TRIO Academic Advisor (Part-time)

Position Overview

The TRIO Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program at the University of Kansas. The purpose of the EOC is to provide low-income and/or potentially first-generation college students with the tools, resources, and motivation to begin or continue their post-secondary education. This program serves a total of 1,000 participants each year in Leavenworth and Franklin County. The successful candidate will be responsible for program activities in Leavenworth County with occasional travel to Franklin. The activities include but are not limited to, contacting community agencies and high schools to recruit students; career counseling; workshops; FAFSA/FSA ID completion; college admissions process; explaining the financial aid process; helping to find scholarships; GED preparation; College entrance exams. This individual will occasionally be required to work evenings and weekends. The successful candidate will adhere to the principles of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in education.

Job Description

50% - Coordinate, design, implement and participate in all aspects of the program activities and services that strengthen the adult learner’s development that is related to successful school completion and post-secondary entry/re-entry.
  • Provide 1:1 and group advising to assist high school seniors and adults apply & enroll in postsecondary institutions/programs.
  • Assist participants in the completion of the FAFSA, FSA ID, and scholarship applications.
  • Provide 1:1 and group advising academic, career, and college guidance assistance to participants in Leavenworth County.
  • Conducting workshops and presentations to participating schools and community partners.
  • Working with guidance counselors and community members familiar with potential participants who may not have a GED.
  • Actively participate in the development of EOC literature and distribute it in target areas.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with community partners.
30% - Monitor student participation and ensure program goals and objectives are being met.
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate records and documentation regarding participants.
  • Compile and analyze data, prepare/submit reports in a timely manner to Director, and assist with all required reports, including the Annual Performance (APR) for the US Department of Education.
  • Providing continual program evaluation and conducting on-going assessment of program needs and makes necessary modifications.
  • Coordinating college visits
  • Acts as spokesperson for project in working with public agencies, civic organizations, and local businesses in publicizing to the target community.
15% - Networking and working with professional staff from KU-EOC/
  • Attends local, state, regional and national conferences.
  • Participate in the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs (CEOP) quarterly meetings and events.
5% - Perform other duties as assigned by the Director

Position Requirements

This position will include a combination of in-person tasks and remote work, dependent on the needs of the program. The in-person location will be in Leavenworth, KS.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, or related field at time of appointment.
  2. Minimum of one year of experience working with target population in coordinating and implementing advising meetings, workshops/presentations and/or programming.
  3. Experience working with college applications, the financial aid processes, FAFSA, Financial Literacy and/or other relevant educational resources.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in computer application skills (i.e., Microsoft Office applications/software, internet research, email).
  5. Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain throughout employment.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in education, counseling, or a related field.
  2. Two years of experience working with target population.
  3. Knowledge of Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Prior experience working with TRIO or similar programs.
  5. Demonstrated sensitivity and experience working with students and/or individuals from diverse social, economic, academic, and cultural backgrounds
  6. Experience working with officials in high schools, post-secondary institutions, target area community partners.
  7. Excellent organizational skills and ability to exercise initiative, when necessary, as evidenced by application materials.
  8. Strong oral and written communication, including experience with design and delivery of presentations to a variety of audiences, as evidenced by application materials.
  9. Experience building community partnerships, promoting education and networking skills.
  10. Demonstration of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
  11. Ability to work independently and comply with program guidelines as evidenced by application materials.
  12. Grant writing experience.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:
  • Cover Letter – please address how you meet the required qualifications
  • Resume
  • Names and Contact Information for 3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications begins 10/06/2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 10/05/2023.

Contact Information to Applicants

Eric Patterson,

Advertised Salary Range

$22,500/year minimum

Work Schedule

Professional hours, occasional evenings, and weekends

Application Review Begins

Friday October 6, 2023

Anticipated Start Date

Monday October 30, 2023

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Posting Information

  • Posting ID:  25870BR
  • Department:  Achievement & Assessment Inst
  • Primary Campus:  University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
  • Assignment:  Hybrid
  • Reg/Temp:  Regular
  • Employee Class:  U-Unclassified Professional Staff
  • Review Begins:  06-Oct-2023

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