reports is also required. Experience with statistical report generation and interpretation is preferred.

A working knowledge of PeopleSoft, admissions and enrollment management software (e.g. SLATE) and/or web-based learning management system (e.g. Canvas) is desired.

Physical and Environmental Demands:

  • Squat, stand
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Push/pull
  • Sit for long periods of time

Deadline to Apply:

July 15, 2022.

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by July 1, 2022.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601, .


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of s. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU’s retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn’t just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of , including .

Expected salary:

Location: Dallas, TX

Job date: Fri, 24 Jun 2022 00:16:14 GMT

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