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Financial Aid Outreach Specialist

Employer
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Location
Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore, CA 94551

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Community & Government Relations, Financial Aid
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Community College
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Job Details

Job Title:

Financial Aid Outreach Specialist

Position Type:

Classified

Position Code:

3CFA17

FTE:

1.0

Pay Rate (or Annual Salary):

$4,764.92/monthly

Job Location:

Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Dr., Livermore, CA 94551

Department:

Financial Aid

Job Summary:

Las Positas College provides an inclusive, learning-centered, equity-focused environment that offers educational opportunities and support for completion of students’ transfer, degree, and career-technical goals while promoting lifelong learning. At Las Positas College we know that equity will be achieved by changing the impacts of structural racism, ableism, homophobia, and systematic poverty on student success and access to higher education, achieved through continuous evaluation and improvement of all services. We believe in a high-quality education focused on learning and an inclusive, culturally-relevant environment that meets the diverse needs of all our students and staff.

Equity is parity in student educational outcomes; it places belonging for students of color and disproportionately impacted students at center focus. Our prized and emerging equity efforts include Puente, Umoja, ConnectUp, Brother 2 Brother, Sister 2 Sister, Black Student Union, Presidential Task Force on Systemic and Institutionalized Racism, the Presidential Speaker Series, Black Education Association, curriculum reviews and a linguistic justice curriculum.

Located in Livermore, Las Positas College is becoming an institution that reflects the diversity in California. We are a learning-centered institution focused on excellence and student success, and are fully committed to supporting all Tri-Valley residents in their quest for education and advancement.

Joining Our College CommunityWe seek equity-minded applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to an educational community. We look for applicants who:1. Value and intentionally promote diversity and consciousness of difference2. Demonstrate cultural humility and an ongoing desire to improve cultural competence3. Are dedicated to addressing issues of social justice4. Accept their shared role and responsibility in addressing opportunity and achievement gaps experienced by students5. Have experience and success in closing student equity gaps and engaging in equitable practices, or are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about implementing practices that achieve these goals6. Actively seek to identify, disrupt, and remove institutional and/or systemic barriers that adversely impact historically marginalized communities7. Empower the underrepresented and underserved8. Foster students’ potential to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders9. Believe that all people have the right to an education and work environment free from fear, harassment, or discrimination
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District is seeking a Financial Aid Outreach Specialist for Las Positas College in Livermore, California.

Under general supervision of Financial Aid Director, provide coordination of financial aid outreach activities to campus, high schools and local communities to increase numbers of students applying for and receiving Federal and State financial aid, contributing to college efforts to increase college enrollment, course and program completion. Communicate and promote College financial aid programs and services, specifically early and accurate application and verification, new and changes to financial aid programs, and provide financial literacy tools to strengthen low-income, disadvantaged student participation in post-secondary education.

This is a grant/categorically funded position. Continuation of this position is contingent upon available funding on a year to year basis.

Representative Duties:

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

1. Develop and implement year-round financial aid campaigns, addressing the full financial aid cycle including application, verification, disbursement, maintaining eligibility, satisfactory academic progress and transfer/graduation issues.

2. Coordinate and/or deliver financial aid presentations, workshops and orientations to college cohorts and classes, local high schools, and various community agencies and organizations, to inform students and parents of various financial aid program requirements and deadlines; provide financial aid outreach efforts on campus for Athletics, Learning Communities and Special Programs (including but not limited to EOPS, DSPS, CalWorks, Puente, Umoja) and Equity Program student populations, to increase the numbers of underrepresented students applying for and receiving financial aid.

3. Coordinate financial aid outreach efforts with relevant committees, departments, divisions, and other campus programs, as well as local high schools and community organizations, to provide financial aid information and assistance to campus and community. Actively participate in annual admissions and financial aid outreach campaigns in community. Incorporate financial aid into new or existing college outreach and early intervention initiatives on campus.

4. Conduct surveys of high school and campus students, staff, faculty and administrators to determine specific interests/needs related to financial aid information and services to best serve low-income, disadvantaged students.

5. Collect information and feedback to improve communication, dissemination of financial aid information, and service to campus, schools and students; develop strategies for tracking efforts with disadvantaged student populations.

6. Maintain variety of files, records and database of financial aid outreach efforts, contacts, and results for office and campus reports, and to meet specific State reporting and oversight requirements.

7. Attend and participate in professional group meetings, trainings and development opportunities to stay current with financial aid regulations. Assist with the development and dissemination of financial aid information for students, staff, faculty and administrators related to changes in State and Federal financial aid programs, regulations and eligibility criteria.

8. Create, proof and edit correspondence, marketing/advertising and other related materials; write and/or collaborate on articles, letters, and other outreach-related correspondence and promotional materials for campus and feeder school publications.

9. Maintain electronic communication with website, outgoing and incoming email and phone messages, and social media opportunities as appropriate.

10. Assist with the financial aid training of the college student outreach team; oversee the work of student outreach staff.

11. Identify resources and refer special population students to appropriate campus support services and programs to assist students to achieve educational success.

12. Coordinate financial literacy initiatives and programs with external agencies and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) initiatives, etc. Incorporate financial literacy activities into communications and outreach with current students, including athletic and academic cohorts, special programs, and identified Equity student populations;

13. Utilize a variety of college, State and Federal financial aid computer applications to view, update or modify student financial aid reports and status.

14. Respond to inquiries related to financial aid outreach in a courteous and professional manner; provide information within the area of assignment; resolve complaints in an efficient and timely manner.

15. Perform related duties as required.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Any combination of the following would provide a typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities.

Education/Training:

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in marketing, communications, public administration, or a related field.

Experience:

Two years of increasingly responsible financial aid experience required.
Prior experience with outreach or public speaking required.

Minimum Qualifications:

The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:
1. Federal and State financial aid programs, policies, regulations and best practices; pertinent Federal, State and local Admission & Records laws, codes and regulations.

2. Principles, procedures, strategies and techniques used in effective community college financial aid outreach programs and services.

3. Basic public information, public speaking, community relations, and marketing principles and practices.

4. Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing and databases.

5. Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary; business letter writing and basic report preparation.

6. Previous experience, understanding, and sensitivity to the diverse academic socio-economic cultural and ethnic background comprising the local community; accessibility and financial obstacles faced by economically and educationally disadvantaged students.

Ability to:

1. Understand the organization and operation of the assigned program area as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities. Work independently within clearly defined guidelines.

2. Identify campus and community needs; monitor outreach program services and activities and make recommendations for improvement. Collect appropriate data relating to outreach efforts and outcomes; prepare oral and written reports and recommendations.

3. Assist College team in developing, implementing, and evaluating public relations and marketing goals, objectives, policies, and procedures related to outreach. Develop or utilize appropriate and
effective informational materials of financial aid options and opportunities for wide spectrum of students, especially low-income, disadvantaged populations and those for whom English is a second language.

4. Plan, organize and balance multiple priorities to meet schedules and changing deadlines.

5. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.

6. Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

7. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; present information to a wide variety of audiences.

8. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff, faculty, administrators, the general public, and the community to assess and respond to their needs.

9. Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, and the public.

10. Maintain strict confidentiality and discretion with sensitive student and family records and information in accordance with FERPA regulations.

11. Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.

Desirable Qualifications:

1. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
2. Knowledge and experience with software for creative design of marketing materials and social media campaigns
3. Marketing experience
4. Attention to detail, specifically with grammar

Job Work Schedule:

40 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., hours may vary depending on department needs, occasional evening and weekends required as needed, 12 months/year

Physical Demands and Working Environment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting and at various locations that requires travel from site to site, with some evening or weekend hours during peak outreach campaigns.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting and outside environment; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

License: Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid driver’s license.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of this District to provide equal opportunity in all areas of
employment practices and to assure that there shall be no discrimination against
any person on the basis of sex, ancestry, age, marital status, race, religious
creed, mental disability, medical condition (including HIV and AIDS), color,
national origin, physical disability, family or sexual preference status and other
similar factors in compliance with Title IX, Sections 503 and 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act, other federal and state non-discrimination regulations, and its
own statements of philosophy of objectives. The District encourages the filing of
applications by both sexes, ethnic minorities, and the disabled.

Posting Number:

AS449P

Open Date:

09/17/2021

Close Date:

11/23/2021

Open Until Filled:

No

Notification to Applicants:

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District reserves the right to close or not fill any advertised position

Instructions for Personal Qualifications Statement:

The purpose of the personal qualifications statement is for you to provide information on how your education and experience relate to the requirements and duties of the position. There is no form to complete. Applicants are requested to provide their personal qualifications statement by uploading a document, the same way as you do for your cover letter.

Organization

Working at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Chabot and Las Positas Colleges both aim to provide an educational foundation for transfer to the four-year college/university, career and technical education (CTE) certificates, and life-long learning opportunities. The combined student population of more than 29,000 students includes those from throughout the Bay Area, and Central Valley, as well as from other states and more than 40 foreign countries.

• Educational Excellence forms the foundation of our district and governs the planning, implementation, and evaluation of everything we do

• Curriculum Relevancy ensures that our students benefit from the latest and most innovative curriculum available; this requires constant, active improvement

• Community Collaboration with local business, government, educational institutions, civic organizations, community groups, science, and industry partners results in a team effort to provide educational opportunities that best serve our students and our community

• The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (CLPCCD) celebrates more than 50 years of educating the San Francisco East Bay

• CLPCCD adds approximately $508.9 million in annual income to its East Bay service area

Chabot College has delivered education opportunity to our communities through excellent transfer, degree, career technical and lifelong learning programs. Chabot is the birthplace of model support services such as the Puente, Daraja, and Early Childhood Mentor-Teacher Programs. Ours is a story of student success and a democratic commitment to equal access to excellence in education for all.

Puente Project

A highly-acclaimed program founded at Chabot College in 1981 which explores the Mexican American/Latino experience and has served thousands of California students. Community colleges with Puente programs transfer 44 percent more Latino students to the University of California than colleges without Puente.

DARAJA Project

Offers academic support services and a curriculum focused on African-American literature, history, and issues. Daraja students do better in school and transfer to four-year universities at a higher rate.

Las Positas’ rich course offerings prepare students for degree and certificate completion, transfer to a four-year university, basic skills for success in college, and job retraining. Students are also able to study in career programs designed by the faculty and the community to meet local workforce demands.

Engineering Tech Partnership

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Alameda County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Las Positas College (LPC) established a 24-month academic program to provide a technical education and hands-on training for veterans. The new Engineering Technology Program at Las Positas is designed to help veterans develop the skills and training needed for engineering technician careers and establishes a pipeline of qualified candidates for LLNL and other Bay Area employers such as NASA and Sandia and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories.

Viticulture and Business Program

The college’s award-winning Viticulture and Winery Technology Program partners with the historic and thriving Livermore Valley wine industry. The Business Program, the college’s most popular major, provides training for area businesses, including an industry-specific Retail Management Program, and sponsors a Business and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

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