Pre-College Program Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Location: Big Rapids, MI 49307
Categories: Administrative

Position Title: Pre-College Program Specialist  
Location: Big Rapids (Main Campus)  

62300 - Multicultural Student Services

Advertised Salary: $45,000 - $50,000; salary commensurate with education, experiences, and other requirements. Comprehensive benefit package (health care, vacation, etc.)  
FLSA: Exempt  
Temporary/Continuing:  Temporary  
Part-Time/Full-Time: Full-Time  
Union Group: N/A  
Term of Position: 12 Month  
At Will/Just Cause: Just Cause  
Summary of Position: The Pre-College Programs Specialist reports directly to the Director of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) and will have the duties and responsibilities of organizing programming, administering budgets, and completing federal and state reports associated with the MI GEAR UP/KCP College Day Program for the OMSS Director's review. This is a grant funded position with up to a three-year temporary assignment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon continued grant funding and successful performance. The position will include considerable travel to designated schools within Michigan to implement programs and activities designed to increase awareness to students and their parents about the importance of going to college as outlined in the MI GEAR UP contract. This may include, but is not limited to, financial literacy, academic outreach and support, mentorship, and other support services including scholarships for underserved K-12 and college age students. This position requires maintaining sustainable effective partnerships with K-12 school administrators and community partners. The Pre-College Programs Specialist also coordinates and oversees the College Positive Volunteer (CPV) Program, a program that officially trains and actively engages college students to positively promote higher education to K-12 youth.  
Position Type: Staff  
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, human services, general business or related field.  
Required Work Experience: Two to five years of experience working with historically underrepresented K-12 or college age students.  
Required Licenses and Certifications: Valid driver's license.  
Physical Demands:
  • Office Environment
  • Moving
  • Reaching
  • Sitting
  • Twisting
  • Balancing
  • Driving
  • Repetitive Movement
  • Standing
Additional Education/Experiences to be Considered: Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with pre-college grant funded programs. Demonstrated experience with general grant budget management and accounting principles. Master’s degree preferred. Applicants with grant budget management and implementation experience will be given priority consideration. Demonstrated sensitivity, commitment, and a passion in working with socio-economically disadvantaged/underserved populations.Demonstrated familiarity with issues and dynamics that may impact the academic success of this targeted population.  
Essential Duties/Responsibilities: Organize activities associated with the MI GEAR UP/KCP College Day Program that will serve to create a college going culture with targeted student districts.

Establish contacts and follow-up with targeted school districts identified by the grant.

Plan, implement, and evaluate programs that encourage socio-economically disadvantaged/underserved youth to attend college in accordance with contractual guidelines articulated in the MI GEAR UP/KCP College Day Program grant.

Coordinate early college awareness activities, which include financial assistance resources, academic support resources, mentoring, advising and outreach, support services and scholarships.

Coordinate and provide early college awareness and preparation activities for participating students and their parents through comprehensive outreach activities.

Oversee the hiring of GEAR UP student staff and College Positive Volunteers.

Carry out the completion of various annual performance reports (APR), cash requests, event budgets, assessments, and expenditures associated with the grant, and develop and maintain proficiency in working with Banner, MEGS and SCRIBE reporting systems.

Collaborate with Admissions in coordinating daily college day/overnight campus visits.

Responsible for maintaining confidentiality of designated information and for performing all duties in compliance with university policy.

Participate and/or chair various university-wide committees.

Attend meetings and conferences as required.

Reports to the Director of Multicultural Student Services.

Provide early college awareness and preparation activities for participating students and their parents through comprehensive outreach services.

Demonstrates an understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in working relationships with students, faculty, staff and community members.

Any other duties assigned within the position classification area.
Marginal Duties/Responsibilities:    
Skills and Abilities: Strong interpersonal, organizational, and oral/written communication skills.

Demonstrated familiarity with basic budget management procedures and general accounting practices that can serve to accurately complete the required budget reporting obligations as dictated by the grant.

Demonstrated commitment, experience and understanding for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Required Documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents:    
Special Instructions to Applicants: Transcript 1 (REQUIRED): Applicants must attach a copy of unofficial transcript of Bachelor’s degree in education, human services, general business or related field.

Transcript must include: Institution name, applicant name, date degree attained, degree awarded. Finalist will be required to submit an official transcript.
Initial Application Review Date:
April 14th, 2023  
Open Until Position is Filled?: True  
Posting Close Date:
EEO Statement: Ferris State University, an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion, and diversity within its community. Ferris offers employment opportunities to qualified candidates seeking careers in a student-focused environment that values opportunity, collaboration, diversity and educational excellence.  Learn more about the Ferris Mission and community at The University actively seeks applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other underrepresented groups. For more information on the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination, visit: Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement.  

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