HARRIS RAND LUSK

Pace University

Director of OASIS Programs

To Apply

Pace University has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jane Herzog, Ed.D., Director of Educational Leadership
Harris Rand Lusk
122 East 42nd St. Suite 3605
New York, NY  10168

groose@harrisrand.com

Please put ‘OASIS Director’ in the subject line of your emailed application.

Background:
Pace University is a dynamic multi-campus institution which, in keeping with its motto, “Opportunitas,” educates a diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The University also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus, and the Elisabeth Haub School of Law School in White Plains.

Pace University’s OASIS (Ongoing Academic Social Instructional Support) program provides services for students with high-functioning autism and others with learning challenges, to give them the support they need to fulfill their dream of furthering their education. Among the comprehensive services offered are one-on-one academic coaching, educational guidance for registration and curriculum, housing support to help students navigate residential life, and social coaching to provide ‘social literacy’ and emotional support. Located at the Tara Center (Center for Teaching and Research in Autism) on Pace’s Manhattan campus, students benefit from the support of dedicated mentors, workshops, and internships that furthers their education and prepares them for employment readiness.

The Position:
Pace University is seeking a highly skilled and experienced leader to be the new Director of OASIS Programs (“Director”). The Director will guide the mission and development of services that are offered to eligible students who are diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. The Director will lead the development of innovative programs and activities that cross disciplines and schools, and support inclusive practice in higher education and Pace University, and in the field through research, publications and professional development programs. The Director will lead a team to manage funded programs, including outreach, recruitment, and support of OASIS scholars and related projects. This position will supervise two campus-based co-assistant directors for program delivery, as well as focus on fundraising efforts. The Director will work to expand opportunities for funded research and innovation of best practice inclusion for persons on the autism spectrum.

Strategic thinking and a commitment to working collaboratively with University leadership, faculty and staff is essential. The ideal candidate will be results-oriented with a high level of energy and drive, and possess sound judgement and integrity.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop and disseminate written policies and procedures for all aspects of the OASIS program, including outreach and recruitment, orientation, facilitation of scheduling based on degree requirements and student interests, and appropriate individualized support systems designed to enhance student learning outcomes
  • Manage funded projects to improve services for students with autism and related disabilities, including management of grant-funded personnel
  • With prior approval from the Dean of Students, prepare and submit grant proposals to public and private agencies
  • Develop fundraising best practices with staff
  • Explore and develop revenue opportunities that support OASIS’s initiatives and align with the University’s strategic plan
  • Enter into affiliation agreements and collaborative projects with public and private schools, K-12 educational programs, and other organizations to support students on the autism spectrum through professional development for teachers, as well as provide training and information to parents and caregivers
  • Direct and manage operations of the Tara Center, including semi-annual written status reports and the development and implementation of a procedural manual addressing all aspects of admission, expectations, support systems, crisis management, support to faculty, and more
  • Provide leadership, direction, and management of staff, including supervision and hiring of campus-based co- assistant directors
  • Facilitate training and professional development opportunities for program staff on trends and best practices in ASD education and programming
  • Manage OASIS Employment Ready Workshop and provide parent informational workshops
  • Lead summer training for all new and returning coaches
  • Recruit new students through attendance at high schools and college fairs
  • Assess student progress through comparative measurement at the beginning and end of each semester
  • Conduct weekly staff meetings to discuss programmatic and department issues relating to student academics and social/emotional wellbeing
  • Other duties as assigned as appropriate to rank and University’s mission.

Additional Program Development Responsibilities:

  • Assess current program offerings and projected needs
  • Develop a plan to strengthen and ‘tier’ the NYC OASIS program to be implemented Fall 2020
  • Develop a plan to offer less intensive services to students in Pleasantville to be implemented Fall 2021
  • Collaborate with other units, including Student Accessibility Services, in designing program offerings
  • Collaborate with the University President, Development and other Pace personnel in seeking external funding and donors to support OASIS students and programs
  • Work with the Office of Research and others in identifying and completing grant applications
  • Collaborate with units handling recruitment and marketing to disseminate information about OASIS programs

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education/special education, psychology or related field with strong research experience; PhD preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of the field of autism, current research, and best practices for inclusive settings
  • Experience in writing and managing grants from public and private funding sources
  • Extensive program and managerial experience
  • Experience in building, mentoring and motivating a dedicated staff able to collaborate, problem-solve, and achieve program goals
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement
  • Skilled at keeping multiple projects moving forward simultaneously
  • Strategic, innovative, and analytical
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of OASIS to provide the highest quality services and programs to students

Compensation commensurate with experience; competitive benefits.

Pace University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Pace University please visit their website at pace.edu

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168