Human Resources

Director of the Abele Scholars Program




The Director is responsible for leading the Abele Scholars Program and ensuring that it meets its objective of providing a transformational whole-person experience. The Director is responsible for input toward strategic and programmatic leadership in promoting and enhancing the program function to enable the institution to support Scholar success. The Director, in collaboration with campus partners and the Abele Family Foundation, will provide complete services and support for all cohorts of Abele Scholars., as well as directly supervising the Assistant Director.


Abele Scholarship Program Leadership

  • Primary responsibility of the Abele Scholars Program from orientation “hand off” through commencement.
  • Directs Abele Scholars Program and provides strategies that enhance the student experience and ensures “every student’s success.”
  • Works with Scholars to build cohesion and nurture relationships within and between cohorts.
  • In collaboration with campus partners and appropriate Abele Family Foundation representatives develops a comprehensive menu of programs to support Scholar success academically, personally and professionally.
  • Reviews and makes recommendations for improvement of the Abele Scholars Program.
  • Oversees and manages those who directly support the Abele Scholars Program and its campus facilities (i.e., student workers).
  • Maintains knowledge and skills to ensure best practices are employed in scholarship programs.
  • Actively participates in professional organizations and stays current with research and professional development opportunities related to the area of scholarships with experiences nationally.
  • In cooperation with advancement and communications, as well as the Abele Family Foundation, develops marketing and communications strategies for the Abele Scholars.
  • Creates reports, evaluates programs, and continually evolves policies and procedures for the betterment of the program and in accordance with the Abele Family Foundation’s gift agreement.

Foundation Relations and Campus & Community Partnerships

  • Act as primary liaison to the Abele Family Foundation on all matters relating to the Abele Scholars Program.
  • Communicates and works as the college representative to the Abele Family Foundation.
  • Develops two to three events annually for the Abele Scholars in collaboration with the Abele Family Foundation.
  • Builds connections and partnerships with community-based organizations and selected high schools as appropriate.
  • Builds partnerships with key offices on campus that are integral to success of the Abele Scholars and Bear2Bear programs as well as other special programs whose mission is to support student success, e.g., Crigler Institute, FUTURE, IIE, CDC, and so forth

Assessment and Reporting

  • Works in cooperation with advancement and business office staff, as well as the Abele Family Foundation, to create and oversee the Abele Scholar Program budget.
  • Develops and oversees records in Board Effect that include, but are not limited to, student and program records
  • Works closely with Advancement to gather necessary data for use in preparing reports for use internally as well as for required external reporting to the Abele Family Foundation.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Higher Education, Student Development, Counseling, Leadership or related field preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing student programming that supports retention and academic success of students.
  • Demonstrated education, experience and skills in the areas of advising and counseling, career readiness/preparedness, residence life/student affairs, and retention management.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with campus, community and foundation representatives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Interested candidates should apply here. Once you create an applicant account, you will be prompted to upload your cover letter, resume, and a list with contact information for three references to the applicant database.

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