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College - Academic Coordinator (In House Title: STEM Retention Specialist)

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Posted: 12/08/2019

Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
This position provides holistic, proactive advising to STEM students (campus-based and online).  Support of recruitment and retention efforts goals are reached by providing academic and self-management skills for a diverse student population, and by acting as a student advocate when appropriate. Make appropriate referrals for STEM students that may be struggling with academic, career or affective concerns. Collaboration with appropriate campus departments to execute MWCCs comprehensive college retention plan, including but not limited to the execution of proactive advising via phone, email, text, and video chat throughout all college campuses is a core job function. Specialists will support STEM students to address non-cognitive risk factors that directly affect course completion and academic standing. Regularly established working hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm. The 25 hours weekly will normally take place in this timeframe unless evening and weekend work is required. The ability to travel to all campuses is required.  Duties may be performed throughout the year or during specific times of the year when STEM students require additional support to navigate MWCC processes and peak enrollment periods. The Academic Counselor - Retention reports to the Director of Retention and the Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation & Curriculum Pathways in fulfilling the various responsibilities of MWCC's retention strategies.
Responsibilities
Under the general direction of the Director of Retention and with consultation  with the Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation & Curriculum Pathways, serves as STEM Retention Specialist in support of the STEM Grant's retention efforts.

  • Advises STEM students regarding their academic plan of study;
  • Conducts proactive advising (campus-based and online) using technologies such as online Degree Audits and online Early Alert/Referrals for the STEM students;
  • Documents STEM student interactions via email, phone, or virtually via video conferencing;
  • Provides information regarding degree and career requirements, course selection, academic standing, assessment of prior learning, class expectations and academic program requirements pertaining to STEM student's stated goals;
  • Plans and coordinates STEM Awareness Day;
  • Plans and coordinates STEM events during Governor's appointed STEM Week;
  • Visits and maintains contact with area high schools for purposes of STEM Starter Academy recruitment;
  • Plans and coordinates STEM Starter Academy Orientation;
  • Attends all Statewide STEM Grant meetings as recommended by the Grant's Program Officer;
  • Administers STEM Grant surveys to existing and exiting STEM students;
  • Maintains detailed and accurate records of all STEM student information, interaction and events.
Collaborates with Senior Admissions Counselors, Student Services personnel, Academic Counselors  ACT and Satellite, faculty and the Office of Institutional Research to provide holistic and proactive support to at-risk students, including but not limited to SAP students, students with disabilities, and students receiving early alerts, by addressing factors that directly affect course completion and academic standing.
Actively participates in the creation of the College's comprehensive retention plan.
Actively participates in the college community at college and career alignment events, open houses, student and program orientations, and commencement.
Works with the Director of Retention, the Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation & Curriculum Pathways, and Academic Counselors - Retention to co-create a staffing plan to meet the needs of the STEM students. This may include evening and weekend hours at all college campuses.
Maintains working knowledge of college and professional academic, career, and student success practices to enhance ability to serve STEM students and positively affect student success. 
Works with the Director of Retention, the Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation & Curriculum Pathways, and Academic Counselors  Retention to co-create a staffing plan to meet the needs of the STEM students. This may include evening and weekend hours at all college campuses.
Maintains working knowledge of college and professional academic, career, and student success practices to enhance ability to serve STEM students and positively affect student success. 
  • In coordination with the Director of Retention and the Director of STEM Starter Academy, Articulation & Curriculum Pathways, attend workshops and training sessions as resources allow.

Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Sociology, or closely related field;
  • Five (5) years' experience and/or training that includes academic advisement, academic placement, counseling, career development, math/electronics teaching, or program/project management; or
  • Equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in STEM Field
  • Bilingual, bi cultural in Spanish
Equivalency Statement
Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

Additional Information:
In-house Title:  Stem Retention Specialist
Salary: 36,885.48 Grant Limitations Grant Funded Thru 8/31/2020

The appointment salary is based on one's education,experience and any applicable grant limitations  as dictated in the collective bargaining agreement classification compensation structure. 
Grade: 6
Employee Status: Pro Rated
Benefits: Yes
Hours per Week:  25 Hours per week within established working hours. 

Regularly established working hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am -4:00pm.
Some Evening and weekend work is required. 
Number of Weeks: 48 

Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Application Instructions:
The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

Anticipated Effective Date: December 2019
Applications accepted up to and including December 16, 2019
Applications received after December 16, 2019 MAY be considered until the position is filled.
Candidates may be subject to employment screening to include both a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) request and a Sexual Offender Registry Information (SORI).

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