TRIO Advisor (Bilingual-Spanish) - 22496BR

TRIO Advisor (Bilingual-Spanish)

Achievement & Assessment Inst
Kansas City, Kansas
Work Location Assignment: 
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 over 900 middle and high school students in Kansas City, KS (more specifically Kansas City Kansas Public School District). Target populations include middle and high school students from low-income families and are first-generation college going students and their families as well as TRIO alumni college students.

Applicants are encouraged to apply if they 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 both on an 1:1 basis and group/classroom settings. 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, take initiative, prioritize, execute multiple and continuing assignments and attention to detail are important. Overall, we are seeking a team member that can be creative, a team player with great organizational skills and the ability to follow through with assignments and who can work in a fast-paced environment. The TRIO Advisor will demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in higher education and will be fluent in Spanish (both written and verbally) in order to effectively communicate with our Spanish-Speaking families when needed.

This position is located in Kansas City, KS. A valid driver's license is required as this position requires daily travel by car to the target schools/area.

Job Description

Student Services (55%)
  • Coordinate, design and implement all aspects of program services that strengthen middle and high school students’ development related to successful school completion and postsecondary entry/re-entry
  • Provide effective academic, career, and college guidance to middle and high school students on relevant college access and success topics
  • Develop age-appropriate college access curriculum and coordinate and facilitate workshops and activities during the school day, including before and after school.
  • Organize and conduct 1:1 and group advising sessions, workshops, and meetings on a regular basis (weekly and monthly) with participants at the target middle and high schools and at local entities in Kansas City, KS (library, community center, colleges)
  • Plan, coordinate, and lead college visits, STEM activities, and special events for middle and high school participants
  • Provide 1:1 and group advising to assist participants with college admissions and scholarship applications, FAFSA and career planning.
  • Develop and maintain a working and trusting relationship with participants and their families while ensuring that they are receiving quality programming.
  • Maintain current knowledge of financial aid and admissions processes including admission requirements and degree options for local colleges and universities
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned by Director such as special projects, programming and activities to ensure the attainment of the program goals and objectives.
Student Record Management and Program Guidance (35%)
  • Develop and execute a strategic recruitment plan for eligible students and successfully complete all documentation processes for new participants
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant information learned while completing job responsibilities
  • Monitor student participation and ensure program goals and objectives are being met using formative and summative evaluations and processes
  • Manage and maintain comprehensive and accurate records and documentation regarding participant contacts and progress, program activities, budget expenditures and forms, and follow-up processes and meet designated deadlines.
  • Compile and analyze data, prepare/submit reports in a timely manner to Director, and assist with all required reports for the US Department of Education.
  • Supervise and train Peer Mentors
  • Provide effective and open lines of communications with Director, program staff, secondary school personnel, and university and community partners to ensure a positive and professional work environment and effective service delivery
  • Promote and publicize the program services and assist with program communication to include but not limited to presentations, back to school events, mailings and social media/website (in both English and Spanish)
  • Attend regularly scheduled staff meetings, trainings sessions, and parent/student meetings.
Special Programming (10%)
  • In conjunction with Director and program staff, participate in all summer programming and assist in planning and implementation of summer activities
  • Serve as a mentor to guide newly graduated seniors through the college matriculation process and provide senior activities as part of the summer melt program.
  • Maintain on-going contact with program alums (college students) to monitor progress and ensure successful post-secondary degree attainment
  • Conduct family presentations/meetings in Spanish, develop program materials in Spanish, and effectively communicate with families who speak Spanish
  • Assist with the coordination of workshops and activities to promote parent/guardian involvement, addressing various family needs and helping their student prepare for postsecondary education.

Position Requirements

Valid driver’s license by time of appointment

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree at the time of appointment
  • Minimum of 1 year experience working with target populations
  • Valid driver's license
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) with demonstrated proficiency in speaking and writing
  • Demonstrated excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills, as evidenced by application materials
  • Experience managing multiple projects as evidenced by application materials
  • Previous experience that required establishing excellent working relationships with a variety of audiences, including youth and families, as evidenced by application materials

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in student personnel, higher education, counseling or related field
  • Two years of experience working with target populations
  • Prior experience working with TRIO or similar programs or TRIO alum status
  • Working knowledge of the college and financial aid processes and other relevant college access resources
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated attention to detail
  • Experience working both independently with minimal supervision and in a team environment
  • Experience with group facilitation/presentations and designing workshops
  • Experience and sensitivity working with students and/or individuals from diverse backgrounds

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes:
  • Online application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter that addresses how you meet all the required (and preferred qualifications as applicable)
  • Names and contact information, including email address, for three professional references.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications begins 7/8/22 and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. For first consideration, please apply by the application review date.

The position is located in Kansas City, KS.

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Work Schedule

Work schedule is Monday-Friday, 8:00-5:00pm. Some evenings and weekends will be required for events and programming for participants and families. (in-person position)

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Posting ID:
Achievement & Assessment Inst
Primary Campus:
Kansas City, Kansas
Work Location Assignment:
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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