Spectrum of Success (SOS) is a Santa Fe College initiative designed to help enrolled Santa Fe students on the autism spectrum gain academic, social and employment-related skills. Under the leadership of the Coordinator of the Disabilities Resource Center (DRC), the program provides support and guidance to help participants (1) Transition effectively to and through Santa Fe College; (2) Persist with educational and career goals; (3) Support exploration of employment goals through work-based learning; (4) Earn credentials; and (5) Improve financial capability and independence.
The Outreach Specialist is responsible for assessing needs, offering guidance, serving as a mentor and overseeing job placements for a small group of students. With a special focus on inclusion, enhancement, and compliance, the Outreach Specialist contributes to the overall success of the SOS program by serving as a liaison between students and employers.
Responsibilities and duties include:
- Collaborate with the DRC Coordinator to develop and execute plans for the SOS Project
- Recruit participants for the project.
- Collaborate with community organizations, campus partners and students to increase awareness about the SOS Project.
- Identify, recruit, manage and build relationships with employers in the local community.
- Serve as a resourceful point person for employers working with the participants.
- Educate employers about the SOS program and the advantages of diverse workforce.
- Select curriculum components for the program to include financial literacy, self-awareness, planning, prioritization, academic/vocational preparedness.
- Document, track, and collect data on all contacts with participants, as well as complete internal and external reporting as directed.
- Monitor the program’s employment goals.
- Collaborate with DRC staff to provide professional development resources and services on autism related matters.
- Work closely with SOS partners to support the specific needs of program participants.
- Work with Vocational Rehabilitation, CARD, CareerSource, and other support agencies to secure resources and funding for the work-based-learning aspect of the project.
- Provide administrative support for the SOS Advisory Board.
- Participate in college events, serve on college committees and work with groups to promote awareness of SOS services.
- Strictly honor student confidentiality, privacy, and exhibit sensitivity toward program participants.
- Provide service excellence through courteous, informed, accessible and professional engagement.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Reports to: Coordinator, Disabilities Resource Center
Required: A Bachelor’s degree and experience working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)..
Additional Requirements: A criminal background check will be conducted.
Preferred: Experience working with students on the Spectrum Disorder in postsecondary educational environment, as is familiarity with community resources such as Vocational Rehabilitation and CARD.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work successfully in a multi-cultural environment.
- Communication – able to effectively communicate in a professional, diplomatic, empathetic, and tactful manner using preferred method and level as applicable to the job.
- Customer Service – ability to respond promptly and courteously to all questions from students and faculty in the lab, demonstrating patience and persistence when helping students with little or no computer skills.
- Multi-task and Attention to Detail – ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with a great deal of accuracy.
- Organization & Time Management – able to plan, schedule, and organize tasks related to the job to achieve goals within or ahead of established time frames.
- Problem Solving – proven skills in identifying issues, determining their cause, developing creative solutions, and following through with implementing resolutions.
- Systems & Software - proficient level of knowledge of Microsoft Office and/or relevant position software programs.
- Team Orientation & Interpersonal – highly motivated team player with ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with all levels within and external to the organization.
- Independent work - able to work independently with limited supervision and able to self motivate.
Application Process: All applicants must complete and submit the SF Employment Application, a resume, letter of intent as well as college transcripts through the job portal to be considered for this position. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to any employment offer when academic credentials are the basis for meeting minimum qualifications or receiving steps. Unofficial transcripts are only accepted for review purposes.