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Assistant Director of Academic Success

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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Student Affairs, Academic Advising
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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POSITION TITLE: Assistant Director of Academic Success 

FLSA STATUS:  Salaried, exempt 

DEPARTMENT: Division of Student Success & Engagement 

REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Academic Success 

JOB STATUS: Full-time (at least 37.5 hours/week), 12-month 



The Assistant Director of Academic Success is a full-time position in the Division of Student Success & Engagement (SSE).  The Assistant Director oversees the Transitions program which supports and retains students through a summer bridge and yearlong curricular and co-curricular programs, with an emphasis on culturally relevant leadership development. The Assistant Director provides academic support and holistic care for students using a case management model. The Assistant Director is sensitive to the needs of a diverse student body, and committed to fostering students’ personal, cultural, educational, and intellectual development consistent with the mission of Dominican University.   


EXPECTATIONS FOR ALL DOMINICAN EMPLOYEES: To support the University's mission of preparing students to pursue truth, to give compassionate service, and to participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.



Transitions Program Oversight 

  • Design program and learning outcomes for Transitions alongside a faculty counterpart utilizing theoretical frameworks, data on institutional and national retention trends, and considering organizational outcomes, goals and values 
  • Collaborate with university stakeholders to streamline Transitions recruitment and admission process  
  • Collaborate with SSE and other on and off campus partners to plan and execute a 2-week summer bridge with a residential component 
  • Manage co-curricular mentoring program to plan activities and events with personal, academic, and professional development components 
  • Oversee Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) grant budget of roughly $20,000-30,000 and maintain relationships with the grant funder, ACI 
  • Hire and supervise Transitions peer mentors  
  • Teach Transitions First Year Seminar and serve as academic advisor 
  • Design programming to facilitate Transitions students’ leadership development 
  • Engage in yearly programmatic assessment which measures learning, teaching, and training 

Case Management 

  • Practice effective and timely case management encompassing learning, personal development, and time management assessments which take into consideration themes of identity, inclusion, and social justice; typical caseload ranges between 80-170 students 
  • Serve on the Student Care Team and craft plans based on individual student need, identity, and social positioning; document and identify interventions and revise approaches to student challenges and outreach based on a thorough assessment of coordinated care efforts and student responses  
  • Research and evaluate available support on and off-campus, continuing to refine the unit’s goal of curating best resources for the Dominican population. 
  • Train staff and interns on academic coaching strategies, case management best practices and resources to remove barriers to student and staff success 


All qualifications are required unless otherwise indicated. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, in writing and in speech, to various audiences 
  • Capacity to present to and facilitate in small and large groups 
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage time and tasks independently to meet work objectives 
  • Ability to take initiative and follow through with minimal supervision 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in all matters related to the position 
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred   

Education and Experience: 

  • Master's degree in education, student development, social work or related field 
  • Experience with academic support (i.e. coaching, counseling, or tutoring), holistic support, or student interventions 
  • Experience with mentoring or bridge programs promoting retention and student success 
  • Experience with student support case-management technologies like Pharos preferred 

A background screening is required. 

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