The position of the Academic Success Coach/Orientation Coordinator assists students in learning how to make informed decisions about academic matters including advisement for programs, admission, registration, and related topic areas while maintaining appropriate records; and 2) proactively engages undergraduate students to provide guidance and support for their personal and professional goals. Additionally, the position will support the university's retention, progression, and graduation rates by providing leadership for student orientation programming and having administrative oversight for initiatives and activities designed to facilitate experiences that foster a sense of belonging for first-year students (freshmen and transfers) and families.
Serve as a primary advisor, assisting students with degree audits/plans of study, course scheduling, and course registration for undeclared students and students pursuing Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Applied Science degrees.
Provides systematic and frequent coaching on an individual and group basis related to academic success, personal and/or professional development, career/major exploration activities, learning strategies and study skills specific to course materials, resume writing best practices, interview strategies, application strategies, and job search skills using computer guidance systems to improve student success in accordance with the University mission. Assists students in developing self-efficacy and motivates students to practice self-regulation in taking ownership of their academic success.
Maintain knowledge of current academic and institutional policies and procedures unique to the institution, and educate and assist students in complying with such items including but not limited to Graduation Requirements, Academic Standards of Progress, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension, Academic Bankruptcies, Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, Course Sequencing, Admissions Requirements, New Programs, etc.
Foster relationships with institutional faculty and staff to provide appropriate and accurate academic plans and referrals for students working with the Student Success Center. Refers students to appropriate academic, personnel, and support resources and collaborates with others to monitor and accelerate the academic progress of the students referred.
Monitors and accurately documents progress of students in caseload with check-ins, scheduled meetings or proactive outreach and communication, responding to students' questions, concerns and needs.
Assists with outreach to and follow-up with students who are on academic probation or who have been referred through the MSSU early alert online system referred to as Lion Alert.
In consultation with the Registrar's Office and/or Transfer Guide, unofficially evaluate and determine the transferability of credits.
Present outreach programming and workshops to students in classroom settings, residence halls, and student organizations.
Teaches 2 credit hours per academic year (fall, spring, summer), if needed, in the University Experience Curriculum.
Assists with working events hosted by the Student Success Center. Occasional nights/weekends are expected with event management.
Assists with creating and/or maintaining student resources (guides, handouts, manuals, etc.) published by the Student Success Center.
Maintain competency and professional currency through self-directed professional reading, professional association memberships, attendance to conferences, workshops, institutional, and departmental professional development programs.
Participate in departmental assessment processes.
Contributes to the overall success of the Institution's mission by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Develop, coordinate, implement, manage, and promote the University's new student orientation programming (including but not limited to Learning Communities, Welcome Week, Summer Bridge, Southern Welcome & Southern Kick-Offs, Convocation) to include efforts designed to serve special student populations (1st gen, commuters, modern students, etc.) and their families.
Serve as Advisor to MSSU chapter of Phi Eta Sigma.
Maintains a close working relationship with all areas of the University, with special emphasis on the following offices: Admissions, Student Leadership & Engagement, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Academic Leadership.
Provide continuing communication to first-year students (i.e. via Facebook, Twitter, monthly newsletter, e-mail) and parents when applicable.
Provide ongoing training for constituents involved in the development and implementation of programming.
Set direction for future phases of programming, to include efforts designed to serve commuting students, both traditional and non-traditional age groups, and modern students.
Identify and explore potential grant funding for program enhancement.
Gather and disseminate all necessary program assessment data and reports.
Promote positive institutional climate by serving on campus committees as requested.
Education, Experience, and Licenses
Master's degree (M. A. or M.S.) from accredited college or university required, with preference given to degrees in the following fields: student affairs, counseling, student personnel, higher education administration or leadership, education, education psychology, or related field. Master's degree in progress will be considered with expectation of completing degree in two years.
Strong computing skills and knowledge of relevant technologies (learning and management systems, and other academic support and administrative systems) are required.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in a dynamic, fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere preferred.
Experience in providing academic and/or career support to students in a college-level setting is preferred.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team environment. Strong teamwork skills, high level of energy, and ability to work independently. Ability to manage workload both independently and as a team.
Ability to effectively present information to administrators, faculty, staff, regulators, students, public groups, and/or board of regents.
Ability to create and manipulate spreadsheets to create meaningful reports.
Ability to manage Learning Management Systems such as Blackboard Ultra.
Ability to engage with individuals of different cultures, backgrounds, or experiences.
Ability to use small office equipment, including copy machines or multi-line telephone systems.
Ability to use computers for data entry, word processing and spreadsheets.
Ability to use highly technical computer applications, such as Banner, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), and other web-based applications to perform office duties.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.
Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, employees and faculty, regulatory agencies, or members of the community.
Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
Ability to be organized, flexible, and manage self, work time, and work space effectively.
Ability to make ethical decisions in doing what is best for both students and the University.
Ability to practice high ethical standards, adhere to FERPA standards, and the practice confidentiality with work-related information including employee information.
Requires the ability to make recommendations that impact the budget.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel including the use of a computer keyboard; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear including the use of a telephone. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop or kneel. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate with frequent occasions of multiple conversations in process.
NOTICE: The above job profile does not include all essential and nonessential duties of this job. All employees with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources to review and discuss the essential and nonessential functions of the job. An employee with a disability can evaluate the job in greater detail to determine if she/he can safely perform the essential function of this job with or without reasonable accommodation.
Missouri Southern State University is a four year liberal arts public institution serving more than 5,000 students in over 140 academic programs offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Internationally-focused semesters and enriching cultural events in theatre, art, music and film create an engaging learning environment for students and citizens of the region. MSSU is located in Joplin, MO, which is considered to be the Crossroads of America, and serves as the commercial hub for the four states area. Joplin is a resilient and vibrant city with a population of over 50,000 serving a metropolitan statistical area of 208,000. There is quick and easy access to Northwest Arkansas, Kansas City, and Tulsa, as well as numerous outdoor activities and attractions throughout the Ozarks.