College Access Advisor, Full Time (Student Services Professional 1 - MR07)
Northwest Georgia Educational Opportunity Center, Center for Community Career Education
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
The College Access Advisor will successfully implement the plan of operation in the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) grant funded by US Department of Education in North West Georgia. The position will provide community outreach and college access and enrollment services to target population including: low-income, adult, potential first generation college students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist students with properly completing the FAFSA, Verification and Title IV forms, SAP appeals, scholarship applications, and identifying all college funding possibilities; administer and interpret career assessments including the MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory; assist students with all admissions requirements including application, locating transcripts, finding immunization records, and identifying resources for study for placement exams; connect students who need a high school equivalency to appropriate classes; develop and deliver College Access workshops and presentations to community residents in 5 local counties; analyze cost, accreditation, and major availability to assist resident with college selection; negotiate and devise a plan to resolve student loan default for all students in that situation; and develop career potential and offer guidance to federal work study students, academic work service, Psychology Practicum students, and Social Work Interns.
Recruit a minimum of 400 local residents from the target population and provide college access services; devise a plan to meet all objectives outlined in the grant (20% will complete their high school equivalency, 50% will apply to a college, 70% will apply for financial aid, and 40% will enroll in college); and create community partnerships and strengthen existing ones to establish referral networks.
Apply definitions and instructions given by US Dept of Education to enter appropriate data on database for each potential student; obtain and secure appropriate documentation of income and contact information for each individual served; and assist Director with completion of annual performance report for US Dept of Education.
Assist with other tasks during high peak workload; provide work direction to federal work study students, academic work service, Psychology Practicum students, and Social Work Interns; and other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- Knowledge of all aspects of financial aid and college admissions.
- Ability to advise and counsel students with career planning, financial aid, and admissions.
- Excellent computer skills including working with a database, Excel, and word documents.
- Excellent public speaking skills.
- Ability to devise strategic plan to meet all approved objectives in federally funded grant.
Review of applications will begin February 23, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will receive priority consideration.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and two years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Must have valid driver's license and ability to travel extensively to 5 counties. Occasional weekends, evenings, and overnight travel may be required.
Preferred Qualifications: One year of experience in higher education in enrollment services and knowledge and awareness of issues related to low income, first generation college student target population within Northwest Georgia.
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.