As a member of the TRIO Pre-College Program administrative team, the recruitment specialist promotes and supports the learning experience of Central College Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound participants. This position is instrumental in managing the program’s efforts to provide outreach and communication activities for various stakeholders
Plan and organize recruitment and outreach activities at partnering high schools and throughout the community
Provide assistance and guidance to prospective program participants and their parents with the application process
Coordinate the process of reviewing completeness and accuracy of application materials as well as eligibility to the program
Participate in the interview process of prospective program participants and make recommendation for final selection
Create and maintain online recruitment and application materials
Actively participate in program planning and professional development within the pre-college programs department:
Attend staff meetings, workshops, and professional development activities
Support planning and implementation of field trips and events
Maintain open and positive communication with parents of participants in assigned schools:
Assist with basic planning for and attend parent information sessions for participants
Make parent contacts to provide college access and financial aid information or to offer additional assistance as necessary or as requested by the project director or assistant director
Participate in school conferences, open houses, and other school events
Maintain open and positive communication with target school personnel to secure/ensure:
Provision of timely information to target school personnel regarding program activities and needs
Meeting times/spaces, access to students, compliance with target school policies and practices
Mutual exchange of information regarding participants’ needs and progress
Positive relationships with target school leadership and personnel
Maintain accurate, timely paper and electronic records as required by the grant or as requested by the director or assistant director:
Keep accurate records of student participation and progress
Accurately enter related data into program database in a timely fashion
Maintain accurate up-to-date records of personal time and effort
Note: This position requires evening and weekend hours during the academic year and extended hours during the six-week summer component.
Maintain confidentiality with respect to participants’ academic and personal information.
Demonstrate commitment to personal professional growth.
Consistently demonstrate a positive attitude.
Must be open and adaptable to change.
Must work cooperatively and respectfully with others.
Perform other duties as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have a commitment to the value and mission of a liberal arts education and a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) with at least two years of experience working with community agencies. The ability to communicate and collaborate effectively with students as well as with faculty, staff, and community partners is essential. Database experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office and strong organizational skills and attention to detail are needed. A valid driver’s license and ability to travel to local sites are required.
One year of experience in education, student development, counseling, or related field
Must possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
Must have experience or demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth from diverse backgrounds including African American, Asian, and Latino youth
Driver’s license required - this position requires regular travel to assigned target schools
Two years or more of experience in education, student development, counseling, or related field.
Knowledge/experience with student financial aid, FAFSA, scholarship applications and/or college admissions
Experience organizing/managing events and field trips involving large groups
About Central College
Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.