Duties: Assist with the selection and recruitment of participants; gather and disseminate specific information on education and career opportunities and financial aid assistance that is available to pursue postsecondary education; work with assigned target area school counselors and community leaders to coordinate project activities including, but not limited to, tutoring, course advisement, financial aid and college enrollment, career workshops, and cultural enrichment; conduct orientation workshops for new participants and parents; screen applicants for participant eligibility; refer ineligible students to appropriate social services and other programs; complete and monitor education plan for each participant in assigned target school and follow-up on recommendations; maintain appropriate records/data of participants according to proposed guidelines; assess participant’s potential for postsecondary education training; assist participants in exploring career fields and choosing career goals; assist participants in choosing a postsecondary institution; coordinate campus and college day field trips; coordinate and/or conduct financial aid workshops for parents and participants; assist participants in completing admission and financial aid forms; conduct participant follow-up surveys; follow or track participants as they enter in, continue in, and complete postsecondary education; update technology skills; participate in staff development and in-service meetings; visit local middle, junior high, and high schools; keep accurate and current records on project participants; hold workshops to improve participants’ study and test-taking skills; coordinate all parent involvement activities; provide reports and constant update to Talent Search director; represent the Talent Search project at state, and/or regional TRIO conferences; maintain a positive work environment by cooperating in a professional manner and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, education, or related field required; Master’s degree in guidance and counseling or related field preferred; commitment to the advancement of socially, economically, and educationally deprived populations; specific knowledge of career counseling, educational opportunities, financial aid, college enrollment procedures, and college course selection; excellent oral and written communication skills; public service oriented. Special consideration will be given to persons who have succeeded in overcoming the disadvantages of, or experience with socially, economically, disadvantaged, and educationally deprived populations.
Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, current resume, and the contact information of three (3) references to HR@saumag.edu or the Office of Human Resources, Southern Arkansas University, 100 E. University, MSC 9288, Magnolia, AR 71753. AA/EOE. Non-listed references may be contacted.