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Assistant Director of Advising and Retention

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Posting Date

1/21/2020 12:00:00 AM

Position Information

Working Title:  Assistant Director of Advising and Retention
UW System Title:  Assistant Director, Academic Advising

Essential Job Functions

This position reports to the Director of Advising and Retention and helps proactively aid the development of programs, policies, and procedures that align with the institution’s retention goals and priorities. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Student Support Success Team to promote persistence and degree completion. The Assistant Director will also oversee advisors dedicated retention with a focus on creating an inclusive strategy to support the institutional commitment to diversity, inclusion and opportunity.

This position includes the following responsibilities:

  • Supervise advising and retention staff and provide direction for services and programs to promote student success, retention, and degree completion.
  • Act in collaboration with the advising and retention director and other offices, including Student Success and Engagement, Financial Aid, Distance Education among others, to develop retention efforts and remove barriers to student persistence and completion.
  • Provide recommendations for and assist in the development of an institutional culture committed to a broad responsibility for recruitment and retention.
  • Develop, maintain, and strengthen internal partnerships related to retention efforts with the academic colleges, additional locations, office of student success, athletics, student affairs and other offices as appropriate.
  • Assist with developing an annual strategic retention plan outlining specific strategies for enrolling target populations, consistent with established institutional goals.
  • Facilitate cross-department initiatives to retain students, such as emergency and retention grants or early-alert programs, and to reduce barriers impacting student retention.
  • Recommend undergraduate advising personnel needs and allocations. Assist in the training and supervision of advisors, including the resolution of routine personnel issues.
  • Advises the Director of Advising and Retention on enrollment strategies and retention efforts to support student success, persistence and graduation.
  • Work with the director of advising and retention to collect qualitative and quantitative student data to align with institutional retention goals.
  • Support director of advising and retention and others to provide proactive interventions for students who earned probation, strict probation, and suspension.


  • Bachelor's degree at time of application
  • 5 years of progressively responsible advising or related experience in higher education

  • Master's degree
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Management experience including direction of daily work, and the ability to provide dynamic and effective leadership of diverse staff
  • Demonstrated understanding of complex issues facing higher education
  • Comprehensive knowledge of principles and practices of retention in higher education
  • Experience with college-level retention efforts
  • Experience with data collection and analytics

The successful candidate will be expected to work inclusively and respectfully within a diverse campus community and practice civility in the workplace. The University welcomes applicants who are dedicated to the appreciation and promotion of inclusivity and equity as crucial components in the pursuit of organizational excellence.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong oral, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills, demonstrated integrity and strong leadership, and the willingness to work independently and as part of a collaborative team. The University invites applicants who are dedicated to enriching the quality of life for students and the community by embracing the educational value of diversity, promoting environmental sustainability, encouraging engaged citizenship, and serving as an intellectual, cultural, and economic resource.

Conditions Of Appointment

Occasional travel, and occasional evening and weekend work required.

Position is a full-time (100%) Academic Staff appointment.  Official transcripts of the highest degree achieved will be required of finalist(s). A criminal conviction investigation will be conducted on the finalist(s). In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Salary range of $60,000 - $63,000
This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

The UW System provides an excellent benefits package, including participation in the Wisconsin State Retirement System.

To Apply

STEP 1: Please select the applicable link below:

External Applicants: (NOT currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)
Internal Applicants: (Currently employed by the University of Wisconsin System)

STEP 2: From "Search Jobs" screen,
  • Click "View All Jobs"
  • Select "Assistant Director of Advising and Retention"
    • You must login before you can apply. Input your "User Name" and "Password" and select "Sign In."
    • If you have not yet registered, click "Register Now" to begin the registration process.

STEP 3: Submit application materials:

Please be sure to complete all required fields, and include all required documents before submitting your application. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit or attach any application materials. Files must be complete to be considered. Please include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three references


You must select "Submit" to forward your application materials to the search committee.

If you have any questions, need accommodations, or submitted your application with missing materials, call or email:

Vicki Nellis
Phone: (920) 465-2977

Application Deadline

To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by Sunday, February 9, 2020.

Note: The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is an Affirmative Action Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce and to maintaining a community which welcomes and values a climate supporting equal opportunity and difference among its members. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, genetic information, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status (including disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran status), age, or disability.