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Student Success Retention Specialist

Bellarmine University
Job Location:
Louisville, Kentucky
Academic Advising

Company Description:

Bellarmine University is a dynamic, growing university with a strong liberal arts focus in the Catholic higher education tradition and a bold vision for the future. Bellarmine has undergraduate and graduate enrollment of nearly 3,500 students and continues to add new academic programs while maintaining small class sizes and personal attention to students. Bellarmine is listed in The Princeton Review's Best 385 Colleges, is one of the top 20 Southern regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's 2019 college rankings and is a top university in Forbes' list of America's best colleges. In a survey by The Princeton Review, students praised Bellarmine as a place that is "welcoming to every single person and makes an effort to include everyone." Bellarmine students, faculty and staff engage in more than 25,000 cumulative hours of service each year, in Louisville and around the nation and world. Beginning in Fall 2020, Bellarmine's 22 athletic teams will compete in NCAA Division I, through an invitation from the ASUN Conference.

Bellarmine is located on a scenic 145-acre campus in the Highlands neighborhood and 46+ acres off-campus in Louisville, KY, which Forbes recently recognized as a "Top 15 City" for affordable living and National Geographic calls one of the "Best Small Cities in the U.S." Louisville is within a day's drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population.

Bellarmine is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply.

Bellarmine is committed to core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Bellarmine will demonstrate a fully realized and lived commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering all members of its increasingly diverse community and supporting them to achieve their full potential.

Job Description:

Bellarmine University's Student Success Center is seeking a Student Success Retention Specialist. This person will manage the Student Success Academy program, support college readiness initiatives and retention efforts. This is a two-year grant funded position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan and implement the bridge and first year transition program, Student Success Academy.
  • Assess student needs and evaluate academic progress.
  • Support students' acclimation to college.
  • Collaborate with campus departments and faculty to support student engagement, retention, and success efforts.
  • Assess program effectiveness in collaboration with Assistant Dean of Academic Services.
  • Serve as an Academic Success Coach.
    • Assist students in developing self-efficacy.
    • Help students identify, develop, and implement learning strategies and study skills specific to course materials.
    •  Refer students to appropriate academic personnel and support resources and collaborates with others to monitor and accelerate the academic progress of the students referred.
  • Implement workshops, in collaboration with faculty and Assistant Dean of Academic Services, centering academic skill development (i.e., financial literacy, goal setting, time management, study skills).

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Attend regular meetings with Academic Services and the Student Success Center.
  • Use the student alert system, Beacon, as a tool to identify at-risk students and connect them with appropriate resources.
  • Submit regular, monthly updates for reports.
  • Teach BU 100 Freshman Focus (optional and in addition to regular responsibilities).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in education, higher education, or a related field.
  • Two years of experience working in higher education.
  • Strong administrative, logistical, interpersonal, and public speaking skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse campus population, including those with different levels of academic preparation and varying physical and learning abilities, and socioeconomic levels.
  • Experience working directly with bridge programs, college readiness initiatives, advising and/or academic coaching.

Additional Information:

Bellarmine University is committed to core values of diversity, equity and inclusion and embraces diversity in our workforce among members of faculty, staff and administration. We remain committed to affirmative actions, policies, procedures and attitudes necessary to continue to build and retain a diverse and equitable workforce. We will demonstrate a fully realized and lived commitment to equity and inclusion, empowering all members of our increasingly diverse community and supporting them to achieve their full potential. As part of Bellarmine's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we will seek to ensure that all aspects of employment, including recruitment, selection, job assignment, training, compensation, benefits, discipline, promotion, layoff and termination processes remain free of discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class.

Application Instructions:

Applications should consist of the following documents: 1) a cover letter, 2) resume/CV, 3) and three professional references along with contact information

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Bellarmine University requires COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff. Individuals may request exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information may be found at

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