College Counselor and Testing Coordinator - The Gatton Academy - Western Kentucky University
Western Kentucky University
Location: Bowling Green, Kentucky
Internal Number: 138069
Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Wed Oct 13 2021 Job Description:
The Carol Martin Gatton Academic of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky seeks qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Outreach. The Gatton Academy is a public residential STEM program established and funded by the Kentucky legislature. It is located on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Students complete their last two years of high school in the program while earning at least 60 hours of college credit. This is a 10-month position that reports to the Assistant Director of Counseling Services. Gatton staff are employees of WKU.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Provide in-depth college counseling to classes of approximately 100 high school juniors and 100 high school seniors
Facilitate student and parent workshops on college access and financial aid topics.
Build relationships with college admissions personnel across Kentucky and the United States.
Advise students in the financial aid process.
Coordinate and administer college entrance exams and state exams.
Develop a supportive community among students consistent with the Academy's creed of Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Equality, and Diversity through creative educational, cultural, social, and recreational programming.
Provide leadership and supervision on Academy study abroad trips.
Meet with students individually and in groups to support students in the college and scholarship application process.
Write official school recommendation letter for each senior.
Facilitate student and parent workshops on the use of Naviance, college fit, essay writing, and the college search, as well as other college access topics.
Schedule college admissions representatives visits, facilitate meetings between college admissions representatives and students, and liaise with college admissions offices.
Plan and chaperone student trips to visit colleges across Kentucky and beyond
Facilitate student and parent workshops on FAFSA, CSS Profile, comparing financial aid award offers, and other financial aid information.
Build supportive relationships with students and their parents.
Coordinate and administer PSAT and ACT.
Coordinate and administer testing related to student graduation requirements such as K-PREP and Civics Exams, including working with WKU IT to accommodate online testing.
Serve as Gatton's KDE District Assessment Coordinator and Building Assessment Coordinator.
Monitor updates from KDE regarding testing requirements and ensure Gatton is in compliance with KDE protocols.
Administrative or Managerial Functions
Compile data related to college access and scholarships, for example specific college acceptance rates, and scholarships offered and accepted.
Work with a graphic designer to update Gatton's annual school profile containing all pertinent details about the current class.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Essential Knowledge and Skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of higher education admissions processes.
Knowledge of higher education financial aid processes, including familiarity with the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
Familiarity with Naviance.
Experience with gifted and talented students.
Bachelor's Degree in Education, Counseling, or related field.
Two years of experience assisting students with college access and financial aid processes.
Must be at least 21 years of age and hold a valid driver's license.
Must be willing to submit to a state and national criminal history background check.
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to a policy and practice of providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. In accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated at WKU on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO). To request an accommodation, report/express a complaint, or ask questions regarding WKU's Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040), please contact Mr. Joshua Hayes, EEO Director/Title IX Investigator/University ADA Coordinator, via email at [email protected] or by phone at (270) 745-5121.
The University is also required to investigate complaints of sex and gender-based harassment, also a form of discrimination, and has designated the Title IX Coordinator as the individual responsible for coordinating the investigation and response to such complaints. The Title IX Coordinator for the University is Ms. Deborah Wilkins, who can be contacted via email at [email protected] or by phone at (270) 745-5396. Additional information regarding Title IX is accessible via WKU's https://www.wku.edu/titleix/ website.
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