The assistant director of Student Success Initiatives provides hands-on advising, coaching, and support to Rice undergraduate students. This position will work closely with those students indicating a need for additional guidance in making the transition to college or in achieving student-determined goals. Through the use of holistic, student-centered advising approaches, the assistant director will be expected to employ various proactive advising, innovative learning strategies, and coaching techniques to engage students, connect them with critical university resources, and facilitate their successful retention at the University.
Identifies and advises students needing additional support and provide sustained, individualized, developmentally appropriate coaching to assist in their academic, social, leadership, and interpersonal development
Assists students in developing roadmaps for their success at the university, using varied strategies to facilitate the identification and implementation of their goals - Assists in the monitoring of student academic performance and their persistence towards graduation, preparing reports, and maintaining student files as necessary
Maintains an awareness of best practices in proactive advising, student success coaching, and the higher education/student affairs landscape, integrating these ideas into his/her advising practices
Assists in developing student success interventions, workshops, and other programs aimed at facilitating the transition to college
Develops trainings aimed at educating student leaders, faculty, and staff about the populations supported by the office and they ways in which they can support student transition
Teaches a section of University 110, a first year student transition course
Performs all other duties as assigned
Occasional weekend and evening work is required.
Additional Functions / Information
Communicates and collaborates with residential college Magisters, Wellbeing, academic departments, Campus Life entities, and other campus resources as necessary to insure students receive comprehensive support
Provides support as needed to other initiatives in the Student Success Office, which could include, but are not limited to, New Families Orientation, Orientation Week (O-Week), office-wide marketing initiatives (social media, website) and programming support for First Generation and low-income students
2 years of related professional experience in a four year college or university setting with some previous advising or coaching experience
Knowledge of theories, including student development, learning and identity development and experience applying those frameworks professionally
Able to problem-solving and support/advise students in personal and/or academic crisis
Strong communication and rapport building skills and experience collaborating with faculty, staff, students, families and administration
Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
Demonstrated understanding of the experiences of students in transition and the strategies necessary to facilitate their success
Experience and comfort working with diverse student populations, including but not limited to first generation college students, low-income students, and underrepresented student populations
Coaching and instructional skills, organizational abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to quickly assess the effectiveness of an intervention
Master's degree (preferably in college student personnel, counseling, student affairs, or a related field)
Experience providing academic support, leadership development, and program development
Experience supporting student success/undergraduate retention initiatives - Experience working with faculty
Experience working at a highly selective college or university
Familiarity with working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
Ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
Ability to create interventions to support diverse learners
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