Summary: The Director of the Preyer Honors Programs and Initiatives for Academic Excellence is responsible for the oversight, implementation, and assessment of programs that support the recruitment and success of high-achieving undergraduate students. The Director will work closely with faculty, staff, and administrators across campus to strengthen the high-achieving student profile, enhance student success, and improve post-graduation outcomes. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position reporting directly to the Assistant Provost for University Programs. This position is exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single work week.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Designing initiatives that enhance the success and retention of high-achieving students
Creating a set of experiences for students awarded Queens Presidential Scholarships that help build community among that group, providing enhanced opportunities for them on and off campus
Serving as the University liaison for competitive national scholarship programs, such as Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall and Goldwater, and working closely with students interested in applying for such opportunities
Serving as a mentor and resource for high-achieving students
Supporting the Chair of the Academic Honors Program in the delivery of that program’s curricular and co-curricular activities
Acting as the advisor for the University’s chapter of Mortar Board honor society and helping provide general oversight for other academic honor societies as needed
Coordinating Marking Excellence, an annual undergraduate research and creative work campus showcase, in partnership with a faculty planning committee
Acting as a resource for campus constituencies, programs, and offices whose responsibilities relate to high-achieving recruitment, retention, and success.
Assessing programs and initiatives for effectiveness
Representing high-achieving student initiatives to internal and external constituencies as needed
Other duties and special projects may be assigned to meet department and university needs.
Queens University of Charlotte is an equal opportunity employer and is firmly committed to supporting and celebrating all forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex (including pregnancy, child birth and conditions related to pregnancy or child birth), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring policies, or other University-administered programs.
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:
Master’s degree in higher education administration, counseling, coaching, or related field
At least 3 years direct experience or equivalent working with undergraduate student success programs
Demonstrated commitment to student development and passion for working with diverse undergraduate populations
Ability to work independently and as a member of team
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills and ability to quickly establish and maintain strong rapport with campus constituents
Solid problem-solving skills, critical thinking and the ability to analyze components and arrive at a logical course of action while knowing when to ask for assistance or direction
Demonstrated organization and follow-up and follow-through skills to ensure completion of goals and objectives in specified timeframe
Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands.
Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, presentation, teaching)
Experience working closely with students applying for competitive national scholarship programs
Experience serving as a mentor and resource for high-achieving students
Experience serving as an advisor for on-campus organizations is preferred (example: as Queens’ Mortar Board honor society
Prior budget management experience
Strong Microsoft Office software skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
Physical Requirements(with or without reasonable accommodation)
Visual Abilities: Read reports, create presentations and use a computer system – 75?100% of the time
Hearing: Hear well enough to communicate with co?workers, vendors and students – 75?100% of the time.
Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling: Write, type and use the telephone, copier, and computer systems – 75?100% of the time.
Mobility: Kneel for physical inspection of storage areas; Open files and operate office machines; move between departments and attend meetings across campus – 75?100% of the time.
Talking: Frequently convey detailed or important instructions and ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly – 75?100% of the time.
Lifting, Pulling, Pushing: Exert up to 40 pounds for force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects – 50?75% of the time.
Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to critically think and concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in conditions – 75?100% of the time.
Work in office and classroom environment, involving contact with students, faculty, staff, service providers and vendors.
Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times.
The above description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this positions, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of this position.
Nestled in a historic tree-filled neighborhood just minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Queens has provided students with transformational experiences for more than 160 years.
A private, co-ed, masters-level university, Queens serves undergrad and graduate students in academic programs across the liberal arts and sciences as well as the professional fields of business, communication, nursing, health and education. All degree programs are grounded in a liberal arts core to help students hone their critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, the university is known for its student-centered mentality, welcoming southern hospitality and talented and caring faculty. Queens fosters student success through an intimate learning environment and excellence in teaching.
In keeping with its Presbyterian heritage, responsibility and service to society are critical components of Queens' culture, as expressed in its motto "Not to be served, but to serve."
Queens emphasizes active, collaborative learning with a focus on a 21st century global curriculum that takes students beyond the classroom and into the Charlotte community and the world... at large. With the city of Charlotte as an extended campus, students have the opportunity to launch into abundant internships, community service and academic partnerships. Undergraduate students must complete at least two internships. In addition, the majority of Queens' undergraduates study internationally in hundreds of countries via faculty-led study tours, international internships, language-immersion programs and semester exchange opportunities.
By graduation, students have obtained a comprehensive education grounded in the liberal arts and filled with opportunities to ready them for successful careers and meaningful lives.