The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at WKU seeks qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director, Academic Services. The Gatton Academy is a public residential STEM high school program, established and funded by the Kentucky legislature, on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Students complete their last two years of high school and earn at least 60 hours of college credit while at The Gatton Academy. This is a 12-month position and reports to the Director of the Academy.
Gatton Academy staff are employees of Western Kentucky University. WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which is approximately 70 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee, and 110 miles south of Louisville, Kentucky.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on management discretion and institutional needs.
Manage the area of Academic Services within The Gatton Academy.
- Articulate the goals and vision for The Gatton Academy's academic program to all stakeholders
- Oversee all aspects of Gatton's academic services including academic student support and advising, curriculum, research, internships, competitions, STEM+ Critical Languages, study abroad, etc.
- Supervise professional staff members and student worker(s)
- Manage division budget from annual state operating funds
- Serve as liaison for university faculty and staff
- Envision new programs, opportunities for growth, and refinement of services for division
- Implement, monitor, and assess functions of the division, including tracking annual performance indicators for division
- Develop academic services web and social media content
Manage the Gatton Academy research program.
- Liaise with university faculty mentors to create research opportunities for Gatton Academy students
- Facilitate students selection and pursuit of right fit research opportunities through surveys, individual advising, and research fairs
- Highlight Gatton students' research participation and outcomes through web content, press releases, and an annual Gatton Student Research Showcase and WKU Faculty/Staff Appreciation Event
- Serve on the WKU Student Research Council annually
- Connect students to academic research conferences, meetings, and competitions
- Coordinate research and internship opportunities for students around the Commonwealth
Manage the Gatton Academy's study abroad and global learning portfolio.
- Enact Gatton's goal of every student having the opportunity to study abroad
- Plan all aspects of every Gatton study abroad program, including student recruitment, administrative and paperwork requirements, staffing, travel arrangements, paying expenditures, etc.
- Liaise with faculty teaching each credit-bearing study abroad program
- Lead the Gatton Academy Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship committee
- Oversee the study abroad budget and account for every expenditure for each study abroad program
- Collaborate with various university departments and student service offices
- Travel on study abroad programs providing on-site leadership and oversight
Develop programming to enhance learning experiences for Gatton Academy students.
- Recruit and admit students to each STEM + language track
- Collaborate with faculty for language assessments and placements for STEM + tracks
- Create programming for STEM + Talks series
- Plan and lead Unwrapping with the Arts program in Louisville to expand students' integration of arts with STEM
Manage student support for nationally competitive research and scholarship opportunities.
- Inform students and parents of national scholarship opportunities in multiple ways
- Provide intensive, personal advising for Goldwater, SMART, NSLI-Y, and other national scholarships, including mock interviews
- Serve as part of the Gatton leadership team and as a college application process advisor for students.
- Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Excellent high-level organizational skills
- Experience with gifted students strongly preferred
- Experience liaising with different departments within a K-12 or post-secondary setting preferred
- A master's degree in a STEM field, higher education administration, education, or related field
- Experience in student advising
- Superb and demonstrable writing skills
- Experience overseeing multiple program components
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
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