Student Success Specialist (Part Time)
STEM Learning CenterDepartment Website Link:
Tucson, AZ USAPosition Highlights:
The University of Arizona's STEM Learning Center and the ASEMS Program invites applications for the part-time position of TRIO ASEMS Student Success Specialist. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who takes initiative, is comfortable in a dynamic work environment, has a positive outlook on the possibilities of creating equitable change in the research environment, is driven to accomplish the mission of the Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars Program (ASEMS), aims to promote an inclusive, strengths-based, and equitable environment, and has a demeanor enabling one to relax and laugh with the team.
The primary role is to provide the services as described in the University of Arizona's TRIO Student Support Services STEM grant. This individual will also work to fulfill the stated mission and goals of the Arizona's Science, Engineering, and Math Scholars Program (ASEMS).
The main responsibilities include: providing ongoing guidance and support to participants of the TRIO ASEMS Program through the TRIO SSS STEM grant to persist at UArizona and in STEM and health science majors, monitoring academic performance, assisting students in navigating the college environment, utilizing STEM resources, connecting students with career development opportunities, developing and monitoring the Individual Student Support Plan with participants, and updating academic and career objectives in individual student files. A main responsibility is to teach at least one section of a 1-unit ASEMS course for TRIO ASEMS Scholars each semester, such as Success in STEM, Professional in STEM, Research Readiness, and Leadership in STEM. In collaboration with other ASEMS team members, this position will also ensure courses include ASEMS best practices and address students' needs. This individual will work with the TRIO ASEMS Director and appropriate staff to assess academic and career goals and document progress in participants' files.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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- Provide ongoing guidance and support to a small caseload of TRIO ASEMS Program participants through the TRIO SSS STEM grant.
- Follow up on student issues that may lead to stopping out of the University or leaving STEM. Work with the ASEMS Assistant Director / TRIO ASEMS Director and appropriate staff to assess academic goals and needs and document progress in participants’ files.
- Teach an ASEMS 1-credit class each fall and spring semester, which could include the ASEM Success in STEM, Professionalism in STEM, Research Readiness, or Leadership in STEM courses. Evaluate student assignments and provide timely feedback.
- Supervise peer mentors in the TRIO ASEMS Program, providing guidance on mentoring and student support.
- Complete record keeping required for the TRIO SSS STEM grant. This includes, but is not limited to assisting with the collection of academic data to support project evaluation and maintaining and updating student records. Provide timely project updates to the ASEMS Assistant Director / TRIO ASEMS Director.
- Support participants in their pursuit of STEM careers. Coordinate career counseling and interest inventory for each student and connect participants with STEM career opportunities. Work with the ASEMS Assistant Director / TRIO ASEMS Project Director and appropriate staff to assess career goals and document progress in participants’ files. Assist with career-related workshops.
- Additional duties may be assigned.
Knowledge, skills & abilities:
- Knowledge of FERPA and ethical principles in working with student employees and students
- Knowledge of best practices in student development, academic support, career counseling, and retention, especially asset-based mentoring approaches.
- Strong communication and organization skills and computer literacy.
- Knowledge of financial aid processes is a plus.
- Able and willing to work night and weekends for occasional special events.
- Ability to formulate creative ideas on how to support the overall success of the STEM students the program serves.
- Excellent skills demonstrated in writing, public speaking, workshop facilitation and/or teaching.
- Knowledge of UA academic procedures.
- An authentic understanding of the unique needs and strengths of STEM students who are from groups underrepresented in higher education, from a low-income household, have 1st generation college status, have transferred from a community college, and/or have a disability as well as a commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning and to deliver inclusive and targeted programming.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
- Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience is required, such as in academic advising, retention programming, and/or career counseling.
- Master's degree in a STEM or health sciences discipline,education, counseling, or a related field is preferred in order to teach theASEMS courses.
- Experience or more working in a higher education setting.
- Experience working in a TRIO or other similar project asan coach/mentor/advisor preferred.
- Experience implementing retention programming for STEMunderrepresented students or students at-risk of leaving STEM is highlypreferred.
- Research experience is a plus.
- Background similar to SSS-eligible participants isstrongly preferred.
ExemptFull Time/Part Time:
Part TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
Student ServicesBenefits Eligible:
Yes - Full BenefitsRate of Pay:
$42,000 - $44,000Compensation Type:
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)Grade:
6Career Stream and Level:
Student SupportJob Function:
Student ServicesType of criminal background check required::
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)Number of Vacancies:
1Target Hire Date:
Expected End Date:
Contact Information for Candidates:
6/3/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Resume and Cover LetterSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.