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Student Success Retention Specialist (Nursing)

Hudson County Community College
Journal Square, NJ

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Community College

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Position Description

Classification: Student Success Retention Specialist

Salary Grade:110

Union Affiliation: Academic Administrative

Office/School: Nursing and Health Professions

Supervising Cabinet Member: Vice President for Academic Affairs


Hudson County Community College (HCCC) seeks a Student Success Retention Specialist for the Nursing Program to join its award-winning and nationally recognized institution. This is an exciting time to be a part of the HCCC community. The College is currently implementing its 2021-24 Strategic Plan, the culmination of which will align with the College’s 50th anniversary in 2024. The College was recognized by the Association of Community College Trustees as the recipient of the 2021 ACCT Northeast Region Equity Award. HCCC has recently been named one of 101 recipients, 1 of only 7 community colleges to be distinguished for the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. HCCC’s Culinary Arts Institute was ranked as the #6 Culinary Arts program in the United States by Best Choice Schools. HCCC is a 2023 Bellwether College Consortium award winner for Instructional Programs and Services for the Hudson Scholars Program. Also, HCCC has been named a 2023 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges (MPPWCC) award winner.

The Candidate will guide undergraduate students and be involved in program, area, college, and community service. Candidates should also demonstrate sensitivity to issues of diversity and have the ability to motivate and teach students of diverse, ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, cultures, and learning styles, as well as students with disabilities, or varied levels of academic preparation. The Candidate will be an advocate for access to higher education, particularly for first-generation and immigrant students. The successful candidate will preferably have an understanding and a commitment to the role of community colleges in higher education.


HCCC serves one of the most ethnically diverse and densely populated communities in the United States. The College is a vibrant, urban institution of higher education whose mission is to provide its diverse communities with inclusive, high-quality educational programs and services that promote student success and upward social and economic mobility.

The Nursing Program stands as a beacon of excellence, providing students with a comprehensive education that combines theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and a nurturing environment to prepare graduates to be eligible for the New Jersey State Licensure Examination for Registered Professional Nurses (NCLEX–RN). The Nursing Program strives to produce competent and compassionate nurses who will make a significant difference in the lives of their patients and communities.

The faculty and staff are at the heart of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, and take great pride in their expertise and dedication. The faculty members are highly qualified and experienced professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world insights to the classroom. They are not only educators but also mentors and role models, guiding students through their academic journey and inspiring them to reach their full potential. The staff members provide invaluable support, ensure a conducive learning environment and facilitate students’ access to resources and clinical placements.

The Nursing Program has Clinical Affiliation Agreements with Cooperman RWJ Barnabas, CarePoint Health, Hudson Regional Hospital and Atlantic Health System. Also, the Nursing Program has Articulation Agreements with New Jersey City University, Ramapo College and Montclair State University, which allows students a seamless pathway to obtain a BSN.

More than 90% of HCCC’s students receive scholarships, grants, and loans to finance their education, and the College’s extensive financial aid program helps connect students with the resources they need. To date, the College’s Foundation has raised over $3.5 million for student scholarships, and HCCC ranks first in the state of New Jersey for its award of Community College Opportunity Grant funds. About half of our more than 12,000 credit students identify as Hispanic, and more than 33% of all students were born outside of the U.S. In 2021, HCCC had two students selected from a national applicant pool to receive the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and recently six students were named as 2023 semi-finalists.

HCCC has three campuses. The largest campus is located at the heart of Jersey City’s Journal Square, which is approximately 20 minutes from New York City. The College has a North Hudson Campus, located in Union City, New Jersey and an additional location at the Hudson County Schools of Technology in Secaucus, New Jersey. The College offers 70 degree and certificate programs and more than 300-day, evening, and weekend courses throughout its three-campus network.

HCCC offers 16 fully online degree programs and expects this number to grow in the coming year. In addition to its degree programs and courses, HCCC offers a wide array of non-credit classes and programs designed to develop professional skills, provide occupational training, teach languages and culinary skills, and enrich personal and cultural knowledge.

HCCC is committed to delivering high-quality educational experiences. HCCC is a member of the Achieving the Dream network of community colleges. Achieving the Dream is a national reform network of high-performing community colleges that are focused on leveraging data-informed best practices to promote equitable outcomes. In recognition of its gains in student retention and completion, as well as its narrowing of equity gaps, HCCC received Leader College designation from Achieving the Dream in 2023.

The College boasts several signature programs, including a nationally recognized Culinary Arts Institute. The College’s Culinary Arts Institute is one of only three programs in the New York Metropolitan region to hold accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation. The Culinary Arts Institute features state-of-the-art facilities and a hands-on program that prepares students for a range of careers in the hospitality industry. The College also has a Bloomberg Finance Lab, which provides students with real world experience to prepare them for employment in banks, corporations, and government agencies.

A leader in workforce development, HCCC hosted The Aspen Institute’s Workforce Leadership Academy, which was the first to be offered in partnership with a community college. The Hudson County Workforce Leadership Academy was funded through a combination of public and private donors that included JPMorgan Chase, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the County of Hudson, the LeFrak Family, and Mack-Cali.


Position Summary/Job Description

The Student Success Retention Specialist will:

  • Provide resources and workshops to help ensure the ability of Nursing Program students to succeed in the Nursing Program and obtain respective licensure.
  • Monitor and assess students’ progress in the Nursing Program.
  • Engage at-risk students with relevant academic and non-academic interventions.
  • Refer students to relevant support services (e.g., tutoring, Hudson Helps Resource Center, counseling).
  • Receive and address early alerts from Nursing Program Faculty regarding student progress.
  • Collaborate with Nursing Program faculty and students’ faculty mentors to address the unique needs of students.
  • Advise a caseload of Nursing Program students.
  • Analyze data pertaining to the caseload for trends in student success and recommend interventions as appropriate.
  • Serve as a liaison between faculty, administration, and students.
  • Communicate with students about important deadlines and milestones.
  • Provide workshops for new nursing students entering the first nursing course on success strategies.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Required/Minimum Qualifications

    Master’s Degree in Nursing, two (2) years, experience in the field of study with some related experience in tutoring and student remediation. Knowledge of teaching methodologies effective with students enrolled in Nursing Program and Exams used in preparation for NCLEX;OR

    Master’s Degree in Counseling, or related field, with two or more years of experience in student advising, mentoring, counseling, student services within higher education.

  • Excellent verbal, communication skills and computer skills.
  • Effective interpersonal skills and the ability to establish positive and respectful working relationships with students, staff and faculty.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and maintain excellent working relationships.
  • Excellent oral presentation skills and ability to speak in small and large groups, is required.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including experience supporting students from diverse backgrounds, identities and abilities. Commitment to maintain the integrity of confidential materials and student information.
  • Organization

    Working at Hudson County Community College

    Hudson County Community College (HCCC) is an award-winning, comprehensive urban college serving one of the most historic and ethnically diverse areas of the United States. HCCC has three campuses located just minutes from Manhattan: the Journal Square campus in Jersey City and North Hudson Campus in Union City are adjacent to vital transportation hubs; the Secaucus campus has abundant parking.


    Fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, HCCC serves more than 18,000 credit and non-credit students annually. The College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs, including award-winning English as a Second Language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fine and Performing Arts. The HCCC Culinary/Hospitality Management program was ranked number six in the U.S. by Best Choice Schools. Over 94% of HCCC Nursing program graduates passed the NCLEX first time out, placing the program’s graduates in the top tier of two- and four-year nursing programs nationwide. In 2017, the Equality of Opportunity Project ranked HCCC in the top 5% of 2,200 U.S. higher education institutions for social mobility. In 2019, the College joined Achieving the Dream as part of its expanding efforts towards continuous improvement in ensuring student success.


    HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college and university in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond, accommodating seamless transfer of credits for further undergraduate and graduate education.


    The College has been recognized with numerous national and state awards for excellence in student success programming, diversity and equity, educational innovativeness, facilities design, and communications from the Association of Community College Trustees, American Association of Community Colleges, Association of College and Research Libraries, National College Learning Association, National Council of Teachers of English, College Advertising Awards, New Jersey Business & Industry Association, and others.


    Hudson County Community College is proud of its culture of care and invites applications from those wishing to join a community dedicated to promoting student success in all its forms.


    As a New Jersey First Act Employer, new employees must establish a primary residence in New Jersey within one year unless an exemption applies.

    HCCC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We are committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment. Decisions on employment are made on the basis of the qualifications of an individual for the particular position being filled. Women, veterans, and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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