Announcement of Vacancy
Thomas Nelson Community College
Director of Advising
Thomas Nelson Community College (Thomas Nelson) is located on the Virginia Peninsula in the heart of Hampton Roads, a region renowned for being the birthplace of America and home to communities rich in culture and industry. Bordering the Chesapeake Bay, the region boasts beaches, major attractions, world-class museums, and a vibrant visual and performing arts scene. The area is known for its economic vitality, which includes being home to several military bases, ship building facilities, the NASA Langley Research Center, Jefferson Lab, major colleges and universities, and varied commercial industries and enterprises.
Thomas Nelson is a comprehensive community college, offering a variety of programs of study leading to an associate’s degree, certificate, or career studies certificate. In addition to the many popular transfer degree programs, the college is known for its strong technical and pre-professional programs and its outreach to the community as a partner and leader in workforce development. The college also provides underprepared students with developmental studies to help them to be successful in college-level coursework.
Founded in 1967, Thomas Nelson serves over 16,000 students each year in credit instruction and over 10,000 in non-credit instruction and workforce services. The College is served by over 110 fulltime faculty, 500 adjunct faculty, and 319 staff members. Faculty and staff are strategic and responsive, committed to understanding and meeting the needs of the region.
The college has two campuses, one in Hampton and the Historic Triangle Campus located in Williamsburg. The college also has a satellite site at the Southeast Higher Education Center in Newport News. The communities primarily served by the college are the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and the Counties of James City and York.
The Director of Advising will oversee a comprehensive academic support unit. S/he will have the primary responsibility for designing, leading, and assessing programs and services that support student learning, as well as those that enhance the retention and persistence of students as they progress successfully towards graduation. In 2015, Thomas Nelson will implement a new advising model as espoused in the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
Advising: Plan Now. Succeed Now is a decentralized advisement model that will be phased in over the next five years. The Director’s primary initial responsibility will be to provide leadership and direction to the Thomas Nelson community in the implementation of the QEP. This college-wide initiative will require exceptional communication skills, an extensive background in program implementation, and the ability to collaborate effectively with all campus constituencies. The Director will have the opportunity to build a team of highly trained Lead Professional Advisors to carry out the new advising model, and must possess the vision to sustain and refine the model beyond the implementation phase.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Oversight and implementation of the College Quality Enhancement Plan and leadership of the QEP implementation committee.
- Developing a plan for the assignment of faculty mentors to students.
- Develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan for academic support and intervention programs.
- Utilize best practices to identify appropriate academic milestones and the academic supports needed at each stage of a student’s education.
- Supervise academic support and intervention programs including Peer Advising, and other academic support programming.
- Supervise and develop professional and administrative staff, currently the Transfer Coordinator, five Academic Advisors, a Retention Coach, an Administrative Assistant, and student employee staff, including student peer advisors.
- Consult with faculty, administrators, and campus partners regarding academic advising and academic support issues.
- Responsible for developing and implementing an advising model that links intentional curricular choices to student goal attainment.
- Provide leadership for Career and Transfer Services and manage, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate a comprehensive system to address the career development and transfer planning needs of the student body.
- Oversee the interpretation and advisement of students on the results of assessment instruments (e.g. Placement Tests).
- Advise and counsel new students regarding educational issues such as course and program selection, class scheduling, college adjustment, study habits, and career planning. This includes understanding the academic requirements of the various majors in all the fields of study.
- Manages daily operations of the Advising Center and supervises hourly staff and students, which involves recruiting, hiring, training, supervising and evaluating peer advisors.
- Assist with the direction and formulation of policies and programs that yield assistance to low-income and/or first-generation students in obtaining services available.
- Participate on campus and college committees as required.
- Develop and manage unit budgets.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of electronic student success tracking systems (e.g. SAILS and CONNECT).
- Collaborate with the QEP Coordinator on the implementation and assessment of the QEP.
- Perform other duties as assigned in support of Student Affairs.
The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- Master’s Degree in Counseling, Student Personnel Services, Higher Education or a related field.
- Progressive professional work experience providing counseling and academic advising, transfer, and/or career services at a post-secondary institution.
- Proven leadership and management experience in a complex organization (e.g. leading campus-wide committees, strategic planning, implementation of effectiveness initiatives).
- Ability to provide leadership that motivates and promotes team building, while fostering a positive work environment.
- Demonstrated experience with supervision and development of professional staff.
- Knowledge of current best practices in academic advising and understanding of student development theory.
- Demonstrated experience in problem solving, decision-making, conflict resolution, negotiation, counseling, referral techniques and confidentiality.
- Evidence of the ability to collaborate effectively with faculty, students, and administrators.
- Experience with program evaluation and assessment.
- Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral form.
- Must be able to work at all campus locations. Criminal history and other background checks will be required of the finalist candidate for the position satisfactory reference and background checks are a condition of employment.
- An earned doctorate in a related field of study.
- Undergraduate teaching experience.
- Experience with quality improvement plans related to reaffirmation of accreditation.
Salary Range: $65,953- $75,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
A review of application materials will commence on November 20, 2015 or shortly thereafter.
Application Process: Submit an online application for this position by visiting https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com.
We will only accept applications through this site.
Complete application packages will include: an online application, cover letter addressing the responsibilities of the position, resume, transcripts related to the degree requirement, and the names of three professional references with current telephone numbers. Incomplete application packages will not be accepted.
There is a 5-day minimum posting requirement.
Faxed or e-mail applications will not be accepted. Must be able to work at all campus locations.
Criminal history and other background checks will be required of the finalist candidate for the position.
Satisfactory reference and background checks are a condition of employment.
Thomas Nelson Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities, or other non-merit factors in its programs and activities.Apply Here