Rice University - Assistant Director, Student Success Initiatives

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  • Assistant Director, Student Success Initiatives

Posting Details

Job Title Assistant Director, Student Success Initiatives
Department Student Success Initiatives
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S21354
Open Date 04/01/2021
Close Date 04/22/2021
Salary Information


Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

The assistant director of Student Success Initiatives provides hands-on advising, coaching, and support to Rice undergraduate students. This position will work closely with those students indicating a need for additional guidance in making the transition to college or in achieving student-determined goals. Through the use of holistic, student-centered advising approaches, the assistant director will be expected to employ various proactive advising, innovative learning strategies, and coaching techniques to engage students, connect them with critical university resources, and facilitate their successful retention at the University.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Substitution for Education Requirement Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
Education Preferred

Master’s degree (preferably in college student personnel, counseling, student affairs, or a related field).

Experience Required 2 years
Type of Experience

Related professional experience in a four year college or university setting with some previous advising or coaching experience.

Substitution for Experience Requirement May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
Experience Preferred

- Experience employing holistic proactive/intrusive advising strategies
- Experience providing academic support, leadership development, and program development
- Experience supporting student success/undergraduate retention initiatives
- Experience working with faculty
- Experience working at a highly selective college or university

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Knowledge of theories, including student development, learning and identity development and experience applying those frameworks professionally
- Able to problem-solving and support/advise students in personal and/or academic crisis
- Strong communication and rapport building skills and experience collaborating with faculty, staff, students, families and administration
- Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
- Demonstrated understanding of the experiences of students in transition and the strategies necessary to facilitate their success
- Experience and comfort working with diverse student populations, including but not limited to first generation college students, low-income students, and underrepresented student populations
- Coaching and instructional skills, organizational abilities, attention to detail, and the ability to quickly assess the effectiveness of an intervention

Skills Preferred

- Familiarity with working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
- Ability to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
- Ability to create interventions to support diverse learners

Internal / External Contacts

Internal Contacts: The incumbent has contact with students (advising, answering questions, providing support) and staff across campus to collaborate on student cases.

External Contacts: The incumbent has contact with families to answer questions.

Physical Demands


Working Conditions

Occasional weekend and evening work is required.

Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425, this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting https://jobs.rice.edu/postings/26216
Essential Functions

- Identifies and advises students needing additional support and provide sustained, individualized, developmentally appropriate coaching to assist in their academic, social, leadership, and interpersonal development
- Assists students in developing roadmaps for their success at the university, using varied strategies to facilitate the identification and implementation of their goals
- Assists in the monitoring of student academic performance and their persistence towards graduation, preparing reports, and maintaining student files as necessary
- Maintains an awareness of best practices in proactive advising, student success coaching, and the higher education/student affairs landscape, integrating these ideas into his/her advising practices
- Assists in developing student success interventions, workshops, and other programs aimed at facilitating the transition to college
- Develops trainings aimed at educating student leaders, faculty, and staff about the populations supported by the office and they ways in which they can support student transition
- Teaches a section of University 110, a first year student transition course
- Performs all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions or Information

- Communicates and collaborates with residential college Magisters, Wellbeing, academic departments, Campus Life entities, and other campus resources as necessary to insure students receive comprehensive support
- Provides support as needed to other initiatives in the Student Success Office, which could include, but are not limited to, New Families Orientation, Orientation Week (O-Week), office-wide marketing initiatives (social media, website) and programming support for First Generation and low-income students

Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators

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