Academic Success Coordinator

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota seeks a results-oriented leader to serve as the coordinator of our academic success services. This is a 12-month staff position with comprehensive benefits. The position provides academic support to current students while collaborating with academic departments and student support offices to ensure student success and persistence to graduation. The coordinator supports students in evaluating their academic abilities, establishing academic goals, accessing appropriate sources of support, and discerning career and vocational callings. The coordinator is responsible for the course development and instruction of our workplace preparation course: Post College Success. Other responsibilities include leading the tutoring program, serving as a preliminary advisor to undeclared students, supporting students on academic probation, supporting student internships, and promoting local career fairs and job opportunities. Preferred start day is mid-July 2024. Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold a master’s degree in education, higher education administration, or a related field.
  • Have a minimum of three years of experience in academic support services, with a demonstrable record of success in improving retention and implementing successful academic support programs.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to fostering a student-centered and inclusive learning environment.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of current trends and best practices in higher education.
  • Be comfortable with and willing to learn the use of digital technologies to monitor student progress and to evaluate the effectiveness of academic support programs.

All applications must include a letter of interest, a resume, and the names and contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) of four professional references. Original transcripts and background check will be required before the university makes an appointment.

Please submit materials electronically via email to Please write Academic Success in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) is a private, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, granting associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. The University’s mission is to provide a transformative learning experience that cultivates enduring intellectual growth, ethically grounded leadership, intentional faith exploration, and meaningful service. The University serves approximately 1,000 students from across the nation and around the world, including a significant number of first-generation students from the Great Plains region. Dakota Wesleyan’s profile is on the rise both regionally and nationally. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Dakota Wesleyan as best value school in the Midwest and as one of the best regional colleges in the Midwest. In the past decade, university donors have made possible a new health science center; a black box theater and alumni welcome center; a 90,000 sq ft sport and wellness complex; a new residence hall; and the new School of Business, Innovation and Leadership.

DWU is located in Mitchell, South Dakota, a community of 15,000, nestled in the heart of one of the country’s finest outdoor recreation areas. Mitchell is the sixth largest city in South Dakota and home to the world’s only Corn Palace. The University is within an hour’s drive of Sioux Falls, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest statistical metropolitan areas. It is within a six-hour drive of several major metropolitan areas (Omaha, N.E.; Minneapolis, M.N.; Kansas City, M.O.).

Dakota Wesleyan reserves the right to modify all job postings and job descriptions.

Dakota Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer and provider.