Specialist - Advisor-Fixed Term

Job Details

Job no: 716493
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Social Work 10038782
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Student Services/Student Affairs, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union
Position Summary

The FAME program seeks an Academic Advisor to serve Program Director for FAME. This position is grant funded. In this role, primary responsibilities include:

Direct Service: Provide direct life skills coaching services for up to 25 eligible students; Conduct comprehensive, strength-based assessments to include career path plans; develop individualized service plans; Maintain a minimum of monthly face to face meetings with students; Advise and support students in life skills required to be successful; Use multiple and most effective communication methods to maintain regular contact with students; Assist youth to secure basic needs including access to funds for which MSU students may be eligible; Organize and conduct monthly educational and recreational activities for students; Maintain accurate case records and required documentation; Develop and engage in activities geared towards student retention and success.

Outreach: Develop and implement a recruitment program for foster care youth in middle and high school as well as youth transferring from community college; Establish and maintain working relationships with campus departments and community partners; Engage campus and community partners to establish support and collaboration with the program and students served; provide trainings to students, staff, faculty, and other professionals about the needs and barriers to higher education for youth in transition; Establish and maintain contact with other advisors throughout the University; Participate in relevant coalitions and task groups that support advancing the needs of FAME eligible youth.

Administration: Responsible for program operations and engage in ongoing quality assurance and improvement; Supervise social work intern life skills coaches; Compile monthly reports and complete data tracking for all required reports; Submit monthly data for billing purposes; Supervise FAME Mentor Coordinator and related activities; Develop, implement, and monitor program evaluation, program policies, and procedures; Ensure compliance with contract requirements, university policies and other relevant ethical codes of practice; Maintain consistent communication with development officials regarding funding needs of the program; Engage with program donors and present program funding opportunities; Participate in grant writing and solicitation of needed program resources; Attend School of Social Work faculty meetings, committees, and events; Other duties as assigned.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Masters -Social Work

Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work with a minimum of 3 years post graduate work experience in child welfare or related field, in possession of or eligible for social work licensure in the State of Michigan.
  • Candidates must be clinically, and trauma trained;
  • have experience in crisis response and conflict resolution;
  • have strong interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills as well as knowledge or understanding of the specific needs that foster youth encounter when entering college.
Desired Qualifications
  • Candidates with knowledge and understanding of the specific needs that foster youth encounter when entering college and moving successfully to graduation;
  • commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for FAME eligible students;
  • Supervisory experience with both student interns and professionals;
  • Experience working with donor relations, soliciting donations, and grant writing and reporting;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products; and knowledge of HIPPA and FERPA Compliance and Mandated Reporter Guidelines.
Required Application Materials
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest in, and preparation for, the position
  • Resume/CV
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
Special Instructions

Applications must be submitted to the MSU Applicant Page at https://careers.msu.edu.

Review of application will begin July 19, 2021 and will continue until position is filled.

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Department Statement

The MSU School of Social Work is committed to a mission of social justice and positive change. Our BASW, MSW, and PhD programs educate students to provide ethical, competent, responsive, and innovative social work practice, and our scholarship generates and disseminates high quality research that improves the well-being of the most vulnerable in society. Our teaching, research, and outreach synergistically promote social justice, positive change, and solutions to the problems facing diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Our research is community-engaged and strength-based. More than 650 students are enrolled in our CSWE-accredited BASW and MSW programs, and PhD program.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

Advertised: Jul 12, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Jul 12, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


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