Date: September 16, 2019

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Position Title: Transition Specialist

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Department: High School Equivalency Program Job Type: Full-Time -Term - (continued employment contingent on grant funding)

Pay Range: $13.79 – $18.53 per hour

SUMMARY: The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is a U.S. Department of Education (ED) funded program aimed at providing migrant and/or seasonal farmworkers the skills necessary to pass the High School Equivalency (HSE) Credential and subsequently, to gain employment or begin postsecondary education or training. The Transition Specialist is responsible for outreach and recruitment, advisement and planning, and will assist students with their transition to post-secondary education, training, workforce or to the military.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Coordinate and perform outreach aimed at recruiting program participants.
• Coordinate and deliver trainings and workshops related to college and career readiness.
• Works collaboratively to develop and strengthen student recruitment, referral, and transition processes with college, workforce center, armed services and relevant businesses and community organizations.
• Coordinates student orientation and leadership activities and events.
• Coordinates, organizes, and leads transition services.
• Advice students in all areas related to transition: such as career research and planning; workforce training; internship placement; job readiness and employment search; college planning and admissions; and financial aid processes.
• Monitors student academic performance throughout the program and assists students in developing individualized academic plans and setting goals.
• Responsible for maintaining student transition data, records and reports detailing student progress.
• Advises students and their families on college entrance requirements, exams and preparation sessions for college entrance exams.
• Assists students in the completion of college applications, scholarships, financial aid, and other admission materials.
• Arranges visits with college representatives.
• Maintains student portfolios with documentation that is relevant to each student’s specific goals.
• Maintains and updates regularly a resource library of information on careers and college programs.
• Conduct follow up with program participants and offer advisement as needed.
• Maintain regular attendance.
• Perform all other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS: Associate degree and two (2) years’ experience in student advisement and/or mentoring.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree; experience working with seasonal and/or migrant farm workers and working with low-income minority students in rural communities

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
• Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License;
• Must be willing to travel;
• Continued employment is contingent upon grant funding.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with students, colleagues and staff representing diverse ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic and learning abilities.
• Strong interpersonal skills to interact with a diverse population, both in and outside the unit and college.
• An appreciation of diversity and the benefits of a commitment to cultural awareness and sensitivity in the workplace.
• Excellent customer service skills; including building and maintaining internal/external customer satisfaction and the ability to problem solve.
• Commitment to professionalism and confidentiality in handling sensitive, confidential and operational information.
• Effectively use internet to research careers, training, and job openings.
• Proficient in the use of MS Word and Excel.
• Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and balance a heavy workload.
• Ability to be self-directed and work independently in a team environment.
• High organizational and problem solving abilities, task-oriented, and flexible.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Must maintain a strong background in postsecondary admissions process/requirements, financial aid, and academic programs.
• Ability to prepare and deliver presentations to high school and college students.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
• No or very limited physical effort required;
• Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is normally performed in a typical office environment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A complete application must include: 1) a letter of interest, 2) resume, 3) copies of unofficial transcripts conferring required or preferred degree, and 4) names, addresses, and phone numbers of (3) three professional references.

Candidates who are invited for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts.

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.

Required application materials should be sent to: humanresources@nnmc.edu.

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