Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor - TRIO Johnson Scholars University of Maine at Farmington Farmington

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University vehicles Bachelors Degree in education or related field Masters degree in education or related field Design, schedule, and implement workshops, events, and other related Johnson Scholars programming including, but not limited to, financial aid information dissemination, course ,…

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Peacefully nestled in the spectacular lakes & mountains region of western Maine, UMF is Maine’s public liberal arts college, offering quality programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences. The campus is in historic downtown Farmington, just a short walk away from coffee shops, funky stores, restaurants, banks, bookstores, a multi-screen movie theater and a whole lot more. Our perfect location combines the active outdoor lifestyle with the arts & smarts of a small college town.

The Farmington is seeking applicants for the full-time position of Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor for UMF Johnson Scholars. Johnson Scholars is a federally funded TRIO Student Support Services Program, position is contingent on grant funding beginning Sept. 1, 2020. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Johnson Scholars. This position's annual schedule runs August 15May 15.

Job Description:

  • Advise a caseload of Johnson Scholars by meeting with each advisee at least twice monthly to provide academic support and emotional guidance.
  • Provide follow-up for students who have been notified of deficiencies through UMF’s Academic Report System.
  • Design, schedule, and implement workshops, events, and other related Johnson Scholars programming including, but not limited to, financial aid information dissemination, course selection and registration, and academic and personal action plans.
  • Create tools and materials for teaching, advising, program marketing and training.
  • Prepare time-sensitive documents, reports, contracts, and other routine correspondence as required by the federal grant.
  • Record activities and student contacts in Blumen database.
  • Interview potential Johnson Scholars for admission to the program as needed.
  • Coordinate and supervise student staffing and implementation of the Johnson Scholars Advising Center including organization of materials and supplies, purchasing and storing food and snacks, and care and maintenance of equipment.
  • Collaborate with Johnson Scholars staff and Peer Leaders to coordinate, implement and transport participants on trips.
  • Assist in the training and supervision of Peer Leaders.
  • Market and promote the Johnson Scholars program via tabling, orientation, social media, academic department meetings and accepted student days in coordination with UMF faculty and staff partners.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to promote student success and meet the objectives of the project.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field
  • Experience working with college students in the postsecondary setting
  • Knowledge of or experience with the challenges facing low-income, first-generation students seeking baccalaureate degrees
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills
  • Superior public speaking and writing skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Sound project management and project completion skills
  • Sensitivity to the emotional and developmental needs common to the traditional-age college student
  • Valid driver’s license and UMF clearance to operate University vehicles

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in education or related field
  • Expertise and understanding of the academic and personal advising needs of students from postsecondary enrollment through graduation
  • Intermediate computer and technology skills
  • Proficiency in the educational use of social media
  • Group dynamic awareness and facilitation skills
  • Knowledge of financial literacy for college students

Other Information:

Materials must be submitted via "Apply for Position." Please create an applicant profile, complete a brief application,upload a cover letter which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications, a resume/curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references.

Review of applications will begin June 22, 2020. Materials received on or after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.

The offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options.

The at Farmington employees are Mandatory Reporters with the exception of UMF’s licensed, clinical medical providers (including athletic trainers) and mental health providers and their clinical interns when working in their capacity as providers.

The at Farmington is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, , Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

Length: Academic Year (Sept-May)

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