General Advisor and Retention Specialist (Student Services Professional II)
San Diego State University
Location: San Diego, California
Internal Number: 4287871
General Advisor and Retention Specialist (Student Services Professional II)
Job No: 528744 Work Type: Locations: San Diego Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)
Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Student Care and Academic Initiatives for Residential Education, the General Advisor & Retention Specialist has responsibility for developing and implementing advising and programs that facilitate growth in the areas of scholarship, personal and leadership development, citizenship, mentorship, and campus engagement. The General Advisor & Retention Specialist provides guidance and mentoring, through programming and advising efforts, to residential students at SDSU.
The General Advisor & Retention Specialist is responsible for the completion of program-related tasks or projects assigned by the appropriate administrator. The General Advisor & Retention Specialist in this position provides backup generalist support to other program coordinators within the department to support retention, academic excellence and enhance graduation rates. Evening and weekend work are routinely part of this position.
The Residential Education Office General Advisor and Retention Specialist will:
Provide academic and holistic advising to students living on campus in the residential housing facilities at San Diego State University. If needed, referrals to campus resources will be provided.
Implement initiatives to improve communications to students, through in-person presentations/workshops and web-based/online technology.
Facilitate student success through program/workshop development and/or implementation.
Provide support for students experiencing concerns regarding academic advisement, course selection, and degree evaluation.
Provide guidance and personal counseling related to self-awareness, personal growth and academic probation that facilitates the continuation of students towards degree goals.
Work closely with the Office of Evaluations and/or individual Colleges to provide guidance to students that depend on their curriculum.
Work collaboratively with campus partners to provide advising in high-impact practice opportunities (such as internships, study abroad opportunities, research, etc.) for students to enhance their academic coursework.
The REO General Advisor and Retention Specialist will participate, as appropriate, in various Residential Education programs and will carry out other duties as assigned by the Associate Director and/or Executive Director of Residential Education.
This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, temporary position anticipated to end on June 30, 2024, with the possibility of reappointment. This position is designated as exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs. Ability to work evenings and weekends.
The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.
Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
The Division works proactively to address systemic inequities through professional learning, community building, advocacy, policy recommendations and organizational structures, while facilitating an integrated vision and shared responsibility for prioritizing and advancing institutional goals. We aim to foster an affirming campus culture based on the core values of excellence, equity, diversity, belonging and inclusion through:
Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff who are reflective of the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU, and recruiting students who are representative of the rich diversity of the region and the world;
Fostering an environment that is welcoming, affirming, and empowering for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all backgrounds;
Enhancing the career and educational pathways of a diverse student body, the faculty, and staff; and
Cultivating relationships with the local community that advance the well-being of diverse individuals and communities.
Position upholds the Student Affairs and Campus Diversity Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, specifically:
'The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity acknowledges and honors the inherent value and dignity of all individuals by creating and nurturing a learning and working environment that affirms and leverages our community's diversity of traditions, heritages, perspectives, and experiences. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence designed to facilitate the personal and professional success, growth, development, and well-being of all members of our community. We manifest this commitment through our innovative, strategic, and collaborative efforts to develop leaders who believe in and lead others toward practicing civility, mutual respect, and inclusion in our workplaces and society.'
The Residential Education Office is designated as the University department responsible for planning and administering programs and services in on-campus housing communities including those in traditional residence halls and apartment complexes. The Residential Education Office serves to enhance student life and success through a comprehensive living-learning experience that provides academic and personal support, contact with faculty, educational programs, community activities, student leadership development and multicultural learning opportunities. The department is part of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity/Campus Life sub-division.
The Residential Education Office strives to provide safe and supportive on campus living learning communities where diverse students are challenged to develop holistically; as scholars, citizens, and leaders.
Residential Education staff members are dedicated to providing curricular and co-curricular experiences to develop and enhance residents' academic success, awareness and appreciation of diversity, and civic responsibility.
Residential Education's values are a set of core beliefs that guide our work with students, colleagues, faculty, and other constituents. While contributing to the goals of the University and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, staff members of the Residential Education Office strive to:
Achieve excellence in all that we do.
Address students as unique individuals with multidimensional needs and unlimited potential for personal development.
Promote integrity, accountability, responsibility, respect, and collaboration.
Promote the connectedness between curricular and co-curricular learning.
Embrace, celebrate, and educate on issues related to diversity.
Develop communities that embrace civic responsibility, life-long learning, and healthy lifestyles.
Maintain balance and perspective, serving as sound role models for others.
Innovate, evaluate, and refine programs to best meet the needs of the changing student population.
To accomplish these objectives, Residential Education employs approximately 16 Residence Hall Coordinators, 10 Assistant Program Coordinators, 200 paraprofessional team members, a central office staff of 17, and a variety of student assistants.
For more information regarding the Student Affairs Residential Education Department, click here.
Education and Experience
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.
Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.
Master's degree in higher education, student affairs, counseling, or a related field is preferred.
Familiarity with academic advising practices, especially working with first and second-year students is preferred.
Ability to effectively handle and complete several ongoing projects and activities in a work environment characterized by frequent interruptions.
Organizational and programming skills.
Effective interpersonal skills required to build and maintain cooperative working relationships among diverse individuals and groups.
Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports.
Ability to interpret and apply a wide variety of programs and University policies and guidelines.
Ability to understand and effectively monitor fiscal budgets.
Ability to effectively use EAB Navigate, MySDSU, PeopleSoft, Webportal, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Google Applications to create and analyze reports, manage data, resource materials and presentations is preferred.
Ability to speak before all groups of students and possess the skills necessary to deal with sensitive and confidential issues.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
Compensation and Benefits
Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $4,610 per month.
Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources.
San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.
CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,610 - $6,556 per month.
Diversity and Community at SDSU
At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community.
Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement. For more information, click here.
At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs, and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university.
SDSU's Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another.
Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on June 30, 2023. To receive full consideration, apply by June 29, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.
The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.
SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.
SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Pang Thao at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertised: Jun 16, 2023 (9:00 AM) Applications Close: Open until filled
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