The Educational Opportunity Center is grant funded by US Department of Education. This position will provide community outreach and college enrollment services for the Southern Appalachian Educational Opportunity Center, which targets low-income, potential first generation college students and assists them with pursuing post-secondary education. Responsibilities include:
Recruiting participants from the target population which includes low income, potential first generation college students, adults, youth in foster care, homeless youth, veterans and military families in a 5-county region.
Conducting a needs assessment; providing educational and career counseling; assisting participants with the admissions and financial aid process; assisting with college selection; making appropriate referrals so participants can pursue post-secondary education and graduate.
Maintaining electronic and paper files for each participant; submitting information according to APR instructions; monitoring recruitment numbers and progress towards objectives.
Coordinating participant enrollment and support services to participants to maximize their chance at successful enrollment and graduation.
Traveling regularly to outreach sites, satellite offices, and community partners in the 5-county region.
Creating new community partnerships and maintaining existing ones; developing and leading workshops; presenting at community meetings to explain free services from the Educational Opportunity Center.
Bachelor's degree required. Prefer those with knowledge and/or experience with all aspects of enrollment services including admissions, financial aid, and career and major selection. Prefer those with experience working with low income, potential first generation college students. Preference given to low income, first generation college graduates who have overcome obstacles similar to the target population. Experience in higher education preferred. Must have strong interpersonal, organizational, communication and presentation skills. Must have excellent customer service skills as well as the ability to work effectively with staff, students, faculty, and community partners. Must have proficiency with MS Office suite, and experience with data entry and management. Must be able to create a plan to implement the goals and objectives outlined in the federal grant proposal. Must be self-directed and able to work independently.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an engaged, metropolitan university committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of the region through strategic partnerships and community involvement.