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Student Development Coach

Employer
Susquehanna University
Location
Selinsgrove, PA

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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Position Title:

Student Development Coach

Is this position an essential position?:

No

About Susquehanna:

As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,300 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna’s unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University’s 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit https://www.susqu.edu.

Position Summary:

Job SummarySusquehanna University is looking for applicants who are ambitious to learn and grow in a rewarding position. The Student Development Coach supports the financial health and academic success of approximately 160 students enrolled in the TRIO Student Support Services program. The successful candidate will lead programs and activities designed to cultivate academic self-confidence, community engagement, 21st-century life skills, and self-advocacy amongst TRIO students and will work to foster a community of support through culturally relevant programming. The Student Development Coach will develop and provide financial education workshops, assist students in searching and applying for financial support for both undergraduate and graduate education, and develop and implement other events designed to promote financial literacy and healthy financial behaviors. This person will work in collaboration with the Office of Financial Services to increase the FAFSA completion rates, assess students’ understanding of personal finances, and develop new and creative strategies to meet the needs of low-income student populations. The Student Development Coach will also actively monitor the academic performance of each of these students throughout the academic year, working with the Office of the Registrar to gather all relevant data. This person will meet with any TRIO SSS student who is academically struggling at SU and develop a plan of action to help that student succeed. This person will collaborate with the Office of Financial Services and/or the Office of Student Life to support any student who encounters financial or social issues and support the Director of TRIO Student Support Services as needed. This position will need to work two evenings per week and occasional weekends.
Specific ResponsibilitiesAcademic Support 50%· Meet regularly with and providing academic counseling to individual students in the TRIO SSS program· Outreach to students who are identified as needing academic support· Collaborate with faculty and staff to promote the academic success of TRIO SSS students· Monitor the academic success of students in the TRIO SSS program· Develop academic and social programs for TRIO SSS students· Help to recruit and support alumni mentors · Attend programs and trips planned for TRIO students· Support the Director of the Office of TRIO SSS as needed Financial Counseling 50%· Provide financial counseling to individual students in the TRIO SSS program· Help students to help seek out and apply for sources of financial support· Plan workshops and other events designed to promote healthy financial behaviors· Administer an assessment of students’ understanding of personal finances.· Generate and updating a list of internal and external financial aid sources and scholarship programs for SSS participants and maintaining familiarity with those sources· Support students in applying for financial support to attend graduate and professional degree programs· Monitor the FAFSA completion rate of TRIO SSS students and assisting individual students in completing the FAFSA as needed· Collaborate with SU faculty and staff to develop strategies and action programs to assist TRIO SSS students with financial difficulties

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, AbilitiesThe Student Development Coach should be able to work interpersonally with students and staff at SU and to effectively communicate with a large and varied audience. This person should have logistical and organizational skills involved in developing programming for students. This person should be creative and empathic and capable of proposing innovative, culturally relevant programming. This position provides the opportunity to be trained in academic and financial coaching including FAFSA verification, federal rants, scholarship, and financial aid. EducationBachelor’s degree required. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Physical DemandPosition requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move about the campus. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching and bending. Position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are indoor.

Preferred Qualifications:

ExperiencePreferred one to three years’ experience (can include undergraduate experience, internships, and/or volunteer work) in college access programs, academic support services, student support services, and/or financial literacy/education or financial aid office. Experience working with first-generation students, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and students with a disability. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and/or TRiO graduates are highly encouraged to apply.

Benefits Eligible:

Yes

Number of Months:

12 months

Status:

Full-Time Benefits Eligible

Posting Date:

11/15/2021

Closing Date:

01/14/2022

Open Until Filled:

No

Posting Number:

AH00815

Organization

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. About 2,200 undergraduates come from 32 states and 15 countries.

The university is located in Selinsgrove, Pa., a town of about 5,000 situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River, 50 miles north of the state capital, Harrisburg. The campus is about 90 minutes from the Pocono Mountain recreational areas, and about a three-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1858 by Lutherans, Susquehanna University welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. It is a community that expresses its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents.

Students may enroll in one of two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences or the Sigmund Weis School of Business. A Susquehanna education is distinguished by a strong liberal arts program enhanced by equally strong professional programs in areas such as business, education and communications. Degrees are offered for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science.

Susquehanna University is recognized in several guidebooks to selective colleges, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges includes Susquehanna among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Susquehanna is small enough to be academically flexible, yet large enough to offer a wide variety of choices—more than 50 major emphases, 45 minors and 850 courses. Susquehanna offers a challenging Honors Program for exceptional students and emphasizes experience-based learning, including internships, study-abroad semesters and award-winning community service programs.

Small classes and a student-faculty ratio of about 13 to 1 offer students personal attention and challenging opportunities. Student participation and team learning are encouraged, as is faculty-student research that exposes students to current, practical applications in their field of study. Students are offered extensive opportunities for involvement and leadership in university life. They can choose from more than 100 student organizations, 23 intercollegiate sports, numerous intramural and club sports and a full schedule of lectures, concerts, films, plays and social events.

Susquehanna's strong academic and career advising programs have led to strong post-graduation success. Typically, 94 percent of the graduating class is working full time or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months.

Diversity Profile: Susquehanna University

Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

Affirmative Action - Susquehanna University is committed to making every effort to enhance the diversity of our community – students, faculty, and staff. The hiring process is important to achieving our strategic goals to recruit and retain staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the affirmative action process, we work together to ensure a diverse community while remaining diligent in our commitment to selecting the most qualified candidate for open positions.

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Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

In the classroom, on the campus and beyond

We use experiential learning to engage students in a multicultural education that prepares them for life in a diverse and interconnected world. Our new Central Curriculum, taught by a diverse faculty with different viewpoints and experiences, challenges students in their ways of perceiving and knowing the world. The unique Global Opportunities (GO) requirement prompts students to experience ways of knowing and being that are unfamiliar, and to reflect on those experiences. In the process, we expect that all students will examine their world view and how it is constructed.

A diverse and vibrant campus community fosters relationships marked by mutual curiosity and respect. Students, faculty and staff are supported in these relationships by the Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Residence Life, and the Bias Response and Education Team.

The university also understands its physical and emotional connection to residents of the Susquehanna River Valley. Arts and educational events open to the community create possibilities for healthy dialogue regarding difference. Relationships built through interaction and dialogue with the greater Selinsgrove community serve to broaden and enhance the community in which we live and learn.

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