Academic Advisor/Retention Specialist – Native American Center for Student Success Connect2Complete

Job Summary:

Will identify and assist Native American students with enrollment, retention and graduation; assist with enrollment activities for general student population; serve as as resource to staff and faculty concerning Native American learning styles and issues in Higher Education and will provide needed reports to Project Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

-Advisement of Native American students.

-Retention programming at each level of classification (beginning with admission).

-Native American Graduation Reception and Classification Change.

-Acknowledgement Activities such as Graduation Stoles.

-Promote C2C Project to Native American education professionals and students.

-Assist with Native American Student Visitation Day each fall in conjunction with SE Live.

-Attend local, state, and national conference on Indian Education.

-Visit area community colleges to promote 2+2 agreements.

-Tracking data of institutional retention/ graduation rates for NA students.

-Assisting current students with scholarship and tribal funding applications.

-Assists with graduate school selection and admissions process; school search, test prep, funding opportunities.

-Perform other duties as assigned by the Project Director.

Additional Duties regarding safety:

  1. Works safely, attends safety training offered/required, and follows appropriate safety rules and regulations.
  2. In relation to level of NIMS training completed, participates in incident management and performs incident duties as assigned.


REQUIRED: Bachelor’s degree: excellent oral and written communication skills; experience in higher education or tribal education including scholarships, advisement, recruitment, admissions or student development.

PREFERRED: Master’s degree: 1-2 years’ experience in higher education; familiarity with enrollment process, retention services, University programs; knowledge of local tribal culture and history.

To be considered, applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, unofficial transcripts, and the names and contact information of three professional references to: 

 Office of Diversity, Compliance & Equity
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
1405 N 4th Ave. PMB 2750, Durant, OK, 74701-0609

or email to:

Employment is contingent upon the results of a national criminal and sex offender background check.  Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.  SE participates in E-Verify.

 Title IX of the Education Amendments of 192 (20 USC 1681 states: No person in the United States, shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…  Southeastern Oklahoma State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education program or activities, in compliance with Title IX and the US Department of Education’s regulations at 34 CFT 86.1 et seg.  Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against on the basis of sex many contact SE Title IX Coordinator at 580-745-3090, or PMB 2750.