Description: Responsible for providing academic support services and overseeing student engagement opportunities to support overall student success, retention, and graduation. Provides academic support programming and services, disability accommodation plans, and potential classroom instruction to assist students succeed at Sterling College.
A qualified candidate must have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and support the Christian character and mission of Sterling College.
Demonstrated interpersonal skills related to working with diverse students, faculty, staff, parents, and advisors in the classroom, study hall, and in one-on-one meetings.
The ability to have honest and sometimes difficult conversations with students while demonstrating both grace and firmness.
The ability to manage a complex schedule of student appointments, committee meetings, and classroom instruction.
Detail oriented with ability to work accurately, as well as prioritize responsibilities.
Knowledge and understanding of the academic and co-curricular factors leading to student success at the postsecondary level.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Word and Excel programs, including the ability to learn and apply skills to new software programs.
Ability to acquire knowledge of disability accommodations requirements and processes.
An understanding and support for the goals of education in a liberal arts, Christ-centered, undergraduate college.
Provide leadership and overall management of academic support services including the promotion of programs and services to students, faculty, and staff.
Assess Sterling College’s current policies and practices and develop a strategic plan to support student learning needs and retention.
Develop and maintain Academic Success resources for students, advisors, and faculty including: workshops, tip sheets, helpful/credible web links, etc.
Study, initiate, and coordinate college-wide efforts to increase student retention and graduation rates.
Monitor campus retention issues and trends and make adjustments on an on-going basis.
Provide guidance to probationary students to devise and implement a plan for student success; Maintain regular follow-up.
Maintain a record of student interactions.
Develop and maintain a method of monitoring individual student success through graduation.
Develop and track overall student success indicators as a means to assess and evaluate efforts and outcomes.
Produce an annual report, containing data and analysis, documenting the actions taken and results for the school year.
Manage data entry regarding student involvements, within the student information system.
Manage the Early Alert Program ensuring faculty and appropriate staff have access and understand the expectations for creating and responding to alerts.
Manage the Student Tutoring Program including recruiting and training of student tutors.
Work to create and maintain a healthy environment for the engagement and academic & personal growth of students.
Serve as the Coordinator of Student Activities (in cooperation with Student Life staff); duties to include but not limited to:
Advise the Campus Activities Board
Ensure engaging events and activities take place on campus
Help student staff devise interesting, innovative, and creative student activity programs that promote fun as well as personal & educational development
Promote & develop activities that celebrate diversity and inclusion
Coordinate and supervise campus activities programming
Coordinate student organization registration and officer leadership training
Develop & coordinate club/organization advisor training
Track & assess student involvement to determine needs for program changes, etc.
Supervise student staff
Teach GD104: Academic Success every semester for select students on academic probation.
Evaluate student academic habits and skills through interviews and assessments to identify academic strengths and deficits in areas including: time management, study strategies, note-taking, and test-taking skills; Guide and coach students to achieve improved skill levels.
Potentially teach developmental courses in subject areas as qualified.
Manage student disability accommodations including filing doctor’s notes, evaluations, and recommended interventions; developing appropriate strategies; speaking with discretion to those on an as-needed basis; and evaluating the success of interventions.
Meet regularly with Sterling College Athletic Director, VP for Student Life, and the VP for Academic Affairs further bridging the support between academics and athletics.
Work closely with coaches, activity directors, counselors, and faculty regarding student attendance, study hall, and academic performance.
Serve on the Student Success Committee and Admissions Committee.
Administer and proctor exams including the ACCUPLACER and CLEP tests when needed.
Some evening hours required.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Essential Job Functions:
Must be able walk up and down stairs.
Must be able to sit for long periods of time.
Be able to coordinate movement of the fingers and hands as well as have the adequate dexterity and strength to complete tasks.
Be able to work on a computer and use a 10 key, copier, printer and phone.
Must be able to push, pull, and lift up to a minimum of 25 pounds
Frequently bend body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist.
Familiarity with best practices in academic support and effective strategies for aligning student motivation (preferred)
*Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
About Sterling College
Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas.
Sterling College is a Christian liberal arts college, founded in 1887. With an enrollment of nearly 700, the College has increased enrollment over 30% in the past seven years and looks to continue this trend toward fulfillment of its long-term vision. Sterling is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and is accredited by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Sterling College, in its employment practices, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, or national origin.