Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute is designed to meet the needs of new directors, assistant directors, counseling coordinators, tutoring coordinators, and those in the process of attaining or considering pursuing doctoral degrees. It also would benefit those who wish to strengthen their leadership skills and share strategies with their colleagues. Although participation is not restricted, the targeted population for this institute is faculty and staff from the opportunity programs in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Kudos to the 2017 Class! Subscribed members of the Leadership Institute can access materials from previous sessions at the Conference Materials page.

Nominations will be sought from the program heads in each state, the executive boards of the constituent organization in the three states, the executive board members of Tri-State and the individual members of opportunity programs. In addition, faculty and staff members from the opportunity programs may self nominate. The Leadership Institute is limited to the number of participants who can be accommodated. Candidates must complete an application and provide a letter of support from their director, or their dean, or provost indicating institutional support for their participation. Those continuing from the first Institute will not need a letter of support but must complete the application.

Why Join the Leadership Institute?

Opportunity programs by definition encompass a wide variety of services that are similar to, in many cases, a small college. The leadership position in an Educational Opportunity Program is a highly demanding, highly skilled, and extremely critical position, that is central to the successful progress of students overall. These leaders are frequently responsible for the direct supervision of professional counselor/advisors, clerical and academic support staff, administrative and student assistants, and adjunct faculty.

The Opportunity Program leader frequently contributes to the supervision of a wide variety of tutoring and academic support staff, and typically also oversees a pre-freshman summer bridge program, requiring the supervision of additional summer staff and prospective entering students.

This position requires an intimate understanding and ability to work cooperatively with every academic support office in the university. It also requires the understanding and ability to work with every academic department, keeping abreast of their academic policies and guidelines, as well as those of the overall institution. The Opportunity Program Director’s responsibilities and performance expectations include the expertise to engage in areas of recruitment, academic and financial advising, personal, social and career counseling. The Director must also maintain a close working relationship with essential offices and other internal campus units, as well as review, evaluate and/or recommend policies and procedures which may affect the program or students. Among these are both Academic and Student Affairs offices which include, but are not limited to; Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, Student Housing, Faculty Student Association, Records and Registration, Student Judiciary, University Police, Career Development, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, the University Learning Center, Academic Departments, the Departments in Undergraduate Education, student clubs and organizations, and Special Programs Units.

This position must develop close working relationships with every office that affects the Opportunity Program, and where feasible, provide institution-wide leadership in the support of overall undergraduate educational development. Institute Description The Institute trainees will be expected to develop strategies and finally engage in the assessment and re-assessment of the impact of their work on the program and college. Through a series of discussions and readings the participants will systematically examine questions and issues related to the program.

The basic concerns to be examined are:

  • Inserting the Opportunity Program in the context of the college as both an academic entity and student support service.
  • Building coalitions and cooperation with the critical alliance from administrators, faculty and support staff.
  • Managing change in an academic environment.
  • Managing personnel so that staff can work cooperatively towards goals.
  • Constructing community support within and outside of the college.
  • Publicizing the success of the opportunity program to achieve maximum benefit for the program.
  • Using participation in college or university governance to benefit the program.
  • Advocating for the program with university, local and state officials.