Director of Educational Talent Search

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Director of Educational Talent Search

Posting Number: 20110734
Job Category: Staff

Job Description Summary:
Southwestern Michigan College is seeking a Director of Educational Talent Search (ETS) to lead the grant funded TRiO program.

will oversee the design, implementation, administration, and evaluation of SMC's ETS Project, serve as the ETS liaison to the college and community, and reports to the Vice President of Student Services. The ETS Director may also work with target schools to achieve ETS goals and objectives with ETS participants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement program objectives, methods, and means of evaluation.
  • Develop appropriate program description materials.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the campus community, target school personnel, service organizations, and the target community.
  • Train, supervise and evaluate program staff.
  • Plan and authorize expenditure of Educational Talent Search funds.
  • Maintain appropriate records on campus and report program activities to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Publicize Educational Talent Search goals, services and accomplishments to the target community.
  • Administer program evaluation.
  • Counseling responsibilities as described for outreach counselors with a limited case load.
  • The duties listed in this job description are not all-inclusive, but a list of the major responsibilities. Additional duties not noted in the job description may be assigned by a supervisor.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    Knowledge Of:
  • Working with students from low-income, disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Financial Aid information pertaining to students.
  • How to assist students with applications, paperwork etc.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Reliable and punctual.
  • Able to work with people of all different backgrounds and demographics.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field;
    • At least two years working in an educational program
    • Knowledge of the purpose of TRiO in general and ETS in specific
    • Willingness to work evenings and/or weekends
    • Willingness to travel; must have valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
    • Demonstrated sensitivity to needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged students and students with disabilities
    • Proven organizational, communication, and personnel and financial management skills

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Master’s degree
    • Three or more years of experience in designing, managing, or implementing programs for low-income, first-generation students and/or students with disabilities

    Other Information:
    Since this a grant funded position, the final candidate will need to be approved by the federal grant overseer.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/6/2018
    Application Due: 12/11/2018
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