Edinburg, TX
Sep 19, 2020
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Details

Posting NumberSRGV4652Working TitleSTUDENT DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTNumber of Vacancies1LocationEdinburg, Texas DepartmentCollege Access & K-12 PartnersFTE1.0FLSAExemptScope of Job

To assist and work closely with University students who are participants of the TRIO student support services program to increase retention and graduation rates.

Description of Duties

•Assists with the coordination of TRIO student recruitment, programming, and retention initiatives.
•Performs day-to-day administrative support work-flows and assists with the coordination of peer coach assistants/peer mentors including scheduling and training.
•Maintains academic progress tracking, performs data collection, and provides project reports as needed.
•Responsible for meeting with students for problem-solving, counseling, providing information regarding student policies, course selection and registration assistance, financial aid and financial literacy, guiding students on policies and procedures; demonstrating use of the university website and graduate school preparation.
•Recommends and organize new programs and advise staff superior on progress of current program.
•Assists with organizing informational workshops, cultural enrichment activities, college/university visitations, financial aid and financial literacy activities, and course selection and registration assistance.
•Monitors student academic progress, tracks student contacts, and ensures that students are receiving the necessary services.
•Assists with promoting awareness of the TRIO programs and to increase participants’ retention, graduation, and transfer rates.
•Serves as a liaison among students, faculty, administration, staff, and the community.
•Maintains collaborative working relationships with internal employees/partners in assessing program issues and services. Actively participates on college committees, meetings and workgroups.
•May participate in the screening and interview/selection processes and the training of new student employees (peer coaches & mentors).
•Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received

Receives general supervision from the assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given

May supervise other assigned staff.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in higher education, student personnel, counseling, or related discipline.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree in student development or higher education.



Required Experience

Two (2) years of experience in working with first generation, low income, and students with disabilities, and counseling or advising college students from diverse backgrounds. Planning, developing, and implementing educational programs that contribute to retention, persistence, and graduation rates.

Preferred Experience

Experience in working with TRIO program students. Experience and skills in marketing & communication using social media and other platforms. Bilingual oral and written skills with fluency in English and Spanish that meets community needs. Experience conducting presentations. Experience teaching in a college setting. Mental Health First Aid Certified. Excellent written & verbal skill.


Use of office equipment will be required such as fax and copier.

Working Conditions

Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties.


General office conditions with the majority of time spent in contact with students.

Physical Capabilities

Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting for prolonged periods of time; general manual dexterity.

Employment CategoryFull-TimeMinimum SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosted SalaryCommensurate with ExperiencePosition Available Date09/17/2020Grant Funded PositionYesIf Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date08/31/2025EEO Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the civil rights act of 1964, the title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non discrimination in it’s education programs and activities, including employment.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

*Date of Birth

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (956) 665-2451 and/or [email protected]

Additional Information

UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Quick Link Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you a current UTRGV employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you now, or previously, employed by The University of Texas System or any of its institutions?
    • Yes - I currently am employed by the UT System or its institutions
    • Yes - I have previously been employed by the UT System or its institutions
    • No - I have never been employed by the UT System or its institutions
  3. * Please select your highest level of completed education:
    • 6th grade education
    • 10th grade education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Associates Degree in a related field, Technical Degree in a related field, or Trade School Degree/Certification in a related field or 60 Hours of College Hours
    • Bachelors Degree in a related field from an accredited university
    • Masters Degree in a related field from an accredited university
    • Ph. D. or other terminal degree in a related field from an accredited university
  4. * Please provide the field of study for your education:

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please indicate the number of years of full time work experience you have directly related to the position in which you are applying for:
    • Less than 1 year
    • 1 year
    • 2 years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
    • 6 years
    • 7 years
    • 8 years
    • 9 years
    • 10 years
    • Over 10 years
  6. * Do you meet the minimum requirements for this position?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Reference Letter 1
  5. Reference Letter 2
  6. Reference Letter 3
  7. Certifications and Licenses
  8. Training Certificates
  9. Other Document
  10. List of 3 References
  11. Unofficial Transcripts 2
  12. Unofficial Transcripts 3
  13. Letter of Interest
  14. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  15. Additional Document

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