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Assistant Director, Graduate Student Success (14947)

Purdue University
Job Location:
West Lafayette, Indiana
Career Development and Services
Job Summary:

The Assistant Director of Graduate Student Success will manage all aspects of graduate student success across the College of Engineering’s 3900+ graduate students with particular emphasis on retention, career development, and support for award nominations/applications. Manage the strategy, development, and implementation of new programs and initiatives to meet identified needs. Develop and oversee promotional communications recognizing graduate student achievements. Serve as a resource for postdoctoral scholars, developing needed programs/resources. Assist with identifying and applying for external funding to support initiatives. Some graduate student recruitment may also be included in this position.


  • A master's degree
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience in University Administration, Student Recruitment, Student Services,Career Services, Event Planning, Human Resources, Education, Academic Counseling or Communication
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will be accepted (e.g., a PhD with a minimum of 2 years of experience).
  • Ability to strategize, develop, and execute retention and professional development initiatives is essential
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and outstanding interpersonal skills to work effectively with a diverse group of graduate students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff
  • Essential skills include problem solving, organization, time management, customer service, creativity, and professionalism
  • Must be comfortable learning and working with a wide range of technologies, databases, and software applications
  • Must be highly motivated, self-initiating, and a team player
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and make decisions under pressure from students, faculty, administrators, and staff


  • A PhD with 2 years of related work experience
  • A degree in Engineering or another STEM discipline, Education, Counseling, Communication, Management, or related field
  • Experience working with graduate students at a major research university
  • Experience developing and implementing retention and/or recruitment programming for diverse audiences
  • Experience with promotional communications
  • Knowledge of graduate programs in Engineering

Additional Information:

  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions immediately
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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