Director of Advising Initiatives

Job Type

Full Time


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111 K Street NE
10th Floor
United States


The Director of Advising Initiatives will help manage and execute NASPA’s emerging research on effective advising strategies at U.S. postsecondary institutions. The Director will provide thought leadership and expertise to advance NASPA’s efforts in helping institutions provide more timely, effective, and holistic advising support to students. The person in this position will work collaboratively with NASPA leadership to support the execution of grant activities and manage communications with key stakeholders, consultants, and NASPA members. This is a full-time position located at NASPA’s office in Washington, DC.

The ideal candidate will have experience and a thorough understanding of student advising practices, structures, and systems. The Director’s primary responsibilities include short- and long-range planning; policy, personnel, and budget management; and the timely delivery of projects, programs, and services that cultivate student learning and success in postsecondary education. The person in this position must be collaborative and lead projects through cross-functional engagement with NASPA staff, members and volunteers across the Association, and external stakeholders, as appropriate. The preferred candidate will also have experience in supervising staff. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of a five-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant to develop assets and implementation guides for high-quality advising and to manage a hub of associations and organizations that will work towards scaling advising solutions at two-year and four-year institutions;
  • Provide strategic guidance and insights on current advising trends and processes;
  • Work collaboratively with and serve as the primary liaison to partner associations, organizations, and institutions on key grant activities and affairs;
  • Manage, track, and support the development of key grant deliverables;
  • Supervise additional staff who will provide support for the grant;
  • Coordinate and facilitate meetings with scholars, practitioners, and researchers to advance the work of advising processes and various completion agenda content areas;
  • Deliver presentations and author publications, blog posts, and other commentary for multiple audiences;
  • Develop print, web, and social media communications and marketing strategies in collaboration with NASPA’s Communications and Marketing department and external consultants;
  • Contribute to the day-to-day operations of various NASPA professional development and research and policy initiatives pertaining to student success initiatives;
  • Ensure that program-related functions and data management are consistent with the NASPA Guiding Principles of Inclusion, Integrity, Innovation, and Inquiry; and
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • A Master’s degree preferred, ideally with experience in higher education or student affairs with at least 3 – 5 years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree and at least 5 – 7 years of relevant experience;
  • Experience in working in an on-campus advising and/or student success center preferred;
  • Knowledge of current advising strategies, particularly approaches that are data-informed and technology-driven;
  • Knowledge of current issues related to student affairs administration, college affordability, student success, and higher education governance;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that is self-motivated and adaptable to a fast-paced, diverse, dynamic, and results-oriented culture; 
  • Strong strategic thinking and problem solving skills, including the ability to provide clear structure when faced with ambiguous environments;
  • Strong communication skills with an emphasis on written communication in a variety of mediums;
  • Strong analytical and research skills with the ability to convey complex concepts in a clear, concise, and logical manner;
  • Good judgment, discretion, tact, and the ability to work with senior leaders within a member-driven association;
  • Project management experience, preferably in grant-funded, nonprofit, or higher education setting, including an ability to coordinate multiple projects;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; and,
  • Proficiency in the use of computers and application software in a networked environment.


NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession. We serve a full range of professionals who provide programs, experiences, and services that cultivate student learning and success in concert with the mission of our colleges and universities. Established in 1918 and founded in 1919, NASPA comprises more than 16,000 members in all 50 states, 29 countries, and 8 U.S. Territories.  

Through high-quality professional development, strong policy advocacy, and substantive research to inform practice, NASPA meets the diverse needs and invests in realizing the potential of all its members under the guiding principles of integrity, innovation, inclusion, and inquiry.

NASPA members serve a variety of functions and roles, including the vice president and dean for student life, as well as professionals working within housing and residence life, student unions, student activities, counseling, career development, orientation, enrollment management, racial and ethnic minority support services, and retention and assessment.

NASPA is an equal opportunity employer. NASPA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, gender identity, gender expression, affectional or sexual orientation, or disability in any of its policies, programs, and services.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

The position is available immediately and applications will be accepted until a candidate is selected. Applicants should send a cover letter, resume/vitae, salary requirement, and writing sample to Omari Burnside, Director of Strategic Initiatives, at with “Director of Advising Initiatives” in the subject line.