The Advising and Retention Specialist will work with an assigned caseload of advisees from an identified group of academic programs. In this capacity, the Advising and Retention Specialist will work with students on developmental and proactive advising efforts, implement programming and community-building initiatives in support of holistic advising, and serve as an integral part of institutional retention efforts as a member of the Academic Services team.
The Advising and Retention Specialist will:
Serve as the primary academic advisor for an assigned caseload of first-year students, conducting individual and group advising sessions with students using a combination of face-to-face, email, video conference, phone, and social media communication efforts.
Serve as a secondary academic advisor for upperclassmen, partnering with faculty advisors and mentors on academic alerts, Academic Success Plans, and other interventions and/or general support.
Collaborate with Department Chairs, faculty advisors, and faculty mentors to ensure in-depth knowledge of General Education Requirements, degree paradigms, co- and pre-requisites, and other discipline-specific considerations for academic success.
Identify students who are not reaching program milestones and implement individualized, developmentally appropriate interventions.
Maintain partnerships across campus and make appropriate referrals for students.
Analyze data relevant to opportunity gaps, retention, attrition, persistence, and graduation and make appropriate recommendations to the Director of Advising.
Coordinate one or more project- or program-based initiatives in support of advising practices.
Remain up to date on advising systems and trends in developmental advising, changes to degree paradigms and/or institutional policies and practices.
Serve as an integral member of the Academic Services team, including leveraging adjacent student success resources to meet the needs of targeted student populations.
Serve on appropriate university committees to foster institutionalized support for student success initiatives.
Other duties as assigned.
Demonstrated academic advising experience at an accredited institution
Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem-solving skills
Commitment to fostering an inclusive community and willingness to develop and/or enhance personal levels of cultural competency
Thorough understanding of federal privacy laws (FERPA)
Demonstrated experience using technology and social media in advising practices
Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, Access, Outlook, and Excel
Master's degree in college student development, higher education, social work, or other relevant field
Knowledge of Ellucian Banner, DegreeWorks, Hobsons Starfish, and/or other advising/retention related software; knowledge of survey, app, and communication tools
Experience working with diverse student populations
Conversational Spanish skills
About Christian Brothers University
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