St.  Catherine University

Assistant Dean of Students for Persistence & Completion

Jan 25, 2022
Feb 26, 2022
Employment Status
Full Time
St. Catherine University and Student Affairs invite applications for an Assistant Dean of Students position focusing on Persistence & Completion.

St. Catherine University is committed to helping students find academic and personal success and supports the Student Affairs division in improving the experiences of students. Our division values diversity, equity and inclusion, ensuring student access to experiences that impact belonging and growth. We have been awarded the status of Minority Serving Institution ( MSI ) and are a Military Friendly (MF) university. We offer student affairs professionals the opportunity to work with our dynamic team as we tackle exciting goals for student success.

This position serves as the leader of the University's strategic approach to student retention and persistence, identifying barriers to student success and completion, utilizing data and predictive modeling to identify at-risk students and propose targeted interventions and coordinate appropriate support. This position also provides direct intervention with students regarding issues of concern, including initial contact and meetings, appropriate referrals on- and off-campus, and necessary follow-up conversations. Responsibilities include:

  • Chair the University's Enrollment Planning Group; shape and steward the University's persistence plan that includes all student populations.
  • Utilize the University's retention analysis report and related data to develop a retention model, cross functional working group, and action plan to improve student retention and persistence rates.
  • Understand and integrate strategies to retain transfer students and identified affinity populations (military, first-generation, BIPOC , etc).
  • Lead initiatives related to summer bridge and transition programs, as well as strengthening pipeline programs that address the transition of students to the University environment.
  • Research and promote strategies on student re-entry, engaging students who have stopped out, and address barriers to their re-enrollment.
  • In collaboration with academic advising and the University Registrar, implement strategies responsible for connecting with unregistered students, encouraging re-enrollment, and identifying barriers to their persistence and completion.
  • Facilitate strategic conversation across campus, advocate for resources, and assess University policies and procedures related to persistence and completion.
  • Complete a feasibility and needs assessment to guide the implementation of a one-stop model with possible wrap-around elements to meet student needs and expectations.
  • In partnership with Academic Advising staff, assist in coordinating on-going Student Success navigation training and engagement of students, faculty and staff.
  • Work closely with multiple University departments and other support agencies to coordinate support services; understand and develop working knowledge of resources outside the University community that will serve student's mental health needs, financial, food and housing insecurity issues and understand referral processes.
  • Chair the University's Case Management Team and coordinate support structures appropriate to retain students and address complex and complicated issues and situations.
  • Serve as a member and representative of the University's Office of Student Affairs leadership staff and as an initial contact and intake person for students in crisis situations; participate in supporting initiatives, committees, events, or projects.
  • Provide direct intervention and counsel with students regarding issues of concern, including initial contact and follow-up meetings, appropriate referrals, behavioral contracting, and necessary follow-up.
  • Meet with students indicating an interest in transferring or withdrawing from the University, and directing students to appropriate resources as a result of these discussions.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Current knowledge and experience of best practices and appropriate legal/procedural regulations/due process related to addressing students of concern, handling confidential/sensitive information with diplomacy and exercise judgement, congruent with university, state and federal policies.
  • Demonstrated conceptual understanding of issues of diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience gathering and interpreting data and the skills to use that data to inform a comprehensive retention and persistence strategy.
  • Experience managing confidential student information and appropriately assessing when sensitive information should be disclosed to appropriate on-campus partners.
  • Skills in organizing and addressing competing priorities and an ability to work independently.

  • Master's degree in college student personnel, counseling, social work or other related field.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a higher education environment that includes leadership.

  • Bachelor's degree in education, counseling, social work or other related field.
  • Seven (7) years of experience in a higher education environment that includes leadership.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in college student personnel, counseling, social work or other related field.
  • Five (5) years of experience in a higher education environment within student affairs or counseling.
  • Experience presenting to diverse audiences and stakeholders in both virtual and in-person formats.
  • Experience creating respectful and successful collaborative partnerships that make progress toward and achieve objectives.
  • Experience building relationships with students, faculty, staff, parents & families that come from a variety of cultural perspectives and experiences.
  • Experience using student-related management systems like Banner, Campus Cafe, etc. which are used for student success programs for retention.
  • Experience serving on an early alert systems team or a crisis intervention response team including development of the program through evaluation and implementation of improvements.

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for STAFF

Visit St. Kate Careers to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. Applications will be assessed as they are submitted.

Given the way campus life inherently puts people in close proximity to each other, including residence and dining halls, classrooms, and gatherings, the University has determined that a vaccination requirement is the best way to keep our community safe and prevent potential outbreaks as we return to more regular, in-person operations. St. Catherine University is requiring all students, faculty (including adjuncts contracted for the fall semester and beyond), staff, and residents age 12 and older to complete their COVID -19 vaccination series, including a booster, unless the University approves a medical or religious accommodation or other accommodation/exemption as required by applicable law. New employees must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exemption/accommodation before beginning work. For more information, visit .

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

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