Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Financial Aid Outreach Specialist who will represent Columbia Basin College (CBC) in financial aid outreach efforts in the ESD 123 K-12 system and the community for the purposes of increasing completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) applications. This is a pilot program under a state outreach and completion initiative with state funding to support the work performed by this position and other outreach specialists employed by CBC. This position will primarily work within the high schools, with high school students, their families and school staff to support application completion for federal and state financial aid. The position will also be responsible for presenting informational and program workshops for promotion of financial aid awareness in general, as well as program workshops on scholarships, and understanding the financial aid cycle. The position will work both in the assigned high school and on the CBC campus, as well as engaging in various activities, including classroom visitation, presentations, workshops and other K-12 special activities, and community events. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Student Recruitment.
This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by September 3, 2023 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.
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Contribute to the development and implementation of a financial outreach plan for the ESD 123 K-12 system that includes state and federal financial aid, scholarships, and financial literacy;
Represent CBC by interpreting and communicating complex financial aid, waiver and scholarship information in easy-to-understand language to prospective college students and their families;
Provide individual counsel and advice to students and/or parents in person, through email and over the phone, related to the full process of applying for, receiving and utilizing financial aid and scholarships;
Develop and present inclusive and accessible information financial aid sessions for various in-person, hybrid, and virtual-only recruitment and outreach efforts;
Identify creative and innovative ways to reach students and families, with special attention to reaching historically underserved communities and first-generation college students;
Engage in other outreach as appropriate with students and families, announcements on school intercoms and social medial channels, outreach to recent high school graduates as peer messengers, and events at school college or career fairs;
Partner with high school personnel to create meaningful and effective communication and marketing content as part of a service-based recruitment programming in the high schools; maintain a thorough knowledge of federal financial aid policies related to Title IV and solid understanding of available resources;
Utilize data maintained by the student achievement council to conduct targeted outreach to high school students;
Interface and collaborate with K-12 administration, counselors, instructors, school district principals, specialized staff and support staff as necessary and appropriate to ensure a coordinated financial aid outreach effort;
Complete monthly outreach and recruitment reports;
Complete assigned special projects and/or program responsibilities based on operational necessity and individual experience and skills;
Participate in professional development to stay current in professional field; and
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
Highly motivated, self-starter, flexible and adaptable;
Developed skill in written and verbal communication including experience with large group presentations/training;
Familiarity with electronic technology and media and demonstrated skills in Microsoft Office and Internet research tools.
Bilingual and bi-literate in Spanish and English; and
Must have or be able to obtain at the time of hire, a valid driver’s license and be insurable.
At least one (1) year (consecutive 12 months) of experience in student services or related education experience;
Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and deadlines while being attentive to details;
Prior experience with providing presentations/workshops;
Demonstrated experience developing strong collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, parents and external constituencies; and
Experience working with and supporting underserved students including low income, first-generation, and students of color.
Columbia Basin College (CBC) serves the citizens of Benton and Franklin counties in Washington state with two-year associate degrees for transfer to a four-year university, and applied degrees for workforce employment. CBC also provides one-year certificates and basic skills for those pursuing a GED or high school diploma. CBC serves approximately 7,000-8,000 students each quarter.Columbia Basin College now offers bachelor degrees in Nursing, Project Management, Applied Management, Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Dental Hygiene. These bachelor degrees are in direct response to the needs of our community. As a result of community needs, Columbia Basin College has recently opened our new state of the art Social Sciences and World Languages Center at the Pasco campus.In July 2017, CBC will open its second, four-story Health Science Center in Richland. In addition to training CBC healthcare professionals, the Wortman Medical Science Center will also be a functional medical clinic as part of Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s family medicine residency program.CBC will open a student housing facility in September. This first phase will house 125 students.Columbia Basin Co...llege continues its rich tradition of meeting our community's needs with a dynamic faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a diverse student body from all walks of life.