Graduation Specialist

ndsu North Dakota State University

The Graduation Specialist position will work with students who are nearing graduation to identify, troubleshoot, and resolve barriers to increase the likelihood of degree completion. The ideal candidate will/should display interest and experience in working with low-income students and students of color. This position is funded by a two-year grant and is a 9-month appointment (Mid-August through Mid-May). The Graduation Specialist will work in close collaboration with students’ primary academic advisors within academic departments and other staff across campus who play a primary role in determining remaining requirements and degree eligibility. The Graduation Specialist will provide proactive, holistic advising focusing on personal, academic, financial, and career resources to identify a path to degree completion. This position will also be responsible for coordinating and developing interventions designed to increase degree completion for these populations, including workshop development and supervising a group of student peer tutors/mentors that will be hired to specifically work with identified students.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Earned or in progress master’s degree in communication, education, counseling, psychology, sociology, or other related field
• Previous higher education experience
• Computer skills to include knowledge of Microsoft Office
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with others
• Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
• Critical thinking and problem solving skills

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience working with at-risk or underrepresented student populations
• Knowledge of student development theory
• Prior academic advising or student support experience
• Workshop or other program development experience
• Prior experience with undergraduate success coach or student mentoring programs
• Familiarity with student information systems, academic degree audit reports, and electronic advising support platforms

Special Conditions:
This position is funded by a two-year grant and is a 9-month appointment (Mid-August through Mid-May). Continuation of funding is not guaranteed.

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