Bridgewater State University — Director, Student Success and Achievement Gap Interventions

Director, Student Success and Achievement Gap Interventions

Department Summary:
From Bridgewater State University’s (BSU) inception in 1840 by Horace Mann as one of the first normal schools in America, to the current day, BSU has worked to ensure that our students receive an accessible, affordable, and exceptional education. A national leader in closing the graduation gap for students of color and for supporting LGBTQ+ student success, BSU aspires to be the leader in our mission class for closing achievement/opportunity gaps for under-represented students, while supporting the success of all of our students.

The mission of the Division of Student Success and Diversity is to work collaboratively with campus partners to close achievement and opportunity gaps and support equity in higher education. The vision guiding our divisional efforts is the creation of a replicable national model focused on the elimination of achievement and opportunity gaps through the development, implementation and assessment of effective and transformative student success and diversity practices.

Position Summary:
Lead initiatives intended to support the success and close achievement and opportunity gaps for students attending Bridgewater State University. Develop, implement, and manage activities, programs, and services to promote student retention and success. Assess achievement gap interventions implemented and report the effectiveness of divisional efforts.

Full-time, 12 month position, exempt, APA unit position

Report to the Vice President of Student Success and Diversity

Staff Assistant, Coordinator of Student Success Interventions

Position Type: APA Professional

Essential Duties:
1. Develop programs and interventions designed to improve the retention, persistence and graduation rates for underrepresented and historically marginalized and minoritized students, with emphasis on those experiencing achievement/opportunity gaps.
2. Serve as inaugural leader of the Resources in Support of Excellence (RISE) program in order to close and eliminate the achievement/opportunity gap of Pell-eligible students.
3. Sustain and deepen partnerships between divisional programs and key internal and external entities to discuss retention and achievement/opportunity gaps interventions.
4. Conduct on and off campus presentations to share BSU’s retention best practices.
5. Participate on inter-divisional committees and work groups, as well as work independently, in order to implement student retention interventions and to help create student-centered institutional processes.
6. Assess divisional retention-oriented programs and services.
7. Act as proxy for the vice president, as requested, on range of on and off campus achievement/opportunity intervention activities.
8. Provide consultation to divisional staff on projects intended to close achievement and opportunity gaps.
9. Work with the vice president to help identify achievement/opportunity gap best practices.
10. Other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Student Success and Diversity.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in higher education administration, psychology, public administration, social work, student affairs administration, or related field.
• Minimum of at least 6-8 years of progressive work experience with an emphasis on retention-oriented intervention activities.
• Demonstrated work experience supporting intersectional diversity and equity in higher education.
• Demonstrated work experience closing achievement/opportunity gaps using data-driven interventions.
• Strong inter-divisional collaboration, oral and written communication skills.
• Experience interacting with community partners to leverage area resources on behalf of students.
• Some evening and weekend work required.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Doctoral degree in higher education administration, psychology, public administration, social work, student affairs administration, or related field.
• Experience supervising professional staff engaged in retention-oriented and/or achievement gap intervention activities.
• Experience completing assessment-oriented reports designed to inform decision-making.
• Knowledge of higher education achievement/opportunity gap intervention best practices.

Work Environment:
Bridgewater State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employee with disabilities.

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; Occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5 pounds.

Special Conditions for Eligibility:
Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000
Posting Number: S00448P
Open Date: 01/18/2019
Close Date: 3/4/2019
Open Until Filled:

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

*a minimum of one (1) employment history entry.

*a minimum of three (3) professional reference entries.

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Bridgewater State University (BSU) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer which actively seeks to increase the diversity of its workforce. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people.