Coordinator for Retention Programs

Code: 15802 Posted: 08/14/2019

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for the position of Coordinator for Retention Programs.

Coordinator for Retention Programs is responsible providing student support and cultural programming for historically underrepresented (Multicultural/Disadvantaged) students. Provide assistance to the campus in areas of access, retention and persistence to graduation of Multicultural/Disadvantaged students of various backgrounds. Also, provide leadership to the Always Reaching Upward Mentoring program and support to the Lawton and Advanced Opportunity Program Grants. Assist the OMSA leadership in creating an atmosphere of Academic Excellence, Leadership and professional development for students through retention initiatives.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Create, develop and implement successful programs targeting academics, retention, leadership and career development meeting the needs of Multicultural/Disadvantaged students.
  • Coordinate college readiness and cultural awareness programs. 
  • Advise college students on academics, leadership, involvement and personal/social concerns.
  • Work collaboratively with office staff on developing new retention and cultural programs.
  • Collaborate with offices/organizations/committees such as: Campus Activities, Residence Life, Advising and Career Center, Student Support Services, New Student Services and Orientation, Ethnic Student Organizations, and diversity committees, etc.
  • Assist with socio/cultural programming: Taking Care of Business Awards Banquet (TCB), American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (AMSLC), work with Admissions and New Student Services on Multicultural Open Houses, and etc.
  • Monitor progress of students of color by providing intrusive advising and ntervention as appropriate. Maintain complete and accurate records of contacts made.

Program Management

  • Gather information critical for planning programs pertinent to recruitment, retention, financial aid, and academia. Continue to do research in order to broaden knowledge for training student employees.
  • Oversee the Lawton and AOP Grant Programs and the process for student recipients.
  • Provide assistance to Multicultural Students in the planning and development of cultural programs.


  • Work with the assistant director on preparing, administering, and manage department and program budgets.
  • Work with student staff on professional development; goal planning; recruitment of student staff; evaluate professional staff and provide performance management evaluations.
  • Serve as a designated Campus Security Authority (CSA) for Clery Compliance.
  • All other duties assigned by Assistant Director and Director.

Essential Knowledge And Abilities

  • Knowledge of successful models and theories of student success; in particular those that support Multicultural/Disadvantaged students.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks, projects and competing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and oral.
  • Ability to support and relate to the experience of Multicultural/Disadvantaged undergraduate students.
  • Ability to guide student staff and provide leadership to encourage growth and professional development.
  • Ability to design and implement successful programs using data driven metrics
  • Ability to work on a computer for long periods of time
  • Ability to drive/travel to conferences and to schools.

Education, Experience, Training And/or Certifications


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience working with Multicultural/Disadvantaged students.
  • Experience developing and managing programs supporting Multicultural/Disadvantaged students.
Salary and Benefits

Commensurate depending on qualifications and experience.

The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan. 

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Application Process

Applications must be submitted electronically through our employment portal. If you need additional assistance you may contact Human Resources at (262) 595-2204. Hours 8:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

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: 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. All materials must be added at one time, once submitted you may not edit/add to profile. Please include the following documents:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Names and emails of three professional references upon hire.

Review of Applications

Applications received by 11:59 p.m. Monday September 2nd, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Position is open until filled.

You must select "SUBMIT". Selecting "Save" will not forward your application materials to the search committee. 

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.

In instances where the Review Committee is unable to ascertain from a candidates application materials whether she/he meets all of the required qualifications, or if all of the application materials are not submitted, they will be evaluated as not meeting such qualifications and may be excluded from further consideration.


April Puryear

Diversity Jobs Employer Member
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