Assoc. Dir Advisor Engagement & Retention, Enrollment Management

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 50,000 students, 11,000 faculty and staff and 340,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 public research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, nine straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 Conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.65 billion and its endowment totals $1.8 billion. The University’s overall regional economic impact exceeds $10.6 billion, paving the way for the future of Cincinnati.

Job Overview

The Associate Director of Advisor Engagement and Retention (AD) reports directly to the Director of University Advising Leadership in the Office of Advising and Academic Services. The Associate Director oversees the design, development, and implementation of campus-wide advisor engagement and development. The AD will be responsible for working with colleges, campus partners, and advising units to create and facilitate high quality advisor engagement opportunities and experiences that promote a culture of advising excellence. The AD participates in strategic planning with various stakeholders to pursue a culture of innovation, collaboration, courage, and compassion. The AD is responsible for promoting best practices in hiring and advancement of an equitable advising culture. This is a hybrid position. 


Reviews will begin May 3,  2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Essential Functions

  • Lead and support, under the guidance of the Director of University Advising Leadership, the development, evaluation and implementation of a unified equitable framework and curriculum that supports the ongoing needs of the academic advising community.
  • Lead the development, coordination, facilitation, and assessment of programs including, but not limited to, exit, stay and satisfaction surveys, the Advisor Engagement and Retention Advisory Board, advisor study abroad experience, and advisor certificate program.
  • Participate in strategic planning with various stakeholders to pursue a culture of innovation, collaboration, courage, and compassion in line with UC’s Next Lives Here strategic direction.
  • Develop and implement solutions, in partnership with the AVP, the Director, and campus stakeholders, to address equity issues and improve advisor and student engagement, achievement, and retention.
  • Coordinate with other college and community-based student support programs and initiatives to support an integrated model for student success and advisor support and engagement.
  • Promote best practices in hiring and advancement of an equitable advising culture.
  • Lead, in partnership with advising units and Central Human Resources, the development and implementation of support resources and programs and encourage best practices for advisor recruitment, hiring, compensation, development and advancement.
  • Collaborate with and support campus units in alignment with the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). Serve on the OEO Resource Liaisons group.
  • Provide direct and/or indirect supervision to exempt and non-exempt staff, as well as graduate assistants and student staff (i.e., hiring/dismissing, performance evaluations, disciplinary action, approve time off, etc.).
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree

Required Experience

  • Five (5) years of experience as an academic advisor, career counselor, human resource specialist, or related function

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Two (2+) years of supervision experience
  • Knowledge and/or Experience in Assessment and Evaluation, Project Management, or Training and Development
  • Knowledge and/or expertise in the areas of Student Success or Retention

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.

Application Process

  • A resume  
  • A cover letter (explaining your interest in the position)  
  • List of three (3) professional references. 

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range of $65,000 - $70,000 dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


For questions about the UC recruiting process or to request accommodations with the application, please contact Human Resources at


The University of Cincinnati is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 95789

Assoc. Dir Advisor Engagement & Retention, Enrollment Management

Date:  May 11, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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