Multicultural Retention Specialist

Geneva, Kane County
Jul 11, 2014

Job Description: POSITION TITLE: MULTICULTURAL OUTREACH AND RETENTION SPECIALIST SFOFMU-SPEC02 STATUS: Full time DEPARTMENT: Multicultural Student Affairs DIVISION: Student Development CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt UNION: Support and Technical REPORTS TO: Director, Multicultural Student Affairs PLACEMENT: Support staff, grade 8 MINIMUM PAY RATE: $47,541 annually Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The student population at the college is diverse in ethnicity, gender, language, age and background. Joliet Junior College is an AA/EO employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates who would enhance the diversity of its staff. POSITION SUMMARY The Multicultural Outreach and Retention Specialist develops and coordinates holistic services to improve the recruitment and retention rates of underrepresented, multicultural, and English Language Learners through the facilitation of targeted recruitment activities and intrusive academic support services and interventions utilizing a case management approach. Primary emphasis is service to the African-American student population and recruitment activities conducted in collaboration with the Office of Admission. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 1. Provide academic advising, facilitate programs and support services to enhance student retention and persistence through graduation for targeted population. 2. Develop recruitment initiatives to expand awareness about educational programs and benefits offered at Joliet Junior College to targeted population. 3. Represent JJC at recruitment activities at designated high schools, community-based organizations, college nights, and other special events. 4. Collaborate with internal and external constituents in implementing strategies to transition ESL/GED students into college-level academic programs. 5. Work in partnership with English and World Languages and the Department of Adult Education and Literacy in advising and monitoring students transitioning and enrolling in the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) curriculum. 6. Assist in the development, collaboration, and coordination of cultural programming for Hispanic Awareness Month, Black History Month, Asian Awareness Month and related activities. 7. Collaborate with OMSA staff in compiling data regarding retention of students served term to term, assessment of programs and services, and outcome evaluation. 8. Serve as the primary advisor to the Brother 2 Brother Program and other multicultural clubs as assigned. 9. Serve as a student advocate for the enhancement of student learning, college awareness of diverse cultures, and student development. 10. Work collaboratively with other individuals and all campus units in achieving the goals and objectives of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the college. 11. Perform other duties as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 1. Bachelor's Degree in Education, Psychology, Sociology or other appropriate fields required. 2. Three years of experience working with diverse groups preferably in an educational setting. 3. Strong customer service skills and team-oriented. 4. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. 5. Demonstrated evidence of strong public speaking skills. 6. Strong personal computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office suite. 7. Must possess a minimum of a valid class "C" Non-CDL Illinois Driver's License. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 1. Master's degree in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling, or related field. 2. Sensitivity to, awareness of, and experience with the educational, social, and cultural concerns of African-American students. 3. Bilingual or Multilingual. PHYSICAL DEMANDS 1. Normal office physical demands. 2. Ability to travel between campus locations and to and from community events. 3. Ability to drive designated college vehicles to transport students to and from college sanctioned activities. WORKING CONDITIONS 1. Duties are performed indoors in the usual office and/or outdoor environment. 2. Use personal vehicle to travel to off-campus outreach activities. Internal candidates must adhere to the terms of employment regarding length of time in current position as outlined in their union contract. Application Procedures: "Apply to this Job at Application Deadline: July 20,2014 Joliet Junior College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action college supporting diversity.