Coordinator/Counselor, Educational Opportunity Center (3 positions, repost):


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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Coordinator/Counselor* (3 positions)
Department EOC/ETS
Position Category Staff – NonClassified
Job Summary The Community College of Rhode Island is the state’s only public comprehensive associate degree-granting institution. We provide affordable open access to higher education at locations throughout the state. Our primary mission is to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth through an array of academic, career and lifelong learning programs.

We meet the wide-ranging educational needs of our diverse student population, building on our rich tradition of excellence in teaching and our dedication to all students with the ability and motivation to succeed. We set high academic standards necessary for transfer and career success, champion diversity, respond to community needs, and contribute to our state’s economic development and the region’s workforce.

The Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program designed to provide information about financial aid and academic assistance available to adults interested in enrolling in programs of post-secondary education; to provide college admissions and financial aid application assistance and improve the financial and economic literacy of its participants.

The Coordinator/Counselor establishes, coordinates and conducts activities to inform eligible participants about post-secondary education opportunities; assists them in selecting and applying to programs of postsecondary education; and in gaining financial aid for post-secondary educational purposes.

Duties and Responsibilities • Establish the initial contact with community based agencies to promote and establish EOC services in new areas and/or to new groups of potential participants; perform related needs assessments.
• Identify and recruit 500 participants eligible for EOC services, determine services needed and provide said services.
• Carry out direct outreach activities at GED centers, community based organizations, community meetings and other appropriate settings.
• Maintain a network of contacts and resources in the target area to promote EOCservices and activities; act as EOC liaison with professional organizations whose policies impact EOC participants.
• Serve as staff in EOC off-site offices; assist persons seeking information about post-secondary programs and project services.
• Provide direct advising to persons seeking post-secondary education; identify appropriate support service
• Assist participants in clarifying educational goals; perform academic and vocational assessments.
• With service providers, coordinate and provide follow-up and advocacy for project participants.
• Develop and maintain comprehensive knowledge and information on financial aid and academic assistance programs, their requirements, policies and procedures for use in serving EOC participants.
• Identify participants’ needs and refer to other social service agencies, when appropriate.
• Maintain individual caseload reports, records and documentation.
• Submit monthly reports to Associate Director.
• Attend in-service and other job related trainings.
• Communicate effectively with Director and all other project staff in order to ensure the continued successful operation of the program.
• Assist in all project’s special events.
• Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.
• Work collaboratively in a diverse, inclusive and student-centered environment, and with students of various learning styles, cultures, identities, and life-experiences.
• Other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications • Bachelor’s degree required in counseling, social work, education, higher education administration or an appropriate field related to program objectives.
• Minimum of two (2) years of experience with federal TRIO programs, academic support programs, or similar educational programs advising low income and or potential first generation college bound students, is required.
• Extensive knowledge of postsecondary education programs and admissions and financial aid processes required.
• Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communications skills required.
• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision.
Preferred Qualifications • Excellent knowledge of community service agencies and supportive services in RI preferred.
• Bilingual (Spanish, Portuguese and/or Asian languages) candidates preferred.
Reports To Director, Education Opportunities Center
Campus Location Initially located at the Providence Campus
Work Schedule Calendar
Shift, Days, and Additional Work Schedule Information Non-Standard; 35 hours per week; some evening work required
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time
Permanent/Limited Position Limited
Benefits Yes
Name of Bargaining Unit Union CCRIPSA
Pay Grade PSA 10
Salary Range Range begins at $41,463
Additional Salary Information Hiring salary commensurate with education and experience
Civil Service List position No
Licenses, Tools and Equipment Various office equipment which may include computers, typewriters, telephones, copy machines, calculators, fax machines, etc.

Must have access to and use of own transportation.

Environmental Conditions This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Desired Start Date asap
Position End Date (if temporary or grant)

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 3
Application Open Date 01/25/2018
Application Close Date (includes the grace period) 02/14/2018
Open Until Filled No
Comments Individuals who have succeeded in overcoming the disadvantages of circumstances like those of the Educational Opportunity Center project participants are strongly encouraged to apply.

*This position is grant funded and limited to August 31st with possibility of renewal after annual review.

Special Instructions to Applicants The closing date to apply for this position is 2/14/18. This date includes a five-day grace period. Application materials will not be accepted after 11:59pm EST on 2/14/18.

To apply for this position, complete CCRI’s online application, and attach a cover letter and resume by the closing date. You do not need to complete the ‘Education History’ or ‘Employment History’ sections within the application if you are attaching a resume that includes the same information. Please include name and contact information for three references within the application. Finalists will be required to provide official college transcripts.

If you need assistance with the online application process, please contact Human Resources at 401-825-2311. TTY: 401-825-2313.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree in counseling, social work, education, higher education administration or an appropriate field related to program objectives?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of two years of experience with federal TRIO programs, academic support programs, or similar educational programs advising low income and or potential first generation college bound students?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have extensive knowledge of postsecondary education programs and admissions and financial aid processes?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have excellent knowledge of community service agencies and supportive services in RI?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you bilingual in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese and/or Asian?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Where did you first learn of this job opportunity? (web site, advertisement/publication, agency referral, personal referral, other). Please be specific when using web site or publication names.(Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Resume

Optional Documents

  1. Other Document