Assistant Dean for Retention and Student Success

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

Wesleyan College is currently seeking an Assistant Dean for Retention and Student Success.

Wesleyan College was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women (1836) and continues to provide exemplary undergraduate education to women and graduate education to women and men. Affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Wesleyan plays an important role in the Middle Georgia community. Wesleyan invites applications from all qualified individuals.  We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

The Assistant Dean for Retention and Student Success will be responsible for providing leadership in the coordination, planning, implementation, and evaluation of retention and student success initiatives. The Assistant Dean will work closely with faculty and staff to envision, design and implement initiatives to improve retention rates. This role is also responsible for performing research and evaluation of institutional procedures, guidelines, and policies to determine if they create barriers that inhibit retention and success. This position will foster collaborative partnerships with units across the institution with the primary goal of cultivating a culture that embraces retention and student success as an institutional beacon and a shared responsibility. The Assistant Dean reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

Essential Duties

Work closely with the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in the strategic planning of the retention and student success efforts to meet the established college-wide retention goals.

  • Oversees and supervises retention efforts with all academic support units.
  • Analyze data relevant to student needs, retention, attrition, student success, persistence and graduation rates and provide intervention recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Works closely with Residential Life, Student Affairs, Admissions, etc. to create cross-functional partnerships to support, implement and evaluate retention and student success initiatives.
  • Identify and develop strategies to remove educational barriers to student retention by leading the Retention and Student Success Committee.
  • Develop a system for tracking data for retention of populations targeted through retention campaigns and activities and share that data with the campus community.
  • Advise first year students and develop seamless strategies to transition students to faculty advisors.
  • Oversee the development and teaching of a one credit First Year Experience class.
  • Provide strong customer service and/or student advocacy as demonstrated through a positive attitude of approachability, adaptability, strong problem solving and desire to identify and support student success.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications and Training

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution, with experience in retention and student success.
  • Five years of job-related experience in a college/university setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work productively with faculty, students, staff, and external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, lead and make decisions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, attention to detail and the ability to handle major projects simultaneously.

Preferred Qualifications and Training

  • Higher education teaching experience.
  • Experience in leading student success “best practices” programs.
  • Experience collecting, processing, and interpreting raw data sets to make informed decisions about target populations, effectiveness of programs and development of new and existing initiatives.

Wesleyan College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College supports equal employment opportunities for all persons without regard to race, color, creed, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, gender, national origin, status as a war veteran, age, disability, or any other status protected by law.

 Wesleyan College is a certified drug-free workplace employer. All applicants being considered for employment are required to submit to substance screening as a condition of employment.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States, individuals will be required to provide proof of identity and eligibility for employment in the United States upon acceptance of an employment offer. In addition, employment is contingent upon successfully passing a criminal background check.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three reference letters to Stephanie Gaither. Applications lacking the required documents will not be considered. Applications will be taken until the position is filled. 

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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