Veterans Upward Bound Program Specialist

at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas, United States

Job Description

University Overview    
Wichita State University has a long tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship that spurs the economy and serves the needs of the local community. This is the place where anything is possible. Where collaboration and innovative ideas shape the future, and entrepreneurship is in our bones. If you have the creativity, passion and insight to help us build a brighter future for our city, state and world—this is the place where you belong.
Position Specific Responsibilities    
Do you want to be part of a dedicated team committed to recruiting, advising, and instructing military Veterans on ways to be successful in a college setting? As the Program Specialist, you will provide services to only military Veterans and be responsible for recruiting 2/3 of the number of Veterans required to be served by the program. You will establish and maintain communication with area military units, Veteran organizations, and other community partners. Additionally, you will work autonomously and with other community partners in planning and providing educational, career and life skills activities, college preparation, financial literacy, career awareness workshops and other services. Other responsibilities include ensuring the completion of required applications, surveys and supporting documents as well as documenting activities and assisting with maintaining an accurate student database.
Summary of Responsibilities    
Responsible for the enrollment, monitoring and/or advising of eligible participants. Establishes and maintains a positive and professional relationship with all referral agencies. Plans educational, career and life skills activities, completes the College Access Plan (CAP) on each student and coordinates with College Access Mentors or other partners to ensure services are provided. 
Essential Functions    
Instructs program students in college access workshops to include college preparation, financial literacy and career awareness workshops. Provides post enrollment academic monitoring, mentoring and advising as needed.
Ensures completion of required applications, surveys and supporting documents by completing all necessary documentation of activities, assisting with data entry and accuracy of student database and obtaining student school records, surveys and college enrollment information. Shares participant outcome data and best practices with agencies as needed.
May work closely with privatized foster care agencies and local schools in enrolling students in the program. May negotiate in-kind donations with partners to ensure grant matches. 
Reviews student records, identifies local community referral resources and conducts referrals for students. Determines and schedules assessments of student needs; may assist with financial aid coordination. Reports student performance and adjustment needs. Tracks resource usage and aid adequacy as needed.
Wichita State University is committed to inclusive excellence. WSU is the only urban-serving public university in Kansas and has the most diverse student body of all the Kansas state universities. Wichita State University recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. Wichita State University has a clear goal in this regard: to be the place where our talented faculty and staff reflect and promote the evolving diversity of our society. We pride ourselves on being the most innovative university in Kansas, delivering the best educational experience to our students with the distinction for opening pathways to real-life learning, applied research and career opportunities that make people want to stay in Kansas. Our campus provides an experience that promotes all forms of diversity, equity and inclusion, a place to learn, work, live and play.
Minimum Education    Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, social services or related field by hire date
Preferred Education    
Minimum Experience    One (1) year of experience in academic advising or related field
Preferred Experience    
Experience in dealing with problems facing military Veterans
Recruitment experience
Instructional, tutoring and/or advising experience
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities    
Strong written, oral, and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to use Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to use relational database software (i.e. MS Access and/or FileMaker Pro)
Ability to establish and attend recruiting events
Demonstrated knowledge or experience with curriculum development and instruction
Familiarity with standardized assessments
Ability to create and record statistical information on participants
Licenses, Certificates and Registrations    
User Export Compliance    
Additional Information    
Special Instructions    
Department Information
Department    700371-7EDVET Veterans Upward Bound
Salary Information
Pay Information    Position range begins at $36,870/year and is commensurate with experience
Overtime Eligibility    No
Eligible for Shift Differential?    No
Benefits Eligible?    Yes
Benefit Information    
Wichita State University and the State of Kansas offer a variety of benefit programs which are designed to enhance employment. Many of these benefits are available immediately and some with a wait period.

• Comprehensive health, dental, vision and supplemental coverage offerings
• Retirement plan with generous employer contributions
• Basic employer-paid life insurance and optional life insurance
• Employee and Dependent Tuition Assistance Program
• Generous time off accruals
• Full time 12-month employees typically accrue 22 vacation days and 12 days of sick leave per year in addition to 8 annual paid holidays designated by the State of Kansas.
• Additional holidays and/or a discretionary day can be granted by the governor each year.
• Part-time employee accruals are on a pro-rated basis.
• Paid Parental Leave
• State Shared Leave Program
• Employee Assistance Program
• Discounts on campus and throughout Wichita through ShockerStart

You can find more information on benefits in the New/Prospective Employee Benefits Guide.

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Job Posting: 12218515

Posted On: Sep 15, 2022

Updated On: Sep 15, 2022