Doane University
  • Crete, NE, USA
  • Starting at $67,000 - $70,000; commensurate with experience
  • Salary
  • Full Time
  • Administration & Staff

Doane University is a mission-driven institution offering work/life balance and a competitive benefits package. Doane is an inspired and unique community committed to the liberal arts. We empower and encourage students, faculty, and staff to seize opportunities, take healthy well-calculated risks, and achieve excellence as they define it.

Doane University invites applications for the position of Executive Director of Student Support Services and Director of TRiO Project at its nationally recognized campus in Crete and Lincoln, Nebraska. As the Executive Director, you will be responsible for the oversight of our Academic Success Center (ASC), TRiO (Student Support Services), and related operations on Doane's Crete and Lincoln campuses. The successful candidate will serve as the institutional liaison with the Department of Education, managing the budget, student intake, programming, personnel, assessment, and reporting in compliance with federal guidelines and in support of Doane's educational mission.

The Academic Support Center offers a wide range of opportunities designed to enhance the success of students at all levels, from first year through graduate school. The opportunities include supporting students on the campuses and online with resources, academic counseling, accommodations, activities, and other services to improve students' academic success. The TRiO project helps provide an institutional climate supportive of disadvantaged students.

Duties and Essential Responsibilities:

  • Formulate and recommend to the Chief Academic Officer an annual budgetary proposal for all functions and offices under the federally funded SSS project and ASC offices and administer the federal grant in accordance with all guidelines.
  • Submit all required reports that document the ASC offices and the project's progress toward its objectives and purpose.
  • Serve on standing and ad hoc committees which formulate policies related to project objectives and participants, and to serve as the participants' advocate, especially concerning matters of financial aid and academic standing.
  • Participate in hiring appropriately qualified staff for the ASC office and TRiO project.
  • Review with each project staff member the overall project purpose, objectives, and staff responsibilities.
  • Design and implement new staff orientation and in-service training for the project staff as well as orient all new key college personnel to project goals/objectives.
  • Establish and implement guidelines for the identification, assessment, evaluation, and intake of all SSS students.
  • Obtain all necessary background/performance information on eligible students.
  • Maintain accurate records on project participants.
  • Arrange or provide personal, career, and academic counseling for all project participants.
  • Manage the tutorial program, this includes the identification, training, and supervision of all tutors.
  • Meet with SSS participants who are suspended in order to take appropriate action regarding readmission and/or career alternatives.

Required Qualifications/Skills/Abilities:

  • Proven experience administering TRIO projects in designing, implementing, or managing postsecondary programs with similar purposes.
  • Demonstrated interest and training in academic programming, stress management, and/or testing and measurement.

Education Required for Position:

  • Master's degree in curriculum and instruction, developmental studies, counseling, or educational administration

Education Preferred for Position:

  • Doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction, developmental studies, counseling, or educational administration

At Doane you will enjoy a balance between life and work:

  • At Doane, you'll find that we're sensitive to your life outside of work, and we want our employees to enjoy their time at Doane as much as they enjoy their time away.
  • Our time-off plans offer staff a generous paid leave and eight paid holidays each year.
  • Offices close additional days around the winter holidays each year at no vacation expense to our employees.

Benefits offered:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance; 403b retirement plan with employer matching contributions
  • Free admission to Doane University events
  • Discounts through Apple, Verizon Wireless, and more!
  • We encourage our employees to take advantage of a Doane education with tuition benefits for undergraduate and graduate programs. Employees' dependents can receive tuition benefits in our undergraduate programs too.

Apply for this position at Please include a cover letter, CV and a statement of your philosophy for working with first-generation or at-risk students. The position will remain open until filled but has a preferred start date of July 24, 2023.

Doane University actively works to create and sustain a welcoming learning community for all members to fulfill their potential, feel valued, and make meaningful contributions to the university. Doane University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates who reflect the diversity of our society. In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States. Doane is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas.

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