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Posted Job Title
Senior Student Success Advisor – Penn Engineering Online (Hybrid Eligible)
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Job Description Summary
Penn Engineering Online is seeking a talented higher education professional who will develop and oversee student success and advising for a new, fully online, affordable, innovative degree program for working professionals, the online Master of Science in Engineering in Data Science (MSE-DS Online).
Serving as a member of the Academics leadership team, the Senior Student Success Advisor for MSE-DS Online will have full responsibility for developing and managing a comprehensive advising and community building program for Penn Engineering Online’s newest degree program. Reporting to the Director of Online Academic Programs and in collaboration with faculty leadership and academic staff, the Senior Student Success Advisor will support a program poised for growth and expecting over 300 students in the first year. The Senior Student Success Advisor must be passionate about providing high-quality academic advising, comfortable with tracking and using metrics to make decisions, and relentlessly focused on ensuring every student that is admitted meets their goals and has a positive experience in the program. This position will be responsible for retention, student clubs, academic coaches, peer mentors, degree-specific events, dual degrees, etc. They will attend MSE-DS Online admissions decisions meetings.
- Develop and oversee a comprehensive advising plan for MSE-DS Online students. To the extent possible, research best practices in the field to incorporate. Manage day-to-day communication with MSE-DS Online and dual degree students via email, phone, and video-conferencing in a warm and professional manner ensuring that all correspondence is addressed within 24 hours of receipt. Advise students on curriculum, program policies, time management, etc. Connect students to on-campus resources as needed. Develop and maintain online resources for students such as the onboarding course, graduation course, and supplemental resources. Serve as the primary point of contact for the Program Director and liaise with various offices around campus to ensure that MSE-DS Online students are fully supported.
- Track and maintain student success metrics. Prepare reports, documents, and presentations as needed to provide insight into the successes of the advising program and any challenges that need to be addressed. Serve as the primary advisor for students who are on academic probation or are considered to be at risk based on programmatic criteria. Coordinate the academic probation process including compiling a report at the end of each semester, tracking student progress, and advising. Advise additional students as needed. Oversee special initiatives such as the peer mentoring program and academic coaching.
- Propose and implement a comprehensive student life and community engagement strategy including a robust line-up of program-level events to promote. Serve as the advisor for MSE-DS Online student clubs.
- Cross-train as an integral member of the Penn Engineering Online Academics team. Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree, Master’s in a related field preferred, and 3-5 years experience in student affairs or advising or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong customer service skills, positive attitude, and attention to detail
- Demonstrated experience developing and managing student events
- Experience with student data systems is strongly preferred
- Basic Excel skills such as sorting data, basic formulas, etc.
- Proficient with GSuite and Adobe Acrobat
- Cover letter is strongly preferred
Job Location – City, State
Hybrid Eligible – This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.
Department / School
School of Engineering and Applied Science
$43,919.00 – $66,183.00
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