Job Posting: Director, First Year Experience and Student Success Initiatives

Director, First Year Experience and Student Success Initiatives

Department: Student Engagement and Retention
Status: Full-Time Exempt (Salary)
Reports to: Vice President for Student Engagement and Retention
Application Deadline: Position Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

The Director of First Year Experience and Student Success Initiatives is responsible for the overall implementation and coordination of the First Year Experience and other programming and initiatives to support and enhance student engagement and learning. This position will assist first and second-year students in establishing their professional and academic goals by identifying student needs and offering necessary student success services that lead to persistence and on-time graduation. The Director is also responsible for the oversight of the Retention Key Performance Indicator for year one and year two. Note: Grant funded through 2026.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Measure and monitor the retention Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and identify necessary changes to address retention
  • Plan, coordinate, and implement
    • New-Student Orientation for first-time freshmen and transfer students
    • Retention initiatives and engaging programming that responds to the evolving needs of first-year students
    • cCrricular and cocurricular initiatives for second-year students in collaboration with faculty, Career Services and other departments
  • Collaborate with campus partners to identify at-risk students, develop appropriate interventions, and coordinate meaningful and welcoming activities that foster student engagement, academic success and a sense of belonging.
  • Act as a liaison between students and Athletics, Student Services, Advising, Financial Aid, and faculty.
  • Track student enrollment and retention statistics, gathers data, and writes reports regarding program success and impact. Evaluates progress of new student programs to ensure continuous improvement and growth.
  • Develop marketing strategies in collaboration with Marketing, for services and activities, including flyers and other publications, social media and internet marketing

Minimum Qualifications/Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Education, College Student Personnel or related field
  • 2 years experience in student retention or student services
  • 1 year experience coordinating student support programs
  • Experience with diverse learners; a sensitivity and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of Calumet College students

Preferred Qualifications/Experience

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Education, College Student Personnel or related field preferred
  • Strong communication written and oral; knowledge of Microsoft Professional Suite, ability to develop and sustain working relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Data management/analytical experience in assessing student success

Application Requirements:

  • Cover Letter
  • Current Resume
  • List of References

CCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of typically underrepresented groups to apply. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to the mission of CCSJ and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds. 

Employment at Calumet College of St. Joseph is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States, verification of education/credentials, and a background check.

For More Information, Please Contact:

 Phone: (219) 473-4328

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