The State University of New York at Oneonta is seeking a proactive
leader to join our team as Director of Retention Initiatives
. Reporting directly to the Provost and Academic Vice President,
you'll spearhead cutting-edge strategies to revolutionize the
student educational experience and drive completion rates to new
heights. Implement state-of-the-art support systems, including an
early alert system, to provide comprehensive assistance that keeps
students on the fast track to success. Collaborate with academic
departments and student services, fostering an inclusive and
vibrant environment where student achievement knows no bounds. Your
pivotal role will shape the destiny of students at SUNY Oneonta,
driving unprecedented retention rates and unlocking a future
brimming with limitless possibilities for students. Join us today
and be a catalyst for transformative change.
As the seat of the Academic Affairs Division's leadership, the
Office of the Provost works closely with academic personnel and
administrative leaders across campus to support faculty, students,
and staff in advancing the educational mission of the University
and nurturing a thriving academic community. Supporting continuous
improvement and effectiveness in teaching and learning are
paramount to this work.
The Office of the Provost promotes diversity and inclusion efforts;
collaboration among faculty and staff; impactful engagement of
students; and professional development for all employees within the
division. The Office also fosters and celebrates excellence in
research and scholarly activities; supports research compliance;
seeks to build with other institutions, community entities, and
corporations' partnerships with the University's academic programs
To learn more about the University or the Department, please visit
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Administrative Support: Work closely with the Vice Presidents
to convene the University Retention Council, providing efficient
administrative support throughout the process.
- Strategic Retention Analysis: Monitor retention activities and
devise impactful strategies and resources to increase student
retention and graduation rates, with a particular focus on
historically minoritized populations.
- Comprehensive Plan Development: Actively participate in the
development of a comprehensive retention and student success plan,
contributing valuable insights and expertise.
- Cross-Divisional Collaboration: Collaborate with various
university departments, including Admissions, Financial Aid,
Student Affairs, Academic Advisement, The Student Learning Center,
Accessibility Resources, Access and Opportunity Programs, and the
Office of the Registrar, to develop and implement cross-divisional
retention strategies and intentional targeted interventions.
- Data-Driven Assessment and Performance Measures: Develop and
implement a data-driven assessment plans to regularly evaluate the
effectiveness of retention activities, reporting quantitative and
qualitative performance measures and recommending necessary
- Grant Proposal Development: Assist in the development of grant
proposals to secure external funding for comprehensive retention
programs and related initiatives.
- Progress Reporting to University Leadership: Keep university
leadership regularly updated on the progress and outcomes of
retention strategies, ensuring transparency and
- Website Management: Develop and maintain the University
Retention Council Website, ensuring it remains an informative and
user-friendly resource for stakeholders.
- Perform other assigned duties as needed to contribute to the
overall success of retention and student success initiatives.
: $70,000- $75,000 commensurate with
SUNY Oneonta offers a comprehensive benefits
package including health insurance, retirement, and paid time off.
View benefits information here: https://www.suny.edu/benefits/
- Master's degree in education, Higher Education Administration,
or a related field
- Three (3) years of experience in student retention, advising,
or other student support service areas.
- Demonstrated project management experience.
- Demonstrate familiarity of and experience working with
historically minoritized student populations.
- Experience working with multiple campus departments and
- Experience with program assessment.
- Demonstrated understanding of student retention research and
ability to describe issues affecting student success.
- Demonstrated leadership skills in an institution of higher
education (supervision, committee leadership etc.).
- Bilingual in English and Spanish.
SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or
master's degrees or certificates in one of 70-plus academic
programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values
inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing
community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and
The university is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the
northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour
drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a
population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the 20 Most
Picturesque Small Towns in America, according to Microsoft News.
The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each
season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating,
swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for
work/life balance, management, and culture. The university's
indeed.com rating is 4.4, with one recent review noting that the
people are what make SUNY Oneonta so special.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by
the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form,
that an applicant for employment provide his or her current
compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as
the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with
compensation. If such information has been requested from you
before such time, please contact the NYS Office of Employee
Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at
SUNY Oneonta values a diverse university community. Please visit
our website on diversity at: https://suny.oneonta.edu/diversity
. Moreover, the
University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected
veterans are encouraged to apply.
To apply online go to
. Please upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for
three professional references (required).
For other employment and regional opportunities, please visit our
website at: https://suny.oneonta.edu/about-oneonta/employment