Unclassified - Academic Staff; Coordinator of Retention Programs/Advisor (OMSA)

Code: 094 Posted: 12/08/2014

Coordinator of Retention Programs/Advisor
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for a Coordinator of Retention Programs/Advisor in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Bilingual candidates with fluency in Hmong are strongly encouraged to apply.

Under the direction of the Assistant Dean of Students, the Coordinator for Retention Programs/Advisor is responsible for providing student support and cultural programming for historically underrepresented students. Provide assistance to the campus in areas of access, retention and persistence to graduation of first-generation and multicultural students of various backgrounds. With an emphasis on working with students with a Southeast Asian background and experience. Perform other duties as necessary.



  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Experience coordinating student programs, events, activities or related experience

  • Experience coordinating multicultural events, activities, programs or related

  • Experience working with students of various backgrounds, first generation, low socio economic status, and students of color.

  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written)


  • Experience in program evaluation

  • Master’s Degree

  • Bilingual – English and Hmong

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

40% A. Program Development and Coordination

  1. Coordinate college readiness and cultural awareness programs for students.

  2. Work collaboratively with office staff on developing new retention and cultural programs.

  3. Develop and implement successful programs targeting areas of academics, career development/job placement and alumni relations meeting the needs for all minority/disadvantaged student populations.

  4. Collaborate with offices/organizations/committees such as: Student Activities Office, Residence Life, Advising and Career Center, Student Support Services, Admissions, and Ethnic Student Organizations, and diversity committees, etc.

  5. Coordinate socio/cultural programming: Taking Care of Business Awards Banquet (TCB), American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC), work with Admissions on Multicultural Open Houses, and etc.

  6. Facilitate, assess and evaluate the Lawton Program for sophomore level students and above.

30% B. Advising and Retention Strategies

  1. Gather information critical for planning programs pertinent to recruitment, retention, financial aid, and academia.

  2. Conduct research in order to broaden knowledge for training student employees.

  3. Monitor progress of students of color by providing intrusive advising and intervention as appropriate.

  4. Maintain complete and accurate records of contacts with students.

  5. Work with students applying for the Lawton Undergraduate Retention Grant, Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP), and Minority Teacher Forgivable Loan (MTFL), as well as assist students with finding other grants and scholarships.

  6. Create and maintain data critical for retention evaluation and assessment.

10% C. Community Outreach

  1. Assist the Director with the development of collaborative relationships with other organizations and the development of additional program resources.

  2. Assist in writing reports/grants and serve as a liaison with local community and ethnic organizations.

  3. Other items as assigned by Director.

20% D. Other Projects and Responsibilities

  1. Assist the Director with supervision of student workers and interns on a daily basis.

  2. Provide training resources for student employees.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  • Ability to work with students in various areas such as: academic advising, student counseling, career advising/job placement.

  • Ability to learn and perform accurate tasks with little supervision

  • Ability to read, write and effectively communicate in Hmong strongly preferred.

  • Ability to coordinate successful programs and student success for students representing diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity social economic status and academic abilities.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems.

  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize multiple work assignments and projects.

  • Ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective professional working relationships with individuals at all organizational levels both with the campus community and with external institutions, community leaders, agencies, and others.

  • Computer proficient in using the internet, email, word processing, desktop publishing and spreadsheet database software

  • Ability to work nights and weekends for student events

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic office

The University and Area

UW-Parkside is a regional comprehensive university that is committed to accessibility, academic excellence, student success, diversity, and community engagement. This beautiful campus is on 700 acres of woodland & prairie in the heart of the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor, between Racine and Kenosha and near Lake Michigan. The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students, many of whom are first- generation and nontraditional students. UW-Parkside benefits from the diversity of the communities it services in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. Kenosha and Racine are small cities that offer tranquility and convenience. The myriad attractions of Milwaukee and Chicago are easily accessible, as is the solitude of the country. UW-Parkside is strongly committed to creating and maintaining a multicultural, pluralistic campus environment.

The tri-county region that comprises the University’s primary service area is home to an impressive array of businesses. There are more than 10,000 small businesses in the region, as well as a large number of globally-recognized employers. The college, through its active, engaged Advisory Board, enjoys a close relationship with many of these businesses. For further information regarding the University and community, please see our website at www.uwp.edu.

 Review of Applications

Applications received by December 29, 2014 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

Application Process

Interested candidates should provide a complete application packet which include:

  • Cover letter explaining required and preferred qualifications

  • Current CV

  • Three references with contact information

  • Transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable)

Go to: https://www.careers.wisconsin.edu

Click the "Apply Now" button. You must create an account and login before you can apply. If you have not yet registered, click on the "Click here to Register" link to begin the registration process. If you are already a registered user, input your "User Name" and "Password' and select "Login." Enter the keyword “Parkside” in the Search field.

Your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are attached and all required fields are completed. 

Salary:  Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

Contact Information

If you have application questions, please email or call:

April Puryear
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
900 Wood Road
P.O. Box 2000
Kenosha, WI 53144-2000
Email: puryeara@uwp.edu
Office Phone: +1 262 595 2674

It is the policy of UW Parkside to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

A criminal background check and degree verification are part of the application process.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. 

Contact Name: April Puryear

Contact Phone: (262) 595-2674

Contact Email: puryeara@uwp.edu

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