POSITIONSUMMARY: The Associate Dean will provide leadership in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive student support services designed to enhance the student experience at the College. The Associate Dean of Retention is responsible for the College's efforts in student academic and career advising, retention and completion by assisting in development and implementation of success initiatives.
Reporting to the Dean of Student Success, this position is responsible for providing leadership and oversight for Academic Advising building partnerships with Academic Affairs, the Pioneer Connect Center, Career Development, Workforce Development, and community-based organizations to develop, organize, and implement strategies to promote student retention and success; providing key leadership in the implementation of engagement and retention efforts designed to enhance the student experience.
The Associate Dean will develop and continuously improve programs, communications and services in response to the changing needs of students and the evolving institutional priorities of Delta College's prospective, new and retuning students, with an emphasis on student success initiatives that lead to enrollment, retention and degree/certificate completion. Departmental services will be assessed utilizing varied instruments, including national tools such as Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS), Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) and others to ensure the highest quality services.
Embed the College's mission and values throughout all responsibilities and work; and focus on student success as the guiding principle to informed decision-making.
Understand, develop, and provide an environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, while incorporating cultural competency in the workplace.
Contribute to positive teamwork environment.
Provide leadership, evaluation and professional development of employees within areas of Advising, facilitate short term and long-range planning, assessments that support student success outcomes; align program initiatives with strategic goals and outcomes of the college.
Managerial oversight for staff members who provide career exploration, guided pathway advising, student employment and internships in support of Perkins funding.
Supervise and direct the day-to-day operation of the Advising, ensuring the quality and effectiveness of the services provided.
ESSENTIALDUTIESANDRESPONSIBILITIESINCLUDEBUTARENOTLIMITED TO THEFOLLOWING:
Collaborate with Career Development to establish and cultivate internal and external partnerships to provide innovative experiential learning opportunities (internships, externships, job shadowing, informational interviewing opportunities, etc.) that support guided pathways; professional aspirations; or, exploration of field of study or career path.
Collaborate to provide programs that assist particular student populations which may need additional support to achieve academic success.
Coordinate the services of the Transfer Center with four-year college/university representatives who provide advising services to Delta students planning to transfer.
Serve on Guided Pathways Committee, assist in the development of guided pathways for all occupational and transfer programs.
Provide direction and supervision of the Bridge and Early Alert programs, including the advising services for student participants. Further develop alerts and services for at-risk students.
Builds collaborative partnerships with Academic Affairs, Admissions, Counseling, Enrollment Services, and other areas of the College.
Coordinate services offered within Counseling Center.
Serve on the Academic Curriculum Council; consult with Academic Deans and Associate Deans and faculty regarding the development of academic programs and courses in regards to the effect on student enrollment and success.
Participate in the collection and assessment of retention data, and provide support for retention through engagement with the Dean of Student Success, Academic Deans, Academic Associate Deans, Program Coordinators, and Directors.
Provide leadership with the planning and operation of the retention communication plan using the Advise CRM system
Provide leadership in the full utilization of other student success software programs, such as Student Planning, to assist with advising, degree planning, and tracking.
Participate with advisory committees for occupational and career programs of study.
Plan, develop and evaluate programs and services for undecided students as well as those who change majors
Conducts workshops, seminars, and other presentations to student, faculty, employer, and alumni groups.
Complete other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, College Student Development, or other relevant field
Experience in Academic Advising
Outstanding writing and communications skills
Demonstrated ability to build consensus with capacity to initiate and foster collaborative partnerships
Demonstrated evidence-driven leadership with experience in assessment and outcomes measurements
Demonstrated knowledge of retention practices and career advising practices
Familiarity with database tools and the use and design of spreadsheet applications
Budgeting and budget management experience
Additional Experiences Considered:
Management and academic services/student success experience, particularly in supervising/coordinating academic advising
Student retention program experience
Familiarity and experience with the implementation and application of retention and predictive analytics software tools is strongly preferred
Experience with Ellucian Colleague
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Complete an on-line application and attach a cover letter with position title, resume, three current names of professional references, and copies of transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire) and/or certifications and licenses.
Position will remain open until filled. The College reserves the right to close the recruitment process once a sufficient applicant pool has been identified.
Full-time, Pay grade 9 (Starting Salary $82,274 – $92,959: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience)
Open Until Filled: Yes
Internal Number: 4925
About Delta College
Successful candidates must demonstrate experience, skills, and commitment to fostering an environment of diversity in student, faculty and staff.Delta College, established in 1961, offers 150 transfer and career certificate and associate degree programs, and enrolls nearly 11,000 students each semester at its main campus and three learning centers.Delta College enjoys a reputation as one of the nation’s leading community colleges. Contributing factors to this achievement are its enduring commitment to excellence, passion for innovation and focus on people. Those values can be seen in its AQIP Higher Learning Commission accreditation, charter membership in the National League for Innovation, Achieving the Dream participation, environmental stewardship and unique shared governance system.The College’s service area is comprised of Bay, Midland and Saginaw counties, each with its own appealing personality and features, located adjacent to Lake Huron in mid-Michigan. Delta College - one of America's leading community colleges!