The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federal TRIO program. The goal is to help economically-disadvantaged adults pursue a postsecondary education. This position requires advanced professional-level skills in community education, outreach, and promotion as well as knowledge of the higher education environment.
The Community Education Specialist recruits eligible program participants and helps them to navigate the college admissions, financial aid, and career exploration processes. The result is for participants to enroll in college or university whose program best meets their needs. Each Specialist is a member of EOC staff with a caseload of 450+ participants annually and must meet monthly, quarterly, and annual quantitative goals. The Community Education Specialist analyzes which agencies have similar client populations (low-income adults) and conducts targeted outreach to these groups. This involves developing promotional materials, cultivating professional relationships with agency representatives in order to gain access to their clients, and giving presentations about the services of the EOC. Recruits participants and verifies their eligibility for services according to TRIO/U.S. Department of Education regulations, provides services based on an individual service plan for each participant. This includes assessing career interests, identifying appropriate educational programs, conducting financial literacy inventories, and assisting with admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications. The goal for participants is to enroll in college, university, or vocational school. The Specialist tracks participant’s status and services received and completes appropriate federal reporting requirements.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education required (in student services, marketing/communications, social sciences, liberal arts, or related field). Minimum five years’ experience in an educational, counseling (preferably postsecondary), or non-profit agency setting; experience working with people from disadvantaged backgrounds; delivery of presentations to small and large groups; excellent oral and written communications skills and computer skills; must be able to maintain confidentiality with regard to program information and records; ability to meet deadlines and reach quantitative federal outcomes; and ability and willingness to work as part of a team.
Master’s degree preferred. Minimum five years professional experience working with low-income adults; knowledge of postsecondary admissions and financial aid policies; previous TRIO or federal program experience; familiarity with principles and practices of adult learning; bilingual (Spanish-English) preferred.
Applicants must include in their online resume the following information: 1)Employment history: name of company, period employed (from month/year to month/year), job title, summary of job duties and 2) Education: school name, degree type, major.
UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.
Open Until Filled: Yes
Location: Ft. Worth