Director of Academic Success Center

Job Posted: June 3, 2014
Search Number: S14-009
Rank: Administrator V
Department: Academic Success Center

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) seeks a passionate and committed leader to serve as the Director of the Academic Success Center. As an intentionally diverse and student-centered university, Southern is committed to academic excellence, access, social justice, and service for the public good. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive university offering 114 graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.


Southern has recently completed a study of student success and is in the process of developing a ten-year strategic plan. With new leadership across the University, it is an exciting time to join the SCSU community. A brand new position, the Director of the Academic Success Center will provide strategic and transformational leadership to develop and implement a comprehensive program to support student learning and empower students to achieve their academic goals. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, the Director will collaborate broadly across campus to create a student-centered learning environment that fosters academic excellence, student engagement and student progress to graduation. Supervising the Tutoring Center, Writing Center and Office of Study Skills Enrichment, the Director will work with his/her team and partners across campus to create an Academic Success Center that meets the diverse learning needs of SCSU students. The Director will oversee the relocation of learning support services to the newly renovated library to be completed in Spring 2015.


A masters degree and at least five years of higher education experience in academic/learning support, tutoring, or related area are required; a doctorate is preferred. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the changing demographics and learning needs of current and future students; understand barriers that impede students' progress to graduation; possess expert knowledge of best practices in learning support; and demonstrate success in developing new programs. The preferred candidate will communicate a passion for making a difference in the lives of college students; value diversity of thought, experience, and background; and be a conscientious steward of human and fiscal resources. The successful candidate will bring significant experience working collaboratively across campus, a strong team orientation, and success developing and supervising professional staff. Additionally, the position requires keen organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple tasks, effective communication skills, both orally and in writing, and effective engagement of multiple stakeholder groups.


For full consideration, please submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Nancy Chucta at Review of applications will begin on June 25 and the position will remain open until filled.