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Education Coordinator

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Work Type: Staff full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Staff, Student Services

About ACU

ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of Abilene Christian University while employed by the university.

Title of Position Education Coordinator
Posting Location Abilene Christian University - Abilene Campus
Department Upward Bound
Employee Class Non-exempt/Full-time
Basic Responsibilities A. Ensure accomplishment of program objectives.
B. Maintain program ongoing academic year activities
C. Support program Summer Academy activities
D. Participate in the overall evaluation and continuation of program effectiveness.
Essential Duties

A. Ensure accomplishment of program objectives.
1. Coordinate and conduct college readiness seminars and persistence workshops to all current program participants during the academic year and Summer Academy.
2. Assist participants in locating information on post-secondary educational opportunities and financial aid resources, including the FAFSA and scholarships, and advise participants regarding the best possible college attendance scenarios.
3. Work closely with program participants and parents in the completion of college applications and other college admissions requirements.
4. Collaborate with Program Director and staff to maintain effective participant retention strategies.
5. Track and document progress toward post-secondary achievement for current and past participants.

B. Maintain program ongoing academic year activities.
1. Assist Program Director and staff with the yearly recruiting and application process of new participants.
2. Screen, interview and select eligible program participants in target schools based on established eligibility requirements.
3. Develop and deliver college readiness curriculum for participants of all grade levels in relation to program objectives and organize college site visits.
4. Provide academic, college, career and financial aid guidance to all program participants during tutoring, Thursday and quarterly Saturday sessions.
5. Assist participants in initiating or resuming a postsecondary educational program of study.

C. Support program Summer Academy activities.
1. Collaborate with Director and program staff in planning and executing Summer Academy curriculum and monitor participants during activities as needed.
2. Secure and monitor summer career shadowing opportunities for participants.
3. Build resource base for and secure instructors for Summer Academy curriculum in alignment with grant directives.
4. Recruit, select, train and supervise advisors for the Summer Academy in collaboration with Program Director.
5. Assist graduating participants with enrollment in summer and fall college courses as well as coordinate the collection, distribution and return of summer textbooks.
6. Monitor and teach participants during Summer Academy courses as needed.

D. Participate in the overall evaluation and continuation of program effectiveness.
1. Provide input and recommendations regarding program student services.
2. Contribution to the preparation and submission of program annual performance report (APR) to the U.S. Department and other evaluative reports.
3. Promote consistent program related communication with participants and parents through program social media, newsletters, etc.
4. Collaborate with Program Director and staff to meet program internal goals and objectives.
5. Coordinate and supervise activities, including college site visits, for high school students.

Professional Development Requirements

A. Skills Required
1. Familiarity with Texas high school requirements for course credits and graduation.
2. Experience with current technology trends.
3. Ability to work with low-income, first-generation and ethnically diverse student populations with sensitivity.
4. Excellent organization and communication skills.
5. Working knowledge of college admissions and financial aid processes.
6. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software and ability to understand database software.
7. Familiarity with “at risk” disadvantaged students, developmental studies, computer assisted instruction, learning style modalities and utilization of interactive tutoring approaches.

B. Training Modules Required: Must have experience or be willing to be trained in:
1. Microsoft Office Software
a. Word
b. Excel
c. Publisher
2. Google
a. Gmail
b. Google Docs
c. Google Calendar
3. Apple Software
4. U.S. Department of Education regulations, TX TRIO and SWASAP conferences for TRIO personnel.
5. Database training.

Qualifications A. Professional
1. Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred) in education, counseling and guidance, Psychology, social work or related field.
2. Minimum of two years’ experience preferred working in an advisory capacity with disadvantaged culturally, diverse students.
3. Knowledge of and experience with college/university admissions, financial aid procedures.
4. Experience in career identification and awareness.
5. Familiarity with the academic, economic, social, and cultural concerns of at-risk youth and be sensitive to their needs.
6. Experience in teaching, advising and employee supervision desired.
7. Experience in writing articles for newsletters and desktop publishing desired
8. Proficiency in Spanish communication is preferred.

B. Personal
1. Clarity of thought and expression in oral and written communications.
2. Must demonstrate collaborative, reliable and responsible work habits.
3. Must be energetic, positive, sensitive and encouraging when working with staff, program participants and parents.
4. Ability to work in a team setting and independently of supervision.
5. Willingness to assist in development and revision of program curricula.
6. True desire to support disadvantaged high school youth in academic achievement and college access.
Physical Demands 1. Ability to work a flexible schedule with some evening and weekend work during the
school year and some extended hours during summer.
2. Must possess a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record and access to reliable
3. Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time.
4. Ability to file and retrieve materials from filing sources.
5. Must be able to carry twenty-five (25) pounds or more.
6. Ability to travel to professional development conferences.
7. Ability to sit and work on a computer for an extended period of time.
Additional Information

ACU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.


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