Project Director for Student Support Services and Multicultural and Disadvantaged Student Services  

Academic Affairs

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located 30 miles from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul in scenic west central Wisconsin.  Year around arts, cultural, and recreational events are easily accessible.  UW-RF’s 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges:  Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science; and Business and Economics. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities.  A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students.  Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.

The Position:
UW-River Falls seeks to fill a Student Services Program Manager II position, which has a working title of Project Director for Student Support Services and Multicultural & Disadvantaged Students.  This position reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and is responsible for managing and advancing the vision, goals and objectives of the TRIO grant-funded Students Support Services program and to develop academic programming and services to the university’s multicultural and disadvantaged students. The successful candidate will supervise staff, meet with students, manage budgets, and collaborate with other program areas and staff to provide appropriate university and pre-college services. The position will also serve as the point of contact for the US Department of Education about the Student Support Services grant. It is expected that the Director will also work closely with the university’s Chief Diversity Officer on University of Wisconsin System initiatives that target increased access and success for our multicultural and disadvantaged student populations and will be UW-River Falls’ representative to System level work groups.

Specific Responsibilities:  

  • Administer the Student Support Services grant program; hire, train, supervise and evaluate staff; supervise daily, weekly, and monthly routines/disburse budgets.
  • Provide mentoring, direct advising, and overall support to students at academic risk, first generation, low-income students, students of color, and/or students with disabilities.
  • Represent the Student Support Services project to the United States DOE through annual evaluation reports and conversations with project staff.
  • Represent the Student Support Services and Multicultural and Disadvantaged Student programs to the university and wider UW System community through service on relevant committees, meetings with faculty, students, and staff, and communications to faculty, students, and staff.
  • Assess and evaluate program effectiveness and student retention for students at academic risk, first generation, low-income students, students of color, and/or students with disabilities.
  • Engage in professional development related to the roles as Director for Student Support Services and Multicultural & Disadvantaged students.
  • In coordination with the Chief Diversity Officer, serve as the Multicultural Liaison with the UW System office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Implement and/or coordinate UW System initiatives
  • Work closely with the Office of Student Live on Social Cultural programs and Student Organization advising
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications (Required):

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • At least three years of work experience in higher education with experience in and/or knowledge of student assessment related to academic achievement
  • Prior experience writing for or working in a grant-funded unit
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with staff and students
  • Evidence of experience working with students at academic risk, first generation, low-income students, students of color, and/or students with disabilities
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages and identities

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Degree in Counseling or Student Personnel
  • Experience supervising professional staff

To Apply:
Online applications are required at:
Submit a résumé (or curriculum vitae), cover letter, a separate statement addressing your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures (diversity statement).  Include the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least four references who can specifically comment upon your experience and professional preparation.

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Kathleen Hunzer, Ph.D.
English Department

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.

Deadline to Apply:  Applications will be informally reviewed as they are submitted.  The official review will begin on April 8th, 2013.  For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by this date.

The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.  Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UW - River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.  All persons, especially women, persons of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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