at Academic Affairs SYTE
Location 18 Agassiz Circle, Buffalo, New York
Date Posted July 26, 2021
Category Staff
Job Type Full-time

Description

Say Yes to Education (SYTE) Student Advocate

Medaille College is accepting applications for the position of Say Yes to Education (SYTE) Student Advocate. Under the direction of the Director of Say Yes to Education. The Say Yes to Education (SYTE) Student Advocate’s mission is to support the transition of SYTE students at Medaille College in their pursuit of academic achievement; with a focus on engagement, persistence, retention and graduation from Medaille College

The successful candidate will build impactful connections with students that support academic success, engagement and persistence. Apply best practices of trauma-informed education to build student-centered relationships and assist students in their transition to post-secondary education. Collaborate with campus and community partners, students and families to facilitate a successful high school to college transition. Contribute to the creation of a holistic asset-based culture that encourages growth, leadership, self-awareness and self-advocacy. Demonstrate awareness and an understanding of the need to create an environment that reflects diversity, equity and inclusion.

This position requires a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience working in educational settings with significant youth development experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Must have experience working with diverse first-generation, low-income, under-resourced and marginalized populations, knowledge of and familiarity with completing the FAFSA and New York State TAP application Proficiency with technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, BANNER and Social Media platform, as well as strong verbal and written communication skills

Cover letter, resume and three references should be electronically submitted to Barbara Bilotta, Director of Human Resources, Medaille College. Review of applications will continue until position is filled. No phone calls please.

Medaille College invites applications from all qualified applicants. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse faculty, staff and student body and we support faculty development within a collegial team atmosphere.

 

Say Yes to Education (SYTE) Student Advocate

Objectives:

  • Build impactful connections with students that support academic success, engagement and
  • Apply best practices of trauma-informed education to build student-centered relationships and assist students in their transition to post-secondary education.
  • Collaborate with campus and community partners, students and families to facilitate a successful high school to college transition.
  • Contribute to the creation of a holistic asset-based culture that encourages growth, leadership, self-awareness and self-advocacy.
  • Demonstrate awareness and an understanding of the need to create an environment that reflects diversity, equity and inclusion.

Position Description

  • Increase the retention rates for Say Yes students, collect data to track persistence and maintain confidential student records
  • Create success strategies for students to maintain Academic Standing including: developing recovery plans if/when students have academic standard issues; working with students to understand the reasons for leaving Medaille College prior to graduation
  • Review all academic progress reports and utilize all applicable educational software systems to support academic success including BANNER, Early Alert and Medallion
  • Have at minimum, tri-weekly check-in meetings with caseload to foster engagement, build relationships and review academic progress reports and end-of-semester grades
  • Collaborate with departments across campus to holistically support students
  • Collaborate with external community partners to support, create opportunities and remove barriers for Say Yes students
  • Plan and execute student engagement events/workshops in addition to developing and implementing departmental programming
  • Support student’s social-emotional development and have the ability to recognize student’s personal and mental health concerns and refer to appropriate resources
  • Make recommendations for changes to institutional policies and practices that appear to create unnecessary barriers to student success
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • Preferred Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration
  • Required Bachelor’s degree and minimum 5 years’ experience working in educational settings with significant youth development experience
  • Experience working with diverse first-generation, low-income, under-resourced and marginalized populations
  • Proficiency with technology including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite, BANNER and Social Media platforms
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with completing the FAFSA and New York State TAP application
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

 

 

 

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