To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.
GENERAL JOB SUMMARY:
Hiring: 2 Program Advisors
Reporting to the Director of the TRIO Talent Search Program, the Program Advisor is responsible for assisting with the administration, implementation and continuation of the TRIO Talent Search program. The TRIO Talent Search program is dedicated to increasing middle school and high school retention rates, increasing high school graduation rates, improving financial and economic literacy and increasing post-secondary enrollment and completion rates. TRIO Talent Search serves students who meet income-eligibility guidelines, are potential first-generation college students, and/or demonstrate a need for assistance in the college enrollment process.
The Program Advisor is an integral part of this program. This position will recruit and serve an assigned caseload of program participants in 6th-12th grade. This position will work primarily at their assigned high school sites (Cedar Rapids, Midland and Iowa City communities), provide advising and facilitate workshops for program participants and their families.
This position is grant-funded with current funding scheduled to end September 30, 2026. Continuation of this position beyond the current funding period is dependent on the renewal of this grant.
UNIVERSAL CORE COMPETENCIES:
Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence.
Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and account for our actions.
Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.
Identify, recruit, and serve an assigned caseload of assigned program participants in 6th-12th grade
Provide academic advising, personal, college, career, financial literacy and financial aid information and workshops to program participants
Build positive relationships with site principals, counselors, teachers, and families
Plan and attend field trips and other program activities
Assist high school students with college and financial aid applications
Establish and maintain program participant files with required documentation
Maintain accurate and confidential files
Enter program participant demographics into the program database
Document all contacts with program participants on Individual and/or Group Service Logs and program database
Comply with grant and federal regulations
Perform other related work duties as assigned
Be able and willing to represent the College in the most positive manner with all students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
Willingness to assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions
Demonstrate skill in interpersonal relations, communication and presentation skills
Read, listen, understand, and express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form.
Effectively model communication, organizational skills and social skills to program participants while maintaining a positive relationship with them
Maintain accurate and detailed student records
Regular attendance at work
Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.
Position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work. Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing.
Bachelor's degree required in the following fields: human services, education or other related fields. If not in those fields, a minimum of 1-year prior professional TRIO experience or other pre-collegiate programs
Prior experience working with low-income and first-generation students
Knowledge of postsecondary education support services and financial aid
Advising experience preferred
PREFERREDQUALIFICATIONS, LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
Bilingual-English/Spanish skills preferred
Personal experience in overcoming academic and economic obstacles to college graduation preferred
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572, Email: equity@Kirkwood.edu or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.
At Kirkwood Community College, we are focused on success. Whether you are a prospective student or parent, an employer or simply someone who cares about the growth and vitality of eastern Iowa—you have an energetic, committed partner with us at Kirkwood. Since the mid-1960s our graduates have worked, raised families and prospered in this area. More than 70,000 of these grads have applied their academic degrees to work in a host of fields. Tens of thousands more have enjoyed life-enriching experiences through our Continuing Education programs. As our college has grown, so have the tools and facilities to meet the changing needs of our Creative Corridor. A key part of that growth in service is our network of regional centers. Kirkwood employees have long set the standard for innovative talent, visionary spirit and overall excellence in their work. Being part of Kirkwood means being part of a deep commitment to the success of every student, every day.