The Student Success Navigator, Community College Partnerships, is an academic advisor who functions primarily to assist prospective students at community colleges across Mississippi and Alabama transition into bachelor’s degree programs at Mississippi University for Women. The Navigator will also work with transfer students to ensure a smooth transition and refer students to appropriate resources, as necessary. The Navigator works closely with students, faculty, and university offices on matters relating to student advising, persistence, and retention. The Navigator maintains a rigorous travel schedule visiting community colleges for the purpose of building relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
Maintain a working knowledge of all available programs at the university so that prospective students can be referred to appropriate programs
Maintain a comprehensive knowledge of the programs specifically designated as baccalaureate pathways for community college students
Provide curricular guidance to prospective students prior to enrollment in designated pathway programs
Utilize the Mississippi Articulation Transfer Tool (MATT) and the Alabama Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) Web sites
Extensive travel (including overnight) across Mississippi, Alabama, and the region Promote the university, particularly the designated pathway programs, at community colleges across Mississippi, Alabama, and the region
Interface with counterparts at all levels of the community college structure
Assist with transfer orientation and other transfer retention efforts
Make unsolicited (i.e. “cold”) calls to prospective students, faculty, staff, and administration, as necessary, to develop interest in university programs
Schedule virtual appointments through videoconferencing systems
Maintain records of students recruited through community college partnerships
Refer successfully recruited students to appropriate personnel within the Colleges
Understand best practices in student advisement, retention, and intervention
Serves as primary advisor for undeclared students Support the efforts of the Student Success Center, as necessary and as requested
Assesses student success needs; Identify student barriers to success and effectively intervene;
Assists students to develop a plan for meeting identified student needs
Works with the Student Success Center in the reporting of data and the implementation of student success and retention strategies
Counsels and refers students to appropriate resources including but not limited to: academic success resources, scholarships, part-time or student worker employment, and other essential support services needed by individual students
Is knowledgeable of strategies and techniques for educating underprepared and underachieving students;
Assists students to access needed resources
Conducts small and large group sessions on topics that present barriers to success, such as: time management, organizational skills, stress management, setting priorities, test-taking skills, learning styles, and math skills Supports College and University enrollment strategies by assisting in the development of promotional materials, developing strategies for identifying prospective students, contacting prospective students, etc.
Organizes and leads student support groups related to retention and academic success of students
Apply online at: https://muw.peopleadmin.com/
MUW is a public university that feels like a private college. Founded in 1884 as the first public college for women in the United States, MUW is a tradition-rich university that has educated men for more than 30 years. Located in historic Columbus and on a campus boasting 23 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the campus atmosphere is collegial and supportive of excellent teaching and learning. The W welcomes qualified applicants who wish to contribute to our tradition of excellence and building a diverse and inclusive community reflective of our diverse student population.
Education and Experience:
Master’s degree required Requires more than 1 year but less than or equal to 3 years experience.
Extraordinarily strong organizational skills
Extraordinarily strong interpersonal communication skills
A foundation of basic computer skills (e.g. MS office, word processing, spreadsheet analysis)
Proficiency with all the latest communication technologies (e.g. videoconferencing software, scheduling software) and social media
Preferred, but not required that the successful candidate have experience with campus engagement as a support professional
Preferred, but not required that the successful candidate have knowledge or experiences working with community college transfer students or senior college students
Valid driver’s license
Experience advising at the community college and/or university level is a plus.