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Director, TRiO Talent Search

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All applications must be submitted electronically through the Prairie State College website.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number S0102P
Classification Staff
DBM Rating C51
Position Number 5TRIO02
Position Title Director, TRiO Talent Search
Position Type Managerial
Status of Position Grant-Funded
Union Non-Union
FLSA Exempt
Position Summary

The Director of the Talent Search program will provide direct oversight and supervision of all activities and collaborative efforts in accordance with the established goals and objectives of the grant project. They will implement student recruitment, application and selection procedures for the TS project. They will be responsible for training staff, advisory members, and other stakeholders using federal regulations, OMB Circulars, EDGAR, college policy and procedures. They will plan and monitor the budget in accordance with program goals and generate financial reports and statements. They will also oversee the recordkeeping system that facilitates program planning, development, and evaluation. In addition, they will supervise and evaluate all student Talent Search staff.

Reporting and Supervisory Relationships

Dean of Student Services / Program Advisors

Reporting Relationship Administrative Assistant, (2) Academic Advisors (1) Tutor

Essential Responsibilities

1. Work directly with the TS Program Advisors, Administrative Assistant, Tutors along with target school(s) administrators, counselors, faculty, and parents to ensure that the goals and objectives of the TS project are met.

2. Provide academic, career, financial, high school re-entry, along with secondary and post-secondary counseling and support to TS participants to help them achieve their educational, personal, and career/professional goals.

3. Work with the College’s Communications and Marketing Designers to create all marketing materials designed to promote the TS program to be distributed throughout the target area, particularly at locations frequented by disadvantaged populations.

4. Establish and maintain an active and engaged presence for the Prairie State College TS program with target schools and other entities within the identified target area (e.g., Boys and Girls Club, churches, municipal recreation sites, government housing, libraries, area shopping malls, Department of Social Services, and other agencies likely to provide service(s) the identified target schools’ populations.

5. Design, implement, conduct and oversee all programmatic activities related to middle-school and high school completion, high school re-entry, post-secondary education admission, financial aid, financial literacy, academic advising, registration, post-secondary graduation, along with guidance to meet program participant’s needs.

6. Support and participate in both in- and out-of-classroom lives of TS participants in an effort to enhance their development and learning experiences.

7. Maintain detailed records of all aspects of TS students progress including academic, social, personal, etc., that would aid, or impede their overall success.

8. Monitor students’ academic progress vis-à-vis contact with faculty, bi-monthly contacts, phone calls, electronic communications and other written correspondence.

9. Assist identified target schools in conducting TS student outcomes research designed to enhance the overall performance of TS participants.

10. Complete and submit the program’s Annual Performance Report.

11. Conduct appropriate referrals for students as necessary.

12. Oversee all aspects of program review and TS program participant retention efforts such as surveys, focus groups, orientation sessions, parent workshops and intervention groups.

13. Performs other duties as assigned for the betterment of each program participant consistent with the role and required functions of this position.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

The employee typically works indoors in an environment protected from the weather. Moderate travel may be required. Physical activities include the ability to carry appropriate recruitment materials sometimes weighing up to 40 pounds.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree in Counseling, College Student Personnel, Social Work, Higher Education, Education Administration, Educational / Psychology, or related field; Doctorate or equivalent preferred.

2. Demonstrated sensitivity and experience with students from low-income, disadvantaged educational backgrounds.

3. Demonstrated ability to assist students in a culturally diverse environment.

4. A minimum of two-years administrative, management, counseling, or advising experienced in higher education.

5. Demonstrated fiscal and personnel management skills, including counseling and negotiating skills required.

6. Knowledge of postsecondary school application, admission, transfer policies, and financial assistance processes is required.

7. Ability to use technology to support department activities.

8. Proven commitment to target participant population.

9. Ability to work in teams.

10. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Experience working with TRiO Programs or similar outreached programs designed to serve under-represented student populations.

2. Experience working in a community college.

3. Working knowledge of Title IV-Federal Financial Aid and IAI – Illinois Articulation Initiative.

4. Outstanding programming skills designed at enhancing the quality of the academic and personal lives low-income, first-generation and disabled students.

5. Experience with Datatel colleague.

Anticipated Work Hours and Days

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:30pm
Occasional after hours required

Salary C51
Posting Date 09/01/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

All applications must be submitted electronically through the Prairie State College website.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Prairie State College Website
    • BlacksinHigherEd
    • CareerBuilders
    • Chronicle of HigherEd
    • HispanicsinHigherEd
    • InsideHigherEd Jobs
    • VeteransinHigherEd
    • Community College Jobs
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Master’s Degree in Counseling, College Student Personnel, Social Work, Higher Education, Education Administration, Educational / Psychology, or related field; Doctorate or equivalent preferred.
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of two-years administrative, management, counseling, or advising experienced in higher education?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents