Program Specialist

Job description

Job Title: Program Specialist
Location: Savannah State Recruiting Loc
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 224112
About Us

Savannah State University established in 1890, is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s students select majors from four colleges — Business Administration, Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, and Sciences and Technology. The campus is by far the most picturesque in the state of Georgia. The moss-laden sweeping oak trees, expansive marsh and historic architecture create a resplendent yet tranquil atmosphere. Beneath the beauty and splendor is a vibrant residential campus bursting at the seams with the vim and vigor of quality collegiate life: relevant academic majors, engaging lectures, cutting-edge research, quality student-faculty engagement and a nurturing environment.

Job Summary

This position delivers services that encourage and empower program participants to complete middle school and high school, and to teach and reinforce college level academics that lead individuals to enroll in a post-secondary institution and obtain a degree. Each Program Specialist has assigned placements at target schools and reports to the Director of Educational Talent Search who directs and assigns their work. May be directed to perform job related tasks other than those specifically delineated in this description. Reporting directly to the Talent Search Director, the Program Specialist has the authority to make decisions regarding participant sessions, workshops, post-secondary and cultural tours, and information for grade specific curriculum’s with approval from the Director. The Program Specialist must apply theories and principals related to the academic discipline and works in a team effort to ensure participant success. Programs include academic, personal, and financial counseling; assisting participants with college and financial aid applications; standardized test preparation and admission requirements; cultural events, field trips, college tours, and other related activities. They may also assist students in such areas as self-esteem building, leadership, study skills, and people skills. They must be able to think strategically to solicit participation from students and parents. This position serves as liaison between the director, program assistants, program participants, and parents, and must frequently collaborate with other pre-college programs and departments of SSU.


Job Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Recruit, enroll, and manage participants that meet program requirements to ensure supplemental instruction
• Document participation and other data for monthly and yearly reports
• Engage in cultural and enrichment activities with program participants
• Conduct various workshops including study skills workshops for program participants
• Provide assistance to program participants who are registering for SAT/ACT test
• Provide college application assistance to participants
• Provide financial aid assistance to program participants in their senior year

Required Qualifications

A four-year college degree is required. Must have experience working with low income, first generation, and /or minority students. Must have good oral and written communication skills, be proficient in computer technology and have excellent customer service skills.

Preferred Qualifications

A Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Education, or other related field is highly preferred. Bilingual in English/Spanish is also preferred but not required.

Conditions of Employment

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with Savannah State University, as determined by Savannah State University, its sole discretion, confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. Applicants may be subject to a pre-employment drug test. Offers are made expressly subject to the applicable federal and state laws, to the statutes, rules and regulations of this institution and to the Bylaws and Policies of the Board of Regents (BOR) of the University System of Georgia (USG), which are available for your inspection upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Savannah Stare University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Savannah State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. For questions or more detailed information regarding this policy please contact the Savannah State University, Office of Human Resources at [email protected] Individuals requiring disability related accommodations for participation in any event or to obtain print materials in an alternative format, please contact the Office of Human Resources at [email protected]

Special Applicant Instructions

Submit three (3) reference letters. Combine the letters into one (1) document and upload to the reference letter section.




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Job No:
Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 4/11/2021
Work Type: Full Time