This position serves as an Academic Advisor/Student Success Specialist focused primarily on meeting the needs of our incoming and returning students, ensuring they are well prepared, on track and meeting their educational goals.
Position responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Serve as a student advisor and assist with the enrollment, registration, orientation and schedule planning processes.
Investigate and utilize retention strategies aimed at student success and completion.
Be knowledgeable of all programs offered to promote the college and assist student's in meeting their individual goals.
Ensure students are taking correct courses for transfer in specific programs and institutions.
Interprets placement test scores, advises students of course placement and works with students to develop an educational plan based on placement, academic and life goals and career aspirations.
Monitors student progress of academically deficient students requiring ongoing contact with student and instructors.
Provide referrals to other campus and community resources regarding student issues both academic and personal. Act as a student advocate in addressing the educational, emotional, and physical development for each student.
Perform other duties as assigned to ensure that Ridgewater College has a high-quality student experience from start to finish. Examples include, but are not limited to: various phone call campaigns, assisting with event days, serving on college committees as requested, and assisting other offices.
Associate's degree and minimum of one-year related work experience.
Knowledge of post-secondary education, student development philosophy, policy, and practices.
Ability to communicate clearly and professionally for diverse audiences to motivate and share information, about the college and programs while also gathering required information.
Ability to multitask and to be professional, flexible, and tactful in dealing with time constraints and stressful situations in a changing environment.
Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with the internal and external college and community stakeholders and to make decisions that will positively represent the college.
Experience with academic advising and/or retention initiatives with a diverse student population.
Experience with a MnSCU institution
Bachelors or Master's degree
State and Federal statutes, policies, and regulations in regard to educational institutions.
Student services/student life policies, procedures and promising practices.
Required computer software applications such as ISRS, Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher and/or Adobe Photoshop, Access, Internet, Social Networking, etc. and well as office equipment (computer, fax, copier, etc.).
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to MnSCU's vehicle use criteria and consent to a Motor Vehicle Records check.
MISSION: Ridgewater College empowers diverse learners to reach their full potential and enrich their lives through personalized and relevant education in an accessible, supportive, and inclusive environment.
VISION: Ridgewater College is a student-centered educational leader focused on innovation, excellence and affordability.
Enterprising – We are future-focused, and change-oriented, developing creative solutions to challenges that maximize our institutional, system and local resources.
Empowerment – We develop and empower employees to make decisions to best serve students and stakeholders.
Excellence – We strive to exceed expectations in all that we do.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We seek to understand and appreciate the needs and experiences of every individual and actively work to provide genuine opportunities for everyone to succeed and participate in college activities and processes.
Trust and Respect – We are committed to developing a culture based in processes and behavior that create trust and respect among all stakeholders.
Collaboration – We connect and work together to achieve common goals while respecting needs and interests of stakeholders.
Curiosity and Creativity – We constantly strive to understand, learn, change, and improve.
Accountability – As individuals and groups, we willingly accept and take ownership of our successes and failures.
GREATBENEFITSPACKAGE! Minnesota State offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
11 paid holidays each year
Medical Insurance (Single Coverage $38.50 per month and Family Coverage is $262.66 per month)
Dental Insurance (low deductibles)
Paid Parental Leave (six weeks)
Employer paid life insurance
Short and Long Term Disability
Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts (Medical and Dependent Care)
Ridgewater College is a community and technical college that offers more than 100 educational programs in Transfer Education, transfer options, and technical education. Ridgewater College serves more than 5500 students on its campuses in the growing communities of Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. Ridgewater College also offers some programs that are unique in the state of Minnesota and nationally. Small class sizes, up-to-date technology, and access to many student activities and organizations (including intercollegiate sports, choir, theater, and Student Senate) give students the opportunity to enjoy a positive college experience. Ridgewater College is proud of its scholarship foundation, and excellent graduation and job placement rates. As a partner in the region's business and industry, Ridgewater College strives to maintain a quality of education for tomorrow's workforce, and to keep pace with the needs of the community by offering Customized and Continuing Education courses. Ridgewater College is recognized as an educational leader that exemplifies innovation and excellence within a student-centered learning environment, and is dedicated to providing an accessible, affordable, and supportive setting for all students.