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25 Feb 2021

Full-Time Director of the Ryan Family Navigators Program

Ball State University – Posted by Ball State University Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Director of the Ryan Family Navigators Program

Ball State University


Ball State University Teachers College seeks to address gaps in our service to students to support the well-being and academic success of historically underrepresented students and those from economically challenging backgrounds through the creation of the Ryan Family Navigators Program. The program director leads this program which serves as a hub for student support within the college and guides students to existing comprehensive resources and opportunities. Under the direction of the Teachers College Office of the Dean, the program director will oversee the program’s day-to-day operations, including management of navigators and communication with Ball State administration and relevant stakeholders about the program. This contract position has generously been funded for three years.


Under the direction of the Assistant Dean for School Engagement, the program director oversees the program’s day-to-day operations, manages graduate student navigators, and communicates with Ball State administration about the program. The director collaborates with key colleagues across the campus to deliver a four-year programming and educational model. Collectively, the Navigators team members are advocates, mentors, and guides for students in Teachers College.


Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree in Education or a relevant field from an accredited institution. Three years of experience developing student success and retention initiatives in a secondary and/or higher education setting; experience with planning and/or facilitating student-oriented academic and social networking events. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to prioritize and manage multiple simultaneous projects with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines; demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships; outstanding social media skills; demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.


Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree. Experience developing student success and retention initiatives for underrepresented or historically marginalized student groups.


Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: resume, diversity statement, and cover letter addressed to Kendra Lowery. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.



Explain your commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusive excellence for student success in higher education in 1-2 pages. Include an explanation of how your past experiences inform your approach to supporting underrepresented students seeking a degree in education in the Teachers College.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through March 29, 2021.


Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.


The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.


The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:


Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

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