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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Director of the 1915 Scholars Program | Belonging and Community Justice (BCJ) in Atlanta, Georgia

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The 1915 Scholars Program is housed within Campus Life's Belonging and Community Justice (BCJ) portfolio, which includes the Center for Women, LGBT Life, Office for Racial and Cultural Engagement, and the Mariposa Scholars Program for DACA/undocumented students. BCJ operates as a team to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and education to the student body. The 1915 Scholars Program Director will serve as a senior leader in BCJ and a member of the senior staff in Campus Life.

The Director of the 1915 Scholars Program provides visionary leadership and strategic planning to support first-generation undergraduates across their four-year journey at Emory. The Director will report to the Assistant Vice President for Campus Life.


  • Focused on implementing evidence-informed practices, the director leads the development and expansion of the program to include pre-orientation; increased programming and support for undergraduates beyond their first year; and elevated training and education for alumni, graduate students, faculty, and staff working with 1915 Scholars.

  • As the leader of Campus Life's programmatic efforts for first-generation / low-income (FGLI) students, the Director maintains and enhances educational, social, support, referral, and resource programs and services for FGLI students in partnership with many Campus Life and academic partners.

  • Responsibilities include the following Directs strategic planning, development and implementation of the 1915 Scholars Program.

  • Develops and implements the 1915 Scholars pre-orientation program, First-Gen Week, and the FGLI graduation ceremony.

  • Develops short and long-term goals and objectives. Plans, administers, and monitors program budgets. Supervises professional and student staff.

  • Manages relationships with alumni, mentors, faculty, and staff involved in the program. Serves as an educator about and advocate for the concerns of FGLI students.

  • Conducts needs assessments, surveys, and program evaluations as needed.

  • Writes reports, contributes to grant writing, and develops and delivers presentations and trainings. Formally and informally advises students and student organizations.

  • Works closely with other BCJ staff on diversity, equity, and inclusion projects and initiatives that support student thriving.

  • Manages an advisory committee and develops working relationships with alumni, other university departments and organizations, and the university administration.

  • Represents the program in various campus, community, state, and national settings. Establishes and administers the program's policies and procedures.

  • Develops and manages fundraising efforts in coordination with the Campus Life development officer.

  • May support FGLI graduate and professional students.

  • Performs related responsibilities as required.


  • A master's degree in education, counseling, social work or related field


  • seven years of related experience, OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • A doctorate degree in education, counseling, social work or related field is preferred.

  • Extensive knowledge of and experience working with first-generation and/or low-income (FGLI) college students and other students with one or more marginalized identity.

  • Extensive knowledge of barriers to FGLI student thriving and evidence-based practices to support diverse FGLI students' wellness, retention, and graduation.

  • Skill and experience in writing and presenting to diverse audiences.

  • Demonstrated success in student program development.

  • Demonstrated commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 86702

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Emory Campus Life

Department CL:Belonging & Comm Justice

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Not Applicable

Job Category Admissions & Student Life

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor