Academic Professional (NISS Project Director)

Position ID: 44175
Georgia State University
Division of Student Success
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Position Description
Job Class: 
Academic Professional
Job Description: 

Georgia State University, an enterprising public research university in Atlanta, is a national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds. The university provides its world-class faculty and more than 50,000 students with unsurpassed connections to the opportunities available in one of the nation’s great cities. The university offers a challenging academic environment that emphasizes research and practical experience across the curriculum and has more than 250 academic programs, many of them nationally and internationally ranked. Georgia State’s commitment to student success and its proximity to the vibrant arts and entertainment community of downtown Atlanta make working for Georgia State the perfect blend of city and campus life.


Under the direction of Timothy Renick, the Senior Vice President for Student Success, the Division of Student Success at Georgia State University invites applications for a non-tenure track Academic Professional to lead the planning and launch of the groundbreaking National Institute for Student Success in Atlanta, GA. The goal of the National Institute for Student Success at Georgia State University is to catalyze positive transformation of student success outcomes at multiple institutions by leveraging the widespread demand for peer-to-peer learning with Georgia State. The Institute will rapidly increase the effective transfer of student-success innovations nationally by providing opportunities for institutional teams to gain hands-on knowledge of the innovative practices and systems at Georgia State and by doing so in state-of-the-art spaces designed for maximally impactful learning.

A national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds, Georgia State has among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and has eliminated all equity gaps based on race, ethnicity an income level. The university awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other non-profit college or university in the United States. Students, faculty, and staff enjoy a vibrant campus in the heart of downtown Atlanta featuring a unique culture based on ambition, dedication, and innovation.

Position Requirements

Reporting to the SVP for Student Success, this position will be responsible for the planning and initial launch of Georgia State University’s National Institute for Student Success. The position requires demonstrated skills in project management, strategic thinking, complex writing and reporting, public presentation, performance management, and budgeting.  Applicants should have extensive knowledge of the postsecondary landscape and the ability to teach at the university level. A doctoral degree is required. Preference will be given to applicants with training or experience in fostering student success within higher education administration.

Salary: $70,000 - $80,000

Pay Grade: NPP​

Application Procedure:

The application should be submitted to:

Dr. Timothy Renick, Search Committee Chair

Senior Vice President for Student Success

c/o Ann Williamson, HR Officer

Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled; however, priority consideration will be extended to applications received by Monday, September 23, 2019. An offer of employment will be conditional upon background verification.

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender, veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state, or local protected class.

CIP Discipline Code: 
Student Success/Student Testing and Assessment Services (Admin code)
Student Success & College Studies
Project Management
Student Affairs (Admin code)
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
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Position Type: 
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Recruitment Data
Search Chair: 
Dr. Timothy Renick, Senior Vice President for Student Success
Vacancy Status: 
Annual Salary: 
$70,000 - $80,000

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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator