Columbia Basin College ("CBC or the "College") seeks a Retention Specialist to provide academic and career advising to enhance retention and student success of Resource Center participants. This is a grant funded position that will be responsible for completing intake appointments, evaluating documentation for qualification for disability services and developing an individual accommodation plan for each student requesting services. The Retention Specialist may also assist in presenting information about our program services on campus and developing and facilitating workshops relevant to our student population. In collaboration with the Director, the incumbent will provide academic and non-academic support to Resource Center participants. The Retention Specialist reports to the Resource Center Director.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration date closes July 27, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PDT)
Provide both academic support and information regarding non-academic (i.e., shelter, transportation, clothing assistance, etc.) resources to Resource Center participants;
Complete intake appointments, evaluate documentation in support of disability services, and create individual accommodation plans for qualified participants;
Collaborate with outside agencies such as Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Services for the Blind, Labor and Industries and other agencies in support of students;
Inform participants on academic and other resources available at CBC and make referrals as appropriate;
Provide guidance to struggling participants; inform these participants of options available to them; make referrals to the Counseling Office, Hawk Central and other CBC departments or external agencies as needed;
Administer comprehensive needs assessments to participants and advise individual participants on creating a successful academic plan;
Provide participants with professional/career development guidance;
Administer assessments, make referrals, and recommend resources as needed;
Inform participants regarding core requirements of CBC and make recommendations as needed;
Participate in regular meetings with Resource Center staff to maintain current information to share with program participants and to plan retention procedures;
Maintain accurate and complete files, records and forms;
Have knowledge of federal regulations and policies related to grant funding and to laws and regulations related to disability services in post-secondary education; and
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation, or related field from a regionally accredited college or university;
One (1) or more years of experience working with individuals in an agency, school setting, grant funded position, disability services or student services setting;
Demonstrated familiarity with computers and computer-assisted instruction, Microsoft Office and the internet;
One (1) year of familiarity with database, communications, spreadsheet, and word processing software; and
One (1) year of familiarity with various assessment tools related to academic adjustments for students with disabilities and/or knowledge to make referrals.
Master's degree in Education, Psychology, Disability Services or related field from a regionally accredited college or university;
Three (3) or more years of experience working with disabled individuals in an agency, school setting, grant funded position, disability services or student services setting;
Knowledge of disabled student services at the post-secondary level;
Demonstrated knowledge of academic planning and retention;
Knowledge of the community college mission and goals.
Oral Communication: Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings;
Written Communication Skills: Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information;
Dependability: Follow instructions and respond to management direction; take responsibility for own actions; keep commitments; complete tasks on time or notify appropriate person with an alternate plan;
Professionalism: Ability to approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments;
Project Management: Develop project plans; coordinate projects; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and budget; manage project team activities;
Flexibility: Ability to prioritize workflow; open to change in direction; work effectively with change and interruptions;
Teamwork: Balance team and individual responsibilities; exhibit objectivity and openness to others' views; give and welcome feedback; contribute to building a positive team spirit; put success of team above own interests; ability to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; support everyone's efforts to succeed; and
Leadership: Exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well; effectively influence the actions and opinions of others; accept feedback from others; give appropriate recognition to others.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This is a twelve (12) month per year, full-time grant funded exempt position. It is an overtime exempt position with general work hours of Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however work hours may vary due to work demands and some evening work may be required. This position starts August 1, 2017.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of the College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. This position is directly engaged in the performance of work on a federal contract or grant which requires compliance with the College's Drug-Free Workplace Policy, as well as reporting requirements, as a condition of employment.
If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.
Occasional need to lift at least twenty (20) pounds;
Ability to sit and stand for long periods of time;
Frequent need for oral, written and auditory communication;
Frequent repetitive hand and wrist motions;
Occasional need for travel; and
Ability to work in a fast paced environment and/or sometimes stressful situations.
CBC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and operates under an Affirmative Action Plan, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. CBC reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran. This policy applies to all programs and facilities, including, but not limited to, admissions, educational programs, and employment. Discrimination is prohibited by state and federal laws and regulations, as well as the College policy. Coordination of the compliance efforts of CBC with respect to equal opportunity and disability accommodation regulations is under the direction of Camilla Glatt, Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs, telephone 509-542-5548.
CBC complies with the American with Disabilities Act and Washington's Law Against Discrimination. Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may contact 509-542-4740 or leave a TYY/TDD message at 509-546-0400 by the application closing date.
Columbia Basin College (CBC) serves the citizens of Benton and Franklin counties in Washington state with two-year associate degrees for transfer to a four-year university, and applied degrees for workforce employment. CBC also provides one-year certificates and basic skills for those pursuing a GED or high school diploma. CBC serves approximately 7,000-8,000 students each quarter.Columbia Basin... College now offers bachelor degrees in Nursing, Project Management, Applied Management, Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Dental Hygiene. These bachelor degrees are in direct response to the needs of our community. As a result of community needs, Columbia Basin College has recently opened our new state of the art Social Sciences and World Languages Center at the Pasco campus.In July 2017, CBC will open its second, four-story Health Science Center in Richland. In addition to training CBC healthcare professionals, the Wortman Medical Science Center will also be a functional medical clinic as part of Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s family medicine residency program.CBC will open a student housing facility in September. This first phase will house 125 students.Columbia Basin College continues its rich tradition of meeting our community's needs with a dynamic faculty, state-of-the-art facilities, and a diverse student body from all walks of life.