Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri. Harris-Stowe’s beautiful campus is minutes from the renowned Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions. Harris-Stowe’s diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.
Under the direct supervision of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, the Director of Academic Success provides leadership for the coaching program. The Director will work closely with the Student Success Coaches and work collaboratively with the colleges and other units on campus in support of academic success through student retention, progression, graduation and career placement. The Director will supervise, motivate and evaluate Academic Success staff and assists with their on-going professional development. The Director will provide guidance on implementation of programs and services that foster student success and train faculty and staff on new methods. The Director of Academic Success will assist with creating an environment that is conducive for success by through academic coaching, interpersonal connections, soft skills development, resources and referrals.
• Understand the role of support services in building lifelong skills and responsibility in students at the collegiate level • Oversee the coaching system of student educational planning and support and registration programs • Coordinate the assignment of students to coaches and oversee coaching and faculty advisor training • Work closely with faculty advisors to assure that the advising runs smoothly and effectively • Oversee the satisfactory academic progress program • Supervise and assures on-going training for coaching staff • Maintain a caseload and works directly with students to accomplish educational goals • Coach and provide guidance to students to ensure their success • Develop and implement programs and services that will assist freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors with identifying and establishing a clearly defined pathway to career fields by aligning their majors • Teach a minimum of one HSSU 0100 Course per semester as needed • Learn and use the Jenzabar, GradesFirst and other electronic systems that house student data • Become familiar with academic policies in the bulletin and Student Handbook • Become well-versed in the vertical curriculums for majors, minors and degree programs within an assigned school • Contribute to the overall success, retention and persistence of students through graduation and career placement • Ensure a seamless transition of students with 45 or more earned semester hours to degree program admission and faculty advisement • Create success plans for students facing SAP, dismissal or academic probation • Initiate and maintain frequent contact with students to provide intensive follow up on a regular basis, discussing the students’’ challenges and progress • Maintain accurate and detailed contact notes, track performance, and develop reports on the academic success and graduation of students • Work alongside departments such as Academic Affairs, Registrar, Information Technology, Financial Aid, Counseling Services and other stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition of students • Provide services in accordance with students needs and organizational objectives, including but not limited to, career mentoring, shadow opportunities, networking receptions, internships/externships, career assessments, etc. • Develop, implement, market, manage, and evaluate student success workshops related to career management and educational programs to address curricular and co-curricular concerns • Abide by FERPA policies as it relates to students’ education records • Foster collaborative partnerships between deans, faculty, staff and students • Maintain accurate data reports and informed decision-making • Prepare and submit annual reports and assessments related to student post-graduation employment, internship experiences and organizational goals • Remain abreast of national trends and best practices related to student academic and career paths through post-graduation • Adhere to the policies and procedures to align with institutional protocols, calendaring and recommendations by National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)and National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) • Attend staff meetings at the departmental and division level • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of Career and Academic Success
• Master’s degree in Counseling, Student Affairs/Student Personnel, Higher Education or related field • Five to seven years of progressive experience in academic and/or career advising • Supervisory or management experience preferred • Successful experiences involving progressive leadership in areas such as academic advising, new student orientation, academic support services • Comprehensive understanding of the role of academic and career advising in higher education • A working knowledge of the HBCU population and working with students with diverse populations including work with students from underrepresented ethnic/racial groups, first-generation, low-income, non-traditionally aged college students and others
• Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational ability and the ability to meet deadlines • Must have the ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population • Must be a self-starter who works well in a fast-paced, dynamic, team-oriented and culturally diverse environment • Must be perceptive and patient, with strong people skills and a willingness to assist others • Demonstrated ability to organize, implement and facilitate workshop, programs and informational presentations • Demonstrated ability to build rapport in developing meaningful relationships with students and colleagues • Knowledge of Student Development Theories • Ability to demonstrate ownership, accountability and teamwork • Ability to focus on results and to commit to excellence • Ability to maintain confidentiality
• May be susceptible to eyestrain, back discomfort, and hand/wrist problems due to long periods working on a computer • Occasional stress may occur from volume and deadlines • Demands normal manual dexterity and visual and auditory acuity • Must be mobile throughout the campus • May be some walking, standing, bending or carrying light items
• Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance and eye care options • Receive rich medical premiums • Pension account matched at up to 20.42% • Tuition remission including qualifying dependents • Savings annuity plans • Tax Savings Benefit through Missouri State Employees’ Cafeteria Plan • On-site fitness center • Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time
Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Salary based on qualifications and experience. Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and official undergraduate and graduate transcripts and three references online.
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“Please No Phone Calls”
Due to the large number of applications submitted and the high volume of applicant inquiries we receive regarding the status of applications, we are unable to accept phone calls or walk-in inquiries regarding applicant status. AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
About Harris Stowe State University
Harris Stowe State University is a coeducational municipal university centrally located in St. Louis. MO. There are three divisions. The college division provides a program of instruction leading to the degree of B.A. in education. The junior college division offers two-year courses in general, professional, and pre-professional training for residents of St. Louis. The University hosts collaborative graduate degree programs with Maryville University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Webster University. The University continues to expand, adding new campuses and buildings as part of its 21st-century initiative to offer opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking a variety of degrees.