This position is responsible for designing and administering the academic components of the Talent Search Program and assists with the management, administration, and implementation of the Talent Search Program.
Recruit, identify, and select student participants to meet project objectives. This includes program presentations, student and parent orientations, and application reviews.
Interface directly with students to deliver services to meet the project participants' needs. Attend student programming events and collect student feedback used to inform future programming.
Provide direct support to the Director to assist with meeting all project objectives, including (but not limited to) staffing; financial management operations; development of curriculum, lectures, workshops, and other educational materials specific to academic programs; and academic advising.
Coordinate, implement, and monitor all required and permissible services, interventions, and activities administered through the Talent Search project, including tutorial services, testing prep, admissions and financial aid advising, academic and career advising, financial literacy, 21st century skills, and STEM initiatives.
Conduct quarterly advising checks and refer students to tutoring and other additional services as needed
Develop the academic curriculum in alignment with project objectives, which include analyzing and evaluating programming using professional knowledge and experience. Responsible for making changes to ensure effectiveness in meeting stated objectives and learning outcomes.
Coordinate senior services which include updating educational plans, advising students and families, and developing programming to support high school graduation and successful entrance to postsecondary education.
Create and/or edit correspondence, reports, presentations, and promotional materials for the Talent Search program as assigned by the Project Director.
Measure and evaluate effectiveness of student programs against project outcomes.
Maintain a participation workload of approximately 250 active participants; maintain a waiting list of approximately 25 students to address student attrition.
Coordinate on-and-off campus visits with program participants.
Track and maintain travel expenditures for the Talent Search Program.
Assist with hiring and training part-time staff, including student workers and summer residential staff. Provide supervision as required by Project Director.
Maintain professional development standards.
Maintain program files and participant records to measure and document participant progress, program effectiveness, and compliance with USDOE guidelines.
Assist the Director with the completion of the Department of Education Annual Performance Report. Work with the Director to formulate and implement policies and procedures, collect and assess data, and manage participant records.
Assist with developing, planning, and coordinating academic and cultural enrichment activities.
Collaborate with colleagues in TRiO and other departments to promote awareness and involvement with Talent Search recruitment and programming.
Collaborate with community partners and target school(s) personnel to organize and lead planning to promote program awareness and attendance.
Run campus/local errands to support the work of the Talent Search project
Minimum Education Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree required. Education, counseling, social work, or related field preferred.
Minimum Experience and Skill Requirements:
Minimum of two (2) years paid experience working with middle and/or high school youth who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education and/or low income/first generation students.
Ability to effectively work on multiple tasks and deadlines, exercise sound independent judgement, and strong commitment to developing collaborative relationships with target schools and community-based organizations.
Knowledge of appropriate strategies to enhance student recruitment, retention, and completion for individuals who qualify for TRiO Talent Search.
Knowledge of college admissions, academic requirements, and financial aid process.
Experience in program administration and fiscal development, including workshops and meetings; management of current expense budgets; and supervision of part-time staff.
Strongly skilled decision-maker, ability to identify problems and solutions.
Excellent time management and oral/written communication skills.
Ability to work well in a digital space; high comfortability with office and meeting technologies.
Ability to provide services and supports to students from diverse backgrounds.
Should be able to indicate professional and personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the student population from which participants will be served.
Ability to understand and interpret federal regulations.
Formal training and/or work experience in fields related to: Academic Performance; Secondary school retention and graduation; Postsecondary enrollment and Postsecondary completion for low-income and potential first-generation college students.
For almost 100 years Murray State University has served students from the region, the nation and the world.
Founded in 1922, the University has grown from an enrollment of 202 students to nearly 10,000 today. Students receive personalized attention from supportive faculty and staff as the University offers a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Murray State University has ranked among the top universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual publication, America's Best Colleges, for the past 30 consecutive years. Additionally, The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Murray State as a "Great College to Work For". Murray State has also been recognized nationally for both quality and value by Washington Monthly, Money Magazine and the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.Recognition of the quality of Murray State programs is reflected in accreditations. Murray State has been continuously accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) since 1928. Program accreditations have also been attained in animal health technology, art, business, counseling, dietetics, engineering physics, several engineering technology p...rograms, chemistry, journalism and mass communications, music, nursing, occupational safety and health, physics and engineering physics, social work, special education, teacher education and veterinary laboratory diagnostics.
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