Spartanburg Methodist College, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, seeks candidates for positions in a new Student and Professional Development Program. Spartanburg Methodist College, founded in 1911, is a private residential liberal arts institution serving a diverse student population (38% first generation, 50% minority, 59% Pell) within the United Methodist Connection. Since its founding as the first co-op school in the nation, SMC has remained dedicated to its mission to connect education and employment. After over 100 years as an Associate Degree granting institution, the college launched its first bachelor’s degree in 2019. Today, the college’s emphasis on education and employment includes a unique professional development concentration comprised of eight required courses for students seeking associate and bachelor’s degrees.
SMC is growing significantly, adding new programs, and consistently evaluating operations as a result of a campus-wide commitment to innovation and a passion for designing all campus programs to serve its student population intentionally. SMC is committed to its student demographic and believes that global impact is possible through their success. The new Student and Professional Development Program is a result of that enrollment growth, innovation, and commitment to the student’s success. This department will design and develop new programs integrated throughout a student’s academic and co-curricular journey at SMC focused on preparing them academically, personally, and professionally. SMC is excited to welcome new mission focused, creative, change agents to the team.
The Director reports to the Vice President for Student and Professional Development and supervises the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership and three Student Involvement Coordinators.
The Director works collaboratively with the Professional Development team and all members of the Spartanburg Methodist College community to create a robust student life experience on campus. The Director will create a strategy to grow student involvement, student activities, and other student programs by equipping students to lead their organizations like small businesses. In a unique blend of project-based learning, professional development programs, and student activities, the Director will lead the creation of a unique and intentional involvement program focused on equipping students with professional skills through co-curricular activities. While operating as a staff member, the Director will also have faculty status responsible for developing and teaching related project-based courses in the Professional Development concentration.
Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree required, PhD or EdD preferred
- Experience: Management level in higher education or entrepreneurship experience preferred
FLSA: Fulltime, Exempt
How to Apply:
Submit: Letter of Interest. resume, list of three (3) references to email@example.com
Position is open until filled. Review of applications begins June 5, 2020.
Primary Areas of Responsibility:
- Work directly with Vice President for Professional Development and the Assistant Director of Entrepreneurial Leadership to develop upper level project-based and leadership courses.
- Teach Community Discovery and Engagement (consulting project course), Professional Leadership, and Capstone courses.
- Collaborate with Marketing, Communications, and Events coordinator on the development and implementation, including event marketing, design, scheduling and production, of the annual capstone event.
- Create a strategy to grow student involvement, student activities, and other student programs by equipping students to lead their organizations like small businesses.
- Develop student leadership training centered around entrepreneurial skills including managing the finances of their organization, managing the marketing of their organization, team dynamics, as well as problem-solving and project management as they work to implement their ideas.
- Grow student involvement by equipping students with the skills to identify needs within the student body, generate a solution, and lead the implementation of that solution.
- Oversee, in conjunction with the Assistant Director and Area Coordinators, the development of weekend programming on campus, student organizations, SGA, intramurals, and fitness center programming.
- Represent Professional Development as a faculty member attending faculty meetings and serving on committees when asked
- Ensures timely and accurate data collection, analysis and reporting for both departmental assessment and student outcomes
- Oversee relevant assessment measures to ensure continuous improvement
- Provide general support as a part of the Professional and Student Development Department for major campus events, including First-Year Orientation, Open House, Fall and Spring Break programming, and Commencement.
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
- General knowledge or experience with entrepreneurship, student development, and/or leadership development programs.
- Excellence in oral and written communication
- Strong organizational talents, ability to multi-task, and effective use of electronic office tools such as Microsoft Teams, shared Google Docs, electronic calendaring, etc
- Ability to develop appropriate, welcoming, and productive relationships with a diverse student population
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with college constituents and the community
- Strong problem-solving and interpersonal skills
- Strong technical skills and the ability to effectively navigate electronic systems and tools.
- Ability to make engaging presentations to small and large groups
This work is typically performed in an office setting and will require significant contact with students, faculty, staff, and the community. Additional evening and weekend responsibilities are required for campus events.
- Ability to move around the campus and climb a flight of stairs.
- Manual and physical dexterity and visual acuity needed to operate a computer keyboard and handle paper documents.
- Sufficient near vision acuity to read information appearing on a computer monitor, in handwritten form, and printed on paper.
- Adequate hearing and verbal abilities to communicate effectively in person and by telephone.
- Ability to lift up to 15 lbs. with or without accommodation.