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Assistant Director of Academic Support
Simmons University

Date Posted Sep. 21, 2022
Title Assistant Director of Academic Support
University Simmons University
Boston, MA, United States
Department Academic Support
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Undergraduate Education
    Student Affairs

Assistant Director of Academic Support

Main Campus - Boston, MA

About Simmons:

Located in Boston's historic Fenway area, Simmons has a strong tradition of empowering women and challenging traditional gender roles. Simmons University was one of the first higher education institutions to prepare women to become leaders and has evolved into a university offering a women's undergraduate program and graduate programs open to all. You'll find that people who work here are truly committed to our mission of preparing students to become champions of social justice and leaders in their professions and their communities. This commitment and pride make for a dynamic workplace.

Job Summary

Simmons University invites applications for the Assistant Director of Academic Support. The Assistant Director will play a critical role in fostering academic excellence and student success at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Reporting to the Director of Writing and Academic Support, the Assistant Director will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Tutoring Center. The Assistant Director will implement academic support resources, partnering with the director to hire, train, and supervise peer tutors for the institution. We are looking for an organized and enthusiastic Assistant Director who has a background in tutoring and higher education, as well as the vision and expertise to grow the unit in partnership with faculty across the colleges and in accordance with university priorities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with departments to recruit, hire, train and supervise tutors;
  • Supervise the day-to-day operations of the Tutoring Center, including scheduling and payroll;
  • Publicize Tutoring Center services to students as well as university-wide partners in engagement programs;
  • Maintain the online presence of the Tutoring Center (schedule, webpage on Simmons site, etc.);
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the Tutoring Center by working with ongoing Tutoring Center assessment and data collection processes;
  • Support academic excellence initiatives at Simmons by assisting with the implementation of the yearly Undergraduate Symposium as well as assisting with the Community Read program;
  • Facilitate student success workshops with the assistance of peer tutors;
  • Provide support for The Boston Course, a writing intensive first-year seminar which enables students to engage with the City of Boston and develop college writing skills, information literacy, and critical analysis. The Assistant Director will teach a course of either the Explore course or the Boston Course as part of their duties and will collaborate with other offices on campus to support the course more broadly.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Center for Student Success (advising, accessibility services, global education, undergraduate research and career education), Student Affairs, and academic leadership to identify student challenges and deliver academic support resources as needed;
  • Offer academic coaching and resources to help students set goals, develop academic planning and time management skills and to improve study and classroom habits;
  • Work closely with advising to support students who are not in good academic standing
  • Additional duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree;
  • Experience supervising tutors;
  • Administrative experience with at least one year of experience in a tutoring center or academic support office;
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence and working with underrepresented populations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree;
  • Experience in working with undergraduate and graduate students, especially in the areas of nursing, health sciences, social work and library sciences;
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence and working with underrepresented populations;
  • Familiarity with WCONLINE and/or other tutoring software;
  • An understanding of best practices in academic support centers ;
  • Knowledge of assessment;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a complex environment;
  • Demonstrated commitment to student-centered service delivery approaches, access and equity.

Required Application Materials:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

Salary Grade

Instructions to Applicants: Please upload all applicable application materials (e.g. resume/cv, cover letter, writing sample, teaching philosophy, etc.) in the Application Materials box on page 2 ("My Experience") of this application. Documents can be uploaded individually or as a combined document (e.g. PDF).

Simmons University is committed to inclusive excellence in all aspects of an individual's community experience. As a university committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Simmons encourages applications from all under-represented groups. Simmons is committed to creating, developing, promoting, and enhancing inclusive hiring practices-at all levels, for all positions-ensuring diverse talent pools and the delivery of a consistent positive candidate experience. Simmons is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to continuing to develop a more diverse faculty, staff, student body, and curriculum.

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Located in Bostons historic Fenway area, Simmons College is a small, private, non-sectarian College which has educated students for enriching careers and purposeful lives since 1899. Working at Simmons means joining a collaborative, diverse and mission-driven community of educators and professionals.

We prepare students to be leaders for themselves, their communities and the world. Our faculty and staff members lead by example - sharing a commitment to excellence and putting the students first.


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