Job Positions

Executive Director, Advising and Retention

Categories: South Central Region 7


Student Success


Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

Date Posted:

Jun 24 2021 9:03AM

Close Date:

Jul 14 2021

Position Description

Under the Associate Vice President of Academic Affair's supervision, the Executive Director of Advising and Retention will serve as the strategic and operational champion to enhance student success by developing and implementing student success and advisement strategies to advance learning, engagement, retention, and completion. The Executive Director will work closely with other campus units that support student development, academic achievement, and the University’s vision, mission, and values in the pursuit of excellence.


Provides oversight, supervision, and strategic direction for academic support services and academic advising units. Identify, develop, and guide innovative initiatives to improve student retention, persistence, and timely graduation using national best practices and emerging research to. Provide leadership, guidance, planning, and implementation of initiatives that foster inclusive excellence and equitable outcomes for all students, emphasizing improving retention, graduation, and time to degree and eliminating opportunity gaps for undergraduate students. Lead the implementation and integration of the student success management platform and develop and coordinate, facilitate related initiatives to enhance student success. Collaborate with partners across the University to leverage a coordinated student success network to assist students. Establish and monitor goals, objectives, and key performance indicators to determine the effectiveness of outreach campaigns, opportunities for intervention, and potential improvements to practices. Facilitate the improvement of unit processes and practices. Leverage technology and predictive analytics modeling and tools to supplement data-informed strategies for programs and services. Develop and facilitate training to include technology and student success management platforms to implement such strategies, initiatives, outreach, and practices. Serve as a Lead Advisor and advises students as needed. Cross-train in multiple majors and disciplines and assumes a caseload as needed. Meet with prospective students and parents and provides general University information. Model the core values for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Academic Advisor. Generate reports on student trends, risk-indicators, usage data, etc. utilizing technology, including Starfish software. Communicate and discuss findings with constituents. Partner and develop strong working relationships with institutional leadership, special committees, and consultants to support strategic goals. Provide regular on-campus professional development, including best practices sessions for student success for faculty and staff. Work closely with the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and actively supports the coordination and planning of projects, communications, agendas, and other collateral duties Act on the Associate Vice President's authority for Academic Affairs to oversee strategic projects with a focus on significant change management initiatives. Perform other duties as assigned.

Application Process

Institution Information

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a vibrant, Hispanic Serving Doctoral Research Institution that proudly provides a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty and highly-rated degree programs since 1947. The University has a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and community engagement as part of the distinguished Texas A&M System. With palm tree-lined pathways throughout the campus, nearby natural wetlands, a scenic hike-and-bike trail and a university beach, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the only university in the nation located on its own island, at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast. Texas A&M Corpus Christi is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer.

Additional Information


Contact Information

Dr. Jerel Benton, Interim Associate Vice President for Student Success


Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related field Five (5) years of related experience in student services program. Additional experience may be considered as a substitution for the minimum requirements; bachelor’s degree and seven (7) years of relevant experience Strong critical thinking, memorization, attention to detail, and communication skills, Ability to work independently while developing strong collaborative relationships. Ability to exercise excellent professional judgment and discretion, making decisions regularly that impact student welfare and the institution.

Preferred Qualifications

Progressively responsible experience in student success, advising, student support, or other university administration. Experience with student success technology platforms. Experience with project management and leading large-scale initiatives.