Director of Graduate Student Programs

Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
The Director of Graduate Student Programs is responsible for developing, leading, and implementing the strategic student success, professional development and recruitment/retention plan for Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering graduate programs. The Director will work under the direction of the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and coordinate closely with staff in the CoE Dean’s office, and the Virginia Tech Graduate school.

Core Responsibilities:

* Develop, implement and assess programs that contribute to the recruitment, retention and professional success of CoE graduate students

* Advise and counsel students within the College to foster student success

* Recommend and participate in the development of College policies and procedures; serving on college and university committees that pertain to graduate student programs, progress, and success

* Collaborate with the graduate school and departments on recruitment and retention initiatives, including leading and/or training the graduate coordinators participation in the initiatives

* Manage graduate student funding process and communication to departments about graduate funding, including securing grants and fellowships that can be used to support graduate students; performing periodic cost and goal attainment analyses in cooperation with the Dean’s Office fiscal staff

* Represent the College to various institutional divisions as well as externally to governmental agencies, corporations, students, and/or the general public

* Leads the development of proposal development to federal and state agencies, industry and potential donors in support of graduate programs

* Support graduate inclusion and diversity initiates in coordination with CoE Leadership

* -Execute the New Horizon Graduate Scholars Program and the Graduate Peer Mentoring Group

* -Serve as the GEM National Consortium institutional liaison and support the functions of the GEM Executive Board at the national level

* -Establish and sustain pipeline relationships with HBCU and minority serving institutions

* Ensures compliance with the University, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations