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Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Director of Graduate Recruitment and Retention
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170309
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The College of Engineering is committed to increasing the quality and diversity of the graduate student body and this position conducts programs and provides services that support the recruitment and retention of these students.

Core Responsibilities:
-Develop and implement programs that contribute to the recruitment and retention of graduate student’s specific, but not limited, to the New Horizon Graduate Scholars Program and the Graduate Peer Mentoring Group
-Advise and counsel students within the College to foster student success
-Represent the College to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, corporations, students, and/or the general public
-Recommend and participate in the development of College policies and procedures; serving on college and university committees that pertain to graduate recruitment and retention
-Collaborate with the graduate school and departments on recruitment and retention initiatives, including leading and/or training the graduate coordinators participation in the initiatives
-Serve as the GEM National Consortium institutional liaison and support the functions of the GEM Executive Board at the national level
-Manage graduate student funding process and communication to departments about graduate funding, including securing grants and fellowships that can be used to support graduate students
-Oversees all facets of the daily operations for the assigned area; conducts recruitment, training, professional development and evaluation of assigned students
-Performs periodic cost and goal attainment analyses
-Establish and sustain pipeline relationships with HBCU and minority serving institutions
-Ensures compliance with the University, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations

Required Qualifications:

-Master’s or PhD degree in education, counseling, engineering or field of study related to area of assignment
-Experience implementing recruitment and retention programs in a higher education environment
-Strong professional manner of communication skills with both students and university leadership including the ability to compose professional correspondence and make public presentations
-Excellent organizational and analytical skills
-Experience maintaining a professional and mature demeanor and calm people in emotional situations
-Sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences
-Knowledge of/experience with recruitment strategies and mechanisms of student retention, student development theories and counseling skills
-Experience in securing funding for events
-Must provide a service-oriented attitude with passion for working with students
-Demonstrated attention to accurate detail
-Experience maintaining confidentiality
-Willingness to travel and occasional evening and weekend work
-Advanced computer skills, particularly related to data management software
-Previous experience with the Virginia Tech Dashboard, Canvas, Office 365 and HokieMart or similar administrative systems

Preferred Qualifications:

-Experience interfacing with graduate students, industry partners, university administrators, emphasizing the ability to cultivate strong relationships among faculty, program partners and positive experiences for graduate students
-Excellent communication skills and experience in making formal presentations to medium to large groups
-A broad knowledge of university policies and procedures
-Experience working effectively with all university constituents
-Strong technical aptitude, including Banner, Excel and Word experience
-Experience working independently; attention to detail; multitask and manage several projects simultaneously

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, please go to AP0170309. Attach a resume, cover letter, and list of three professional references to the online application. Review of applications will begin on December 19th 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Location: Blacksburg
Department: Dean - Engineering
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F 8-5
Job Posting Date: 12/05/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/19/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference #1
  2. Letter of Reference #2
  3. Letter of Reference #3