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|Job Summary/Basic Function:
Director creates and executes management plans, assesses priorities, aligns resources, and recommends opportunities for innovation. Perform program administration, provides leadership for the development, expansion, assessment, and administration of program through partnerships with the University’s academic departments.
We seek a dynamic and inclusive leader for the position of Director of the First Year Writing Program. Housed in the new Department of Writing Studies, the First-Year Writing program delivers innovative practices for writing pedagogy and student support. The two-part first-year writing course sequence focuses on inquiry, reflection, rhetorical awareness, writing transfer, extensive writing, and ongoing research. Faculty in the First-Year Writing program work toward the same course learning outcomes and common student experiences that reflect best practices for first-year writing. The First-Year Writing Director leads a large team of lecturers and adjuncts, and works in direct collaboration with the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education and Student Success and the Director of First Year impact. Our goal in the College of Arts and Sciences is to ensure that all first-year students, and the instructors who support them, can thrive. More information about the First Year Writing program can be found at https://www.boisestate.edu/english/first-year-writing/
The Director works closely with faculty to facilitate the delivery of a high-quality program to all students. In addition, the Director contributes to the development of policies and practices that govern the “Foundations of Writing” (FW) requirement at the university and state levels. With the goal of increasing first-year retention, we seek an innovative and flexible thinker who can coordinate with university partners to enhance student support across first-year programs. The Director must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to first-year students and experience working with them.
The new Director will play an important role in guiding the program into the future, aligning First-Year Writing with the university strategic plan, and supporting the program to engage in the university’s aspirational values around diversity, equity, and inclusion. To clearly track progress and measure success in student support, the Director must engage in consistent programmatic assessment and data-driven decision making.
This position is a 12-month, professional staff position. Candidates must be able to work on-site.
The new Director will find Boise State University is an exciting place to work. We are a large, public university in Idaho with an enrollment of more than 24,000 students, located in Idaho’s capital city and largest metropolitan area. The university engages local government, businesses - including a growing high-tech sector, health care providers, and populations across the state as well as the region. Nested in the foothills, Boise is convenient to outdoor recreation, including world-class whitewater rivers, skiing, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and camping. Boise is driving distance from many national parks as well as major metropolitan cities, such as Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco.
Boise State University is a Carnegie Classified Doctoral Research University with an innovative model that emphasizes rigorous research and a strong commitment to teaching our undergraduate and graduate students. We have a Carnegie Community Engagement classification and are working to become an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution.
Manages a program, regardless of size, that has critical impact upon the campus. Significant responsibility for formulating and administering policies and programs, manages significant human, financial, and physical resources, and functions with a very high degree of autonomy. Frequently influences business decisions made by senior leadership. Oversees through subordinate Managers the accountability and stewardship of campus resources and the development of systems and procedures to protect organizational assets. Negotiates and influences others to understand and accept new concepts, practices and approaches.
60% of Time the Program Director must:
- This position manages curriculum development and approvals, enrollment projections, budget, schedules courses, hires instructors, promotes the program, supervises department staff, directs committees, and manages partnerships with other academic programs/departments.
- Strategic planning, data analysis, self-study accreditation reviews, and department annual reports are all essential components of this position.
- Manage appropriated and local budgets
- Act as first point of contact with partner program/department chairs for initiation of all academic partnerships including but not limited to curriculum, revenue sharing, program development, and related student support.
- Direct needs assessments for students and may review course/instructor evaluations and act on them as needed.
- Responsible for the hiring, supervision, and assessment of staff
- Approve faculty contracts to ensure compliance with university procedures, deadlines, and availability of budgeted funds.
35% of Time the Program Director must:
- Teaching 1:1 in the First-Year Writing program with opportunities to teach in the Department of Writing Studies
- Manage and oversee processes related to the development and ongoing revisions of academic related initiatives.
- Contribute to institutional change related to student success by supporting continuous improvement action planning, assessment, and modifications.
- Conduct research and summarize data to inform decision making, evaluate program effectiveness or alternatives, and to inform program development.
- Coordinate integration of projects and track workflow to monitor progress.
- Monitor student data dashboards and compile reports related to student success.
- Establish timelines and communications with appropriate academic units and coordinate logistics.
- Review and resolve complex issues and concerns related to student academic-related issues.
- Design and implement large-scale assessment projects
- Supervise and support First-Year Writing faculty and lead professional development
5% of Time the Program Director:
- Perform other duties as assigned
|Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
- Analyze data and make budget and enrollment forecasts
- Supervisory responsibilities
- Knowledge of higher education administration
- Knowledge of adult learning theory
- Strong professional and customer service focus
- Knowledge of academic advising practices
- Experience teaching adults
- Knowledge of promotion and recruiting practices
- Ability to professionally present and market programs
- Experience directing a large program and managing multiple priorities
Master’s degree in Writing Studies or related field plus 5 years professional experience including 3 years leadership experience.
|PhD in Writing Studies or related field plus 5 years professional experience including 3 years leadership experience
|Salary and Benefits:
$75,000 Annual Salary. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at https://www.boisestate.edu/hrs/benefits/.
|Required Application Materials:
Cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for this position.
Resume or CV that includes employment history
The application interface will prompt you for the names and contact information for three professional references.
Statement of the applicant’s "Philosophy of First-Year Writing Leadership” (1-2 pages) describing the most important elements of a successful writing program for students and faculty.
For best consideration, please apply by March 15th.