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Assistant Director for Fellowships and Scholarships

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Categories: Staff
Department: Center for Career Development

The primary role will be to educate students about competitive fellowships and scholarships through both individual advising and group programming.  The Assistant Director will engage students their first year to build awareness of fellowship and scholarship opportunities that exist, with deliberate efforts to reach first-generation students and students from underrepresented populations.  The Assistant Director will work with faculty members from Davidson College, especially the Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships (GFS) committee, to support the application, interview, and nomination processes for competitive fellowships and scholarships. Davidson promotes post-baccalaureate programs such as Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Watson, Gates, and Fulbright, as well as pre-baccalaureate programs such as Beinecke, Goldwater, Truman, and Udall, plus a few internal Davidson College fellowships and scholarships.

This position functions as a key CCD member, and participates in all Center activities including professional development, career coaching, and stakeholder management.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advises domestic and international students on competitive fellowships and scholarships in one-on-one, small, and large group settings.  Provides support for all phases of the fellowships and scholarship lifecycles, including identification of relevant opportunities, preparation of application materials, mock interviews, and career consultations.
  • Conducts a high volume of one-on-one student advising to a high standard, through scheduled appointments and open office hours, meeting best practice protocols in a very dynamic environment, driving successful outcomes for students and recent alumni.  Serves as first point of contact for all students interested in competitive fellowships and scholarships.
  • Plans, delivers or co-leads the implementation of fellowships and scholarships events (knowledge and skill-building) including information sessions and workshops. Consults and partners with external and internal stakeholders and student groups to guide in planning and delivering related programming.
  • In collaboration with the Chair of the GFS committee, coordinates application processes and timelines, faculty interviewers and screening committees, and College nomination requirements for competitive and internal fellowships and scholarships.
  • Maintains database of students and tracks awards; organizes, maintains, disseminates programmatic materials, handbooks, and the fellowships website.  Works with CCD marketing coordinator and College Communications to promote individual and institutional successes and develop an annual report. 
  • Participates as an active member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) to keep the College informed of best practices. 
  • Solicits and analyzes student feedback and evaluations and helps strategize with management team and GFS committee to determine program offerings and innovations.
  • Must be available and willing to work some evenings / weekends as required for events and programming.
  • Will collaborate with CCD team for additional program management that could include Davidson Impact Fellows program, Davidson Research Network or Summer Internship Grant Funding program.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of undergraduate student advising experience is required, with competitive fellowship and scholarship advising highly preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Demonstrated skill and strategy in advising students on their writing.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills required. Excellent attention to detail.
  • Deep commitment to client service and the ability to multi-task, meet deadlines, and work successfully in a fast-paced environment required.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, demonstrated initiative, positive attitude and the ability to work both independently and within a team required.  Strong relationship skills in working with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Digitally dexterous with a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, Dropbox and Google Drive.
  • Highly motivated self-starter, able to work independently with great levels of responsibility and leadership skills.

At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community.  In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origins.




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