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The goal of the Life Directions Center (LDC) is to provide a holistic and comprehensive approach to student advising, academic support services, and spiritual formation under an overview of mentoring and spiritual care. The LDC mission is to equip authentic disciples of Christ to discern their life calling, achieve academic success, and engage in meaningful service. The vision is that students will have one advisor throughout their CCU experience to aid them with any issues they may face in college including but not limited to; spiritual growth, adjustment to college, course and major selections, life calling exploration and readiness, as well as any specific academic support needs that may arise.
The Director provides leadership to the LDC in working to create an inviting and accepting environment for all types of students where effective service and resources are provided. The Director helps to create an atmosphere for the advisors that is conducive to working as a team, encourages interaction with students, and promotes professional development.
The Director fosters communication and policy development with other Student Life departments, Admissions, Academic Affairs, Academic Deans, Department Heads, Service Central (Registrar and Student Financial Services), and other academic and service departments as needed and required.
Duties and Responsibilities
Champion the vision and mission of the LDC as a service center committed to promoting student success through a holistic and personalized approach to the student learning experience.
Foster a seamless experience for students needing to make changes to their academic program such as changing major, dropping/adding a class, transfer credit substitution, adding a study abroad program, etc., under an umbrella of spiritual care, mentoring, and guidance.
Supervise eleven LDC staff for direction, resources, and training. Conduct performance reviews and monitor advisor progress. Provide spiritual guidance and direction for staff.
Support advisors as they facilitate and coordinate the following areas: disability services, international student services, national standardized testing, study abroad, ministry hours/service learning, tutoring, life calling/undeclared student services, ROTC/veteran’s services, support for two scholarship programs (Daniel’s Fund and Denver Scholarship Foundation), and other areas that may develop in the LDC range of services.
Promote development of student success programs for at-risk student populations including formal and informal Academic Alert processes.
Participate in Student Life Department senior staff meetings and decision-making.
Plan and facilitate relevant programs with the rest of the LDC team.
Serve as a member of Academic Review Committee.
Oversee probation and suspension policy and process.
Chair Retention Committee and Integrated Enrollment meetings and provide reports as needed.
Foster timely communication with the Dean’s Council and Service Central (Registrar’s Office) around areas such as registration, course scheduling, course changes, and student performance.
Track overall university enrollment in the College of Undergraduate Studies program reporting on key statistics of new and returning populations.
Work closely with Admissions Department to register new students in an efficient and timely manner.
Develop and evaluate effectiveness of systems and software controlling registration, retention, advising, testing, withdrawals, and special populations.
Oversee development of the department’s budget. Monitor expenditures.
Support Student Life Department through involvement in campus-wide programming, committees, and events.
Other duties as may be assigned by the Dean of Students.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Master’s degree in higher education administration, career services, counseling, or related area.
At least five years of experience in higher education student development or related work.
Proven written and oral communication skills.
Experience working with personality, strengths and skills assessments, and other resources used in developing life calling and major selection with students.
Proven ability in systems development.
Proficient with Microsoft Office.
Familiar with database systems and technologies used within higher education.
Experience with student success programming or working with at risk students.
2-3 years supervisory experience with professional staff.
Nature of Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, you may be required to walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, speak with clarity, have appropriate vision and hearing capabilities. Requires sitting at a desk and working on a computer for extended periods of time. Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. May be required to work occasional irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. Colorado Christian University expects all faculty and staff to become a part of the University community by participating in activities and events that occur on the campus throughout the year, which may occur during evenings and weekends.
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About Colorado Christian University
With a heritage dating back to 1914, Colorado Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. Just a few minutes from downtown Denver, CCU is uniquely positioned to offer students a distinctive variety of educational opportunities and experiences.