Young Harris College invites applications from qualified candidates for the position of Director of the First Year Experience. A key member of the YHC Success Center, a modern one-stop facility in the state-of-the-art Rollins Campus Center that brings together FYE, DEI, counseling, disability support, tutoring, and registration services, the Director leads the College's efforts to support first-year students' inclusion, belonging, persistence, and success by administering the first-year seminar course and collaborating with other offices to deliver co- and extra-curricular programming. This staff position is considered administrative faculty for purposes of participation in faculty governance and carries rank commensurate with the individual's experience.
The College has begun the process of reconceptualizing its first-year seminar course and programming in response to the evolving needs of today's undergraduate students. In summer 2021, YHC was one of 61 colleges and universities nationwide selected to participate in the AAC&U's Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. A five-person team of faculty and staff members worked collaboratively to construct a new intellectual framework for the course designed around four intertwined literacies (institutional, information, community, self) integral to student success. The new Director will be responsible for continuing to build out the course and its new framework while working with faculty members to integrate the course into a new general education core, currently expected to be implemented in fall 2022.
In addition to serving as the lead instructor and administrator for the College's first-year seminar course, the Director is responsible for recruiting, retaining, and supervising course-embedded peer mentors; for chairing the First Year Experience Committee, serving on the Orientation Committee and the Retention Committee, and for serving on ad hoc committees as required; for collaborating with the Director of Student Equity & Transitions, the Director of Academic Advising, and other staff and faculty members to plan and deliver spring/summer pre-orientation events and the August orientation event; to coordinate the collection and use of data to inform first-year programming; and to carry out other relevant duties as assigned. The Director reports to the Assistant Vice President for Academic Support, who reports to the Provost.
Required qualifications include an earned master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, at least five years of relevant experience in higher education, teaching experience, and demonstrated effectiveness as a communicator, collaborative team- and system-builder, and planner. An earned doctorate and at least three years of experience as a classroom instructor in a postsecondary environment are preferred.
Applications must include a cover letter, current CV, and contact information for at least three professional references. Applicant must apply online using the College's HR portal. Review of applications will begin immediately. The position's expected start date is January 1st, 2022 but may be negotiable.
Applicants who would enrich the diversity of the campus community are strongly encouraged to apply.