Unit: MCCC Part-Time Professional Staff, Grant Funded
Dept.: Pre-collegiate TRiO Programs and Gear Up: Massachusetts
Reports To: Director, Pre-collegiate TRiO Programs and Gear Up: Massachusetts
The Academic Advisor position is a 10-month part-time (18.5 hours weekly) grant-funded position responsible for all day-to-day aspects of a comprehensive outreach and intervention program targeting underserved 10th graders from low-income and first generation to college backgrounds. The Academic Advisor is a professional who works collaboratively with other staff in the Pre-collegiate TRiO/Gear Up programs and who understands the mission of serving an underserved population. The Advisor is responsible for motivating and preparing program participants for high school graduation and post-secondary education by providing high quality academic, college, career, financial, personal and course selection advising to a targeted Educational Talent Search and Gear Up 10th grade cohort. The advisor will have a comprehensive understanding of the specific needs of urban high school sophomores.
The Advisor is responsible for managing a case load of Talent Search and Gear Up students throughout the school year fostering a college going climate by providing creative and innovative programming. The advisor is responsible for working with colleagues in the development of curriculum, coordination, implementation, and instruction of summer school academic programming to prepare students for a rigorous program of study helping to acclimate them for the demands of post-secondary education. Additionally the Advisor serves as an advocate for the students and develops collaborative relationships within the high school and community to provide an array of services.
Recruits, selects, enrolls, and manages a caseload of students of low-income and first generation to college backgrounds by engaging with students to support academic success, promotion, and college enrollment
Works with students on college admission criteria achievement, applications and other forms, advising academic course selection in preparing students for a rigorous program of study, and foster career development goals
Develop and implement workshops, transition, and orientation programs
Collaborate with other staff serving at-risk students
Assists students in developing and following a Customized Service Plan via Lowell High School's Naviance portal as outlined in the grant proposals.
Serves as a liaison for students with academic or personal concerns to teachers, guidance staff and parents
Utilize case management to monitor and document students' academic and attendance outcomes, and provide supportive outreach, intervention, and referral services as appropriate
Utilizes appropriate technology tools in the implementation of program services and reporting
Conducts student and parent surveys and inputs surveys into the appropriate grant web portal
Conducts workshops and seminars for students and parents related to school success and college planning and financial literacy
Meets with all students in an assigned caseload to provide an appropriate blend of contact services as delineated in the TRiO and Gear Up grant proposals.
Participates in the planning and supervision of field trips and college campus tours
Develops relationships with colleges and other youth organizations in the community to support the needs of program participants
Initiate, prepare, and follow up special events and activities to support student, family, and school staff to ensure a commitment to academic success, school persistence, and early awareness of postsecondary opportunity for Gear Up/Talent Search high school students
Actively participate in Middlesex Community College-Lowell Public School Partnership initiatives undertaken in concert with the K-16 School Partnerships Pipeline.
Monitor and evaluate educational advising and support services for progress and performance on projects' goals and objectives.
Administer efficient record keeping/data management and reporting systems (utilizing the GEAR UP Program services database) to document services in compliance with the project requirements.
Participate in meetings and events as required.
Perform duties in accordance with policies and procedures
Perform other duties as required
Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Sociology or closely related field; with three (3) years' experience and/or training involving college admissions, academic advisement, career development, or program/project management; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Experience in educational and other programs for low-income and first generation to college students and families;
Demonstrated knowledge of outreach and intervention service strategies that address high school transition challenges of at-risk youth as well as various barriers that relate to urban high school youth from low-income and first generation to college backgrounds
Confidence and proficiency with computers and technology
Excellent interpersonal relationship skills; ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with multiple constituencies encountered in the operation of school and college programming; strong written and oral communication skills; demonstrated success as team player; demonstrated capacity to act as self-starter, to provide responsible, independent leadership in the development of 11th-12th grade outreach programming.
Cultural awareness and competency demonstrated by working with and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities.
Hours: 18.5 hours per week in a 10-month school year. Flexible schedule between the hours of 8:00a.m - 2:35p.m.
Rate: $28.29 per hour; eligible for earned paid time off in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement
Start Date: October 2019
Application Deadline: September 24, 2019
The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.
Internal Number: 115590
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