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Background Check Statement:
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Eligibility for Employment:
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Bachelor's degree and five or more years experience in relevant community work.
Knowledge of and experience with college access, K-12 preparation, and guidance efforts with underrepresented youth.
Demonstrable passion for College Advising Corps' mission.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The primary purpose of this position is to lead and manage day-to-day operations for Appalachian State University College Advising Corps.
Duties and responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to the following:
Program Management and Leadership
Lead program to achieve goals aligned with increasing college enrollment and persistence and proven post-secondary outcomes.
Provide effective day-to-day management and administration for Appalachian State University College Advising Corps.
Proactively identify and implement methods for publicizing and promoting the priorities and impact of Appalachian State University College Advising Corps.
Establish, nurture, and sustain relationships, communication, and collaboration between and among the host institution, College Advising Corps, partner high schools and districts, and other stakeholders.
Contribute to best practice sharing with fellow Program Directors in College Advising Corps' national network.
Establish and nurture relationships with other college access and community programs in the area and beyond – community agencies, the business community, alumni, and community members for the purpose of increasing collaboration and fundraising opportunities.
Recruitment and Training
Promote open adviser positions to eligible candidates by hosting information sessions, forming partnerships with academic and administrative departments, participating in non-profit and service-related career panels, visiting and speaking in classrooms, and sharing the position on campus listservs and job boards.
Screen resumes and identify adviser candidates.
Coordinate and lead in-person, video conference and phone interviews.
Conduct reference and background checks.
Work with Appalachian's Human Resource department to support onboarding of advisers.
Lead AmeriCorps onboarding and compliance related to the national College.
Advising Corps subgrant for program and advisers, as applicable.
Lead the planning and implementation of an on-campus pre-service training and ongoing in-service training throughout the school year.
Coordinate college tours or presentations to expose advisers to the diverse colleges and universities in the region.
Assist each adviser in the development of site-specific strategic plans to assist advisers in reaching their Key Performance Indicator goals.
Assess advisers' effectiveness and encourage professional development.
Provide effective supervision, coaching, and leadership and evaluation for advisers.
Communicate regularly with advisers, visit advisers in their service communities, and implement additional methods for assuring advisers meet the Key Performance Indicator goals of Appalachian State University, College Advising Corps and funders.
Maintain regular contact with high school counselors and administrators in support of Appalachian State University Advising Corps program.
Work with site liaisons and school leadership to resolve issues that arise.
Communicate frequently and effectively with site liaison at each school.
Consult regularly with partner school principals, counselors, and teachers and district leadership.
Budgets and Grants Management
Oversee Appalachian State University College Advising Corps program budget.
Manage aspects of grant funding as needed (e.g., assure deliverables, complete and submit reports, coordinate site visits, coordinate inquiries from grant 4 agencies).
Track and manage grant funds to assure their proper use, maintain records, and prepare financial reports as necessary.
Work collegially with College Advising Corps and provide reports regarding program outcomes, progress, and activities as requested.
Evaluation and Assessment
Oversee ongoing data collection and analysis processes and program outcomes reports (e.g., liaison to the national office, work closely with program data analyst and data contacts at school districts and in partner high schools).
Evaluate the performance of program through visits to high schools on a regular basis and development and oversight of a formal review process with high schools to assure program goals are being met.
Regularly analyze data collected through the College Advising Corps' web-based platform, GRACE, to gauge the effectiveness and impact of individual advisers and the program as a whole.
Work with staff from College Advising Corps development office and others to identify and implement grant writing and fundraising activities to generate financial support for the Appalachian State University College Advising Corps program.
Work with staff from Appalachian State University's Development Office to identify and implement activities to generate financial support for the Appalachian State University College Advising Corps program.
Represent the program to media, community organizations and other interested parties.
Sincere interest and ability to engage, collaborate, support, and educate recent college graduates.
Strong skills and experience in management, supervision, program structure and process.
Working knowledge of building strategic relationships, grant writing, and management.
Working knowledge of documentation, collection, and analysis.
Track record of execution and change-orientation, open-mindedness, focus on learning, assessment, constant improvement, and accountability.
Willingness to embrace the College Advising Corps' core values of grace and humility, grit and tenacity, data-driven, and learning and innovation.
Type of Position: Full Time Position
Work Schedule/Hours: Mon.- Fri., 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Some night/weekend work required)
Appalachian State University, located in Boone, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens who understand their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low faculty-to-student ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors. It is one of 16 universities in the University of North Carolina system.