Student Success Advisor

Saint Michael's College
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Location: Chittenden County,
About the Job

The Office of Purposeful Learning at Saint Michael’s College is inviting applications for the position of Student Success Advisor. Student Success Advisors work closely with Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and the Boucher Career Education to provide holistic, proactive mentorship and student support. Student Success Advisors guide students’ transition to and through college, foster academic and co-curricular planning and programming to support long-term personal and career goals, and work directly with students on strategies for success and overcoming academic and personal challenges.

As part of a team of advisors, the Student Success Advisor will provide information, outreach, and direct mentorship to a cohort of students, serving as a focal point for connecting students with resources and opportunities on campus. The Student Success Advisor will monitor individual student progress and coordinate with campus offices to support student success and retention. The Student Success Advisor will teach multiple sections of a 1-credit course each semester to help facilitate students’ experience at Saint Michael’s. In addition, this specific position is responsible for collaborating and coordinating with departments across campus to design, develop, and implement programming intended to provide support to second-year students.

Our lived experience impacts how we self-assess our skills, experience, and qualifications. In particular, data and statistics have shown that candidates who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, people from working class backgrounds, and others with minoritized and marginalized identities may not apply to jobs they do not believe they meet 100% of the requirements and expected responsibilities listed in the job descriptions. Some responsibilities and skills are teachable and can be learned on the job. If you can imagine yourself in this position, bringing value to our students and community, and meeting most of what we are looking for, please apply.

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Benefits include health, dental, vision, employer-paid life and disability insurance, voluntary life, critical illness and accident insurance options, parental leave, flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care), 401(k), generous paid time off, paid holidays, employee and dependent tuition benefits, employee and family assistance program, well-being programs and opportunities, discounted gym membership, paid volunteer time, use of the athletic facilities and the library, and countless opportunities to attend presentations, lectures, and other campus activities. 


Applicants should have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred 
  • 2-3 years of experience in student affairs, advising, counseling, or student support, or an equivalent combination of skills and experience in advising and mentoring college students 
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, organizational abilities, and the capacity to work effectively in a highly collaborative environment 
  • Ability to solve complex problems that often require considerable sensitivity, discretion, judgment, and negotiation 
  • Proven commitment to diversity and understanding of the challenges of diverse college students, including first-generation

An offer of employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Application Instructions:

Please be prepared to attach the following documents after clicking on the Apply Now button:

  • Resume 
  • Cover letter including a statement about your skills, experience, and approaches to providing student support and success with intentional equity, inclusivity, sensitivity, and unbiasedly 
  • Contact information for 3 references will be requested from applicants at a later date 

For full consideration, submit all application materials by April 7, 2023. Position remains open until filled. 

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

Saint Michael's College delivers a world-class education in a beautiful Vermont setting. Our close community allows students to form strong and enduring relationships with one another and with accomplished faculty and staff, providing an ideal learning environment where they have the space and support to challenge themselves and their peers. A fully residential college located minutes from Burlington, Saint Michael's offers an unparalleled mix of academic, spiritual, cultural, service, and wilderness experiences.

Saint Michael's is among the elite ranks of only 286 colleges and universities nationwide allowed to host a Phi Beta Kappa national honor society chapter on campus and is ranked 3rd in Best Colleges in Vermont by Niche, a popular college ranking website. In 2022, Saint Michael’s was once again named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best 388 Colleges, one of the Best Green Colleges, and one of the Best Northeastern Colleges. Situated next to Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, nearby Burlington, Vermont, consistently ranks as one of the best places in America to live. This includes America's 10 Great Places to Live (Kiplinger's), Top 10 Cities for Outdoor Recreation (Outside Magazine), Top 10 Small Cities for State of Well-Being (Gallup-Healthways), Top 10 Tech Hubs in the U.S. (Forbes), Top 5 Healthiest Places for Women in America (Self Magazine), Top 10 Greenest Cities in America, and Top Public Square in America (USA Today). It was also recently named a “climate haven” and ranked in the 10 Best Places in America to Live for Climate Resilience.

At the heart of our Edmundite Catholic mission is a belief that experiencing new perspectives, cultures, traditions, and ideas helps us become fuller, more compassionate people. As a Catholic higher education institution with a social justice mission, we are called to be even more intentionally inclusive, celebrating the complexity and individuality that each person brings to our community. Each of us at Saint Michael's carries an obligation to ensure all students, faculty, and staff encounter a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment.

Building a culture of inclusion is an ongoing and evolving journey. We are continually striving to ensure our processes, policies, and behaviors support and encourage diversity, meeting the needs of all individuals, especially those from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups. Saint Michael's College's vision of inclusion and diversity embraces not only racial and ethnic identities but also gender, age, religion, language, ability/disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, military service, geographic origin, and first-generation/multi-generation college experiences.

Saint Michael's College is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity, in compliance with applicable provisions of state and federal law that prohibit discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, age, ancestry, national origin, place of birth, religion, sexual orientation, veteran or military service status, HIV-positive test result status, genetic information, disability, or any other legally protected characteristic, as such characteristics and prohibitions are defined by applicable law. The College will not rely inappropriately on such characteristics, or upon related stereotypes or biases, in making employment-related decisions. Also, unless doing so would result in an undue hardship or otherwise would not be required by applicable law, the College will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, as well as any employee who is limited in their ability to perform the functions of their job because of pregnancy, childbirth or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

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