Job Positions

Assistant Dean/Director Center for Student Success

Categories: Not Region Specific


Enrollment Management


Newberry College

Date Posted:

Jun 8 2023 7:38AM

Close Date:

Sep 30 2023

Position Description

Newberry College is seeking a visionary and “student-first” professional to serve as the Assistant Dean/Director for the Center for Student Success. The successful candidate will serve on the Enrollment/Retention Management Team (ERM) and play an important leadership role in developing retention initiatives to advance the College’s strategic goals. (Note: The ERM team includes the President, VPAA and other key leaders). The Assistant Dean will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Center for Student Success, the hub of student support at the college. The Assistant Dean has direct supervision responsibilities for the Academic Success Coaches, Coordinator of Disabilities and Academic Accommodations, Career Services Director. (Note: The Center will be adding positions in the future). The successful candidate will be a leader, capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously. He/she will ensure that students who are identified as needing academic assistance receive the support to succeed academically. This includes managing the Early Alert system, peer and professional tutoring, development of academic plans, and other retention-focused initiatives. The Assistant Dean will work closely with the Associate Dean, Dean of Enrollment Management, key administrators and faculty to develop a holistic approach to student success which begins once the student deposits and starts the enrollment process. He/she will chair the Retention Action Group and Student Intervention Team, with the responsibility for coordinating outreach across campus administrative units including faculty, admissions, student affairs, and athletics. The Assistant Dean will be an active member of the campus community which includes being widely available for student help, developing student support programs, and serving on institutional committees. Newberry College is a residential college; some evening and weekend work will be required. Newberry College is committed to the achievement of academic excellence through service, personal attention, proactive intervention and implementing cutting-edge retention tools and initiatives. The successful candidate will have intercultural competence and experience working with students from diverse and underrepresented populations.


1. Provide leadership in developing programs, interventions and strategic initiatives to ensure student success and persistence. Work collaboratively with campus partners to implement.

2. Provide supervision, leadership and mentoring of Academic Success Coaches and other staff in the Center for Student Success.

3. Oversee, implement, and manage strategic student support programing related to peer tutoring, summer bridge, first generation students, student employment and other initiatives as prioritized by the college.

4. Chair the Retention Action Group (RAG), consisting of various campus partners, to proactively track student persistence indicators and implement interventions when needed.

5. Develop and present weekly reports on student progression, success, and persistence to the President’s Council.

6. Manage the Early Alert System. Initiate appropriate student outreach and communication with the involved students, faculty and staff to ensure successful resolution.

7. Ensure CSS is responding to student issues and concerns; working closely with students to resolve all issues to ensure ongoing satisfaction and successful progress towards graduation.

8. Develop the necessary processes and programs to assist students in developing self-efficacy by identifying and overcoming obstacles that may be impeding academic success; work with students to learn effective time management and organization skills; motivate students to practice study-discipline and take ownership of their academic success.

9. Work collaboratively with Admissions to identify incoming students who need additional support; develop and monitor academic plans accordingly.

10. Develop internal marketing to direct students to appropriate campus support resources.

11. Work with the staff to provide leadership and supervision to student workers, peer tutors, and peer mentors.

12. Manage the design and effective delivery of information and marketing/promotions using the appropriate modes of technology such as Instagram, Website, Wolf Den.

13. Depending on need, the Director may be assigned a small student caseload to create and manage academic success plans and ensure student progress.

14. Work with the Dean and Associate Dean of Enrollment Management to develop and manage other strategic retention initiatives.

15. Perform all other duties as assigned by Associate Dean of Enrollment Management.

Application Process

Contact Sandy Scherrens 803-944-9431 or To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Please use the subject line, “Assistant Dean/Director Center for Student Success.”

Institution Information

Ranked as one of the Top Regional Colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Newberry College combines a strong liberal arts foundation with specialized professional degree programs. Newberry offers 42 academic majors, blending small classes, rich diversity, academic rigor and innovation with community service and co-curricular activities to prepare students for a balanced, meaningful and successful future. We are continually adding cutting-edge, in-demand academic majors as well as dual degree programs with Clemson and Duke, among others, and graduate and degree completion programs. We sponsor 24 NCAA Division II athletic teams. 40% of our students are first generation college students, and our student body comes from 21 states and 23 countries. We are committed to affordability; students receive a private college education at a state college price. Newberry is ranked No. 7 among Top Performers in Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report. We are located in South Carolina, close to Columbia, Charleston, and Greenville; and two hours to many of the south’s best beaches and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Additional Information

This is an excellent opportunity to join a college that is growing in enrollment, progressive in our strategy, and student-first!

Contact Information

Sandy Scherrens, 803-944-9431,


Required Qualifications

Master’s Degree in student development, counseling, or other areas of higher education.

5-7 years’ progressive experience working in a management level collegiate department with responsibility for retention, academic advising, student success and persistence

Preferred Qualifications

Successful track record of supervising professional level staff.

Knowledge of best practices related to student success, retention and persistence.

Supervision experience/demonstrated leadership skills to manage a large campus department.

Intercultural competence and ability to work with students from diverse populations.

Demonstrated experience in developing initiatives to enhance the student experience.

Strong technical skills including experience with Excel and other Microsoft programs, Slate, Jenzabar and other web-based programs.