Location: Lowell, MA Category: Full-time Staff Posted On: Fri Jul 16 2021 Job Description:
Title: Early College Promise Specialist (Grant Funded) Division: Education & K-16 Partnership Supervisor: Dean of Education & K-16 Partnerships Classification: Full-Time, Benefitted, Non-Unit Professional (NUP)
General Statement of Duties: Middlesex Community College (MCC) has been awarded two Early College Designations by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In addition, Lowell High School (LHS) has been awarded Smith Family Foundation funding to launch an Early College Promise Program whereby LHS students opt for a 5th year of high school as a means of completing the academic requirements to earn an Associate degree from Middlesex Community College.
The Early College Promise Specialist, working out of the Division of Education and K-16 Partnerships, will be responsible for the recruitment, retention and management of Early College Promise students. The specialist will direct the case management and academic planning for individual students and their respective retention and completion goals. The specialist will work collaboratively with LHS, MCC, and Early College Promise team members to support services and develop interventions and success strategies for students in support of the Early College Promise efforts aimed at increasing student persistence, retention, certificate/degree completion and successful transfer to four-year institutions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Achieve individual student caseload retention and completion goals as established by the LHS/MCC Partnership
Assist with the planning and implementation of all ECP student activities, communications and related events.
Carry out and be accountable for individual caseload outreach and intervention
Create and manage student progress tracking dashboard
Empower students to develop and accomplish their personal, academic, and professional goals.
Guide students to develop personal accountability for their decisions and an understanding of how those decisions impact their success
Maintain current knowledge of academic and occupational degree requirements, graduation requirements, transfer requirements and pre-requisite requirements to advise students toward completion.
Exercise professional discretion and judgement, to help students create a personal completion plan. Manage and advise student cohorts regarding course registration, admissions process, financial aid, career services and other related topics
Contribute to the development and formulation of policy in alignment with grant parameters as required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Handle confidential decision making and policy making matters related to student progress reporting
Collaborate with the Dean of Education and K-16 Partnerships, Director of Concurrent and Dual Enrollment, and Coordinator of Early College Programs to ensure alignment across related departmental initiatives and strategic goals
Refer students to appropriate internal and community-based programs and support services. Initiate contact with faculty, ombudsman, Center for Student Success and other departments to assist students with questions and needs utilizing a total case management model.
Manage early alert interventions for respective caseload
Serve as a liaison with MCC academic advisors and departments. Attend departmental and advisory meetings to remain current on program offerings, career/occupational outlook and other departmental information.
Develop student success, retention, and completion materials and presentations to support individual and group sessions
Develop grant reports and meet all DHE-DESE reporting due dates and deadlines
Research, analyze, and interpret DESE policies and data reports to ensure program compliance
Act as a liaison between Middlesex Community College and Lowell High School
May be responsible for direct supervision of support staff within department
Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in a related field
At least (3) years' full-time, direct, paid experience in an urban high school or higher education setting or case management experience
Ability to work autonomously, collaboratively and use independent judgment with staff at Middlesex Community College and Lowell High School
Ability to make independent decisions regarding program implementation
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Experience collecting, analyzing and developing data reports
Time management skills and ability to meet important due dates and deadlines set forth by the Massachusetts DHE and DESE.
Experience with equity-minded work and/or understanding of individuals of diverse identities such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation and veterans including those with different levels of academic preparation, varying physical and learning abilities.
Knowledge of presentation methods and techniques, project planning, goal setting, and group dynamics, customer service techniques including excellent phone skills and technology related communication skills
Ability to multi-task and handle high volume student interactions during peak periods.
Self-motivated to perform job duties and meet goals without extensive direction
Ability to speak effectively and confidently in front of large, small and diverse groups
Ability to write routine correspondence clearly and concisely, providing well-thought out details and perform data entry and retrieval and utilize complex computer programs and software.
Ability to assess situations, identify problems, propose solutions, develop strategies for improvement and demonstrate follow-through with minimal supervision.
Read and interpret policies, protocols and guidelines
Compute rate, ratios, and percent and develop and interpret graphs
Work with confidential information related to the position.
Master's degree from a regionally accredited university or currently working towards Master's Degree completion.
Previous experience developing and implementing outreach plans and success strategies.
Ability to create and run database queries, presentation experience
Knowledge of LHS and MCC academic programs, requirements, processes as they relate to Early College Promise programming, applicants and accepted students.
This is a full-time, benefitted, Non-Unit Professional (NUP) position, 37.5 hours per week. This position is grant-funded and contingent upon continued grant funding. See Non-Unit Professional (NUP) Handbook
Salary Range: Salary not to exceed $65,000.00 due to grant funding, actual salary commensurate with academic background and experience. Employees of Middlesex Community College are considered employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and receive benefits which include:
High quality and affordable health insurance through the Commonwealth's Group Insurance Commission (GIC)
Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans
Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
Low cost basic and optional life insurance
Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension or Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan or 403(b).
12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time
Tuition Benefit for employees and dependents at state colleges and universities
Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options
Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Cell Phone Bill Discounts with Verizon and T-Mobile Cell Phone Carriers
Access to the Commonwealth's Mass4You, employee assistance program
Location: Primarily MCC's Lowell Campus with occasional travel to Bedford Campus and Lowell High School, plus other sites as needed. This position will be eligible for telework in accordance with the College's telework policy.
Hours: 37.5 hours per week with occasional nights and weekends as needed
Expected start date: September 1, 2021
Application Deadline: August 6, 2021
Internal Number: 133733
About Middlesex Community College
At Middlesex Community College, everyone teaches, everyone learns. Collaborative in nature and innovative in practice, we educate, engage, and empower a diverse community of learners. Through transformative opportunities, we challenge and support every student to succeed and lead. Recognizing equity and inclusion as the foundation for excellence and creativity, Middlesex Community College meets the evolving educational, civic and workforce needs of our local and global communities.