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Job Req ID:  49576

Assistant Director, Scholars

General Summary:  

The Scholars & Fellows Programs (SFP) is seeking a creative and organized individual with excellent interpersonal skills to provide support for scholar development and nationally competitive fellowships advising within a complex office focused on academic and intellectual engagement for Johns Hopkins students. The Assistant Director will contribute to the SFP mission of empowering students by conducting outreach to and advising for Kessler Scholars, Baltimore Scholars and national fellowships programs (e.g. Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Mitchell, Gates, Churchill, Truman, Beinecke, and Udall). The ideal candidate will have a strong personal background in understanding the lived experiences of first-generation college students and underrepresented students (e.g., limited-income students, students of color, undocumented students, etc.) 


Within the new SFP team, advising focuses on students’ intellectual wayfinding and, in the context of fellowships advising, intense and iterative feedback meant to push applicants to high levels of reflection and expressive competence. All students in the two cohort-based scholars’ programs are also part of a recently established advising/coaching program at JHU, which provides them with a steady resource throughout the undergraduate experience. The advising/coaching program supports scholars in proactive academic planning and year-round proactive holistic guidance. The formation of the SFP team is part of a broad initiative to support highly talented and motivated first-generation, limited-income (FLI) students at Johns Hopkins University.  


The Assistant Director of Scholars & Fellows reports to the Director for Scholars & Fellows within the Center for Student Success.  


Essential Job Functions:  

Applicants must have excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Knowledge of and experience with cohort-based student programs and nationally competitive fellowships either as an advisor, recipient or participant is highly desired. Core responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Provide opportunities in advising scholars and fellowships applicants for self-reflection, helping students develop a strong understanding of their strengths, the multiple pathways and opportunities to realize their ambitious goals, the value of a liberal arts education, and what it means to lead through service. Prepare advisees for post-graduation, utilizing faculty and alumni mentors, Life Design and SFP resources 

  • Fellowship Advisor for undergraduate awards 

  • Advise fellowships applicants in all application processes, with special attention geared toward first and second-year students and underrepresented students 

  • Advertise fellowship and scholarship opportunities to target populations  

  • Conduct information session and workshops 

  • Administer the Hopkins application processes for national fellowships such the Boren, Truman, and Udall, among others 

  • Participate in, and coordinate where needed, selection committees and mock interviews as part of the Hopkins fellowship application process  

  • Program Lead for cohort-based scholars programs 

  • Advise Kessler and Baltimore Scholars and develop with each advisee an ongoing discussion about their scholar experience, identity, and goals; advise fellowships applicants in all application processes 

  • Create and advise the student advisory group for both Baltimore Scholars and Kessler Scholars 

  • Serve as a liaison with other programs, offices, and departments at Hopkins to support students and accomplish program objectives 

  • Assist the Director in coordinating the recruitment and selection process for Kessler Scholars 

  • Assist the Director, by serving as a liaison between faculty mentors and scholars, scheduling campus meetings and assisting in scheduling programming events for scholars  

  • Develop and implement meaningful programming for Scholars within each program and across programs  

  • Develop, coordinate and advise on policies related to the Baltimore Scholars program 

  • Manage Kessler and Baltimore Scholars press releases  

  • Attend and contribute to the Kessler Collaborative Programming team meetings and agendas 

  • Coordinate Communications and Marketing 

  • With the SFP team, promote Kessler Scholars, Baltimore Scholars and National Fellowships Program’s participants 

  • Manage the SFP social media accounts 

  • Assist in maintaining the SFP programs’ webpages 

  • Conduct outreach to SFP alumni 

  • Assessment and Evaluation 

  • Collaborate with Success Coach/Academic Advisors (SCAA) to analyze student data, and communicate with students regarding registration, grades, and graduation 

  • Administer timely surveys and focus groups to solicit feedback from students, alumni, and faculty 

  • Compile response data and create periodic reports for internal and external stakeholders 



Master’s degree required. 



Three to five years related experience required. Related experience may include experience advising students about national fellowships; experience teaching at the college level; experience advising undergraduates, either academic or career. Knowledge of a wide variety of different academic fields and of research practices specific to different academic fields is needed. Knowledge of strategic planning, counseling and research needed to support students within historically underserved populations is essential. The candidate should also demonstrate ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals from all backgrounds to promote equity and access, foster inclusion, and effect positive change. 



Experience working, studying or conducting research abroad. 


Special Knowledge, Skills, or Abilities:  

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills 

  • Demonstrated curiosity and ability to innovate 

  • Experience working in an institution of higher education, especially in an academic services role 

  • Excellent interpersonal skills 

  • Strong organization, project management, problem solving and time management skills 

  • A sense of humor 

  • Must be available and willing to work some evenings / weekends as required for events and programming 


Classified Title: Scholars & Fellows Officer 
Working Title: Assistant Director, Scholars 
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F,8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60006501-Center for Student Success 
Personnel area: Homewood Student Affairs


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the HR Business Services Office at jhurecruitment@jhu.edu. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.


The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.


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