POSITION:Full-time, 12-month student affairs educator position at the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota starting approximately July 1, 2021. Anticipated salary range of $65,000-80,000, commensurate with educational qualifications and experience. A competitive fringe benefits package is offered.
The Director of Student Success is a senior-level student affairs position reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and serving on the Vice Chancellor’s Senior Administrative Leadership Team. The Student Success Center (SSC) supports the holistic development of students as they navigate their college experience. By centering diversity, equity, and belonging, we prepare students to learn within a diverse world by engaging them around topics that are integral to their success and the land-grant mission of UMN Crookston. The Director provides leadership for the SSC 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 Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness, the Director of Enrollment Management, and the Director of Institutional Effectiveness to help improve overall retention and graduation rates.
Functions and Duties:
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.
Exhibit a philosophical approach grounded in the belief that all students can learn and succeed.
Build a culture of collaboration and teamwork among academic advisors and Student Success Center staff as well as between these individuals and faculty and student affairs educators throughout the university.
Contribute to assessment, accreditation, and other continuous improvement processes.
Represent UMN Crookston on first-generation college student initiatives including the NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success’s First Forward initiative.
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.
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 co-curricular 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 Student Success Center.
Facilitate the development of a Student 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.
Provide direction for Student Success Center programs and interventions including but not limited to advising support, tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic skill development.
Manage a modest programming budget, supervise student employees, and support university efforts to pursue and secure external funding for programs.
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.
Oversee the review of student records and progress to certify degree completion and determine academic standing related to satisfactory progress policies and guidelines.
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.
Six years of professional work experience in academic advising, student affairs, or a closely related field.
Experience supervising a small homogeneous department or larger-oriented area whose members perform like activities.
Demonstrated self-awareness, cultural competence, and achievement in working with diverse student populations.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
The final job offer is contingent upon a completed background check, receipt of official college transcripts and authorization to work in the United States.
Masters or, ideally Doctoral degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling or a closely related field.
Professional experience in academic advising, student affairs, or a closely related field.
Demonstrated commitment to the land-grant mission of the University of Minnesota Crookston, especially as related to access and student success.
Professional experience working in a one-stop or similar multifunctional student success center.
Proficiency in data analysis related to student success and retention.
Proficiency in a second language, preferably Spanish.
Internal Number: 338622
About University of Minnesota, Crookston
The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston) is one of five campuses comprising the University of Minnesota system. UMN Crookston is a four-year public university with an enrollment of 1,800 students, approximately half on campus and half in online degrees. The student body is diverse and comes from over 40 states and over 30 countries. Thirty-four baccalaureate degrees are offered, 15 of which are also offered online. UMN Crookston proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota, beginning in 1906 as a regional residential high school, changing to a two-year college in 1966 and to a four-year college in 1993. UMN Crookston is a small student-centered community of learning and scholars known for providing personal attention to every student. UMN Crookston makes a commitment to each individual student’s achievements and offers a hands-on approach and experiential learning that put students ahead of the competition. Integral to the university's statewide land-grant mission, UMN Crookston provides applied, career-oriented learning programs including internships and connects its teaching, research, and outreach to local, co...unty, and regional economic development agencies in support of the global economy. UMN Crookston delivers world?class University of Minnesota degrees in an affordable, close?knit campus setting where faculty and staff personally invest in the success of each student. UMN Crookston has been recognized for its quality programs by such organizations as U.S. News & World Report, which ranked the campus as #1 in the category Top Public Regional Colleges–Midwest for 2020. U.S. News has ranked UMN Crookston among the top four in this category for the past 23 consecutive years.