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First Year Experience (FYE) Director *REVISED

University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI
Start date
Apr 15, 2024
Closing date
May 15, 2024

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Enrollment & Strategic Initiatives (ESI) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout is seeking a First Year Experience (FYE) Director to coordinate and provide leadership for the successful conceptualization and implementation of an integrated first-year experience program for the university. This position will facilitate and support student-centered retention initiatives through the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

Official UW Title: Academic Program Director

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in education, business, counseling or a related field.
  • Three years in higher education with direct experience in the development and implementation of FYE curriculum and programs, orientation programs, and academic support services.
  • Experience with supervision of staff.
  • Excellent written communication, verbal communication, and facilitation/training skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal relationship, communication, and social media skills.
  • Ability to work in collaboration with various representatives from university departments and the community.
  • Demonstrated efforts of collaboration and working effectively with various campus constituencies.
Highly Desired/Preferred
  • Experience leading the management and implementation of a complex grant-related project with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience with curriculum development and instruction.
  • Experience analyzing student success data and tracking progress on student success metrics.
  • Provide leadership and university coordination for partners involved in the development and implementation of all FYE Program activities. Coordination includes and is not limited to:
    • Organization, scheduling, implementation, and evaluation of the FYE program. Evaluation includes assessment, data collection and analysis in alignment with university SEP and Title III grant metrics
    • Chairing of an inclusive co-curricular & curricular FYE Committee that provides regular updates to shared governance and other stakeholders as identified
    • Working with a FYE Faculty Fellow to develop and implement academic-focused first-year student success strategies
  • Collaborate and coordinate with academic affairs and student affairs to implement effective courses and services that support first year student success
  • Maintain and enhance early intervention strategies for first-year students through extensive interaction and collaboration within the Student Life & Services, Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives (ESI) department and Academic Affairs
  • Participate in FYE program related meetings with key committees and work groups
  • Complete and submit annual program action plans, reviews, and Annual Performance Reports
  • Maintain an understanding of current ideas, research and practices pertaining to the areas of responsibility for this position, through continued study and participation in professional development
  • Monitor budget and expenditures
  • Supervise and conduct performance evaluations of assigned staff
  • Perform other related responsibilities as may be assigned

This position will report to the Vice Chancellor of Enrollment & Strategic Initiatives (ESI) with a dotted line reporting to the Dean of Students. The Vice Chancellor's office oversees five departments: Admissions, Advisement Center, Educational Pathways & Outreach, Financial Aid, and Registration & Records. The ESI unit focuses on issues of student enrollment, retention, graduation, and success and is dedicated to improving the student experience. This position will serve on a team of dedicated student services professionals to continue to improve the student experience at UW-Stout.


*Complete applications received by end of day, March 31, 2024 are ensured full consideration. Applications submitted after March 31st may be reviewed at the discretion of the search committee.

To apply, click on the APPLY button or go to:

Required application materials :
1. Cover letter (* See below)
2. Curriculum vitae or resume
3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

*Please use your cover letter to speak to each of the Minimum/Required Qualifications for this position as listed above. For each required qualification, describe your relevant experience, using specific examples from your work history to illustrate how your experience satisfies the requirement.

Applicants must complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Before starting the online application process, we recommend you preview the frequently asked questions (FAQs) available at:

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodation for a qualified individual's disability.

For questions regarding this position or recruitment, please contact:
Search Chair: Kelly Wenig

If you need assistance with the online application process or if you submitted your application prior to uploading all of the required application materials, please contact:
Search Coordinator: Julie Zack


University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University, offers an unmatched career-focused education that combines applied learning, theory and research with real-world experience that prepares tomorrow's leaders to drive the future of business and industry. At UW-Stout, our students think and do from day one, and we are proud to produce lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens who succeed in a global society.

UW-Stout is recognized nationwide for its operational excellence. We were the first and remain the only full four-year public higher education institution in the nation to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award, and we are dedicated to a process-improvement model that leverages the power of data and the value of our people. We believe in critical thinking and fact-informed decision making. We pursue sustainability in form and function and collaborate across campus and with our partners to solve problems in industry and society. And providing an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for our faculty, staff and students to live, learn and work is a top priority.

We offer 45+ undergraduate degrees, 20+ graduate degrees and 30+ professional certificates in Art, Design & Graphics; Business & Management; Education; Human & Social Sciences; Information Technology & Communications; and Science, Engineering & Math. Our first-class digital infrastructure and learning environments provide our nearly 7,000 students with every avenue to explore and personalize their success. And we invest in people who share our vision to advance our position as Wisconsin's only Polytechnic University and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education.

Be a part of the future at UW-Stout. Learn more at

University of Wisconsin-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wisconsin, a community an hour east of Minneapolis-St. Paul. A pillar of Wisconsin's Chippewa Valley and recognized as one of the best small towns in America, Menomonie provides an idyllic combination of natural beauty, outdoor recreation, boutiques and arts and culture with access to a metropolitan area. For more information about the UW-Stout community and region visit:


Minimum annual starting salary of $62,500, commensurate with qualifications and experience. UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan, demonstrating our commitment to the diverse needs of our employees.
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All qualified candidates meeting application requirements will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout welcomes applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans, individuals with disabilities and from historically excluded populations. UW-Stout provides equal opportunity to all persons and is committed to inclusive excellence. At UW-Stout we value our differences and welcome diverse perspectives as we continually commit to developing an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees and students.

Employment is contingent upon the final candidate's completing a criminal background check and being cleared to work by the Human Resources Office. Employment is also contingent upon the final candidate passing reference checks and an essential job function test, as applicable. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor(s) questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

Official transcripts required at time of hire.

Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position. A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office, Phone: 715-232-2149.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7) .

UW-Stout is committed to providing safety and security of all members of our community in accordance with the Clery Act. For campus safety information and crime statistics visit:

Job Family: Supervisory


Find Your Calling at UW-Stout

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is a career-focused polytechnic university emphasizing applied learning. UW-Stout is known for the annual career success of its graduates, with 97 percent employed or continuing their education upon graduation.

At UW-Stout, you will join a vibrant community of passionate educators and support staff who impact our students' lives and our society at large. We call ourselves Stout Proud, and we are looking for talented individuals to join our team.

With over 1,400 employees, UW-Stout offers a wide range of positions for faculty, both tenure-track and adjunct, as well as for administrators, managers, professional and support staff. We offer exceptional benefits and a rewarding academic environment.

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