The Director of Student Success and Advising provides leadership for students success by building collaborative partnerships between academic affairs, student affairs, and enrollment management while providing supervisory leadership for academic advising and the academic success center. The Director promotes the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston by actively utilizing an asset-orientation to working with students with diverse identities including first generation college students, students of various racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, students from low-income families, students from rural communities, students with disabilities, LGBTQ students, and non-traditional adult learners. The Director collaborates with a variety of faculty, student affairs, and student positions and academic departments and works closely with the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the Director of Enrollment Management, and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness to help improve overall retention and graduation rates.
- Develop, implement, and assess a comprehensive student success and retention plan to include strategies and interventions informed by theory, inclusive and equitable practices, and data-informed practices that enhance student retention and graduation rates.
- Facilitate the development of a culture that recognizes, affirms, and helps students draw upon cultural, communal, and identity-based ways of knowing, being, and doing to achieve educational outcomes.
- Provide oversight of student progress monitoring in order to proactively and, when necessary, intrusively intervene, advocate, and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties and barriers student experience in policies and processes.
- For a select number of programs directly related to first-year experience courses, provide leadership for the planning, implementing, and evaluating cocurricular programs that promote academic achievement, career exploration, and a sense of belonging for all students.
- Acknowledge the specific and particular realities of communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, and other minoritized communities within Northwest Minnesota while also connecting communities to local and regional experience in order to foster a greater sense of belonging.
- Generate mutual solidarity among historically underrepresented populations including but not limited to various racial and ethnic groups, first-generation college students, students from rural and agrarian communities, students from low-income families, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and religious minorities.
Academic Success Center:
- Directly supervise personnel working within the Academic Success Center.
- Facilitate the development of an Academic Success Center space that welcomes all students, faculty, and student affairs educators who are interested in centering the voices and experiences of students from the communities that have been historically underrepresented or not well-served within higher education.
- Directly supervise a team of professional academic advisors as well as a limited number of advisors who divide time between advising and either faculty or student affairs educator roles.
- Create and utilize a network of relationships with faculty, and student affairs educators to effectively deliver advising and support services.
- Facilitate collaboration between faculty mentors and professional academic advisors in coaching on-campus and online students through major and career decision-making processes to assist students in degree completion.
- Evaluate and act upon requests for exception to policy through petitions; consult as appropriate with colleagues, faculty, and academic administrators in making final decisions.
- Ensure that students are supported through detailed degree planning through the use of technology and interpretation of data to communicate accurate information about students.
- Demonstrate self-awareness of one's own cultural beliefs, perspectives, and privileges as a part of one’s orientation toward leadership.
- Maintain a bias toward making decisions that are informed by research, data, and theory and that leverage students’ unique cultures, experiences, and backgrounds as strengths.
- Build a culture of collaboration and teamwork among academic advisors and Academic Success Center staff as well as between these individuals and faculty and student affairs educators throughout the university.
- Serve in a leadership capacity working with faculty, academic advisors, student affairs educators, and enrollment management professionals to ground educational practices related to equity and inclusion in developmental theory and best practices in higher education.
Review of application materials will begin April 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Visit https://www.myu.umn.edu/employment for complete instructions on how to apply electronically. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) is one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system. UMC is dedicated to equitable and inclusive education as well as to its access mission as a land-grant university. With an enrollment of 1,800 students spanning on-campus and online programs, UMC serves the highest proportions of first generation, low-income, and adult learner populations within the University of Minnesota system. The racial diversity of the student body is significantly higher than that of the region, though it lags behind the demographics of elementary and high schools in the region. UMC has strategically committed to closing this gap by further diversifying its faculty, student affairs staff, and student body. As a part of its commitment to comprehensive equity and inclusion, UMC is a leading educational provider for college students from rural communities. Located in the small college town of Crookston, Minnesota, UMC proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota. UMC delivers educational programs that build upon a broad academic foundation and combine theory, practice, and experimentation in a technologically rich environment. Since 1993, UMC has equipped all on-campus students and faculty with laptop computers in a technology-rich environment. UMC has received national recognition for the value of its education, and U.S. News has named UMC as one of its top three “Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges” for 22 consecutive years.
POSITION: Twelve-month, full-time, annual renewable position based on funding and performance starting July 1, 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. Budgeted salary range is $65,000-80,000 plus benefits. Benefits package includes retirement, medical, dental, disability and life insurance. Complete benefits package can be viewed as the following web page: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/eb/uplan/ summary.htm.