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Honors Advisor and Retention Specialist (Student Services Specialist lll)

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Diego
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Position Summary

The Honors Academic Advisor and Retention Specialist reports to the Director of the Weber Honors College. Responsibilities include developing and implementing advising and/ or programs that facilitate growth in the areas of scholarship, personal and leadership development, citizenship, mentorship, and campus engagement. This specialist also provides guidance and mentoring, through programming and advising efforts to students enrolled in the Weber Honors College at SDSU; including out-of-state, international, and underrepresented students. Evening and weekend work are sometimes part of this position.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits eligible, permanent/probationary position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

The individual hired into this role will work on campus at SDSU in San Diego.

Department Summary

The Division of Faculty Advancement and Student Success (DFASS) fosters inclusive academic excellence through support for faculty careers, professional development, and community engagement and student academic support and enrichment, including the Weber Honors College.

For more information regarding the Division of Faculty Advancement and Student Success Department, click here.

Education and Experience

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field; including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related. Possession of the required knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required. 

A Master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling.

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Honors Program/College ideals and goals.
  • Experience with recruitment and retention of high-achieving undergraduate students, including those from diverse backgrounds, underrepresented populations, and out-of-state.
  • Experience facilitating, advising, and mentoring undergraduate student engagement and retention in an internship, professional development leadership, service, research, and study abroad opportunities.
  • Experience developing specialized learning experiences that facilitate postbaccalaureate success, including workshops and networking opportunities.
  • Experience in recruitment and outreach activities, including event planning, for prospective and current students.
  • Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education/student affairs, counseling, or related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of a variety of academic disciplines in terms of course requirements and career paths.
  • Experience developing peer advising and mentoring programs.

Compensation and Benefits

Starting salary upon appointment is not expected to exceed $5,276 per month. 

Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources. 

San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. For more information regarding SDSU benefits, please click here.

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,276 - $7,517 per month. 

Diversity and Community at SDSU

At SDSU, our diversity gives us power and benefits every single member of our community. 

Through our commitment to equity and inclusion, we encourage all members of our community to purposefully learn from one another through open and respectful dialogue and responsible engagement.  For more information, click here.

Principles of Community

At San Diego State University, we are a community of diverse individuals who have and represent many perspectives, beliefs and identities. This diversity lends our community strength, and we commit to creating and sustaining an inclusive and intellectually vibrant environment that benefits all members of our university. 

SDSU’s Principles of Community is an aspirational statement that is intended to evolve over time. The statement reflects the ideals we are encouraged to uphold in our interactions with one another. 

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on May 28, 2024. To receive full consideration, apply by May 27, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current SDSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers all qualified candidates for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic or status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who request an accommodation by contacting Livia Peeples at lpeeples@sdsu.edu.

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