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Job Summary: Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Spiritual Life, the Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future leads and supports a dynamic team in designing, implementing, and assessing programming and support services that foster the holistic academic success and a sense of belonging for students whose potential outdistances their circumstances. The director leads a program that transforms the lives of student by providing educational access and opportunity through a comprehensive program that enhances academic competency, self-confidence, resiliency, and leadership in order to break the cycle of poverty through post-secondary education.
The BTBF director will engage Greenville County students, BTBF alumni in college, and staff to foster meaningful growth and developmental opportunities. The BTBF director will serve as a member of Furman's Student Life division collaborating with colleagues in the division on initiatives to support the work of BTBF.
The BTBF director will provide leadership and strategic oversight for three two full-time and one part-time staff to deliver a transformational program geared to support and engage experiential learning opportunities, workshop development, student advisement, and programming. This position works as a member of the Student Life Division. In so doing, the director supports the vision, mission, and values of Furman University and commitment to offering the Furman Advantage.
Strategic Oversight and Supervision
Responsible for the management of the Bridges to a Brighter Future program and staff. Provides leadership and strategic oversight for Bridges student support, experiential learning opportunities, workshop development, student advisement, and programmatic training.
Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates two full-time and one part-time professional staff, the Assistant Director of High School Success, the Assistant of College Success, and the Assistant Director of Student Success.
Works collaboratively with colleagues in the Student Life and Academic Affairs divisions to ensure compliance with best practices for student success and learning.
Identifies and develops clear, research-based outcomes for educational programming, workshops and trainings, to move from awareness to behavioral and cultural transformation.
Coordinate the development of annual and long-range goals and objectives as well as leads in the design, implementation, and assessment of a national model for college access and success based on current research in the field.
Communicate, reinforce, and advocate for achievement of programmatic goals and objectives on an ongoing basis.
Develop personnel, facility, and budget plans and programs consistent with goals and objectives.
Collaboration, Partnerships, and Community Involvement
Support staff in the implementation of the Summer Program, Saturday College, and Crossing the Bridge.
Build and maintain collaborative partnerships with school district personnel, community partners, corporate partners, and volunteers.
Regularly attend and present at state and national conferences that relate to the work of BTBF.
Network with university and community agencies in support of the program.
Oversee information sessions for students and families.
Works with BTBF staff to submit nominations for awards.
Oversees the direct advocacy and support to individual students, including general counseling/mentoring and referral to other established support services on campus. Develops the appropriate information channels to inform student populations of scholarships, internships, extra-curricular activities, employment opportunities, and other events as appropriate.
Design and implement the evaluation of the programs' effectiveness, analyzes assessment data, and implements assessment data to inform strategic planning.
Oversee research initiatives.
Provides administrative leadership for BTBF, including risk management oversight, website maintenance, creating marketing materials, and managing the office/lounge spaces/related facilities.
Coordinate budget preparation and administration.
Works with University Development to raise funds for operating costs and endowment.
Oversees grant proposals including writing, implementation, assessment, and record keeping.
Oversee the Bridges student, counselor, and faculty selection process.
Works with BTBF staff to monitor progress and work with retention efforts. Oversee faculty and student counselor development programs.
Implement Alumni program to provide volunteers, giving, mentoring, and internships.
Serves on other University committees as assigned.
Conducts professional development activities, with approval by supervisor, and maintains volunteer activities with a chosen professional association(s) as appropriate.
Completes performance review process with supervisor and employees to understand job performance expectations and how they fit into the department and University goals.
Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor in support of the goals and objectives of the department, the Division of Student Life, and the University. The intent of this job classification description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions in this classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically present in this description.
Daily contact with members of own work unit, immediate supervisor, students, and student workers to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.
Frequent contact with other departments to plan, coordinate, problem solve, present information related to mutual goals.
Routinely handles confidential information.
Routine contact with parents and the general public to exchange factual information and explanation of rules, regulations, practices or functions.
Responsibility for Final Decisions
Direct supervision of two full-time and one part-time employee.
Reviews work to ensure compliance with procedures and deadlines.
Tasks involve multiple procedures with interrelated processes or steps. Work involves choosing the appropriate option or procedure to follow and applying established rules and procedures.
Errors may be detected within the department or section in which they occur, but may affect the work of others within the unit to trace errors and make corrections.
Reports To: Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life
Work is performed independently on routine work, non-routine issues or questions are referred to the supervisor.
Minimum Education/Skill Requirements
Master's Degree and at least five years of experience in Program Administration, Non-Profit Management, Student Development, Student Affairs, Counseling, Social Work, or Education.
Five years of professional experience with progressive responsibility in an educational setting required. Experience with the development and strategic oversight of DEI programs and managerial experience is preferred.
Understanding of student development and identity development theories and practical applications is essential. Demonstrated understanding of social justice frameworks and practical applications is strongly preferred.
Excellent relationship-building skills and specifically, the ability to relate and connect with diverse stakeholders are necessary.
Exceptional leadership, teambuilding, consensus building skills, and strong community relations skills are necessary.
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
Exceptional communication skills including written and oral.
Experience working with and advising students of diverse populations preferred.
Bi-lingual ability is preferred.
Must have excellent organizational skills and strong communication skills.
Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks.
Customer service oriented.
Understanding of the importance of student learning outcomes and assessment preferred.
Work is performed under usual office conditions.
Some evening and weekend hours required.
Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.
Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.
Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities.
In keeping with our commitment to equity an...d inclusion, domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits and faculty/staff affinity groups exist to offer support for faculty/staff that identify as LGBTQIA+ and/or Black/ African-American.
The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes:
The Center for Inclusive Communities
The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection
The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health
The Malone Center for Career Engagement
The Riley Institute
The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education
The David E. Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities
The Shucker Center for Leadership Development
Furman is located on traditional Cherokee land in Greenville, South Carolina, a racially and culturally diverse community that is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast. It has been ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. Greenville has a thriving downtown, excellent private and public schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” It is within a short driving distance of Asheville, Charlotte and Atlanta. The Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches are within easy reach.