Open Position: Assistant Director for Academic Programs, Cornerstone ­

Cornerstone is hiring an Assistant Director for Academic Programs.

This position, which oversees Washington University’s Academic Mentoring Programs (AMP) team housed within Cornerstone, leads a team of three professional staff members and is responsible for overseeing the design, delivery, and evaluation of Cornerstone’s academic mentoring efforts. Academic Mentoring Programs are developed, in close collaboration with academic partners, to provide student­led support to undergraduate students to help them transition into college, become better students and scholars, master course content, and become better learners. This position regularly works with senior leaders in key campus partner entities, including, but not limited to, the undergraduate academic deans of the 4 schools, faculty and instructional staff in academic departments, and Residential Life.

This person will

Lead the process by which Academic Mentoring Programs (AMP) are designed, delivered, and evaluated. Determine AMP service offerings based on need, available resources, and usage/effectiveness data for AMP services.

Using evidence­-based research related to undergraduate student learning, pedagogy, and peer mentoring, direct the recruitment, selection, and training of student academic peer mentors.

Manage relationships with academic units and other relevant campus partners, including the undergraduate deans of the 4 schools, to determine need for AMP services and adjust services as necessary.

Develop and deploy methods by which AMP services are continuously assessed for usage, effectiveness, and satisfaction (feedback from academic units and students).

Supervise three professional staff members, and ensure their effective management of student employees, the vast majority of whom serve as academic peer mentors and deliver AMP services.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Master’s degree in an appropriate field of study

3+ years’ experience in higher education in areas such as undergraduate learning, academic support programs, peer mentoring, or a related area

Demonstrated history of successfully managing professional staff members in a collaborative and supportive work environment

Preferred Qualifications:

Doctorate in an appropriate field of study

Experience designing and implementing academic support programs utilizing collaborative learning

Knowledge of best practices based on cognitive and learning sciences

Professional and/or academic experience in higher education working with faculty, academic advisors, and other key stakeholders to ensure academic success for undergraduate students

Proficient in analyzing and interpreting student outcomes data, and conducting evaluations/assessments to determine program/service effectiveness

Experience with student information systems (SIS) and Microsoft Office, and demonstrated ability to learn other programs Excellent interpersonal and professional skills and demonstrated ability to work with stakeholders in various roles and from diverse backgrounds

To apply, please go to, search for position #34025 and submit a cover letter, cv, and a list of three professional references.