The mission of the office is to create, implement, assess, and sustain programming and support strategies that promote retention and thriving for Wellesley’s first generation students.With a joint reporting to the Associate Dean for Inclusion and Engagement in the Office of Intercultural Education and the Dean of Academic Affairs, the director works across the college to promote student success. Specifically, the Director for Student Success will:
● Serve as a point of contact and support for the first generation population at Wellesley. Advise and refer students to resources and make connections that promote thriving and academic success.
● Coordinate directly with Admissions to identify incoming students who would benefit from programs. Participate in orientation programs and yield events to welcome students and clearly identify as a point person for the population.
● Collaborate with campus partners to develop a strategy to best ensure academic and personal success for first generation population
● Manage the Wellesley Plus program and contribute to similar programs designed to assist with transition to college. Design and implement outreach to students in the summer before they arrive to assist with the transition to college
● Coordinate the efforts of the First Generation Network, creating opportunities for participants to meet faculty and staff and other students who are First Gen. Coordinate the November “First Generation Day” programming efforts across the college.
● Partner with colleagues in the Science Center, the Knapp Social Science Center, and the Newhouse Center for the Humanities (including those who support Summer Research, McNair, Mellon-Mays and other academic opportunities) to promote these programs to eligible students and create networking opportunities for the participants and for other students as well. Refer students to faculty, chairs, class deans or intercultural advisors when academic or cultural support is warranted.
● Facilitate access to academic support, such as specialized academic advising, the Academic Peer Tutoring Program, or Supplemental Instruction.
● Promote leadership development and facilitate access to career mentors and other resources of the Career Education department .
● Collaborate with the Provost’s Office, Class Deans and with faculty in the development of new approaches to academic advising for the first gen population
● Collaborate with the Office of Institutional Research to create a thoughtful ongoing assessment.
● Partner with various student life departments to ensure that students are accessing health and wellness resources by making referrals when appropriate.
● Coordinate the efforts of the First Forward Program with NASPA by attending monthly best practice sessions and sharing information broadly across the College.
The ideal candidate will possess a doctoral level degree in higher education, counseling or other area demonstrating professional competence. Minimum Master’s Degree with 5-8 years experience in advising, counseling or programming for a diverse student population.
● Demonstrated success in the development and implementation of programs and services to support and nurture a diverse student body, with particular experience in working with a diverse first generation, low income population.
● Prior experience in student success services, such as advising at-risk populations, mentoring, tutoring, academic advising and assessment of student retention.
● Knowledgeable about the unique experiences and concerns of a diverse first generation low income population
● Experience with the complexities of student resilience and resourcefulness
● Effective written and oral communication and listening skills
● Excellent organizational, analytical, technology and project management skills
● Ability to work in a team environment and coordinate efforts across a complex organization
All employees hired after August 2, 2021 are required to upload proof of vaccination against COVID-19, subject to approved medical or religious exemptions or disability accommodations.