Assistant Director, Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program

University of Florida in Florida

Deadline May 30, 2014
Date Posted April 28, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Assistant Director of the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program serves as an educator, resource, partner and problem solver for the support, retention, success and graduation of first generation, low income students in the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars program. The Assistant Director serves as a (1) an educator who coordinates retention-based programs and outreach that help students learn to navigate campus and become successful at UF, (2) a facilitator of problem solving who interprets campus wide policies and procedures and makes appropriate referrals to campus partners such as faculty, staff and other affected individuals, and (3) a resource for current students experiencing challenges navigating UF. Challenges may include academic, crisis/mental health issues and/or personal or family struggles. The Assistant Director for the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program reports directly to the Director who is responsible for the MFOS program.

35% Individual student meetings to provide support and problem solve in order to promote student success in college. Reasons for meeting may include an academic concern, support during their transition to UF, or a referral from peer mentor. Student outreach meetings will include making referrals to appropriate campus and community resources as well as conducting follow-up meetings with students as needed.

25% Develop and coordinate retention-based programs for incoming and continuing MFOS scholars. Programs include MFOS student orientation, Fall Welcome Back Day, and the peer mentoring program.

15% Coordinate proactive academic interventions with students who are struggling academically in a given semester. This will entail corresponding with faculty members and teaching assistants as well as educating students about university policies such as dropping a class or withdrawing from the semester.

10% Assist in ensuring that the goals and objectives for the MFOS program are achieved. This may include performing duties beyond the scope of the primary responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include strategic planning, fundraising, and marketing.

5% Partner with other key stakeholders to support the success of first-generation and low-income students at UF. This may include serving on campus-wide and division-wide committees that impact or support first-generation and low-income students.

5% Regularly evaluate and assess the impact of the MFOS program to inform future outreach and programming.

3% Supervise an undergraduate student assistant.

2% Serve on other university, division, and/or department committees and develop liaison relationships with various university offices and departments.


Minimum Requirements: Masters degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelors degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience.


Preferred Qualifications:  Masters in student affairs, higher education, social work, counseling or related field with three to five years of experience in higher education providing direct service to students, working with first generation and/or low-income students, their parents/families, faculty, and staff and a demonstrated proactive, collaborative, timely, effective, and compassionate work style

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