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Assistant Director of Retention

Husson University
Bangor, ME, ME

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Reporting to the Director of Title III, the Assistant Director of Retention is a grant position that is funded through 2028. This position provides oversight and guidance in program planning, coordination, and early monitoring of students to increase student retention. The Assistant Director of Retention will be responsible for developing data driven strategies in support of the campus wide retention plan and in supporting faculty and staff in developing approaches that are appropriate for each department.

The position will be responsible using institutional and national trends to identify student populations which are at higher risk of not persisting and in supporting the development of specific plans to address these challenges. Collaboration with institutional research, student success, faculty and support staff is essential.

Examples of Duties

  • Partner with the Office of Institutional Research to develop a system to track, analyze and share broadly key indicators on student success and persistence
  • Serves as lead for the roll out of a new advising case load management platform, anticipated to be Navigate, and provide workshops and professional development for advisors.
  • Collaborates with Institutional Research to develop metrics for tracking success in all student groups and report out this information
  • Support the development of the campus wide Retention Plan and ensure that each element of the plan will be assessable.
  • Monitor and report on the Retention Plan, including elements developed by faculty departments, the Center for Student Success, Student Life and other campus partners
  • Use institutional data to identify areas in greatest risk across all colleges and departments and use this information to better inform the activities of the Title III grant team and the CSS.
  • Provide support for the Director of SSAPT in submitting an annual report to the Department of Education.
  • Develops and shares best practices for retention strategies.
  • Typical Qualifications

    Required: Bachelor’s degree.
    Preferred: Masters’ degree in an appropriate discipline, such as higher education, student development, data analytics or a related field.

    Required: Experience in working at an educational institution in a role related to student success and/or student retention.
    Preferred: Three years of experience in utilizing data to support student retention.

    Supplemental Information

    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the function of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

    The work environment at Husson University is one of a relaxed professional setting and faculty, staff, and students may possibly share workspaces. The noise level in the work environment is typically quiet.




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    Mission Statement:

    Husson University inspires and prepares students for professional careers in current and emerging fields within the context of an education informed by the sciences and humanities.

    The University
    Located in beautiful Bangor, Maine, Husson University is a small school that makes a big impact. With 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students and an average class size of 18, Husson University prides itself on being an institution where everyone focuses on the student. Our students are more than just a number here at Husson.

    We have a long-standing commitment to providing affordable and accessible education. Our faculty members are some of the leading experts in their fields. They include Fulbright scholars and numerous leaders of honorary and professional societies.

    Husson University dining hallWe have a strong focus on experiential learning. In fact, U.S. News & World Report ranked Husson as one of the top 10 institutions in the country for student participation in internships. (2013 and 2014)

    Combined, these attributes have made Husson the “University of Choice” for professional careers in current and emerging fields where students succeed, experiential learning is championed and global understanding is promoted. All of our programs are designed to help students achieve career success. With 54 degree programs and 10 graduate professional programs to choose from, you’ll find Husson graduates in organizations devoted to business, information technology, criminal justice, hospitality, education, healthcare, communications, pharmacy and much more.

    Our warm, welcoming campus community is part of Maine’s third largest city. Bangor is located along the banks of the Penobscot River and is part of the Maine Highlands. It offers local residents the perfect balance of arts, culture, shopping, dining, and entertainment, in a town with one of the lowest urban crime rates in America. Husson is easy to access from I-95 and Bangor International Airport.

    And if you love the great outdoors, Husson offers you four seasons of adventure. Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park, Moosehead Lake Region, and the Camden Hills area are all just a short drive away. Everything from a relaxing day at the beach, to a thrill-packed mountain bike ride in fall foliage, to world-class skiing, is within reach.Husson University dining hall

    If career growth and quality of life are important to you, and if you have a passion for educating the next generation of leaders by transforming students’ lives, then we invite you to learn more about Husson University.

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