NIU’s Student Support Services Program works with 140 students each year. The program provides them with comprehensive academic, career, and financial literacy counseling services as well as cultural enrichment activities designed to enhance the participants’ persistence and graduation from the university and their next steps into graduate school or full-time employment.
The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Student Support Services Program is a federally funded grant program designed to support 140 NIU students who are from low-income families or are first generation college students. One of the goals of the program is to facilitate the retention of student participants, as well as admission into, and graduation from limited admissions, limited access and other targeted majors. The program provides these students with comprehensive academic, career, and financial literacy counseling services as well as cultural enrichment activities designed to enhance their persistence and graduation from NIU and help them to transition to graduate school or full-time employment. The Assistant Director under the supervision of the Executive Director is responsible for the day to day operations of the TRIO Student Support Services Program.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include but are not limited to:
small group retention coaching
developing and operationalizing student academic success plan(s)
documenting outcomes and conducting assessments assessment of the program, including collection of appropriate student participation and achievement data; and generating reports monthly, each semester and annually
supervision of SI Leaders and tutors
work in collaboration with the Executive Director to develop new and improve existing services based on program assessment;
Coordinate with selected academic units and other departments to enhance student services to SSS students; and
assisting the Director with Annual Performance Report (APR)
Minimum Required Qualifications (Civil Service)
Master’s degree in education, student personnel services, counseling or related field adherent to the position
Two (2) years full-time work experience with high school or college students.
Candidates must have a minimum of two (2) years of full-time experience as an instructor, Program Coordinator, or administrator.
Demonstrated experience in working with students from underserved populations.
Specialty Factors (Civil Service)
Preferred Qualifications (Civil Service)
Professional work experience within TRIO or similar programs; work experience that relates directly to the providing services to culturally and academically diverse college students.
Background similar to student population to be served including from low-income family or first in immediate family to attend college.
Bilingual – English/Spanish.