Reporting to the Spanish Speaking Program (SSP) Managing Assistant Director, the Student Development Specialist (Professional Services Specialist III) will support the mission of the Spanish Speaking Program, a unique transitional program that allows students of Hispanic descent who are English Language Learners (ELL) to have access to higher education at Kean University. The Program provides student-centered advising and counseling to assist students in developing intellectually, socially, culturally and personally to reach the ultimate goal of completing their baccalaureate degree.
The SSP Student Development Specialist will provide academic advisement, financial aid guidance, career advice and personal counseling to SSP program students. Since the student cannot communicate fully in English, the SSP Student Development Specialist is Bilingual in English and Spanish and serves as a liaison between the student and different offices at Kean. The Student Development Specialist will monitor student’s academic development, provide academic enhancement activities, assist with summer orientation and meet regularly with SSP students. They will assist the SSP Managing Assistant Director by monitoring registration, retention, graduation, financial aid and other important data. This position requires travel and a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.
This is not a remote position and requires physical presence on campus as determined by the Supervisor. It requires working on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic and interacting directly with students following all procedures and protocols set forth in the University’s Restart Plan and any procedures/protocols created through additional correspondence. The employee must have the ability to wear a face covering for the duration of the workday during the COVID pandemic or as determined by university protocol.
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college with a Master’s degree and two years of professional experience in an institution of higher education providing student support services or counseling services is required. Candidate must be fluent in Spanish, with excellent oral and written communication skills in Spanish and English. Experience in counseling and academic advisement, financial aid, career development, residence life and/or the first year experience is preferred. Candidate must be student centered; possess excellent organizational skills and customer service skills; and have the ability to work collaboratively with faculty and administrators to support students’ success. Must have computer literacy, including the ability to use Microsoft Office programs, computer databases and technologies such as web-based services and social media.
Application: Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to: Ms. Rosa Paulino, Search Committee Chairperson, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are required prior to the starting date of employment.