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The Position

Reporting to the assistant vice chancellor of student retention and success, the director of the office of academic support and instructional services (OASIS) leads efforts to facilitate the success of low-income, first-generation, underrepresented, and other students who may be at higher risk of experiencing difficulty at UCSD. The director oversees individualized services, cohort-based programs, learning communities, and enrichment opportunities that include developing study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling or coaching on other life issues that impact academic progress and/or student retention. Additionally, the director is responsible for developing and proposing course curricula, readings, and classroom activities for academic courses that may be offered to OASIS students during the academic year, partnering with the education studies department to support these courses.

The director supervises five staff, indirectly manages an additional 15 staff, and leverages a budget of $3M to promote academic achievement and excellence through academic counseling, collaborative learning workshops, peer mentoring, and summer bridge programs for entering first-year and continuing students. OASIS maximizes a student’s involvement and contributes significantly to students’ retention, sense of community, and leadership skills through mentorship; academic support programs; one-to-one and small-group counseling; campus support referrals; social/cultural programming; and creating an environment that emphasizes collaboration, self-discovery, validation, equity, and community.


A bachelor’s degree and significant and progressively responsible experience as a high-level manager in higher education or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Candidates must demonstrate abilities in leading, directing, and aligning a complex organization; strong leadership skills and program management; expertise in delivering evidence-based and developmentally appropriate approaches to working with students from diverse populations, identities, and language backgrounds with special emphasis on the success of low income, first generation, and historically underrepresented and underserved students. Advanced knowledge and experience in multicultural competencies and environmental processes that may influence students’ well-being in an academic environment are highly desirable.

Application and Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 22, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Kara Kravetz Cupoli at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email

 Public Salary Range: $110,000 – $120,000

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