Alaska Native Student Retention Specialist

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  • Job Number:522433
  • Classification:Student Services Professional 2 (E)
  • Grade:Grade 78
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Southeast
  • School/Business unit:UAS Enrollment Management & SA
  • Location:Juneau
  • Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Student Affairs/Services

Position Summary:

The University of Alaska Southeast is seeking an authentic, dynamic, student-centered advocate dedicated to Alaska Native student success.


20Collaborative special project work focused on Alaska Native student success, including but not limited to retention data evaluation, planning and executing culturally relevant training on student success, engagement with rural communities in support of student recruitment and relationship development, grant and partnership development, and enhancement and expansion of services.Essential
30Under the direction of the Vice Chancellor for enrollment management and student affairs, and in collaboration with Alaska Native programs and services, participate in the planning and design of culturally relevant services to support retention and success for Alaska Native students. In collaboration with students, community partners, and campus collaborators, assess current retention initiatives for effectiveness and alignment of budgets and other resources. Design and pilot new retention strategies with consideration of High Impact Strategies defined by Lumina Foundation/Native Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASTNI) and Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and other research-based strategies to meet social and academic student needs. This may include but is not limited to strategies related to: marketing and recruiting, onboarding (e.g., orientation), academic advising, student engagement, community engagement, committee, and task force work, etc., for the University of Alaska Southeast and within the University of Alaska System.Essential
50Meet regularly with Alaska Native students to understand and assess any needs related to resources, support, and strategies for academic success. Develop and execute culturally relevant coaching strategies which may include but are not limited to: providing one-to-one coaching, facilitating individual and group support networks, establishing and training peer mentors, and engaging Aunties, Uncles, and Elders in supportive and meaningful ways. Develop academic success plans with students that include the development of personal and academic goals. Understand the scope of student services and academic supports available at UAS and within campus communities to assist students with navigating campus and community resources and make referrals to internal and external campus and community partners. Refer students for study strategies, time management, and organization, critical thinking, test preparation, note-taking skills, self-monitoring skills, and other assistance and support as needed. Develop rapport and productive relationships with students, campus community, and community partners to facilitate support for student success. Conduct exit surveys to assess reasons students leave and compile and share qualitative data for review by other key stakeholders.Essential

The University of Alaska Southeast is seeking an authentic, dynamic, student-centered advocate dedicated to Alaska Native student success.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Ability to work with Tribal communities and demonstrated knowledge, sensitivity, and understanding of the social, political, personal, and cross-cultural needs of Alaska Native students. Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products and some familiarity with web-based retention software (e.g., EAB).

Experience working with diverse student populations. Ability to work collaboratively with key campus stakeholders. Demonstrated a high level of cultural competency.
Typical Experience:
3 years of experience in academic support, advising, or academic coaching services in higher education.

Experience working with Alaska Native students.
Required Education or Training:

Bachelor's Degree and 3 years of experience in academic support, advising, or academic coaching services in higher education.

Experience working with Alaska Native students. Prior work experience that required strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 11-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 78, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) of three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will begin on January 2, 2023. Please apply by January 1, 2023, by 11:55 pm (Alaska Standard time).


Located in the ancestral homeland of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples, the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) is fully committed to advancing the education and research aspirations of Indigenous peoples and is committed to ongoing work toward decolonization. These efforts are reflected in our UAS programs and formal community partnerships across our three campuses and throughout all of Southeast Alaska.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Mae Delcastillo, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, HR Coordinator, at or 907-796-6335.


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