Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Retention Specialist who will provide academic and transfer advising, nonacademic support and career exploration to enhance success and retention of all College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) participants at CBC. This position is grant funded and will assist the Director in developing individual action plans for each CAMP participant, in compiling and tracking of data and in preparing quarterly and yearly reports related to retention, graduation, transfer and baccalaureate attainment rates. This position reports to the Director for CAMP.
Closing Date: Open Until Filled (first consideration closes September 10, 2017 at 11:59 Pacific Time)
Assist with planning, organizing, leading, and supervising the CAMP Peer Mentor Program;
Assist with the development, management and facilitation of all CAMP retention and academic plans;
Provide day to day and quarterly academic advising and career exploration; provide academic and programmatic resources available at CBC; provide students with timely and accurate information regarding CBC and university transfer requirements and programs;
Provide CAMP participants with non-academic support to help navigate their first year of college successfully;
Follow up with participants after their first year in order to ensure timely progress toward graduation and baccalaureate transfer; assist in development methods to track student success and progression;
Assist in the development and facilitation of a communications plan to reach out to CAMP students who have stopped attending college; create individual action plans for at risk students;
Assist in the development and the facilitation of a CAMP Summer Bridge Program;
Conduct intake interviews for CAMP Program applicants;
Assist in the development and the facilitation of a CAMP Fall Orientation;
Assist participants with the financial aid (FA) process to ensure timely completion and submission of their FA application/renewals;
Assist with completing individual parent meetings with CAMP participants;
Research, develop, and facilitate workshops/trainings on topics to include study skills, college and career planning, financial aid, scholarships, internships, financial literacy, resume development and transfer planning;
Plan and implement leadership/mentor activities on campus for program participants;
Create, track, and maintain individual participant files for all CAMP participants that monitor progress through the program and baccalaureate graduation;
Monitor academic progress reports and work with faculty in order to provide follow up services and interventions for struggling students, to include early interventions (1-4 week of each quarter enrolled);
Develop and maintain a retention contact database to include CBC CAMP alumni, community resources, and other useful retention contacts; develop and cultivate relationships with CBC constituencies such as TRiO, High School Equivalency Program, and other CBC faculty, staff and students;
Use knowledge of CAMP federal regulations and policies to produce and assist in the production of program evaluation reports; assist the Director with annual reporting to the Office of Migrant Education; and
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Education, Social Work or a related field from a regionally accredited college or university;
Two (2) years of progressively responsible direct work experience with low income, underrepresented and/or migrant/seasonal farmworker youth;
Two (2) years of experience in academic planning and developing retention strategies;
Experience working collaboratively in a diverse team environment with students, faculty, staff and the community; and
Bilingual in Spanish and English with demonstrated bicultural skills.
Prior experience with federally funded programs, preferably CAMP, HEP or TRiO programs;
Three (3) years of experience in a higher education setting, providing advising services to students who are educationally, economically, and/or otherwise disadvantaged;
Depth and working knowledge of the community college mission and goals.
Interpersonal Skills: Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas and try new things;
Oral Communication: 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;
Project Management: Develop project plans; coordinate projects; communicate changes and progress; complete projects on time and budget; manage project team activities;
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; build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; support everyone's efforts to succeed;
Leadership: Exhibit confidence in self and others; inspire and motivate others to perform well; can effectively influence the actions and opinions of others; accept feedback from others; give appropriate recognition to others;
Problem Solving Skills: Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics;
Technical Skills: Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills; share expertise with others;
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 with commitments; and
Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; operate personal computer with general understanding of application software; ability to learn office and College-specific software.
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 immediately.
*Please note that selected interview candidates will be subject to supplemental testing that will measure skills and abilities in the following area: Spanish language proficiency.
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 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 fast paced 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.