Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a part-time, 10-month, TRIO SSS Retention Specialist. The TRIO SSS Retention Specialist is responsible for collaborating with program administrators to ensure project compliance with federal regulatory standards; providing comprehensive and culturally competent support services designed to promote academic success, career readiness and degree completion; providing intensive 1:1/small group retention advisement and coaching; develop and operationalize student academic success plan(s); document outcomes of the students’ academic plans and administer students assessments.
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded grant program dedicated to helping 124 students each year. The grant serves low-income, first-generation students, and individuals with disabilities according to ratios and guidelines set by the federal government. The program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRIO SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and foster an institutional climate supportive of their successes.
In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.
Primary responsibilities include:
•Assist participants with academic plans and the course registration processes; •Provide financial/economic literacy assistance, including FAFSA completion assistance and post-secondary financial planning; •Provide TRIO participants as appropriate academic and personal support; •Refer TRIO participants as appropriate to academic and student services departments at UC; •Assist with early alert programs and the monitoring of TRIO participants via the Alert system. •Help TRIO participants understand academic policies and procedures at UC; •Maintain student records, exercising discretion, and confidentiality at all times; •Support participant success and retention initiatives, particularly academic coaching for TRIO participants; •Work with across campus constituencies to help identify and recruit potential TRIO students on campus; •Monitor the academic progress of participants by analyzing data and progress; •Co-develop and co-lead academic and nonacademic workshops for TRIO participants; •Communicate effectively with a wide variety of campus and community partners; •Other duties as assigned;
Minimum Qualifications: •Bachelor degree; •Evidence of two years’ experience working with low-income, first-generation, or disabled students;
Preferred Qualifications: •Two years’ experience in higher education in one of the following areas: academic advising; academic coaching, counseling, career services or student affairs; •Prior experience with TRIO programs;
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.
In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf
Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.
Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.
About Utica College
Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students. A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.