A.L.A.S. Program Coordinator

Job description

Date:                                   April 16, 2018

Title:                                    A.L.A.S. Program Coordinator

Position Number:                871

Hours:                                 40 hours per week/52 weeks a year (grant funded position through 12/31/2022)

Salary Range:                     Meet and Confer, Grade 12 - $19.27 per hour

Reports to:                          Director of the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion

Posting Closes:                  April 30, 2018


The Assisting Latinos to Achieve and Succeed (A.L.A.S.) Program Coordinator will lead the development, coordination, and implementation of personal, academic and career student development interventions in support of the College’s effort to increase students’ persistence, certificate/degree completion and successful transfer to four year institutions. The role includes coordination of daily activities at the Woodrick Center, community and high school outreach efforts, program development, student assessments, case management, academic student progress monitoring, data collection, and reporting. Specific activities include coordination of the Summer College Immersion Experience, learning communities, and peer and professional mentorship. The Program Coordinator is expected to be knowledgeable about program design and implementation, culturally relevant student development theory, case management, and creative strategies for academic success in higher education. This position is highly collaborative, thus the coordinator is expected to work with corporations, community organizations, colleges, and multiple GRCC departments including but not limited to Admissions, the Enrollment Center, Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Counseling and Career Center, Financial Aid, Academic Support and Tutoring Services, and the College Success Center.


  • Develop, plan, and coordinate student success activities for the A.L.A.S. program.
  • Devise and execute recruitment strategies for the A.L.A.S. program including outreach to area high schools.
  • Coordinate all aspects of an annual Summer College Immersion Experience for Latino students in conjunction with facilitators, tutors, peer mentors and professional mentors and other student support service areas.
  • Develop and execute student development activities that support students’ self-development and professional skills. Activities to include experiential workshops, networking opportunities, recreational activities, professional development opportunities, etc.
  • Lead the coordination of social and cultural events for Latino students at GRCC such as “Conéctate”, Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, Día de Los Muertos Celebration, Academic Milestone Celebrations, Graduation Celebration, among other activities.
  • Coordinate career development experiences for students such as shadow opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, corporate and college visits.
  • Lead key activities that support student persistence such as follow up and monitor students’ non-academic needs and academic progress through various means (classroom visits, phone calls, texting, face to face meeting, social media activity, small group meetings, etc.).
  • Lead and supervise peer mentor activities (persistence interventions, etc.).
  • Recruit, coordinate and monitor the activities of professional community mentors.
  • Coordinate the delivery of academic student support services such as tutoring, advising, financial aid, etc.
  • Lead the development of key resources (research, compilation, editing, and dissemination) such as a DACA guide, scholarship opportunities, professional development, etc.
  • Design assessment tools to evaluate program effectiveness through quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and reporting to meet outcomes of the grant.
  • Support each individual student with their personal, professional and career development plans (coaching with the development of personal portfolios and individualized career plans).
  • Develop an innovative approach to learning communities that builds a sense of belonging for students, staff and faculty.
  • Provide translation and interpretation services as needed for marketing materials, community outreach and student support (Spanish-English and vice versa).
  • Provide technical assistance in the creation and maintenance of a GRCC Spanish and A.L.A.S. web site.
  • Provide support for Latino community outreach activities such as recruitment events, parent/guardian engagement activities, etc.
  • Support the director with grant budget management (monitoring expenses, revisions and amendments).
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with higher education institutions, community organizations, corporations and GRCC faculty and staff from the following areas Admissions, the Enrollment Center, Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Counseling and Career Center, Financial Aid, Academic Support and Tutoring Services, and the College Success Center.
  • Develop and promote academic success strategies for students by encouraging positive attitude and independent, self-actualized learning.
  • Engage in regular communication and collaborate with support staff and the Latino Student Support advisory committee regarding student needs and priorities.
  • Provide support to the Latino Student Support advisory committee such as organizing materials, record and file documentation, etc.
  • Assist the director with various special projects and assignments.
  • Regular attendance during normal scheduled hours is required. Being present is essential for serving customers and performing the essential functions of this position.
  • Persons in this role are identified as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). CSA's will be trained and responsible for reporting Clery Reportable Crimes to Campus Police as required by the Clery Act.
  • Attend regular team meetings.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Master’s degree highly preferred.
  • Degree in higher education, psychology, social work, counseling, or related field preferred.


  • Minimum 1-3 years of experience working in higher education or other relevant experience.
  • Work experience with underserved and underrepresented populations required.
  • Bilingual Spanish-English required.
  • Supervision experience required.
  • Work experience with high school students highly preferred. 
  • Experience with cognitive and non-cognitive assessments preferred.


  • Ability to be culturally agile within a diverse community college student population.
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm, and the ability to be innovative and creative.
  • Ability to organize work, manage multiple priorities, and meet timelines in a multi-project environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Proficient in the use of electronic student information systems (PeopleSoft), Early Alert systems, data reporting systems, Microsoft Office, and experience with data tracking and preparing reports.
  • Proven communication skills including writing.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to maintain a positive customer and student oriented approach in a demanding work environment.
  • Proficient with data tracking, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work as part of a team.
  • Compliance with FERPA guidelines.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality when required.
  • Understanding of the mission of community colleges.

Mental Demands

  • Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently both verbally and in writing.
  • Must be able to effectively manage high stress student issues and concerns.
  • Must be comfortable with public speaking.

Physical Demands

  • The position requires long periods of sitting, standing, reading and writing, listening and speaking.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work flexible hours (i.e. evenings and night) including occasional weekends
  • Must be able to commute between campus locations and travel locally.
  • The Woodrick Center is a shared office environment (open cubicles) where staff is accessible to students or other stakeholders at any given time.


Grand Rapids Community College is only accepting online applications for this position.  Please apply at our website at https://www.grcc.edu/jobs    Submit a cover letter and resume in one document.  The opportunity to apply for this position will close on April 30, 2018, at 11:59 PM ET.  Individuals with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Grand Rapids Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Grand Rapids Community College creates an inclusive learning and working environment that recognizes the value and dignity of each person. It is the policy and practice of GRCC to provide equal educational and employment opportunities regardless of age, race, color, religion, marital status, sex/gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, height, weight, national origin, disability, political affiliation, familial status, veteran status or genetics in all programs, activities, services, employment and advancement including admissions to, access to, treatment in, or compensation in employment as required by state and federal law. GRCC is committed to reviewing all aspects of GRCC programs, activities, services and employment, including recruitment, selection, retention and promotion to identify and eliminate barriers in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of the listed protected characteristics.  The college will not tolerate any form of retaliation against any person for bringing charges of discrimination or participating in an investigation. Further information may be obtained from the EEO Office or the Office of General Counsel, 143 Bostwick Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295.




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Job No: 871
Posted: 4/16/2018
Application Due: 4/30/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Meet and Confer, Grade 12 - $19.27 per hour