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Talent Search Academic Counselor

University of Central Oklahoma
Main Campus - Edmond, OK, 73034

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Student Affairs, Counseling
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Details

Job Location: Main Campus - Edmond, OK

Position Type: Staff

Salary Range: $38,000.00 - $40,000.00 Salary/year

Job Category: OTRS Classified


Program Overview

The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.

The UCO Talent Search Central Connect (TSCC) program works with students from grades 6 – 12 from John Marshall Middle School, Kenneth Cooper Middle School, James L. Capps Middle School, John Marshall High School, Putnam City High School, and Putnam City West High School.

Position Overview:

Assist coordinate program and/or service activities to ensure relevant guidelines, specifications, policy and/or procedures are followed for academic related programs, groups, and/or services. Assess to make sure the educational needs and goals are being met. Facilitates communication between administrators, faculty, staff, parents, and students concerning program and/or services. Maintains relevant databases to ensure accurate and accessible records. Prepare reports summarizing statistical data or describing program objectives and accomplishments. 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, Occasional nights and weekends required.

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

Track participant participation and thoroughly document participant status changes and update the student data management tool. Assists create curriculum for participant programing. Provide services to participants, which will include information dissemination of post-secondary programs, and assisting with the completion of applications for admissions, financial aid, and enrollment. Participate in staff development and training opportunities. Develop relationships with community stakeholders by attending applicable events both during and outside business regular business hours. Work inside target middle schools and high schools to recruit students and to provide services. Assist with workshop planning, creation, facilitation, and implementation to provide grant funded services. Plan activities and events to meet program funded objectives. Transport students to and from program events and activities.

Reliable transportation is needed for travel to target schools in the Oklahoma City metro area.
Must be comfortable working with students from grades 6 – 12 in small and large groups.

Must be able to drive 12 or 15 passenger vehicles rented by the program to transport students to and from activities. (Vendor requirements for van rental has a minimum age limit of 23 years old).

Experience Required:

Bachelor's degree (or equivalent experience) in related field to the program and experience that provides knowledge of and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts.

Experience Preferred:

Bilingual preferred; at a minimum, the ability to understand and to make oneself understood to all Spanish speaking individuals. Knowledge in higher education attainment process. Minimum of three (3) years of experience with federal TRIO programs, academic support programs, or similar programs for disadvantage youths.


Ability to serve as a mentor to program participants. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with target population, officials in high schools, post-secondary education institutions, community agencies, community organizations and community centers. The ability to cooperate and communicate with colleagues, participants, parents, and community members involved with the program. Knowledge of current educational resources and information in testing, career planning, college admissions, and financial aid resources. Experience in planning, coordinating and implementing counseling sessions, workshops, seminars, campus visits, and group activities. Ability to work independently and comply with program guidelines. Ability to coordinate various components of program goals. Demonstration of excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills. Commitment to the target population and the principles of equal educational opportunity.

Physical Demands:

Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community to its more than 17,000 students, where teaching comes first, a commitment seeded in the university's roots as a teaching college. Students at Central develop personal relationships with more than 450 full-time faculty, 450 adjunct faculty and over 850 staff, like 2008 U.S. Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen, who are committed to transforming lives.

With 117 undergraduate majors and 59 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. Notable academic programs include Forensic Science, Music Theatre, Mass Communications, Accounting, the region's only accredited Professional Golf Management program, Jazz Studies and the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown district.

Central's appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. In fact, Central is ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life and as one of the top universities to work for by the "Chronicle of Higher Education." Central is also an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, and hosted the 2010 World Sitting Volleyball Championships on campus.   Founded in 1890, Central is the state's first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day.

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The University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. UCO contributes to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities and individuals it serves.


UCO will become one of the Top 10 metropolitan universities of our kind in the United States by providing a transformative education as well as development experiences that help learners achieve their highest level of leadership potential.


The University of Central Oklahoma transforms each student by focusing our resources on the Central Six tenets of transformative learning. 

All students will be transformed with:

  • Discipline Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities
  • Service Learning and Civic Engagement
  • Global and Cultural Competencies
  • Health and Wellness

Transformative learning is a holistic process that places students at the center of their own active and reflective learning experience.

About Edmond/Oklahoma City Metro

The University of Central Oklahoma is located in Edmond, a part of the growing, thriving Oklahoma City metropolitan area. At Central, our students, faculty and staff get the best of both worlds - the "small town" feel of Edmond, with the big city excitement of the Oklahoma City metro. Both the Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro consistently rank nationally among the safest, most affordable and most exciting places to live. In fact, Edmond recently ranked among the best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine and Family Circle magazine, and Oklahoma City ranked sixth in the nation for the "Best Places for Young Adults" by From year-round arts, music and theater offering, to exciting sporting events like the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, to first class shopping, dining and more, Edmond and the Oklahoma City metro offer a diverse, active, culturally enriched lifestyle that's on the move to even bigger and better opportunities.

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