Reporting to the Executive Director, Student Life Programs & Services the Director ensures that the University of Toronto provides exemplary practices that support institutional priorities and student, staff and faculty needs related to academic success and learning.
As an integral member of the Student Life management team, the Director of Academic Success is responsible for overall leadership, strategic direction and management for the services that support the development of self-knowledge, social learning, learning/academic skills and success habits. The Director will develop and measure processes, services and policies that support student learning and development. The Director will be a key leader in the University’s efforts to eliminate barriers to academic success, within the context of a large, diverse, research-intensive and primarily commuter student population across the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto.
The Director will have demonstrated, through experience, strategic leadership, strong administrative acumen including fiscal management and project management; excellent interpersonal communication, facilitation and public speaking skills; a history of innovation and change management, leadership and policy development in the areas of academic success; ability to work collaboratively across departments; demonstrated capacity for motivating and engaging students and staff; understanding of new pedagogies, technologies, and models for student learning and academic well-being; an understanding of the intersections of identity and learning and a strong commitment to the goals of equity consistent with the educational mission of the academic divisions/departments and the institution.
The Director, working with staff from Academic Success will ensure that programming and services support, engage and challenge students to help them develop the core competencies necessary for achieving both academic success and student-determined goals.
Must have a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Student Development, Higher Education, Developmental or Counselling Psychology or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. A PhD is preferred. Education should include a focus on adult education principles, program/curriculum planning within a developmental framework, evaluation and assessment, knowledge base in the area of learning differences and learning strategies and issues in higher education
A minimum of 7 years’ related experience as a leader and manager committed to excellence in meeting the needs of diverse students in a post-secondary environment. Experience leading and managing in a complex and decentralized educational setting. Experience leading change. Experience in developing academic success learning opportunities. Experience and comfort working with diverse student populations. Experience managing in a unionized environment.
Ability to design curriculum in an experiential learning framework. Ability to design assessment and learning outcomes for all programs offered. Excellent management and leadership skills, ability to mentor, and the ability to effectively lead and manage change. Ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment. Planning, organizational and analytical skills – in particular skills in managing both annual and sessional planning process. Project management skills; ability to direct large-scale projects, e.g. re-development of a website or selection of computer systems. Aptitude and familiarity with budget accountability, including forecasts and multi-year budget projections. Excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills to large and small audiences. Research, analytical and reporting skills related to current educational trends and best practices. Well-developed computer skills in word-processing, spreadsheet applications and presentation software (PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.).
Must have a strong understanding of the academic environment and a commitment to student development. High degree of political acuity and judgment. Ability to interact effectively and cooperatively with individuals at all levels and build sustainable relationships. Ability to develop programs that enhance the student experience at the post-secondary level.