Job Details

California State University, Fullerton
  • Position Number: 1575899
  • Location: Fullerton, CA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services


Retention Specialist (SSP II)


Classificaiton: Student Services Professional II
Department: Academic Advisement Center
Sub-Division: AVP Academic Programs
Salary Range: $4,304 - $6,120 per month (Anticipated hiring salary is $4,304 per month)
Appointment Type: Ongoing
Time Base: Full-Time
Work Schedule: Monday Friday, 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

About CSUF:

Standing on 241 acres at the heart of Southern California, the university was founded in 1957 and has grown into a population of over 39,000 students. As Titans, we believe that diverse perspectives deepen our understanding. We are committed to giving students the support they need to graduate, while responding to Californias revolving work force needs. At California State University, Fullerton we strive for continual improvement of students, staff, faculty and administrators through orientations, training programs and professional development opportunities. As part of the Titan Community, you have access to many campus facilities and services including but not limited to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CSUF Garden Grove Center, Fullerton Arboretum, cultural events and performances in the Clayes Performing Arts Center, Cal State Fullerton Athletics sports events, Titan Recreation Center, and the Employee Wellness Program.


Job Summary:

It is an exciting time to join Cal State Fullerton as we are an in demand comprehensive University that is driven to shape the future of education and foster a vibrant community of diverse students, faculty, staff and administrators who uphold values of inclusive excellence, free speech, and an environment free from discrimination. We are continuously seeking individuals from a variety of career disciplines that share in the University's mission and core values. We warmly welcome you to consider joining the Titan Community where minds expand and opportunities flourish.


About the Position:
The Office of Academic Programs has responsibility for the planning, direction, and coordination of academic curriculum, programs, and policies for undergraduate and graduate education, general education, university advisement, assessment of learning outcomes, institutional and program accreditation, program performance reviews, and various other university and system-wide programmatic initiatives. We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as a Retention Specialist (Student Services Professional II). The ideal candidate in this role should have a positive attitude and an active, energetic mind that is characterized by highly ethical practices and a commitment to diversity, openness, flexibility, integrity, and kindness.

Under the direction of the Associate Vice President for Academic Programs or designee, and the Executive Director for Special Populations, the Retention Specialist works in support of strategic retention programs to facilitate degree progression and completion. The retention programs are housed in six departments: Educational Opportunity Program, Student Support Services, Veteran Resource Center, Athletic Academic Services, Male Success Initiative and the Center for Scholars. Works as a member of the Special Populations Leadership Team to assess and evaluate support services that provide advising and counseling. Conducts ongoing review of retention data within each specific cohort to identify common trends and errors resulting in failure to progress and provides solution-centered recommendations to decrease the rate of occurrence. Assists the Directors of the Special Populations Team in developing and assesing programs designed to increase retention and facilitate progress toward degree based on students' needs and program or institutional demand. Provides comprehensive academic advising, coaching, and other retention services for students in the Center for Scholars. Maintains a database of students supported, challenges experienced, and overall outcomes and presents progress reports as requested. Other duties as assigned


Essential Qualifications:

Bachelors degree or the equivalent from an accredited four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public administration, business administration or a job-related field and two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or a related field. A masters degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience. Additional specialized and relevant experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

General knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational management, research, and interview techniques. Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations, obtain factual and interpretative information through interviews, and advise students individually and in groups on complex student-related matters. Ability to reason logically and use initiative in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements. Ability to plan, develop, coordinate, supervise, and organize programs and activities. Ability to interact with a diverse student population, faculty, staff, and the public. Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to acquire knowledge of campus procedures, activities, and of the overall organization.



A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.


Preferred Qualifications:

Master's degree from an accredited four-year college or university. Experience with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Experience working with a diverse student, faculty, staff, and community population.


Special Working Conditions:


Additional Information:

California State University, Fullerton celebrates all forms of diversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment within which students, staff, administrators and faculty thrive. Individuals interested in advancing the Universitys strategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose.

Multiple positions may be hired from this recruitment based on the strength of the applicant pool.

If you are applying for a staff position, please note that you are not eligible to work concurrently in a staff position and an Academic Student position such as Graduate Assistant, Teaching Associate, Instructional Student Assistant or a Student Assistant position.

Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; the inability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employee from retaining employment.

Employee/applicant who submits an application for a position may be required to successfully complete job related performance test(s) as part of the selection process.

Online application/resume must be received by electronic submission on the final filing date by 9:00 PM (Pacific Standard Time)/midnight (Eastern Standard Time). Applicants who fail to complete all sections of the online application form will be disqualified from consideration.

California State University, Fullerton is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (i.e. H1-B Visas).


Hiring Preference: Not Applicable
Application Deadline:

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