Academic Advisor/ Retention Specialist- Tenure Track

SUNY Orange County Community College

Academic Advisor/ Retention Specialist- Tenure Track

  • Institution: SUNY Orange County Community College
  • Location: Middletown, NY US

Academic Advisor/ Retention Specialist- Tenure Track

  • SUNY Orange County Community College | Middletown, NY US
  • Hourglass IconJob Post Expiration: June 15, 2023
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Job TitleAcademic Advisor/ Retention Specialist- Tenure Track

Position TypeFull Time

Job Category Administrator

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Location Middletown, NY US

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Job Description

Academic Advisor/ Retention Specialist- Tenure Track

About SUNY Orange:

Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange), located in the scenic Hudson Valley, is a multi-campus College with locations in the cities of Middletown and Newburgh, NY. We proudly claim the distinction of being the first county-sponsored New York State Community College. And, for over 70 years, SUNY Orange has been the primary workforce provider and educational resource for residents of Orange County and neighboring counties.

Our students come from all walks of life and are committed to their education and career development. Our graduates speak highly of a curriculum that challenges them and prepares them upon graduation to be competitive and successful if they are directly entering the workforce or to thrive when they transfer to four-year institutions. SUNY Orange values diversity, has been certified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS) and has been named a Military Friendly college.

The College seeks dynamic individuals eager to engage in thoughtful, energetic and impactful leadership, and to help shape the future of a College that is respected within its community. If you desire the opportunity to mold the members of our diverse student body into the accomplished professionals and leaders they wish to become, crave an administrative atmosphere where creativity and forward-thinking ideas are welcomed, and are willing to roll up your sleeves to make it all happen, we encourage you to consider joining our College community.

Job Description:

SUNY Orange seeks an individual with a commitment to excellence in education  to support the implementation of Guided Pathways efforts by providing comprehensive academic advising and career planning to incoming students involving extensive student outreach, and demonstrating exemplary customer service.

The Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist is responsible for delivering comprehensive academic advising services and facilitating career exploration to their student caseload while providing direct assistance to students during onboarding, (New START) orientation and throughout their first year experience at the College.  The position supports student retention, persistence and academic success and provides direct assistance to students through systematic outreach, timely interventions and on-going academic planning and support. Must be available to travel between the College’s two campuses as well as work occasional evenings and weekend office hours as needed.



Education Required:         Master’s degree.

Experience Required:       Two years of full-time academic or career advising (college level) or experience guiding college bound students (traditional age to adults) through the college exploration/preparation process. Familiarity with the principles of student development and best practices in  academic advising including current and emerging advising approaches to support continuous improvement in the delivery of advising services.  Demonstrated workshop development and group facilitation skills.  Computer literate; knowledge of Google and MS Office.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Worker Characteristics:

Experience in a community college setting.
Three years of progressively responsible academic advising/career advising experience at the college level.
Experience working with at-risk students in an educational setting with measurable results.
Proficiency with Banner, Degree Works, Starfish, Microsoft Office, web-based applications,, video conferencing; Google and MS Suites.
Experience teaching first year seminars or similar courses.
Experience working with and presenting information to diverse audiences.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced office.
Ability to effectively establish and maintain strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Ability to manage multiple projects.
Fluency in Spanish.

Additional Information:

Deadline to apply:  June 2, 2023

Position begins ASAP

Salary: $61,185 per Faculty contract.

This position is a 12 month, tenure track position.  SUNY Orange offers a very competitive benefits package which includes excellent low cost health insurance.

Orange County Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction or any other category protected by law. The College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination in public institutions of higher education. Inquiries regarding this non-discrimination policy may be directed to: Iris Martinez-Davis, Civil Rights Compliance Officer, 115 South Street, Middletown NY 10940, (845) 341-4662,

Application Instructions:

Create a SUNY Orange Employment Account by clicking on the APPLY NOW button. Upload the following documents, which are required for consideration:

Cover Letter
References: Include three (3) professional references (including names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses). References will not be contacted without prior permission of the candidate.
Orange County Community College values a diverse and inclusive community. Please include in your cover letter an answer to the following questions:
How has diversity and inclusion played a part in your career?
How would you bring that insight into your position at the college?
After submitting your resume the subsequent pages will enable you to upload the additional documents.

Official transcripts will be required upon employment. Foreign transcripts which are not accompanied by an evaluation from an approved agency may not be reviewed. Applicants may contact NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluating Service) at to obtain a list of members providing this service. Any expenses incurred for this service must be borne by the applicant. Foreign transcript translations by applicant or educational institution are not acceptable.

All applicants must have the legal right to accept employment in the United States. SUNY Orange does not support visa applications.

Employment at the College may be subject to the favorable result of a background investigation.

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