St. Mary's University
  • 09-Jul-2019 to 23-Jul-2019 (CST)
  • Retention Services
  • San Antonio, TX, USA
  • TBD
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Competitive Pay; Generous vacation, sick, & holiday benefits; Excellent health & welfare benefits with 100% tuition assistance available.

Reporting to the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management, the Director of Retention and Graduation Initiatives oversees the day-to-day operational functions of the Office of Student Retention. The Director is also the Program Owner for the Student Success Collaborative, a product of the Education Advisory Board. The Director supervises the Director of TRiO Student Support Service program,the Assistant Director for Retention Services,and the Coordinator for Retention Programming. Duties includes planning,managing and evaluating retention activities at St. Mary's University. The director also provides direct assistance to undergrad uate students as necessary.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinate and implement college-wide retention efforts including but not limited to intervention strategies, specialized programming, staff/faculty development and retention technology initiatives.
  • Lead the Student Success Collaborative to enhance student success. Collaborate with partners across the institution to leverage a coordinated student success network.
  • Work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness to track data, compare it to internal benchmarks and national/peer institutions, and report retention trends to key campus stakeholders.
  • Provide centralized coordination of retention-related research and studies; collect and analyze data to profile student characteristics and trends as the base for data-driven retention initiatives and University wide retention goals.
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of student retention trends and campus policies and procedures (financial assistance, registration, academic advising) and student development initiatives on campus.
  • Actively seek knowledge of national student success research, best practices and trends as well as knowledge of and appreciation for innovative uses and integration of technologies to support student retention, progression, and success.
  • Manage departmental budget for the Office of Student Retention.
  • Help advance the mission and strategic plan of the University, Division and Office of Student Retention.


EDUCATION: Master's degree in College Student Personnel or related field required; PhD. preferred.



  • Five to ten years' experience in direct student services, preferably working with underserved student populations.
  • Data savvy professional with demonstrated experience of utilization of student progress and other data to design supports and interventions to assure student degree completion.
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship-builder, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and the ability to forge effective partnerships and coalitions with students, academic affairs and advising faculty and staff, student affairs, university leaders, and others across a diverse university community to achieve results.
  • Excellent understanding of current issues related to student retention, minority & high-risk students, academic advising, financial aid and student development processes.
  • Ability to articulate the value of a Marianist, Catholic education required; experience in a university environment of similar size and scope preferred.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  While performing this role, the employee will be regularly required to sit, walk, and stand; talk and hear, both in person and by telephone; and use hands repetitively to operate standard office equipment; and occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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