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Assistant Director, First-Generation Student Success

$68,000 – $72,000 yearly

Salem State University

Last Updated: 2/25/23

Job Description

The assistant director of the first-generation success center assists in developing, implementing, and assessing resources to support first-generation students in their first and second year of college. The assistant director works closely with the assistant dean for student success and the first year experience to fulfill the goals of the area and honor the mission of the university while positively impacting the experience of first-generation students. The assistant director works with curricular, transition, and support programs and works collaboratively with a wide range of offices and academic departments. This is a twelve-month and includes evening and weekend commitments.
Please note this is a 2 1/2-year grant-funded position. Continued employment is contingent upon receiving funding past the second year.

Please Note: This is a 2-year grant-funded position. Continued employment is contingent upon funding past the second year.

Required Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree required, preferably in higher education/student affairs or related field
  2. 3-5 years of full-time professional experience in a college/university setting or full-time in a college-readiness or other program designed to support first-generation college-going students
  3. Experience working directly with first-generation college student populations
  4. Experience working with access or success initiatives

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Experience working with diverse populations
  2. Evidence of strong written and communication skills
  3. Experience developing and sustaining productive collaborative relationships with colleagues (faculty and staff) in support of student success
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of current research, theory and exemplary practices related to first-generation college students
  5. Experience working with fundraising, specifically related to donors/grants
  6. Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese

Working Conditions:

Salem State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. For accommodation information or requests please email

Office activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and interaction with computer equipment; occasional bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 5-10 pounds.

Ability to work a flexible schedule according to departmental needs, which may include occasional evenings and weekends.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please apply online and attach resume and cover letter.

Employment is contingent upon a completed background and CORI check satisfactory to the university. Internal candidates are not subject to background check.

This position is not eligible for H1B visa sponsorship.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Salem State University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement.

EEO Statement:
Salem State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply.

Please Note: If there is no application deadline associated with a position, it may be removed at any time and additional applications will not be accepted.

Company Details

Salem, Massachusetts, United States
Our Mission Salem State's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development. Our Vision Salem State University will be a premier teaching university that engages students in an inspi...