The Assistant Director for Student Recruitment and Retention (AD-SRR) serves as the undergraduate recruitment and retention officer for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU). The AD-SRR is responsible for the development and implementation of undergraduate student recruitment and retention strategies sponsored by the CANR Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Some work in graduate student recruitment will also be expected.
The position reports to the CANR Senior Associate Dean and Director of Academic and Student Affairs and works with the MSU Office of Admissions, CANR Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA), all CANR academic units, and internal and external campus partners.
Have a command of the literature regarding that state of knowledge relating to recruitment and retention in higher education. Use this knowledge to serve as a resource to all CANR units in support of undergraduate student success, and create informed programming, systems and policies to accomplish the following.
Lead the development and management of student recruitment and retention strategies and tactics to promote and retain a diverse body of candidates within CANR.
Work with ANR Communications and Marketing to develop strategic recruitment and retention tactics to reach diverse groups of prospective students including but not limited to traditional FTIAC students, community college transfer, and non-traditional students.
Maintain and analyze information related to prospective students, admitted student databases as part of a data-informed and reporting culture which creates and assists with programming, communications, and resource deployment.
Coordinate the development and use of recruitment and promotion materials (e.g., brochures, websites, displays, banners, swag) in collaboration with ANR Communications and Marketing.
Foster and maintain effective partnerships with alumni, agriscience educators, extension educators, 4-H educators and volunteers, community college advisors, high school counselors, donors, and other educational institutions.
Coordinate CANR participation in all student visitation events sponsored by the Office of Admissions. Work closely with the Office of Admissions and be knowledgeable about admissions procedures and criteria. Provide oversight and management of a CANR campus visit experience for the college and by working with departments within the college.
Maintain a working knowledge, familiarity of MSU and all CANR procedures, programs, opportunities, and policies. Build relationships with key members of units to effectively liaise on programming, communications and information exchange.
Partner and inform department recruitment efforts for consistent messaging and development of roles/responsibilities between department, the college and MSU Admissions.
Coordinate the CANR participation in recruitment events held on-campus and off-campus for prospective and admitted students. Develop and manage CANR sponsored recruitment events.
Assist at-risk students with targeted approaches that address retention and student success.
Annually teach an introductory course for inbound CANR students to support their personal and professional development as a student at MSU.
Develop and monitor the success of programming intended to build inclusive environments for minoritized students
Act as a liaison between the college and university on student success initiatives.
Masters -Student Affairs, Higher Adult Learning
Candidate should have at least general understanding of Agriculture and Natural Resources with a Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Adult Learning, or closely associated field. Background or expertise should involve student advising, particularly for under-represented and culturally diverse populations; program planning experience; knowledge of student support systems (admissions, residence life and engagement) and budget management. Individual should have demonstrated competency in workplace technologies and promotion of effective teamwork among faculty, staff and students.
Required Application Materials
Provide a cover letter explicitly addressing the above responsibilities and your qualifications and describing your interest in the position with an emphasis on your experience and philosophical approach(es) to achieving a culture of diversity and inclusion, a CV, and the names of three (3) references (who will not be contacted except for those interviewed) by the deadline. Letters from these references are not initially required, but these individuals may be immediately approached for additional information. Please direct all questions to Dr. Kelly Millenbah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The search committee will begin reviewing applications on Monday, April 15, 2019.
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