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Student Success Specialist

Nevada State University
Nevada, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Student Success Specialist

Nevada State University appreciates your interest in employment. To ensure your application process runs smoothly, we ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:
  • The required documents are listed below on the posting. Your application may not be considered if you do not attach the required documents.
  • Draft applications are saved automatically and can be accessed through your candidate home account. Completed applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.
  • Please note, recruitment will close without notice when a hiring decision has been made.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources department at (702) 992-2320 or

Job Description

Nevada State University invites applications for the position of Student Success Specialist. The Student Success Specialist will support the Academic Advising Center (AAC), which coordinates academic advising and student success at Nevada State. The Academic Advising Center serves as a resource to students and teaching faculty in all Schools within the University. The AAC assists students in acquiring and maintaining the academic skills necessary to succeed in their college careers. The AAC provides timely, accurate and developmental academic advising. In addition, this position helps current and prospective students with program requirements, policies, and procedures.

The student success responsibilities will focus on helping to retain students, with particular emphasis on first-year undergraduates with academic risk factors. The position will be involved with using an early alert system which will allow for intrusive advising and support for students in academic difficulty. The position will also advise students concerning their life, career and educational goals. The student success specialist will help students with getting back on track, identifying issues and referring to on and off campus resources that may help the student.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement:

Nevada State University, a four-year Minority Serving public institution with a statewide mission, is dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning and committed to the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Designated a Hispanic Serving (HSI) and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Institution (AANAPI), Nevada State is a university where teaching and student support are valued above all else.

A majority of our students are first generation, racial/ethnic minorities, parents, and/or returning students, of which 45% are Hispanic, 12% are Asian/Pacific Islander, 11% are Black/African American, 25% are White, and 7% are multiracial.

We celebrate the storied backgrounds of our campus community. We operate with a shared commitment to represent and serve the diverse population of Nevada and to encourage the exchange of ideas that respects and honors the lived experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We foster a culture of inclusive excellence so our members can live authentically, fully engage, and flourish. In order to strengthen the university and progress its mission, the university dedicates itself to intentional and ongoing reflection to meeting the evolving needs of Nevada State University, the surrounding communities, and the State of Nevada.

We seek applicants who are passionate about working with this promising student population and collaborating with faculty and staff across departments to make a lasting impact in developing our institution and our community.

We encourage you to highlight your background in fostering an inclusive campus culture and supporting the success of students who are historically underrepresented in higher education.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Utilize a developmental, coaching approach to academic advising/mentoring.
  • Maintain a strong understanding of success coaching concepts - including learning and studying strategies and non-cognitive factors such as mindset and social belonging - and incorporate them to enhance student learning and promote healthy retention and graduation rates.
  • Facilitate students' academic progress by evaluating their needs and developing appropriate educational plans.
  • Participate in the advising-related portion of new/transfer student's orientation sessions.
  • Provide proactive and intrusive advising for students with academic risk.
  • Intervene and advise students referred to the Student Success Specialist by faculty and staff via Nevada State's student success network.
  • Manage students in crisis or who are experiencing hardship and collaborate with other campus resources on an as-needed basis.
  • Advise students placed on academic warning, academic probation, and academic suspension.
  • Assist in the assessment of data to identify student success and retention trends.
  • Maintain students' academic files that include a record of the advising activity that takes place during each visit.
  • Help coordinate, create, and deliver workshops for student populations.
  • Provide walk-in advising on assigned days.
  • Assess the student's stage of development and promote their growth through the analysis of options and by charting a path towards attainable academic and career goals.
  • Act as a liaison to campus departments and give students resources to complete procedures on campus such as (but not limited to): academic petitions, financial aid petitions, registration, withdrawal, major change, and student information updates.
  • Maintain all advising data and provide reports to the Director of Academic Advising as required.
  • Incorporate evidence based and data driven approaches to student success.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development opportunities including participation in NACADA: the Global Community for Academic Advising.
  • Office hours are Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM, but some weekends and evenings may be required. Some travel may be required.

Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • At least 1 year of experience in higher education.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse, nontraditional, first generation student population.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently and contribute to a team environment while effectively managing multiple priorities and deadlines.
  • Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship (Nevada State does not sponsor employment-related visas).

Please note: Applicants must meet the posted minimum qualifications at the time of application in order to be considered for the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least 1 year of experience in academic advising, counseling, or related field.
  • Master's degree in advising, education, counseling or related field.
  • Experience with developmental advising/academic coaching at the college level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to evidence based and data driven approaches to student success.
  • Proven experience creating advising tools and methods; Experience developing and conducting workshops.

Salary & Benefits

Budgeted salary for this position is $49,231.18. Nevada State University offers excellent benefits, including 17.50% retirement match, 24 annual leave days, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 12 paid holidays, educational benefits, and three health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts.

This Posting is Open Until Filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Lists of eligible candidates will be established and hiring may occur early in the recruiting process. Recruitment will close without notice when a hiring decision has been made.

Special Instructions for Internal NSHE Applicants

Nevada State University employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE, UNLV, UNR, NSU, CSN, TMCC, WNC, GBC, or DRI) MUST use the “Browse Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at Nevada State and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Browse Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment(s) viewable to you will be the attachment(s) to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment(s) to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment(s) will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please upload the following documents:
  • Detailed resume listing relevant qualifications and experience;
  • Cover Letter indicating why you are a good fit for the position and Nevada State University;
  • Names and contact information of three references, at least one of whom can speak to your teaching ability (you will be notified before references are contacted).

Applications that do not include the required uploaded documents may not be considered.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in their cover letter. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

Nevada State University does not currently sponsor Visas, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

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