Central College is a residential liberal arts college with 1,600 undergraduate students dedicated to vigorous and open academic inquiry. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the NCAA Division III and the Reformed Church in America, which informs the college’s ecumenical Christian tradition. With residential programs in nine countries, Central is a recognized leader in study abroad. The college is located in Pella, Iowa, a thriving community of 10,000, minutes from the state’s largest lake and 40 miles southeast of Des Moines.
Educational Talent Search Coordinator (10 month contract, August 1- May 31)
Responsible to the ETS assistant director. A collaborative member of the ETS team and pre-college programs department, the ETS coordinator provides college access services to program participants in assigned schools, monitors participants’ academic progress, and maintains positive relationships with parents, colleagues on campus, and target school contacts.
Principal Functions and Responsibilities:
1. Visit assigned schools and meet ETS participants in both group and individual meetings:
- Review, adapt, and present ETS college access curriculum to participants at assigned schools.
- Provide academic, personal, and group advising to participants.
- Serve as advocate for participant needs at the target school by promoting tutoring opportunities, registration in rigorous coursework, etc.
2. Maintain open and positive communication with parents of participants in assigned schools:
- Assist with basic planning for and attend parent information sessions for participants.
- Provide additional parent contacts to provide college access and financial aid information.
- Make parent contacts as necessary or as requested by the project director or assistant director.
- Participate in school conferences, open houses, and other school events.
3. Maintain open and positive communication with target school personnel to secure:
- Space and times for meetings, access to students.
- Information regarding participants’ progress.
4. Actively participate in program planning and professional development within the pre-college programs department and as a member of the ETS team:
- Attend staff meetings, workshops, and professional development activities.
- Support planning and implementation of field trips and events.
5. Maintain accurate, timely paper and electronic records as required by the grant or as requested by the director or assistant director:
- Keep accurate records of student participation and progress.
- Accurately enter related data into program database in a timely fashion.
1. Maintain confidentiality with respect to participants’ academic and personal information.
2. Demonstrate commitment to personal professional growth.
3. Consistently demonstrate a positive attitude.
4. Must be open and adaptable to change.
5. Must work cooperatively and respectfully with others.
6. Perform other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree.
• Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
• Must have experience or demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth from diverse backgrounds including African American, Asian, and Latino youth.
• Driver’s license required - this position requires regular travel to assigned target schools.
• Some evening and weekend hours required.
• Two years’ experience in education, student development, counseling, or related field.
• Knowledge/experience with student financial aid, FAFSA, scholarship applications and/or college admissions
• Experience organizing/managing events and field trips involving large groups
Central College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and a drug-free and smoke-free campus.
A post-offer employment background check will be conducted.
Required Documents: Must submit Central College Employment Application, resume, and letter of interest. COMPLETE AND SAVE THE EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION TO YOUR DESKTOP. THEN, UPLOAD THE APPLICATION WITH THE OTHER REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.