Job Details

Texas Tech University
  • Position Number: 1497165
  • Location: Lubbock, TX
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services -

The Director of Transition and Mentoring Programs position is a part of the leadership team within the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Texas Tech University. The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works across Texas Tech University to foster, affirm, celebrate, engage and strengthen inclusive communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. Using this framework as our foundation, we facilitate and support transformative opportunities that support the University Strategic Plan: to educate and empower a diverse student body, to enable innovative research and creative activities, while transforming lives and communities through strategic outreach and engaged scholarship.

As a public research university, Texas Tech advances knowledge through innovative and creative teaching, research and scholarship. The university is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders for a diverse and globally competitive workforce. The university is committed to enhancing the cultural and economic development of the state, nation and world. Texas Tech has 10 campus locations, including international locations in San Jose, Costa Rica and Seville, Spain.

Recently receiving Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) designation, Texas Tech is committed to recruiting and retaining faculty and staff committed to a signature educational experiences for student success that include: teaching excellence, developing transformative learning experiences, promoting an environment of scholarship and curiosity, offering outstanding advising, retaining and graduating undergraduate and graduate students, providing exemplary distance learning opportunities, and developing lifelong learner.

Job Description
The Director of Transition and Mentoring Programs position will oversee the strategic priorities and action plans of the First Generation Transition and Mentoring Programs, Mentor Tech, AVID/Office of Academic Enrichment and the Dream Resource Center. As a Director, this role will develop policies, procedures, strategies and assessment of outcomes for these areas. The Director will work in collaboration with university departments to recruit, retain and engage students within the program and at TTU. The Director is responsible for developing strategic goals and action plans to ensure the growth and success of the responsible areas while working within the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to operate under a cohesive team model. The position will also work on developing programmatic assessment tools and methods to assess student development and success benchmarks. The Director will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Director of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Essential Functions
  • Creates, develops and oversees all components, including recruitment, programs, services, as well as new programs and initiatives for the First Generation Transition & Mentoring program (FGTMP), Mentor Tech, AVID/OAE, and the DREAM Resource Center
  • Provide ongoing vision, direction, leadership and guidance for professional and student staff of assigned areas through the development of programs, services, experiences of first generation, low-come, minoritized and marginalized student success, retention and persistence.
  • Develop, design, coordinate and implement programs that foster peer, faculty and staff mentoring and student retention along with strategic university and division collaborations
  • Oversee program recruitment efforts to include targeted outreach to incoming first year students, transfer students and graduate students in collaboration with admissions, graduate college, student affairs and other academic partners
  • Keep accurate and detailed records of all unit activities to track attendance and other data needed to further support student success, division priorities and university strategic plan
  • Manage the day to day operations of the FGTMP, MT, AVID/OAE and the DRC
  • Maintain a working knowledge of University policies, procedures and protocols regarding event coordination, academic progress, student code of conduct, financial aid and other areas impacting first generation students and DRC students; engage with other university partners when needed
  • Supervise all daily activities and personnel of the First Generation Transition & Mentoring program, Mentor Tech, AVID/OAE and the DREAM Resource Center to ensure quality engagement by participants
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts that will include signature events, programs and experience.
  • Responsible for budget development and oversight, review of fiscal accounts, and preparation of fiscal reports, ensuring accuracy and compliance with policy and guidelines
  • Serve on and lead multiple collaborative planning committees and/or task team involving students, faculty and staff to support and promote university wide student efforts

    Minimum Qualifications
    Bachelor's degree in related area required plus five years progressively responsible management experience. Additional education may substitute for experience on a year for year basis.

    Desired Qualifications
  • Master's degree or higher in higher education/student affairs, leadership and organizational management, intercultural studies, social work or a field appropriate to the area of assignment
  • Direct experience working with student retention, success and/or mentoring programs
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in academic advising, organization advising, student development/youth development, educational transition, student engagement, co-curricular learning, and/or mentoring services
  • Experience working with diverse students in a college/university setting with direct experience working with underrepresented, undocumented, DACA, first generation, and marginalized student populations
  • Demonstrated experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with students, staff, and faculty;
  • Demonstrated experience building community partnerships; program development, coordination, and implementation; promoting university student programs and services;
  • Effective presentation and public speaking skills;
  • Experience supervising student and professional staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of: student development theory and practices, college/university student organization advising techniques; college/university level program development, implementation and evaluation; developing and implementing student programming/activities in a higher education setting, including workshops, presentations, and events; leadership development and techniques
  • Experience utilizing various technology to include Microsoft Office applications (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and web-based data systems
  • Experience creating reports, assessments and outcomes based reporting
  • Evidence of excellent written and verbal communication skills

    Application Procedures:
    1. Apply online at enter via STAFF portal and search for req#ID17631
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    3. Required Attachments: Cover Letter, Resume, and Professional/Personal References
    4. If you should need assistance with the application process, please contact Texas Tech University, Human Resources, Talent Acquisition office at or 806-742-3851

    As an EEO/AA employer, the Texas Tech University System and its components will not discriminate in our employment practices based on an applicant's race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information or status as a protected veteran.

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