Assistant Director of University Access Programs

Rank: Admin III
Search Number: S21-064

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) seeks a passionate student success leader to serve as the Assistant Director of University Access Programs. Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus-wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

Reporting to the Associate Director of University Access Programs (UAP), the Assistant Director will assist in the design, management, and implementation of the Southern Educational Opportunity Program (SEOP). SEOP is an initiative to provide access to postsecondary education to students who show promise for success but have faced educational or economic disadvantages that have impacted their preparedness for college. The Assistant Director provides leadership to deliver a year-round program that helps students navigate the university experience, creates a sense of community and belonging, and provides mentorship and support. More broadly, the Assistant Director will work with the Associate Director and colleagues to develop comprehensive, high impact success programs for all student communities served by University Access Programs, as well as assist with creating strategic vision/goals, program planning, budgeting, policy formation, outcomes assessment, and annual reporting for the department.

Required Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in counseling, education, student development, or related field and three years of full-time related experience
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to provide academic and personal advising and support to underserved students (e.g., first-generation, academically underprepared, lower-income, etc.)
  • Strong communication and organizational skills 
  • A clear commitment to social justice and anti-racism, with a high degree of cultural awareness and respect for a diversity of identities and experiences

Preferred Qualifications

  • A master’s degree and experience advising/teaching underserved students
  • Working knowledge of university recruitment and financial aid policies and supervision experience

Essential Functions

  • Provides holistic individual and group advising and support for SEOP, Promise Scholars, and other special cohorts of students. Monitors academic progress of students and determines eligibility and satisfactory progress toward a degree. Makes student referrals to appropriate academic departments, counseling, and other student support departments on campus.
  • Coordinates recognition and community development programs for UAP students. Collaborates with colleagues to help UAP students accomplish academic and career goals.  Coordinates, designs, and delivers workshops on a range of topics involving personal and academic success for UAP students.
  • Assists the Associate Director with the planning, delivery, and supervision of all components of the Summer Academy and Academic-Year Success Initiatives. Participates in the recruitment and selection of potential SEOP students.
  • Assists in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of success programs for SEOP, Promise Scholars, and other special cohorts of students.
  • Assists the Associate Director with the training and supervision of student staff.
  • Maintains extensive knowledge and currency in best practices for strategies that promote the success of underserved students (e.g. academically underprepared, first-generation, lower-income, undocumented, foster students, etc.). Maintains an active working knowledge of financial aid policies and procedures, academic policies, etc.
  • Participates in university recruitment and transition initiatives in collaboration with Admissions and other departments.
  • Represents the department at campus-wide events, on various committees, and at designated meetings.
  • May involve occasional work in the evenings and/or on weekends.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above, which do not alter the basic level and responsibilities of the position.


For priority consideration, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Laura McKay at A review of applications will begin in May 19, 2022, and the position will remain open until filled. 


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment OpportunityEmployer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.