Student Academic Success Specialist (6 Positions) - Military Veterans
at San Jose State University
The Student Academic Success Specialist (SASS) will have a demonstrated record of accomplishment of successfully advising a diverse student population and will work to ensure that all students have a clear path to achieve academic success. The SASS will build rapport, ease transition, and support retention of first year students through a proactive contact plan containing multiple touch-points throughout the academic year. The SASS will focus on helping the campus close the equity gap between its varied student communities by building relationships and retaining students to graduation through increased engagement and a sense of belonging to the SJSU community.
- Provide holistic academic advising and support to a cohort of students during their first 60 units (freshman and sophomore standing)
- Implement an asset-based and strengths-based approach while using a case management strategy to establish a working relationship that includes regular meetings, careful documentation, tracking of student progress, and assessment of student success
- Introduce and orient students to their academic requirements (MyProgress, Catalog), academic planning tools (MyPlanner, Roadmap), and campus resources
- Assist students in creating educational goals and interpretation of policies and procedures in relation to their goals
- Implement a student communication plan that aligns with university policies, deadlines, events, and specific supports needed at certain times in the semester
- Participate in college and university-wide programs and events that support student success for frosh and sophomores and minimize equity gap
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Knowledge of basic principles of individual and group behavior, and techniques and methods of interviewing/connecting with students for the purposes of effective holistic academic advising
- Must be detail-oriented with strong organizational and programming skills
- Ability to quickly learn and understand complex university regulations/policies and relay information clearly to students, faculty and staff; quickly learn new software applications
- Ability to advise students individually or in groups on routine matters
- Strong advising/counseling skills, including demonstrated excellence in active listening and in helping individuals with problem identification, problem solving, conflict resolution, and decision making
- Ability to be available to work occasional evenings and weekends
- Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job‑related field
- Two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field. A master’s degree in a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience
- Master’s in Educational Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or directly related discipline
- Three or more years progressively responsible experience providing academic advising and support to students in a post-secondary setting
- Knowledge of student development theory, outreach practices, and student success services
- Experience with lower division students and General Education
- Experience with Career Services, Veterans Services, EOP, Aspire/McNair, or other transitional student services
- Excellent interpersonal communication, relationship building and student service skills
- Possess a demonstrated ability to advance programming that helps our campus retain our diverse student population and close the equity gap across our varied campus communities
- Ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment
- Demonstrated commitment to working with historically underserved student communities from an assets-based approach
Classification: Student Services Professional II
Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,610/month - $5,047/month
CSU Salary Range: $4,610/month - $6,556/month
San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the Employee Benefits Summary.
Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
- Letter of Interest
This position is open until filled.
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San Jose, CA
San Jose State is conveniently located on 154 acres in downtown San José, midway between San Francisco and the Monterey/Carmel area at the sunny southern end of San Francisco Bay, and is easily accessible from area freeways.
From its beginnings as a normal school that trained teachers for the developing frontier, SJSU has matured into a metropolitan university offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations.