Summary: Queens seeks an energetic professional to serve as the inaugural Director for the new Yes/And Initiative. A key component of the university’s Vision 2020, Yes/And is a university-wide strategic endeavor that aims to provide all Queens students with the opportunity to have rich and rigorous experiences inside and outside of the classroom and to engage in reflective thinking about those experiences in order to make meaning of them. All undergraduate students will be guided to develop their own Yes/And plan that maps out a set of curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities by which they will demonstrate their development in becoming professionally adept, globally minded, honorably engaged, an agile thinker, and civically minded.
This position serves as the catalyst and coordinator for this initiative as it begins with new traditional undergraduate students in fall 2019. This position works collaboratively with key campus stakeholders to incorporate curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular areas to provide students with a “menu” of options for each of the five core attribute areas; ensure that students are purposefully introduced to the initiative and guided in creating and completing their Yes/And plans; provide oversight for the ePortfolio platform; and develop evaluation processes by which to measure the initiative’s progress and needs.
This is a full-time, 12-month administrative position reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. This position is exempt from provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible to earn overtime pay for hours worked above 40 in a single work week.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Serving as a central institutional point person for information about the Yes/And initiative and its related activities
Developing a method for having campus activities approved as options on a “menu” for each of the five Yes/And attribute areas (professionally adept, globally minded, honorably engaged, agile thinker, and civically minded) and refreshing those “menus” each academic year
Partnering with academic advising, schools and colleges, general education program, and student life offices to ensure a clear and consistent approach in how students are introduced to and supported in the development of their Yes/And plans
Overseeing the ePortfolio platform roll out and implementation, including managing a contract with the selected vendor (in collaboration with Information Technology and Services) and on-going training opportunities for faculty, staff, and students
Tracking and monitoring initiative activities
Crafting an evaluation and assessment plan for the initiative
Preparing annual reports that communicate the initiative’s work and progress for internal and external audiences and sharing initiative results on and off campus
Developing internal initiative materials and collateral for use with students, faculty, and staff and collaborating with Marketing and Community Relations, Admissions, and other key offices on external collateral
Representing the initiative as needed at university open houses, admissions events, orientation, and other key events
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
Other duties and special projects may be assigned to meet department and university needs.
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills Required:
Earned bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience and education; master’s degree preferred
Minimum of 3 years prior work experience in a university setting
Project management experience
Prior experience with ePortfolio initiatives highly desired
Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with a variety of organizational stakeholders to achieve project goals
Demonstrated effectiveness in working with diverse populations and ability to represent the inclusive mission of the University
Strong organizational and planning skills, including proven expertise in follow-up and follow-through to completion within established time frames
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills and attention to detail
Ability to quickly learn and assimilate new systems and information
Proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook
Ability to problem solve and research issues as needed
Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing tasks and demands
Ability to work independently and as a member of team
Physical Requirements (with or without reasonable accommodation)
Visual Abilities: Read reports, create presentations and use a computer system – 75?100% of the time
Hearing: Hear well enough to communicate with co?workers, vendors and students – 75?100% of the time.
Dexterity, Grasping, Feeling: Write, type and use the telephone, copier, and computer systems – 75?100% of the time.
Mobility: Kneel for physical inspection of storage areas; Open files and operate office machines; move between departments and attend meetings across campus – 75?100% of the time.
Talking: Frequently convey detailed or important instructions and ideas accurately, loudly, or quickly – 75?100% of the time.
Lifting, Pulling, Pushing: Exert up to 30 pounds for force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects – 50?75% of the time.
Cognitive/Emotional: Ability to critically think and concentrate. Must be able to respond quickly to changes in conditions – 75?100% of the time.
Work in office environment, involving contact with faculty, staff, students, service providers and vendors.
Work has deadlines, multiple interruptions, high volume and may be stressful at times.
The above description is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of this positions, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Rather, they are intended to describe the general nature of this position.
Nestled in a historic tree-filled neighborhood just minutes from Uptown Charlotte, Queens has provided students with transformational experiences for more than 160 years.
A private, co-ed, masters-level university, Queens serves undergrad and graduate students in academic programs across the liberal arts and sciences as well as the professional fields of business, communication, nursing, health and education. All degree programs are grounded in a liberal arts core to help students hone their critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
With a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, the university is known for its student-centered mentality, welcoming southern hospitality and talented and caring faculty. Queens fosters student success through an intimate learning environment and excellence in teaching.
In keeping with its Presbyterian heritage, responsibility and service to society are critical components of Queens' culture, as expressed in its motto "Not to be served, but to serve."
Queens emphasizes active, collaborative learning with a focus on a 21st century global curriculum that takes students beyond the classroom and into the Charlotte community and the world... at large. With the city of Charlotte as an extended campus, students have the opportunity to launch into abundant internships, community service and academic partnerships. Undergraduate students must complete at least two internships. In addition, the majority of Queens' undergraduates study internationally in hundreds of countries via faculty-led study tours, international internships, language-immersion programs and semester exchange opportunities.
By graduation, students have obtained a comprehensive education grounded in the liberal arts and filled with opportunities to ready them for successful careers and meaningful lives.