TRIO Academic Advisor - 10969BR

TRIO Academic Advisor

Achievement & Assessment Inst
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

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 Franklin county with occasional travel to Leavenworth. 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. This position is contingent upon funding.

Job Description

  • 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, college guidance assistance to participants in Franklin 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 in target areas.
  • Establish and maintain contacts with community partners.

  • Monitor student participation and ensure program goals and objectives are being met.
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate records and documentation regarding participant.
  • 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 conducts 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.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director

Required Qualifications

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

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.
  12. Grant writing experience

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.

Application review begins February 28, 2018, and continues until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Eric Patterson

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