Location: Highline College 2400 S 240th St Des Moines
Internal Number: 4378560
This position is .80 FTE (32 hours per week). This posting will remain open until the position is filled. Priority screening for applications received byFebruary 25, 2024.
The TRIO Talent Search Coordinator hosted by Highline College provides college-access services to low-income and first-generation middle and high school students within the Target area. TRIO grant projects are funded by the Department of Education. The majority of the time will be spent working independently on-site at Showalter Middle School and Foster High School. This position reports to the TRiO Talent Search Manager, who reports to the Program Director.
This is a salaried overtime-eligible, benefits-eligible, grant-funded, at-will position. Hours of work may vary, but will typically be expected to work 32 hours per week for this .80 FTE position. Hours may include occasional evenings and weekends.The position reports to the Talent Search Manager, and has the following responsibilities: Collaboration and Coordination of Services:
Works directly with the TS Manager to ensure that the TRIO goals and objectives required by the Dept of Ed are met;
Collaborate with Showalter Middle School and Foster High School administrators, teachers, counselors, and partners to identify program participants and execute a comprehensive program to improve high school or middle school persistence, graduation, and postsecondary enrollment to completion;
Builds and maintains positive working relationships with Tukwila School District faculty, administrators, and parents/guardians to assist program participants with academic advising, counseling, consultation, referral, and information services;
Makes presentations to school personnel, students, and parents outlining TS eligibility requirements and program goals;
Partners with college departments and community constituents for effective and collaborative delivery of project services.
Advising and Student Support Programming
Manages a minimum caseload of 200 students and completes individual needs assessments to develop customized, individual Student Success Plans (SSPs); reviews and interprets report cards, transcripts, test scores, college entrance exams, and other student records for resource and service intervention;
Schedule appointments and meetings, maintain shared calendars, take meeting minutes;
Greet, assist, interact and provide general support for drop-in students including answering questions, helping with resources, giving out snacks/supplies etc;
Support students in goal-setting using an educational success plan and SMART Goal model;
Offer TS-specific workshops to program participants/parents;
Supports and participates in both in-and out-of-classroom engagement of TS participants in an effort to enhance their development and learning experiences;
Utilizes a student-centered approach and advises participants for academic success, grade promotion, and college readiness;
Maintains detailed records of all aspects of participants' progress including academic, social, personal, etc., that would aid, or impede their overall success;
Assesses and monitors participants' SSP to ensure participants are on track for graduation;
Conducts appropriate referrals for participants as necessary;
Work with the Manager to manage the Talent Search tutorial program, including the screening, hiring, supervision, and training of TS tutors;
Coordinates and leads student-centered college and university exploratory field trips, enrichment activities, and cultural events;
Assists students and families complete all necessary steps for college readiness and enrollment (e.g. ACT/SAT, IB test preparation, financial aid, college application, admission essays.);
Receives confidential application materials and maintains participant files, tracks services, and submits weekly contact forms and other reports as required by the grant.
Assessment and Continuous Improvement
Assists with all aspects of program review and student retention efforts such as surveys, focus groups, orientation sessions, parent workshops and intervention groups;
Develops and implement student assessments and completes program evaluations;
Work with the Director to participate in middle and high school staff and team meetings to review timelines, discuss objectives, refine implementation plans, and problem-solve;
Participates in professional development activities appropriate to the functions of the position, including state TRIO Talent Search meetings/conferences, Highline College sponsored professional development, Department of Education sponsored training, and school district trainings;
Supports the mission, vision, and values of the College, Highline Public Schools, and the TRIO Talent Search program;
Assists the Director to complete the TS Annual Performance Report;
Performs other duties as assigned for the betterment of each program participant consistent with the role and required functions of this position, especially as required by the terms and objectives of the TS grant.
Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently with limited oversight;
Adept to using software applications including Microsoft Office, Google, and database and case management software;
Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in education, administration, counseling or a related field; AND
1-2 years of experience in caseload management; AND
Experience working with individuals who are low-income and/or first-generation.
Experience working with federal Department of Education programs or TRIO Programs;
Work experience with college access programming;
Work experience in a college setting;
Knowledge of college and university admissions and enrollment procedures;
Knowledge of federal and state financial aid procedures;
Personally overcome obstacles similar to those experienced by Talent Search program participants.
Highline College prides itself on its commitment to diversity and equity, its institutional culture of collegiality and innovation, its globalization of curricula and its inclusion of the community in its programming. Founded in 1961, Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 15minutes south of Seattle. The college annually serves more than 16,500 students – a student population of over 70% students of color, representing 35 nations and more than 100 languages.