Director, CLC & Undergraduate Student Advisor

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Department: Chemistry
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Advising/Counseling

Department: Chemistry

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job Description Summary

The Director of the Chemistry Learning Center is responsible for recruiting, hiring, scheduling, training and supervising a diverse staff of undergraduate coaches (tutors) and Supplemental instruction Leaders for the purpose of increased retention and success of students in the first- and second-year chemistry courses at the University, particularly in transitioning from high school to college. Additionally, this position assists with various administrative aspects relating to large lectures as well as being the primary academic advisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Oversee the recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling and supervising of
undergraduate coaches (tutors), and Supplemental Instruction Leaders.
2. Design and plan effective tutor training sessions on an ongoing basis
3. Provide services & resources for students enrolled in first- and second-year chemistry courses including weekly individual appointments and study groups as well as walk-in hours.
4. Meet with students individually to assist with placement concerns, study
strategies, test anxiety and referring to other university resources as needed.
5. Maintain statistical records of Chemistry Learning Center usage and student
success rates
6. Oversee the Chemistry Learning Center budget, maintain budget projection
models and budget projections.
7. Work flexible or irregular hours at certain times
8. Member of the Michigan Tech Learning Centers Council.
9. Maintain content of the Chemistry Learning Center web site and promote
interests of the Chemistry Learning Center.
10. Assist with organizational aspects of administering examinations, and grading,
for first year lecture courses.
11. Contact person for incoming students, parents and other advisors and
departments on campus.
12. Primary academic advisor for majors, minors and transfers in the Chemistry
Department. Assist students concerning degree requirements and progress toward
the degree as well as any issues that arise concerning coursework, waivers, degree
audits, etc.
13. Coordinate activities for prospective students interested in Chemistry majors.
This includes organizing tours of the department and meeting faculty and current
students for daily tours and large-scale recruitment events such as Open House and
Preview Day.
14. Assist with departmental outreach in terms of fostering connections with
industry, area K-12 schools. Coordinate visits of local chemistry classes to the department for
hands-on lab explorations, visiting chemistry lectures, meeting current students and
faculty, touring the campus, etc.
15. Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying
them to everyday work. Actively engage in University continuous improvement
16. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
17. Other department duties as assigned

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor's degree in chemistry or related field, education or communication.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated experience supervising student personnel
• Demonstrated understanding of learning strategies, study skills, interactive learning or other aspects relating to student success and retention

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Knowledge and interest in education and educational psychology.
• Knowledge of learning disabilities
• Prior experience managing a tutoring center
• Experience in developing training programs
• Knowledge of Supplemental Instruction

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and
work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Experience with short-term and long-range planning
• Experience working with large groups of students
• Ability to be flexible and responsive to changing needs
• A good understanding of factors related to student success and retention
• Experience using academic databases such as Banner

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals
with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable, No less than $52,000

Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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