TRIO Programs were established to support the nation's commitment to provide educational opportunity for all Americans to enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in realizing ‘America's Economic and Social Dream.’ These Programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as TRIO Programs because initially there were just three programs Upward Bound (UB), Talent Search (TS), and Student Support Services (SSS). The number has now expanded to include Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E, McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Upward Bound Math & Science and Veterans Upward Bound. Established at Cornell University in fall of 2012, the Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program enrolls approximately 25 undergraduate students who are first-generation, low-income, or underrepresented in graduate education, and prepares them for post-baccalaureate study.
The Program Coordinator / Advisor Position is a 12-month position that reports directly to the Director of the McNair Scholars Program. The person selected for this position should have knowledge of, and experience in, academic counseling or coaching and working with undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. This program prepares undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have demonstrated strong academic potential for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. This position provides scholars with 1:1 and group advising which are important services to the McNair Program at Cornell University, in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives.
This position provides personal, academic, financial, career oriented and study skills-based advising to students in the program to support their growth, development and success. Important aspects of advising services will focus on students' navigation and understanding of various aspects of their McNair Program experience, in areas such as communication skills, building successful interactions and relationships with faculty and with other students, discussing goals and identifying steps to achieving them. This position will be responsible to monitor student progress, and to support them staying on track, referring students to others for assistance and support when necessary. In conjunction with working with the Faculty Mentors, this person will design, establish, operate, and oversee the student-centered, graduate education-focused programming and engagement opportunities for McNair Scholars that are the cornerstone of the program. These include but not limited to following:
Summer research and internship program
Workshops to help students apply to and secure funding for graduate school
Coordinate and prepare scholars for the GRE
Coordinate graduate school campus visits
He or she will support the overall program effectiveness and he or she will work closely with the director on all aspects of program, including identification and implementation of metrics and reporting. He or she will attend and support scholars at conferences if appropriate (i.e. the McNair Scholars Conference at University of Maryland and University of Buffalo ). He or she will develop conference budgets and logistics for scholars campus visits.
Of note, there is a significant administrative component to this work (i.e. purchasing, budget tracking, processing reimbursements, etc.). He or she will work closely with an administrative assistant assist with documents in timely fashion. He or she will assist with recruitment and provides information regarding the program and institutional policies and procedures to prospective students, parents, the Cornell community, and external key stakeholders. This position also includes maintaining a student caseload and quality faculty relationships serving as an advocate and liaison for scholars with various university departments and outside organizations.
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Bachelor's degree and a minimum of one to two years' experience working with McNair-eligible undergraduates at a college or university, or a combination of work experience totaling at least 5 years, including at least 2 years with McNair-eligible undergraduates and the remaining years with similar youth populations in high school or community programs. Must demonstrate experience in advising/counseling for McNair-eligible undergraduates in at least three of the following areas, and demonstrate familiarity with the remaining areas: 1) personal, 2) academic, 3) career, 4) personal finance, and 5) study skills.
Must have demonstrated experience in collaborating with educational programs that work with diverse student populations; conducting group and individual counseling sessions; contributing to program and budget management and to program reports and evaluations. Through direct or closely related experience, demonstrate ability to coordinate educational and enrichment activities for students; conduct workshops about, and assist students with, graduate school admissions and financial aid applications; assist in planning/implementing program activities including travel for cultural and academic enrichment and education about graduate school.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to juggle multiple priorities; excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong attention to detail is necessary. Proficiency with computer applications including database management, presentation, spreadsheet, and word processing software.
Masters degree preferred.
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