Talent Search is federally-funded through a 5-year competitive, renewable grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO division, a part of the Office of Postsecondary Education. The goal of TRiO College Access Programs is to assist students who are income-eligible and/or would be first-generation college students, to succeed at each level of school (from grade 6 for Talent Search) and to become college graduates.
Appointment Terms: (1) Part-time 15 hrs/wk), ten month work year (public school calendars-approximately August 15- June 15) position contingent upon external grant funding. Some morning/evening/weekend/ holiday hours required. Most business days (Monday-Friday) are spent in the partner schools following a mutually agreed upon schedule.
Location: Madawaska/St. Agatha area, home and school based
Salary: Salary range is $8,960 to $9,957
Duties Begin: As soon as possible.
Responsibilities: This position provides direct service and support to students through academic advising, career and college planning, financial literacy and other instruction, and monitoring student progress at each grade level toward graduation from college. The Advisor position is fast-paced with job duties that are diverse in nature and vary from day to day. The workload of Advisors requires individual initiative, good judgment, and frequent multi-tasking.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: This position requires a working knowledge of career and academic assessment; understanding of high school and higher education; understanding of adolescent development and learning; an understanding of human diversity; effective oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; basic computer and technology skills; experience recruiting persons from diverse and multicultural or disadvantaged populations; knowledge of aptitude/vocational testing tools; skill in group dynamics and facilitation; the ability to work independently of direct supervision.
Qualifications: Required: Baccalaureate required in educational counseling, education, psychology, social work, or other appropriate and related field. At least two years of demonstrated, employed experience working with low-income and educationally disadvantaged youth and/or adults in an educational environment. Demonstrated respect for adolescents. Demonstrated sensitivity and experience working with individuals from diverse social, economic, ethnic, academic and cultural backgrounds and understanding of barriers to be overcome by TRiO participants. Must have ability to travel to assigned schools, including a valid driver’s license and ownership of a reliable, fully-insured vehicle, and a clean driving record. Preferred: Master’s degree strongly preferred in above degree fields, or individuals who are currently pursuing master’s degrees and have the required experience in direct service. Three or more years of related work experience preferred. Experience with and demonstrated understanding of college admissions and financial aid processes for low-income students. Experience working in programs with objectives similar to Talent Search. Knowledge of respective target schools preferred.
Barbara B. Lambert
University of Maine at Presque Isle
181 Main Street
Presque Isle, Maine 04769
The University of Maine at Presque Isle is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age disability, protected veterans status, or any other characteristic protected by law. -