Assistant Director of Student Success

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Company Description:

Founded in 1845, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked, private, liberal arts college related to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has an enrollment of about 1,800 students. Wittenberg enjoys a national reputation for excellent academic standards and is widely known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Wittenberg has an exceptional staff and award-winning faculty who share a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and development of students into successful global citizens. Situated on 100 acres of rolling hills in Springfield Ohio, Wittenberg is easily accessible from Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.

Job Description:

The Office of Student Development is seeking applicants for an Assistant Director of Student Success.  The Assistant Director of Student Success is responsible for providing proactive, holistic support (e.g., psycho-social, academic, life-skills, and professional) to a case-load of Wittenberg students to enhance the student experience with a specific focus on the support, retention and graduation of at-risk students.   The Assistant Director is responsible for managing orientation programs, supporting undeclared students, and executing the GUIDE academic skills program.

The Student Development staff is dedicated to student growth and development outside of the classroom and is an integral part of this learning experience.  In supporting the learning environment, the Assistant Director of Student Success should have an understanding of the value of engagement and the motivations of students who participate in programs to enhance their experience and overall success. The Assistant Director will serve as a role model, a facilitator, a leader, and an essential person in the effective operation of the student success program including collaboration across the campus.  Strategic decision making, ability to multi-task, and experience with administrative processes are essential to the success of the position.

Essential Job Functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide psycho-social, academic, professional, and life skills support to a designated student case-load identified through several referral and intervention processes. 
  • Assist students with their college and life transitions to ensure academic success.
  • Create, facilitate, and promote academic and social skill workshops.
  • Provide structured group activities aimed at improving the academic performance and retention of first- and second-year students through the academic year.
  • Coordinate and manage incoming student orientation programs, on-boarding processes, and communication in conjunction with campus stakeholders. 
  • Create and implement programs and initiatives to aid students with undeclared majors to discern their sense of vocation and academic pathway.
  • Aid in the management and intervention of critical University processes including: mid-term grade reports, early alerts, registration, account holds, part-time status, athletic eligibility, and undeclared majors.
  • Lead and execute the GUIDE academic skills program, or similar initiatives, to support students in their academic success.
  • Participate in the creation, assessment and analysis of programming and initiatives for student success
  • Maintain student data and records in a manner that ensures confidentiality and aides in the assessment of retention programs and strategies.
  • Collaborate with the campus community, including, faculty, staff, and college partners on students' success.
  • Serve as a member of the Student Development team, including meetings, retreats and training, and assisting with other major programs and events.
  • Participate in appropriate staff development opportunities; serve on campus, community, and professional association committees; appropriately keep supervisor abreast of matters sensitive in nature. Serve on campus committees.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.


For this position, we require the following:

  • A master's degree in college student personnel or related field is required. 
  • At least one to three years experience in student advising, support, intervention. 
  • Candidates should be committed to student success and have a commitment to and an understanding of a liberal arts education and inclusion at a church-related college. 
  • Ability to work nights and weekends.

Additional Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

Wittenberg is committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified individuals who collectively reflect the diversity of our student body and society at-large. Please see our notice of nondiscrimination on our website. 

Application Instructions:

To apply, please set-up an account and apply through our online system. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to upload the following documents in MS Word or Adobe Acrobat format:

  • A cover letter
  • Resume
  • Name, address and phone number for three professional references

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance with the application process, please contact Wittenberg's Human Resources Department at (937) 327-7517.




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Posted: 6/14/2018
Application Due: 6/15/2018
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