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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

Associate Director, Student Education Opportunity

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 3818

UW Job Family: 34

SOC Code: 21-1012

Pay Grade: 24

Date: July 01, 2008

Job Purpose:

Assists the Director with the operational, financial and personnel functions of various projects within the Office of Student Educational Opportunity.

Minimum Qualifications


Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling, Psychology, or a related field


4 years work-related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • University accounting/budget system.
  • Special project and services planning, coordination, and administration.
  • Budget development, implementation, and review.
  • Student, staff, administration, and state and federal agency advising.
  • Student recruitment and retention issues.
  • Academic standards governing student probation, suspension, and/or expulsion.
  • New student assimilation issues.
  • Financial/business analysis techniques.
  • Student development theory and student personnel administration.
  • Staff hiring procedures.
  • Policies, programs, and services affecting students.
  • Community support services and funding agencies.
  • Student support programs and services.
  • Principles, methods, and techniques of educational development.
  • Linguistically and culturally diverse communities.
  • Policies and operational characteristics of government funding agencies and financial regulatory bodies.

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Compose and organize grant proposals.
  • Supervise and train staff, including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Organize resources and establish priorities.
  • Analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, and develop integrated, creative solutions.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Employee development and performance management.
  • Develop and implement funding strategies and programs.
  • Examine and reengineer operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Create and foster a positive work environment.
  • Develop policy and procedure documentation.
  • Determine informational needs, to collect and analyze information, and to devise and develop statistical analyses and reports.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Plan, coordinate and administer special projects and services relating to student educational opportunity.

Develop budget recommendations and monitor expenditures for projects and associated support activities.

Confer with and advise student, staff, administration, and state and federal agencies regarding on-going projects, services and needs of the Student Educational Opportunity Office.

Initiate special projects and write reports as directed.

Compose, coordinate and/or supervise the writing of grants or other fund raising proposals related to the office of Student Educational Opportunity.

Supplemental Functions:

Act as Appointing Authority in Director's absence.

Working Conditions:

No major sources of discomfort, standard office environment. Occasional travel required.

Distinguishing Features:

Associate Director: The Associate Director level acts with full-delegated authority as Director. As the Unit Administrator directs the operational, financial, and personnel functions of the unit including fiscal planning and management and strategic planning, hiring, firing, grievances and conflict resolutions, employee evaluations. The majority of support staff report directly to this level. The Associate Director level is the senior level and direct successor to the Unit's Appointing Authority in their absence. 

Assistant Director: The Assistant Director assists the Unit Administrator with the operational, financial, and personnel functions of the unit or directs a specified entity within the unit.

In a Unit with both an Associate Director and Assistant Director level, the Associate Director level is the level with a much broader scope of responsibility and is called upon to "act as Director with full decision-making authority in their absence." In a Unit with only one level (either an Associate Director or an Assistant Director), whichever level is present may be called on to temporarily "act on behalf of Director in their absence, as directed."

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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