Educational Talent Search (METS) Academic Advisor

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:

Reports to: METS Project Director
Supervises: Student Advisors (2-4)

Summary of Position:
The TRiO Program at Mills College has two components: Educational Talent Search (METS) and Upward Bound (UB). Both components are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Mills Educational Talent Search (METS) assists low-income, first generation, middle school and high school students in the City of Oakland by disseminating information on the college preparation process. METS staff is assigned to target high schools in the Oakland community and provides guidance in course selection, visits to local colleges, and the college application/financial aid process. Participants not enrolled in target schools attend workshops and advising sessions on the Mills College campus.

Essential Job Functions:
  • Conduct outreach to target high schools, middle schools and community agencies by traveling to Oakland target schools on a daily basis
  • Assist with planning, preparation, implementation of program events/activities
  • Provide one-on-one or group academic and advising services to students at target schools
  • Identify and recruit eligible applicants. Assess and determine participants educational needs and academic potential
  • Responsible for selection and supervision of Program Assistants
  • Develop and conduct career exploration, academic preparation, and personal development workshops
  • Advise participants in completing applications for admission to post-secondary institutions, as well as assistance with financial aid and scholarships
  • Provide administrative assistance as needed; including scheduling college representative visits and maintaining library of college information for students
  • Assist with the input of data in the Microsoft Access database and the preparation of data and information for Talent Search Annual Performance Reports (APR)
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date participants files
  • Responsible for planning and attending program orientations, trainings, field trips, monthly seminars, and meetings
  • Responsible for planning and conducting fundraising projects and events
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Ability to attend some weekend and evening events.
  • Perform related duties as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:
  • College admission process, financial aid, and other topics associated with pursuing a higher education and promoting a college-going culture.
  • U.S. Department of Education TRiO Programs or similar programs helpful.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and proficient knowledge of all applications in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience and ability to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds similar to METS Program participants.
  • Mission-driven and passionate about programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate academic support programs including advising, workshops, fieldtrips, assessment, follow-up and resource referral.
  • Ability to demonstrate effective teaching and counseling skills.
  • Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Education and Training:
  • Bachelors degree, preferably in education, social work, psychology, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have experience working with middle or high school youth in similar academic/educational outreach program.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
  • Incumbent will be located in busy areas at target school sites and at the Mills College TRIO Office.
  • Work involves traveling to and from Mills College and target school sites in Oakland.
  • Must have a valid California drivers license, safe driving record, current automobile insurance, and use of personal car.
  • Requires passing fingerprinting and a background check.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.

Additional Information:

This is an exempt, full-time position with an FTE of 1.0. Salary is $46,000.00 annually and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with college-matching after 6 month qualifying period, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Voluntary benefits include: pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following to:
  • resume
  • cover letter and
  • contact information for three references
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.





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Posted: 8/8/2018
Application Due: 8/8/2030
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