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
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.
- Performs all other duties as assigned.
- Supervises student workers
Delegation of Work:
- Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)
- Supervises the work of student employees.
- 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).
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.