Student Affairs Associate Director (Hunt Scholars Program)
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info


Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and over 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, meaningful research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs.

SMU serves approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students through eight degree-granting schools: Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering, Meadows School of the Arts, Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Dedman School of Law, Perkins School of Theology and Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies.

SMU is data driven, and its powerful supercomputing ecosystem - paired with entrepreneurial drive - creates an unrivaled environment for the University to deliver research excellence.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical, enterprising leaders in their professions and communities. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for global impact.

SMU is nonsectarian in its teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

About the Department:

The Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program allows students to combine learning and leadership. It enables outstanding student leaders from all walks of life to come to SMU - students whose leadership gifts will have a significant impact on our SMU community and, eventually, on the quality of our society.

About the Position:

This role is an on-campus, in-person position.

The Associate Director for the Hunt Leadership Scholars Program is responsible for the operations, strategy, and recruitment for the Nancy Ann and Ray L. Hunt Leadership Scholars Program, an SMU central scholarship program. The Associate Director will manage this distinctive scholars program in their entirety: from the scholars' point of application to the University, through their graduation, and into their alumni experience. This Associate Director, housed in the Hegi Family Career Development Center, will also assume assigned career center related responsibilities as determined.

Essential Functions:

  • Recruits new scholars through collaboration with Office of Undergraduate Admission and growing program brands at a national level (includes pre-application recruitment and post-decision yield).
  • Advises and mentors current scholars during their tenure as undergraduate students. This includes annual check ins, students on probation, students undertaking new projects and other duties as assigned.
  • Collaborates with faculty advisors and strategic campus partners to effectively execute each program's goals (i.e. admission, college and schools, advising, financial aid, study abroad, student affairs, intradepartmental collaborations, University committees).
  • Manages highly competitive application and review process to select new scholars.
  • Creatively grows and expands existing scholars program experiences based on University goals and priorities. Works with faculty advisors to each program to meet the distinct needs of the scholars.
  • Manages Hunt Scholars Program budget.
  • Develops new scholars programming in line with broader University goals and priorities.
  • Opportunity to teach EPL 3101, 3102 and 3302 to Hunt Leadership Scholars.
  • • Manages Hegi Family Career Development Center projects and programs as assigned.

    • Occasional evening/weekend hours will be required for student events and/or trips.

    • Must be able to travel internationally.


Education and Experience:

A Master's degree in higher education, business, or a related field is required.

Five years work experience is required. Experience working in student advising and program management is required.

Experience working in a Career center and admissions is preferred. Experience supporting or managing student and scholar programs is also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also have strong organizational, planning and time management skills.

Candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office and PeopleSoft.

Candidate familiarity with Handshake and Slate is a plus.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Reach above shoulders
  • Carry/lift over 50 lbs.
  • Stand, kneel
  • Push/pull
Deadline to Apply:

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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