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Program Specialist

Savannah State University
Savannah State Recruiting Loc

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Job Title: Program Specialist
Location: Savannah State Recruiting Loc
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 225965
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 is a grant-funded position that 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.

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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