This position delivers high quality, student centered, and culturally responsive support to adult students. This position directly supports non-traditional age students' efforts to successfully transition to the college and reach their academic goals, providing advising to applicants and students who need additional support to navigate complex financial aid situations, admission, assessment or registration issues.
The Adult Learner Advisor will also provide leadership with community partners in a collaborative effort to increase student enrollment through a number of "bridge" programs. The position will also provide academic, admissions, career program, financial aid, and registration services to adult learners. This position will provide strategic advising including tracking academic progress of grant participants, provide retention strategies, organize cultural and academic activities and workshops, provide referrals, and network with community agencies. In addition, they will assist Student Affairs with customer service and coverage.
1. Develop and implement supportive activities to enroll and retain grant participants.
2. Provide assessment and other resources to guide and assist students for educational path selections.
3. Advise applicants and students with necessary information regarding academic programs, financial aid, and transfer advising to adult learners to maximize the student-advisor relationship.
4. Collaborate with the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and support department efforts of Advising and Registration Center.
5. Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.
Bachelor's degree in education, social sciences, psychology, human services, business, organizational management or a related field
Two or more years of experience working in Higher Education environment.
Effective communication skills, including the use of social media, presentation skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse audiences
Demonstrated solid public speaking skills with comfort in presenting to large groups.
Proficient in Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheets, database management, electronic calendar management , data entry and maintaining accurate records
Customer service practices and principles sufficient to identify each student's needs, meet quality standards for services, and evaluate student satisfaction.
Work cooperatively with internal and external clients
Demonstrated ability to learn new information quickly and to interpret information with attention to detail and accuracy.
Able to plan, organize and administer multiple activities and meet deadlines.
Problem solving skills sufficient to set priorities, reason analytically, determine alternative solutions, analyze and interpret information with a high degree of accountability and accuracy.
Effective organizational and time management skills to manage multiple projects.
Knowledge of Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Records & Registration and Support Services.
This position requires a high level of knowledge of higher education policy and procedure. Have valid driver's license, good driving record and the ability to travel between campuses, area high schools, other work-related events, and overnight travel.
Experience in working with student record systems, project management and specialty software. (Example: DARS, ImageNow, Right Now, SharePoint)
Admissions or registration experience within a Minnesota State agency.
Multilingual or multicultural background or experience working with underserved populations.
South Central College requires that you include the following in your application:
Resume/Curriculum Vitae which clearly addresses the requirements of the position as described above.
College Transcripts (copies or unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application screening).
Please be prepared with a list of 5 references and their contact information, 2 of which are current or past managers/supervisors. For recent graduates: Teachers, professors, and instructors may qualify as manager references. This information will be obtained from you as applicable during the recruitment process.
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