TRIO Student Support Services Program Advisor

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is an academically excellent, authentically inclusive, Catholic and ecumenical liberal arts college with approximately 1,500 undergraduate students and 300 graduate students, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York City. Our beautiful 70-acre campus of rolling lawns and wooded hills overlooking the Hudson River is just 12 miles from midtown Manhattan.

Program Description
TRIO Student Support Services is a federally-funded program that provides academic, career and personal advising, tutoring, mentoring, and a wide range of activities geared towards the educational enhancement, cultural enrichment, and retention of first-generation, low-income and/or disabled students at the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

The Advisor assists in the provision of individual and group advising to selected TRIO students. She or he develops and implements programming geared towards promoting students’ academic success. She or he conducts academic skills assessment and coursework evaluation. She or he provides support, motivation, and guidance in decision-making. The TRIO SSS Advisor will work closely with both the Director and second TRIO SSS Advisor to ensure that the program is producing high-quality services and support systems for the students served.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct one-on-one advising sessions with TRIO Scholars to address academic and personal concerns, create actions plans for student success, and maintain relevant all records to student profiles and progress. Address and diffuse situations of conflict and crisis, and make appropriate referrals.
  • Assist students with course selection, registration and academic and career-goal planning in collaboration with their faculty and Oxley Career Education Program advisors.
  • Assist students with financial aid concerns by partnering with the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Accounts, and the Office of the Registrar to ensure students have completed all necessary paperwork and met all institutional and federal deadlines.
  • Create and facilitate workshops; lead activities in a variety of topics including, but not limited to, academic, social, career, personal, financial, and cultural.
  • Assist in the development and execution of on-campus summer Orientation program.
  • Motivate and encourage students through day-to-day interactions and discussions.
  • Proactively collaborate with College-wide departments, faculty, tutors, and academic support staff to advocate, identify, and meet the academic needs of TRIO Scholars. Work closely with the Director and staff in future projects and tasks to ensure accurate and efficient program evaluation and expansion.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in education, counseling or social sciences
  • Experience counseling and/or advising college students strongly preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student population both individually and in groups. Some experience working with academic youth programs, non-profits, or higher education with exposure to crisis-intervention and/or advocacy counseling
  • Demonstrated ability to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in active listening, be a team player, and reinforce boundaries with students
  • Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Must be open-minded, non-judgmental, and able interact with and advise diverse groups
  • Genuine interest in helping low-income and first-generation college students overcome challenges and progress through college
  • Must have an energetic, engaging, and positive personality and character with the ability to encourage students to seek guidance and participate in the program
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as needed, including on-campus overnight stay during TRIO seven-day summer Orientation program
  • Must be computer-savvy and proficient in MS Suite (Excel is a MUST) and G Suite
  • Experience with college database software (e.g., Blumen SSS, Banner) preferred

Benefits
This position is grant-funded and continuation is contingent upon grant funding availability.

Application Process
All qualified applicants should send a cover letter and resume to HR@mountsaintvincent.edu. Please write “TRIO Advisor” in subject line of your submission.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled.

AA/EOE
College of Mount Saint Vincent is committed to provide equal opportunity, employment, and advancement opportunities to all individuals. The College of Mount Saint Vincent does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State, or Local Laws.