The retention coordinator manages a caseload of approximately 70 SSS participants and provides each of them with individualized academic coaching and advising including mentoring, personal development, Individualized Education and Career Plans (IECP), and other personalized needs. One of the primary responsibilities of the Retention Coordinator is to plan and implement SSS events, train and supervise academic year peer mentors and summer bridge mentors.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist students with individual needs, academic planning and advising, mentoring, personal development activities, and individual education and career plans
Organize and deliver program events
Assist with development, implementation, and delivery of SSS programs and services
Maintain accurate and updated student data and records
Coordinate peer mentoring programs, including training and supervision of the peer mentors.
Bachelor's degree required in Education, Counseling, or related academic area; Master's preferred.
Minimum 3 years of experience in counseling or academic support services of low income, first generation and/or minority students preferred.
Knowledge of collegiate academic and financial assistance procedures.
Experience networking and coordinating program activities.
Preference given to candidates who have succeeded in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the project’s target population
Simpson’s 85-acre campus Indianola campus is a beautiful space and where the majority of classes are offered to their students. Located in south-central Iowa, just 12 miles south of Des Moines, Simpson’s main location gives students the best of both worlds: the friendly atmosphere of a college town with the benefit of living near an exciting metropolitan area. Indianola is host to many nationally known events, including the Des Moines Metro Opera and the National Balloon Classic, which features hot air balloons, balloon rides, competitions and family entertainment. The vibrant, small-town community also has a multitude of choices for entertainment including state parks and trails for recreation, a golf course and many unique restaurants, shops and movie theatres within walking distance of campus.Greater Des Moines, IowaSimpson’s second campus is located in West Des Moines, Iowa, which is a part of the Greater Des Moines metro area, and serves adult and graduate students. The West Des Moines campus is easy to access, has efficient classrooms, and an environment devoted to learning for students who likely are balancing work and family life as they return to school. Classes offered at... the West Des Moines campus are targeted towards Simpson’s continuing and graduate students who are looking to take classes at night or closer to home.