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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Dean of Studies
Categories: Administration

Director of the Scholars Program and Academic Advising & Enrichment

Pay Class and Classification: Exempt, Regular Full Time

Supervisor: Dean of Studies

Position Purpose: Provides academic and administrative leadership and support for academic enrichment initiatives at Union College, including but not limited to the Scholars Program, the Seward Interdisciplinary Fellows Program, and academic advising at Union college. Provides vision and leadership for the Union College Scholars and Seward Interdisciplinary Fellows programs, academic advising, and other academic support programs and services. Partners across the College community – including with faculty, students, admissions, and student affairs – to provide support for students and their faculty advisors with the goal of helping students find their passions and chart rich and rewarding paths through the curriculum at Union College.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Programmatic Leadership: Collaborates with faculty, staff, and students to develop and administer scholars programs. Directs academic advising at the College and serves on the Committee on Teaching and Advising. 
  2. Student Support: Assists and guides students with the Seward Interdisciplinary Fellow and Organizing Theme Major application processes. Administers academic internship options for students. Assists in the management of other student support programs. 
  3. Administrative Tasks: Serves as designee of the Dean of Studies in Honor Code proceedings. Plans, monitors, and approves annual budgets and manages accounting transactions related to Scholars Programs. Interfaces with the Registrar’s office with respect to the Scholars programs, academic advising, and academic internship and organizing theme major administration.


  1. Master’s degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling or related fields, and 3-5 years of experience with student enrichment programs, academic advising, and/or student academic support and/or a combination of relevant education, training, certifications, and/or work experience. 
  2. Demonstrated commitment to student advising and support in the academic realm.
  3. Demonstrated skills in project planning, implementation and assessment of academic enrichment programs and services.
  4. Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to be impartial and establish rapport with a diverse range of campus community members.
  5. Able to exercise exceptional judgment, ensure strict confidentiality, and demonstrate outstanding professionalism in a range of situations.
  6. Able to support, contribute to, and strengthen a vibrant, culturally diverse, and inclusive learning community of students, alumni, faculty, and fellow staff colleagues. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Ph.D degree.
  2. Previous experience working at a liberal arts institution.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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