College Access Mentor - 13036BR

College Access Mentor

Achievement & Assessment Inst
Educational Talent Search Proj
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

Talent Search is a TRIO college access program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through early intervention, this program is designed to encourage participants to remain in school, graduate from high school, and to pursue post-secondary education. Talent Search works with 932 middle and high school students in Kansas City, KS (more specifically Kansas City Kansas Public School District). Program participants are generally from low-income families and are first-generation college going students.

Only apply if you are committed to the ideals of TRIO, have high integrity, considered to be responsible and timely, can follow directions, have a willingness to learn, and can effectively connect with young students to increase their motivation, knowledge and excitement to remain in school, enroll in an institution of higher education, and obtain a post-secondary degree. The ideal candidate will present a professional demeanor and handle situations with tact and diplomacy; have excellent verbal and written communication and customer service skills, accept feedback and implement change as needed. The ability to work independently, prioritize, execute multiple and continuing assignments and attention to detail are important. Overall, we are seeking high-energy, creative, team worker with great organizational skills and the ability to follow through with assignments. A valid driver's license with proof of good driving record is required as this position requires daily travel by car to the target schools/area/office in Kansas City, KS. There is also occasional evening and weekend work.

The College Access Mentor will assist staff with college advising, mentoring, workshops, tutoring resources, STEM activities, and hands-on assistance in the college application and financial aid processes to program participants and their families. College Mentor will provide direct services to target population as well assist with overall recruitment efforts and special programming to encourage students to complete secondary school, and then enroll in and complete postsecondary school. College Mentor will work with 6-12th graders well as participants’ families. General office work will also be required in preparation of reports, programming and systems and processes within the program, and various office tasks

Job Description

Student Services & Special Programming (50%)
  • Assist with advising sessions, meetings and workshops to program participants as well as recruitment efforts
  • Assist with college visits, STEM activities, and field trips for middle and high school participants
  • Assist with various programs such as YES Scholars, Finish Strong, family workshops, etc.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned such as special projects, programming, and activities to ensure the attainment of the program goals and objectives.

Student Records Management, Tracking, Program Guidance, and Office Tasks (50%)
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate records and documentation regarding participant contacts, activities, progress, follow-up and evaluation, as needed.
  • Provide effective lines of communications with Director and program staff as well as school partners to ensure a positive work environment and effective service delivery.
  • Perform general office tasks (filing, data entry, mailings, etc.)

Required Qualifications

  1. Currently enrolled in a postsecondary education, or current graduate student status
  2. At least 4 weeks of experience working with target population
  3. Demonstrated ability to work independently to organized, prioritize multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and follow through on details to completion as evidenced by application materials
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in computer application skills (i.e., Microsoft Office applications/software, internet research, email)
  5. Demonstrated strong oral and written communication (including experience making presentations to a variety of audiences) as evidenced by application materials.
  6. Experience exercising basic human relations skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relations with the target schools, community partners, university community and the public and have a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in education

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Earned bachelor’s degree
  2. Prior experience working with TRIO or similar programs
  3. Demonstrated proficient oral and written communication in Spanish
  4. Demonstrated sensitivity and experience working with students and/or individuals from diverse social, economic, academic, and cultural backgrounds
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of, a relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins on 10/21/18 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants.

Contact Information to Applicants

Advertised Salary Range

$11.00 per hour

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
Educational Talent Search Proj
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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