Director, Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS)

  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Full Time Academia

Job Description

Director, Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS)

University of California, Santa Cruz

Office of Provost/EVC

JOB #: 1707083


Starting Salary Range: $62,500 - $72,500. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.

Involves providing individualized services to students who are underrepresented, low income, first generation college students, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty, to help students succeed. Services may include academic needs assessment, developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention and academic success. Includes specializations in particular underrepresented groups, particular academic skills (e.g., research skills, preparation for graduate programs), or success in particular academic programs.

Under the general direction of the Assistant Vice Provost of Student Success, the Director will develop, implement, and manage all programs and activities of the Services for Transfer and Re-Entry Students (STARS) unit. The unit supports the needs of at-risk populations of students who are transfers, older students, student parents, military veterans and the Smith Renaissance Society. Students in the Smith Renaissance Society have multiple adverse childhood experiences including, but not limited to, abuse, neglect, abandonment and homelessness; they may identify as current or former foster youth, wards of the court, runaways, orphans, children of incarcerated parents, or children of parents with severe mental illness.

Through the management of the unit, the Director addresses the needs of STARS at-risk populations to propel their development and success as university students. The incumbent is responsible for implementation of an operational plan, supervision and training of professional staff, management of the unit budget and related budgets, development of external fundraising, and administering the unit's functions in support of the academic success, retention and graduation of STARS students. The incumbent compiles and analyzes data collected and reported on STARS various constituencies and works with advisory groups, staff, and community partners to create programming that supports undergraduate and graduate students.

The STARS department provides academic and student services support to transfer students, re-entry and re-admitted students. STARS is also home to the VETS program supporting student veterans and the Smith Renaissance Society serving former foster youth. STARS is an essential component of the Division of Student Success. The Division of Student Success provides campus-wide coordination and leadership for student success programs and activities across departments, divisions, colleges, and administrative units.

Qualifications include:

Master’s degree in education, counseling, social work, or related field.

Advanced knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development.

Advanced experience in managing and analyzing complex organizations.

Demonstrated skills in using common desktop/web applications including updating unit website and creating printed publicity material.

Ability to access student data and financial reports.

Position is open until filled; Initial Review Date: 05/29/2017


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