• Central Michigan University
  • Mt Pleasant, MI 48858, USA
  • May 23, 2024
Full time Other Academic Administration & Affairs

Job Description



Position Number: S-3341

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director of the Honors Program coordinates processes and supports undergraduates in completing the protocols for graduating with Honors. This position is responsible for managing core elements of the required Honors Program protocols, including stewarding the capstone project administrative process, independent studies, and contracts. The Assistant Director ensures the alignment of Honors Program processes with university systems and engages in regular improvement of program processes and procedures. This position works closely with office administrative staff and the Director in liaising with campus partners and in building professional and personal development opportunities for students. Additional responsibilities include producing the annual assessment report in conjunction with the Director and the Honors Council and assisting with diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts within the Honors Program.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.
Two years of progressively responsible experience in higher education.
Experience with data-informed decision making and constructing reports or spreadsheets.
Demonstrated ability to support undergraduate students in achieving educational goals.
Demonstrated experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in higher education.
Must be able to work with a high level of independence and a high degree of autonomy.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to apply technologies to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of communication.
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to maintain positive, professional, and productive relationships with program constituents, including students, faculty, and administrators.
Demonstrated efficacy with teamwork and collaborative problem-solving in a professional office setting.
Demonstrated ability to accomplish administrative assignments/projects independently and in a timely manner.
Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task successfully in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office suite and videoconferencing technology.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree.
Progressively responsible experience in a complex office setting.
Experience with online record systems, including knowledge of SAP, Slate, Blackboard and Watermark.
Experience with basic data analysis.
Experience with co-curricular programming or professional development programming.
Experience with assessing and advising student research.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Serves as a member of the Director’s leadership team.
Advises students on the Honors Program and Centralis Scholarship protocol, including course planning, coursework alignment with personal and professional goals, graduation requirements, and interaction with financial aid.
Coordinates the capstone research project process, including tracking proposals and projects and communicating with students, faculty, and university partners.
Assists in the administration of curricular processes (e.g. uploading information into online forms, liaising with other offices).
Provides administrative leadership for independent study courses and contracts.
Coordinates programming for office staff and students related to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging.
Creates the annual assessment report as instructed by the Director and Honors Council.
Updates student academic records in alignment with work on capstone projects and other Honors protocols.
Manages student messaging as subset of the Director’s communication plan
Trains reviewers, collates reviewer responses, and ranks applicants for final committee decisions as a subset of the Centralis Scholarship Competition.
Collaborates with the Honors Program Director to evaluate and refine program policies and procedures.
Supervises student workers as needed.
Assists with Honors Program recruiting efforts; engaging with undergraduate students and encouraging them to apply for the program.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Exercised:


Employee Group: Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level:
Pay Range: $45,000 - $55,000 Annually
Department: Honors Program
Position Status: Regular
Position End Date:
Employment Status: Full-Time
FTE: 1.0
Position Type: 12 month
Weekly Work Schedule: M-F 8am-5pm, some nights and weekends as needed
Location: 1200 S Franklin St, Mt Pleasant, Michigan, 48859
Posting Ends:
Open Until Filled: Yes

About the Department:

The Central Michigan University Honors Program is a community of high-achieving students who demonstrate leadership, community engagement, critical thinking, creativity, passion and dedication. With access to specialized Honors courses, undergraduate research, study abroad experiences, and the mentorship of our esteemed Honors faculty, students are immersed in a transformative college experience that aids them in achieving their fullest potential.

About CMU:

Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.

We serve nearly 15,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.

CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.

Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.

CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.

Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.

CMU Leadership Standards:

Central Michigan University is a place where we value students and work for their success, where we act as family, and where employees are engaged, appreciated and have extraordinary opportunities to make a difference.

We intentionally maintain and strengthen the hallmark CMU culture that sets us apart from our peers by expecting CMU leaders and employees to model the following Leadership Standards and develop them within their teams.

Please review the Leadership Standards before applying for this position.

Message to Applicants:

Central Michigan University is dedicated to fostering a broadly diverse and inclusive campus that respects all social identities, experiences, and perspectives. In an effort to further this initiative, we are especially interested in candidates who will advance and promote an inclusive and supportive environment for every member of our university community.

You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.

Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit recommendation letters. 

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Phone: 989-774-3253
Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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