External Applicant Instructions
Please upload your resume/CV for automatic population of information to your Kean application.
Your contact information, work experience and education will be automatically filled in. Please review all fields - you will need to verify that the data is accurate.
In the “My Experience” section, you will find a resume/CV upload option where you can submit your cover letter and any other supporting documents you may wish to submit.
Bridge to Success Program
Student Development Specialist *Revised*
Reporting to the Director of the Bridge to Success Program (formerly PASSPORT), the Student Development Specialist (Professional Services Specialist 3) will support the mission of the Program, which provides access to freshmen applicants who do not fully meet University admission requirements, but who are determined and have potential to succeed academically. 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 Student Development Specialist will provide academic advisement, financial aid guidance, career advice and personal counseling to Program students. The Student Development Specialist will monitor student’s academic development, provide academic enhancement activities, assist with summer orientation and meet regularly with students. They will assist the Director by monitoring registration, retention, graduation, financial aid and other important data. This person will also assist with recruitment.
This is not a remote position and requires physical presence on campus as determined by the Supervisor. This position requires travel and a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.
Qualifications: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s degree and two years of professional experience providing support services or counseling services to young adults and/or college students is required. Experience in counseling and academic advisement, financial aid, career development, residence life and/or the first year experience in higher education is preferred. A Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of the required experience. 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. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Must have computer literacy, including the ability to use Microsoft Office programs, computer databases and technologies such as web-based services and social media.
Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointment is made. Please submit your cover letter, resume/CV and contact information for three professional references. Official transcripts are required prior to the starting date of employment.
Attention current Kean University employees (including part-time Student Assistants, Graduate Assistants, Academic Specialists and Adjuncts): Please apply via the internal career site to ensure consideration as an internal candidate. To apply internally, please log into your Workday account and select the Career icon on your homepage to view available positions.
As a condition of employment, external candidates are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date. If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for medical or religious reasons, you may submit a request for an exemption. All employees are expected to follow the University's current health and safety protocols for COVID-19 and any procedures/protocols created through additional correspondence.
Kean University complies with the New Jersey First Act (Senate Bill No. 1730, P.L. 2011, Chapter 70). Any individual newly hired by Kean University will be required to abide by this law and establish a principal residence in New Jersey. New employees will have a full 365 days to establish such residence, from the effective date of hire.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position, please refer to Section III.A. of our Reasonable Accommodations Policy & Procedures.
Diversity & Non-Discrimination Statement
Kean University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Kean’s commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to not only thrive, but climb higher in a diverse world. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we work to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the diversity and equity of all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and beyond.
Kean University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer