Job Description: ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: Reports to: METS Project Director Supervises: Student Advisors (2-4)
Summary of Position: The TRiO Program at Mills College has two components: Educational Talent Search (METS) and Upward Bound (UB). Both components are funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Mills Educational Talent Search (METS) assists low-income, first generation, middle school and high school students in the City of Oakland by disseminating information on the college preparation process. METS staff is assigned to target high schools in the Oakland community and provides guidance in course selection, visits to local colleges, and the college application/financial aid process. Participants not enrolled in target schools attend workshops and advising sessions on the Mills College campus.
Essential Job Functions:
Conduct outreach to target high schools, middle schools and community agencies by traveling to Oakland target schools on a daily basis
Assist with planning, preparation, implementation of program events/activities
Provide one-on-one or group academic and advising services to students at target schools
Identify and recruit eligible applicants. Assess and determine participants' educational needs and academic potential
Assist in the selection and supervision of Program Assistants
Develop and conduct career exploration, academic preparation, and personal development workshops
Assist participants in completing applications for admission to post-secondary institutions, as well as assistance with financial aid and scholarships
Provide administrative assistance as needed; including scheduling college representative visits and maintaining library of college information for students
Assist with the input of data in the Microsoft Access database and the preparation of data and information for Talent Search Annual Performance Reports (APR)
Assist with maintaining accurate and up-to-date participants' files
Assist and attend program orientations, trainings, field trips, monthly seminars, and meetings
Responsible for planning and conducting fundraising projects and events
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Ability to attend some weekend and evening events.
Perform related duties as needed.
Requirements: Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of:
College admission process, financial aid, and other topics associated with pursuing a higher education and promoting a college-going culture.
U.S. Department of Education TRiO Programs or similar programs helpful.
Demonstrated computer skills and proficient knowledge of all applications in the Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience and ability to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds similar to METS Program participants.
Mission-driven and passionate about programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Ability to coordinate and facilitate academic support programs including advising, workshops, field trips, assessment, follow-up and resource referral.
Ability to demonstrate effective teaching and counseling skills.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Education and Training:
Bachelor's degree, preferably in education, social work, psychology, or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must have experience working with middle or high school youth in similar academic/educational outreach program.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
Incumbent will be located in busy areas at target school sites and at the Mills College TRIO Office.
Work involves traveling to and from Mills College and target school sites in Oakland.
Must have a valid California driver's license, safe driving record, current automobile insurance, and use of personal car.
Requires passing fingerprinting and a background check.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.
Additional Information: Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to http://www.mills.edu/administration/administrative_offices/policies/nondiscrimination.php
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimenta...tion in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.