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The Dean of Student Success reports to the Provost and provides the vision, leadership, management, accountability, and direction for college-wide efforts to increase retention, graduation rates, and student satisfaction at Stark State College.
The Dean of Student Success will focus on building and maintaining strategic alignment of all phases of the College’s emerging student retention and success agenda through developed collaborative relationships with faculty, students, staff, and administrators. This will include continuously educating and engaging college partners on ways to enhance academic assessment, accreditation, advising, Digital Library, eStarkState, programs and certificates, student success, and university partnerships.
Primary responsibilities include:
•Creating flexible and effective processes that constitute a dynamic, seamless, and efficient student experience with measurably successful outcomes.
•Collaborating to develop retention, completion, and student success strategies that support the College’s mission and strategic plan, meet student success goals, support learning outcomes, and other student performance-based standards required by state, federal, and third-party funding sources including the Ohio Board of Regents and the Higher Learning Commission.
•Using BRIDGE and other professional development opportunities to increase knowledge, awareness, understanding, engagement, and support for academic program review, accreditation, assessment, advising, student retention, persistence, and success.
•Providing leadership and vision to academic success, advising, Digital Library, eStarkState, new faculty orientation, and university transfer.
•Collaborating to enhance and/or develop and implement best practices, processes, and procedures to effectively assess the needs of students, including the early identification of at-risk students, and working cooperatively with internal subject matter experts to develop appropriate intervention strategies and programs that will positively impact opportunities for the students’ academic, personal and career success.
•Collaborating to enhance certificates and programs to assess measurable learning outcomes and integrative learning across academic affairs, student affairs, and workforce development in order to improve levels of student engagement, retention, satisfaction, and success.
The Dean of Student Success provides leadership in College strategic planning initiatives and is responsible for assisting in all implementation strategies expected in this position including the development and management of strategic grants and partnerships with businesses, community organizations, and government entities.
The Dean is also responsible for leadership in student success; for assisting in all implementation strategies including accreditations from state and national bodies, and articulation with other institutions of higher education; is responsible for budget and cost-effective management within the division; ensures assessment and delivery of a quality and alternative learning environment that is focused on student success; and engaged in faculty advising and advising of returning students, and effective personnel management including evaluation of and professional development for division employees.
The Student Success Division supports the mission of the College as well as the mission of the other academic divisions who look to the division for development of retention and completion goals and objectives including training, communication, assessment and accountability.
Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, Counseling, Psychology, Social Sciences or other closely related student success field. A doctoral degree in same is strongly preferred.
Requires a minimum of seven (7) years of progressive and successful leadership experience in a post secondary education institution reflecting:
•Leadership in student academic success, student retention, advising, workforce development, work/academic readiness, and/or other academic or student services department.
•Experience designing, implementing, and managing a program or initiative that resulted in measurable increases in student retention and/or graduation rates, or other quantifiable student successes within postsecondary education environment.
•Demonstrated expertise in innovative teaching and learning strategies, including the use of technology to enhance learning.
•Experience establishing partnerships and collaborating with universities, businesses, community, and government entities.
•Experience in strategic and quality improvement initiatives, assessment, accreditation, grant management, and partnership development.
•Experience applying student retention theories and practices, knowledge of instructional pedagogy related to student development and success, and developmental learning at the post-secondary level.
•Experience using outcomes-based decision-making and demonstrable comfort working in and contributing to a data-driven environment.
•Demonstrable evidence of strong relationship building skills with both internal and external constituents and working with a diverse student body.
•An understanding of state systems and accreditation bodies.
Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience required in a postsecondary education institution.
The qualified candidate should possess visionary qualities of a forward thinking leader in an evolving environment; demonstrated analytic, critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills; ability to exercise independent judgment and quickly assess changing facts or conditions; ability to drive institutional change and serve as a transformational leader among key internal and external decision makers; a high degree of emotional intelligence in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with diverse constituencies for influencing, persuading and gaining their support; a high degree of strategic thinking, analytic ability, inductive reasoning, innovation and creativity in devising new, non-standard approaches to overcome problems and barriers to success; ability to organize, manage, and complete multiple tasks with multiple deadlines.
Must have a commitment to student access and success, diversity, and inclusion.A doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, Counseling, Psychology, Social Sciences or other closely related student success field is strongly preferred along with the following:
• Experience developing and implementing strategies aimed at achieving and/or complying with student, academic and performance-based metrics and criteria established by state, federal and other third-party funding sources.
• Proven track record in enhancing community college student academic success and timely completion, including university transfer.
• Proficiency with full Microsoft Office Suite applications and post-secondary education research and data collection, analysis and review software programs and applications.
• Three years of experience supervising full-time faculty in a post-secondary institution.
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