Human Resources

Coordinator, Student Transition and Success

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Department: Waino Wahtera Ctr Student Success
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Student Affairs

Department: Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

If you require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations to apply for employment, or for an interview, at Michigan Technological University, please notify the Human Resources office at 906-487-2280 or

Job Description Summary

Assist students in their academic, social and personal transition to Michigan Tech and support their ongoing success from enrollment to commencement. This is accomplished by supporting culturally-responsive planning, training, assessment, and programming within our new student programs and managing the ExSEL (Excelling the Student Experience in Learning) program.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

1. Manage day-to-day operations of the ExSEL program.
2. Outreach to ExSEL and other student populations at different scheduled times of each semester.
3. Teach sections of success skills courses.
4. Oversee instructors teaching sections of success courses for ExSEL.
5. Develop, revise, and assess/evaluate curriculum for UN1000 “Frameworks for Success” course.
6. Oversee ExSEL Peer Mentors including facilitating mentor/mentee relationships and collecting regular logs.
7. Support departmental and University-wide retention efforts.
8. Plan and execute orientation programming for special populations including, but not limited to, transfer, first-generation, historically underrepresented minority students, and commuter students.
9. Provide additional support for orientation planning,
10. Develop and provide workshops and other presentations based on requests and needs of the campus population.
11. Respond to questions and concerns from students, staff, faculty and parents.
12. Develop, execute and utilize rigorous assessment practices (surveys, data collection, focus groups, etc.) to assess and improve programs
13. Engage in learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.
14. Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, social work, counseling or a related field.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Two years professional experience that may include high level undergraduate or graduate student experience with orientation, first-year programs, housing and residential life, advising, teaching, or a similar combination of related experience.
• One-year experience teaching or leading comprehensive training sessions.
• Excellent leadership, organizational, interpersonal and oral, written, presentation skills.
• Experience in developing and implementing educational programs directed at student development in secondary higher education.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Master’s degree in education or related field.
• Experience with tracking and note taking systems related to coordinated outreach.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to creatively and independently plan, organize, and execute events.
• Demonstrated understanding of student development theory and a commitment to student success.
• Evidence of a commitment to enhancing diversity.
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty and staff.
• Demonstrated willingness to work evening and weekend hours.
• Demonstrated ability to function effectively in fast-paced and sometimes stressful environments.
• Demonstrated capability in leading, managing and motivating student staff.
• Demonstrated ability to build relationships.
• Proven competence in managing multiple tasks and competing priorities.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.
• Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Experience using a predictive analytics platform.
• Experience teaching success or first-year experience courses.
• Experience developing, implementing and/or using assessment practices to measure impact of programming/services.
• Experience supervising student staff.

Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Required Departmental Training: 

• Mental Health First Aid
• Safe Place Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. Visa sponsorship is unavailable at this time. This is not an E-Verified Position.

As of January 4, 2022, Michigan Tech is requiring all faculty, staff, temporary and student employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 due to the Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate or have an approved exemption for a religious or medical reason.  This includes those working remotely.  More information on this policy is available on the mtu flex website.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months

Pay Rate/Salary

Negotiable. No less than $42,500.

Title of Position Supervisor

Director, Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success

Posting Type

Internal & External Posting

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Please provide contact information for at least two current professional references, one of whom must be supervisory.

Additional Information

About the University

Michigan Tech is an internationally renowned doctoral research university located in Houghton, MI in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula, on the south shore of Lake Superior. The area provides a unique setting where natural beauty, culture, education, and a diversity of residents from around the world come together to share a superb living and learning experience.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE institution, one of a select group of universities in receipt of NSF funds in support of our commitment to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in STEM.

Michigan Technological University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer/educational institution. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

The Character of the Division

The Division of Student Affairs at Michigan Tech is devoted to student success from enrollment to commencement. We are dynamic, agile, and culturally-responsive. We guide, support, and, on occasion, challenge students as they develop, refine, and pursue their academic, career, and personal endeavors. All staff are responsible for creating a safe, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, respectful, and caring environment for students, colleagues, and visitors. We seek skilled and diverse colleagues who are student-focused, nimble, self-motivated, and will embrace and respect who we are and what we do. We also seek colleagues committed to moving the Division forward towards prominence and influence on campus, nationally, and within the Student Affairs profession. Titles and responsibilities are subject to change in accordance with university policies and procedures to meet the needs of our students, the university and division, the state of Michigan, employers, and the profession.

Before applying, we encourage interested individuals to spend time learning more about who we are, our values, and what we do:

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