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Student Success Advisor

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the United States specifically designed to allow highly motivated adolescents to fully realize their intellectual and creative potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has occupied a unique space in the educational landscape, practicing the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18. We strive to do so in an inclusive environment where diverse perspectives are valued.

Five years ago, Simon’s Rock opened Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, a two-year high school program for 9th- and 10th-graders on the path to starting college early. The campus is located on 275 rolling and wooded acres in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the center of the Berkshires and, according to Smithsonian Magazine, “the best small town in America.” Equidistant between New York and Boston, the Berkshires are a site of great natural beauty and numerous outdoor activities, as well as a cultural destination.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Summary of Position

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy invites applications for two (2) student-centered leaders who will join the Office of Student Life as Student Success Advisors beginning August 2021. Reporting to the Dean of Students, Student Success Advisors support the holistic development of students by cultivating a collaborative and trusting relationship that guides scholars through their Simon’s Rock experience. Advisors encourage academy and college students to be purposeful in the planning of curricular and co-curricular pursuits while fostering discovery of personal interests and strengths. Through ongoing engagement, the advisor creates a nurturing environment where information is exchanged on a consistent basis. Advisors are learning-centered professionals who work in partnership with faculty and staff to help every student maximize their intellectual potential.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.

Duties

  • Meets with advisees on a consistent basis and monitors the progress of all students within an assigned population.
  • Provides thoughtful and compassionate support to students experiencing academic and personal challenges including but not limited to stress management, time management, and life change adjustments. Refers students to appropriate campus resources and external supports.
  • Applies developmental theories and advising practices that challenge and support the diverse needs of students.
  • Provides assistance to students facing academic difficulties in the development of a purposeful plan of action that supports goal attainment.
  • Assists re-entry students in the development of a purposeful plan of action after time away from the institution.
  • Designs and implements student success workshop series on topics that may include campus resources, time management, goal setting, success strategies for special populations, learning style preferences, and self care.
  • Coordinates and/or plans new student activities including orientation and other transition programs for academy and college students.
  • Assists in the design and implementation of a First Year Experience program for college students.
  • Assists with the development of a co-curricular model/program.
  • Serves as a member of the Student Support Team.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in college student personnel, counseling, psychology, or related-field preferred. Bachelor’s required.
  • Two years of experience in K-12 or higher education required. Work as a graduate assistant will be considered.
  • Understanding of student/adolescent development theory.
  • Keen awareness of student success strategies and persistence trends/patterns.
  • Commitment to and understanding of the students affairs profession.
  • Ability to troubleshoot and utilize reasonable judgement in complex and confidential situations.
  • Strong commitment to and understanding of the students affairs profession.
  • Membership and/or involvement in K-12 or higher education professional associations (e.g. ACUHO-I, TABS, ACPA, NASPA, etc) is preferred.
  • Experience teaching or advising in an academic setting.
  • Experience working with diverse populations.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

APPLY

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check and fingerprinting. Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
 
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three references to Tracey Cameron, Ph.D., Dean of Students, at tcameron@simons-rock.edu. No phone calls please.
 
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled