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Director, Honors Program

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 2027

Title: Director, Honors Program

Department: Honors Programs

Essential Personnel: N

Job Family: Student Operations

Job Sub-Family: Student Success

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 17

Grade Min: $72,265

Grade Mid: $88,524

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: Vital

Career Ladder: Individualized

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: Y

Motor Vehicle Record Check: N

Job Summary

The Director, Honors Program provides institutional leadership for the administration, ongoing development, and expansion of a multidisciplinary program, offering enhanced curricular and co-curricular opportunities to high achieving students with the goal of elevating UHD's reputation for student achievement, thereby increasing the recruitment and retention of academically talented undergraduates.


  • Administers the university's Honors Program, planning and overseeing Honors academic and co-curricular programming, and collaborating with faculty, college, and departmental partners to develop, schedule, and implement academic programming; prepares annual program assessment; maintains documentation related to Honors credits earned and completion of program requirements.
  • Leads the faculty Honors Council; collaborates with upper administration to elevate program visibility and strengthen connections to academic units; collaborates with Enrollment Management to designate and schedule Honors courses.
  • Manages the program's budget; serves as steward of the Distinguished Merit Scholarship and Hamman Foundation Scholarship.
  • Maintains institutional membership in the National Collegiate Honors Council; represents the Honors Program on university level committees and on the university college leadership team.
  • Mentors and advises all Honors students; develops, implements, and oversees academic interventions, including semester progress reports, personalized academic plans, and end-of-term student reflections.
  • Develops and implements all co-curricular programming, including one-to-one peer mentoring, new student orientation, weekly student Think Tanks, annual student awards, semester retreats, guest speakers, cultural enrichment events, and senior showcase.
  • Manages and maintains the Honors space within S-405, including the Honors Lounge; develops and communicates student expectations; maintains and enforces Honors community standards; supports students post-graduation, including graduate school planning and providing assistance with the applications process and letters of recommendation; maintains the Honors alumni group.
  • Collaborates with admissions to identify prospective Honors students; conducts one-on-one meetings with prospective applicants; reviews applications and conducts applicant interviews; participates in outreach events hosted by other departments, such as admissions, orientation, and advising; collaborates with college level partners and upper administration to increase the Honors options for high achieving students; collaborates with community college partners to facilitate the admissions process for transfer Honors students.
  • Collaborates with the marketing department to improve quality of marketing materials and web content; develops and curates content for website and social media; designs and develops Honors branded materials; solicits and curates student news updates for inclusion in marketing materials and social media; develops program updates for stakeholders inside and outside of the university, including newsletters; cultivates community relationships to support the program and its students.
  • Teaches two courses per year, including the development, organization, and implementation of study abroad courses for students in the Honors Program.

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • Supervises student workers

Delegation of Work:

  • Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:

  • Supervises the work of student employees.


Required Education:

  • Doctorate degree

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of five (5) years of related job experience, including experience with academic and co-curricular programming and a successful track record of working with and advising gifted and high achieving young adults (16-20 year olds).


  • None required

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of multidisciplinary programming; knowledge of how the university's administrative processes, inclusive of both academic and student affairs;
  • knowledge of the challenges faced by high achieving or gifted students, and the related trends, issues, and accepted practices.


  • Strong student or classroom management skills;
  • Good teaching skills; strong analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Ability to innovate; ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • Works in an office environment.

Physical Demands:

  • Work is performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements; individual has discretion in relation to walking, standing etc., and has minimal exposure to physical risks.

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.

Customer Relations Management

  • Ensures customer's needs and expectations are addressed within his/her department or section. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Mentors and guides department/section staff by sharing knowledge and best practices to appropriately respond to customer's requests.
  • Monitors staff interactions with customers for professional conduct, consistent application of university policies and procedures, and follow up of outstanding requests.
  • Assumes responsibility for addressing complex or unusual requests.

Decision Making

  • Demonstrates the ability to make informed decisions in a timely manner.
  • Assimilates and/or secures relevant information to assess the risks and benefits of alternatives.
  • Considers impact of decision in the long and short term.

Organizational Management

  • Manages department or section planning and assessment consistent with the university's goals and objectives and executive management's directives.
  • Develops and oversees administration of the department/section budget to ensure effective utilization of financial resources and appropriate disbursement of funds.
  • Fosters a cooperative and productive work environment that advances department/section operations and initiatives through motivation, encouragement, and professional development of staff.
  • Develops department/section procedures and work rules for compliance with government regulations and university policies; participates in the development and revision of applicable university policies.
  • Competently represents the department/section through interactions with the university community and/or external constituents.


  • Supervises the work of staff employees.
  • Sets clear goals and expectations within reasonable timeframes.
  • Motivates staff through constructive feedback, challenging assignments, and recognition of achievements.
  • Provides mentorship and guidance by sharing expertise and best practices.
  • Supports staff by providing essential resources, professional development opportunities, and open communication.
  • Promptly addresses performance issues with appropriate measures and discretion.

Building External Relationships

  • Demonstrates the ability to build rapport and develop relationships with external constituents.
  • Displays a genuine interest in constituents' ideas and concerns, and pursues mutual interests and aspirations between the university and external constituents.
  • Builds trust and forms alliances through shared respect and cooperation.

Computer/Automated System Proficiency

  • Proficient in the use of university applications or automated systems to perform job duties.
  • Complies with related policies, procedures, and work rules to maintain system security and data integrity.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

Last updated 4/27/2022 6:10 AM