May 16, 2017 | ByJill
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.
• 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
• 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
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.