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Hours Full-time, Part-time
Location Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Working Title Talent Search Advisors Position Number 8491, 8492 Posting Number S3177 State Role Title Education Support Specialist II Position Type Classified Position Status Full Time FLSA Status Non-Exempt: Eligible for Overtime College/Division Academic Affairs Unit Department 520109 - JMU Talent Search, TRIO Pay Band 3 Pay Rate Pay Range Specify Range or Amount $36,667-$40,000 Is this a JMU Only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? Yes. This is a grant funded position and is contingent upon continued funding. Is this a Conflict of Interest designated position? No
Position Summary Information
General Information
This position reports to the Director of TRIO Programs and supports the strategic vision and implementation of the area to ensure alignment with Academic Affairs' and JMU's mission, vision, and values of the University.

The Talent Search Advisors partner with campus and community colleagues to identify and assist first-generation income-eligible students in sixth through twelfth grade who attend local middle schools and high schools and want to continue with their post-secondary education. The advisors will also be working with students who have dropped out of school or who have not started the post-secondary enrollment process. The program provides academic, career, and financial aid counseling to participants. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. The Advisors work directly with the students, assisting them with academic class scheduling, implementing workshops, and providing college application and financial aid assistance. The Advisors also work with the Director in data reporting to the U.S. Department of Education.

Talent Search Project
Talent Search is a federally funded program providing opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Talent Search serves middle school and high school students from low-income families; and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

This position is eligible for an 11-month or 12-month work schedule.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Identify and recruit eligible project participants
  • Provides case management, academic support, curriculum development, and advising services for students related to admissions and financial aid
  • Executes activities, programs, and provides direct student services designed for middle school, high school and for students who have dropped out of school or who have not applied to post-secondary institutions in partnership with school divisions, such as test preparation, goal setting, and related skills
  • Executes activities, programs, and services designed for transition to postsecondary enrollment, in partnership with the Office of Admissions, Financial Aid, and other university departments
  • Executes activities, programs, and services designed for college degree attainment in partnership with faculty, administrators, and university advisors
  • Assists project director with the development of promotional materials, educational materials, training manuals, newsletters, and/or brochures, as appropriate to the program
  • Assists project director with efficient and effective data collection and management to inform continuous program improvement
  • Maintains accurate program/project records
  • Ensure and maintain the confidentiality of all project records and other sensitive information
  • Researches information and gathers and computes various data
  • Prepares special and/or one-time reports, summaries, or replies to inquiries, selecting data from a variety of sources
  • Participate in staff meetings, unit meetings, and target school meetings
  • Plan, organize, and co-supervise student field trips, college visits, and cultural activities
  • Assist TRIO Director with hiring and onboarding of student workers
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • Attend workshops and conferences as deemed necessary
  • Identify and recruit eligible project participants
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in education, social science field, or related area
  • Demonstrated experience in advising students on college and career preparation, college and scholarship applications, and financial aid processes in a K-12 or college setting
  • Demonstrated previous professional experience working with disadvantaged students
  • Familiarity with online resources for college admissions, FAFSA, scholarship applications, and career planning
  • Experience with event planning and coordination
  • Experience with outreach and recruitment
  • Experience maintaining filing systems, data entry, and reports

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in student services, counseling, or a related field
  • Previous student service experience in college opportunity programs such as Upward Bound, Talent Search, or GEAR UP
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged youth, and an ability to establish rapport with low-income, first-generation college students/parents
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
Condition(s) of Employment
Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.
Posting Detail Information
Posting Date 05/01/2023 Beginning Review Date 05/09/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 05/15/2023 EEO Statement
James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.
Reasonable Accommodation Request
If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance searching or applying for jobs please contact us at (540) 568-3597 or . You may also visit the JMU Human Resource Office, located at 752 Ott Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 and we will be happy to assist you.
Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report
Notice of Availability - Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, the university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, protocols for the immediate notification of students and staff upon confirmation of a significant emergency on campus and other matters of importance related to security and safety. The report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period of reported crimes that have occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by JMU or its affiliates; and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes campus housing fire statistics for the most recent three-year period, a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of fire drills held during the previous calendar year, policies or rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in student housing; and procedures for student housing evacuation in the event of fire along with other fire safety information.

The JMU Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes the Harrisonburg campus and the three overseas branch campuses; Florence, Antwerp, and London. It is available electronically

You can obtain a copy of any of this report by contacting the Office of Public Safety, MSC 6810, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807 or request that a copy be mailed to you by calling (540)568-6769/6913.
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