SDSU Research Foundation Research Assistant II in San Diego, California

The SDSU Talent Search Program is an education opportunity program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist middle and high school students to pursue postsecondary programs of education.

This position would work with a caseload of approximately 100 students at Southwest and Crawford High Schools.

Under the supervision of the Talent Search Advising Program Coordinator, the Advisor will assist in the implementation of a comprehensive program to ensure the effective delivery of educational support services to low-income and/or potential first-generation college-bound high school students. Incumbent must have a beginning knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of student outreach services. Six months experience in working with diverse cultural groups in San Diego County, beginning knowledge of: group and individual behavior, individual counseling techniques, and socio-cultural issues inherent to ethnic diversity. The position involves advising for college access at Talent Search approved schools by providing assistance in completing college applications for admission, financial aid, housing, and special programs. The incumbent will also advise students on meeting academic and extra-curricular requirements for college access and will refer students to appropriate supports such as additional tutoring.

Participant Recruitment (30%)

  • Take part in recruitment presentations at various locations.

  • Assist with the selection of program participants.

  • Recruit 50 to 100 students at each school site.

  • Work with Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant to update recruitment matrix on a weekly basis.

Counseling/Advising (30%)

  • Provide advising services to participants at school sites. These services include, but are not limited to personal problem-solving, academic advisement, building positive peer support, enhancing communication skills, career planning, academic skill building, study skills and motivational counseling.

  • Conduct needs assessments for students and refer to other support groups as needed.

  • Assist with college admissions and financial aid advising with senior participants.

  • Establish a non-threatening environment for participants.

  • May be asked to work some evenings/weekends.

  • Conduct regular follow-up with contacts at school sites.

  • Supervise students on field trips and other special events.

  • Assist with school-based club meetings.

  • If student is interested in health fields, provide student with health resources.

Documentation (30%)

  • Collect and file student documents: program eligibility forms, transcripts, progress reports, permission slips, test/assessment data, and other data as deemed necessary.

  • Document services and activities: student contacts, participation, case notes, and other services.

  • Maintain up-to-date student demographic information and statistical data.

  • Review applications so that they are complete.

  • Collect student data sheet from participants each year.

  • Assist with documentation for reporting on HCOP deliverables.

Program Assistance (10%)

  • Aid the Advising Program Coordinator with making materials, including flyers.

  • Attend team meetings and other Talent Search/ Pre-College Institute events.

  • POsting resources on social media sites.

  • Attend professional training meetings and pass tests of knowledge on the foundational documents for Talent Search.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Knowledge & Abilities Required

  • Ability to quickly learn and apply elementary research methods and procedures

  • Ability to follow oral and written directions

  • Reliable transportation is required to travel to local high schools served by program.

  • Ability to interact with University professors and staff.

  • Ability to relate successfully with high school counselors, teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.

  • Ability to conduct presentations to potential students and their parents as well as school personnel.

  • Ability to apply knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation to writing and speaking.

  • Ability to communicate clearly orally and in writing.

  • Familiarity with PC/Mac computer systems and Microsoft Word is a must.

  • Ability to report to work on time; follow directions from a supervisor; interact effectively with co-workers; understand and follow posted work rules and procedures; and accept constructive criticism.

Minimum Education/Experience

  • Completion of sufficient lower division coursework to successfully perform the required duties of the position OR equivalent of one year related experience

Preferred Qualifications and Special Skills

  • BA or equivalent in field related to program/project such as Education or Psychology, Social Work, Child and Family Development.

  • Currently pursuing a Master’s Degree inan accredited, related field is preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and abilities through two years of pre-professional experience in student support areas.

  • Bilingual in English and another language spoken by Talent Search’s constituent groups is preferred.

  • Two years’ experience at pre-professional level in advising/mentoring high school students or middle school students.

  • Experience assisting with event planning and implementation for groups of thirty or more is highly desired.

  • Knowledge of Trio programs and regulations is preferred.

  • Familiarity with the use of databases such as FileMaker Pro.

  • Knowledge of entrance requirements for the public colleges and universities in California.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation

San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

Req No.: 2017-5901

Starting Salary: $13.00 per hour

Post End Date: 7/31/2017

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