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Assistant Director, Nationally Competitive Scholarships

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant Director, Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Department The Honors College (2514)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The Assistant Director for Nationally Competitive Scholarships will manage the day-to-day efforts of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships (ONCS) under the supervision of the Assistant Dean for Student Engagement.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Provides information sessions and workshops related to scholarship opportunities like the Fulbright, Rhodes, Truman, and Goldwater
  • Reaches out to key student organizations, staff, and faculty to identify outstanding students who might have both the leadership ability and intellectual foundation to compete for awards
  • Expands visibility of the ONCS on the UA campus using promotional methods developed in consultation with Student Affairs Marketing
  • Creates and maintains database of prospective and current applicants
  • Meets with prospective applicants in individual sessions to discuss their fit for different scholarship opportunities
  • Advises applicants on scholarship applications by providing detailed feedback on personal statements and suggestions for obtaining excellent letters of recommendation
  • Administers the application process for a number of scholarship opportunities, primarily using online application systems
  • Manages the ONCS Faculty Advisory Board, assigning tasks and inviting new members as needed
  • Develops strong relationships with key faculty partners on campus to ensure most robust identification of prospective applicants as well as support for ONCS efforts
  • Coordinates faculty interview committees for interviews and evaluations and consolidates notes from these sessions into feedback for applicants
  • Updates content on the ONCS website, including scholarship deadlines, informational material, and NCS winners
  • Publicizes NCS winners in collaboration with campus media
  • Maintains a database of NCS winners and their successful applications
  • Serves as a member of the Student Engagement Team (SET), collaborating on activities with other SET team members and providing support as needed
  • Offers additional assistance on Honors College-related tasks, such as Orientation, First Year Project, and Pre-Commencement
  • Serves as liaison to local chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi
  • Assesses areas of growth and challenge for scholarship success, particularly with an eye toward increasing the visibility of nationally competitive scholarships on campus and generating higher numbers of qualified applicants
  • Works closely with key campus colleagues in strengthening scholarship efforts, particularly the Graduate College’s Office of Fellowships and Community Engagement
  • Develops annual calendar for scholarship-related workshops, information sessions, interviews, deadlines, and anything other activities related to scholarships
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Master’s Degree is required for this role

Preferred Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree
  • Skill in organizing programs and workshops
  • Skill in coordinating work of self and others
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a variety of media
  • Knowledge of higher education organizational practices
  • Knowledge of computing software for Windows, especially the Microsoft Office suite
  • Knowledge of nationally competitive scholarships
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $45,000 - $50,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A22439
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 04/16/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Karna Walter
Assistant Dean for Student Engagement

Open Date 03/06/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 03/20/2018
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Master’s Degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents