College Access Coach

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Summary of Duties:

Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver’s Talent Search programs are funded with federal TRiO grants by the Department of Education. The program purpose is to increase the number of low-income and underrepresented students who graduate from high school and successfully complete post-secondary education. 
The College Access Coach has responsibility to increase Talent Search students’ academic performance through direct tutoring, advising, and developing students’ positive academic behaviors and non-cognitive skills. Responsibilities include mentoring students to increase college and career readiness, coaching students regarding financial literacy, financial aid, and the college application process, and supervising college students who will work part-time directly with the high school students as academic tutors. This position will schedule, arrange and provide supervision of field trips to college campuses, working as a team with other Talent Search staff. With the assistance of classroom teachers, counselors, and school administrators, the College Access Coach will reach out to students, and use instructional tools and methodologies that are consistent with Vancouver School District and Dept. of Education interventions to achieve grant outcomes. The College Access Coach will monitor, collect, analyze, and document student data for assessment and reporting requirements.
This position is housed out of WSU Vancouver, and will work within Hudson’s Bay and Fort Vancouver high schools, providing direct support for Vancouver School District students. An important component of this position is the knowledge of the community resources in target schools for participants and parents/families geared to serve the needs of low income and potential first-generation college students. The College Access Coach reports to the Campus Director of Talent Search programs at WSU Vancouver.

Minimum requirements:
  • Positions require a Bachelor’s Degree and one (1) year of experience directly related to student services. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to one (1) year of the required experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • Proficiency in the use of computers and MS Office software programs.

  • Willingness and ability to travel locally and work a flexible schedule, including frequent nights and weekends

Preferred qualifications:
  • Two (2) years of experience providing instruction or direct outreach services to students and/or working with parents in individual or group setting.

  •  Demonstrated knowledge of school programs, student success, the school community and/or parental involvement in community and/or school setting.

  • Familiarity with organization and operation of school/district administration and university/community college systems.

  • Demonstrated success providing leadership and supervising others.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of people, including peers, university and school administrators, faculty, staff, students and parents, and the general public.

  • Experience managing, tracking and reporting program data.

  • Experience in student academic support programs.

  • Bi-lingual in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, etc.

Work schedule:
Monday - Friday
$3,650 per month
To apply:

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

1) Resume

2) A cover letter

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. Applicants are required to include contact information for professional references within the application.

Screening of applicants will begin on December 6, 2021 and will remain ongoing until a successful applicant has been identified.

Please visit this link to apply for the College Success Coach.

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259 (f), or