Program Specialist 2 - Transitional Studies

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Vancouver, WASHINGTON


Posted: 28-Nov-23

Location: Clark College Main Campus, Vancouver

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 4287687

Are you excited to support students to achieve their goals? Do you want to be part of a dynamic team working to serve students learning English and completing their high school diplomas? If these questions resonate with you, we encourage you to apply for this opportunity!
Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, permanent classified Program Specialist 2 in the Transitional Studies unit. The Program Specialist 2 works closely with Transitional Studies faculty and staff to guide students along the pathway through Transitional Studies and into college-level programs and employment. Serving as a primary program contact for a caseload of students; developing academic, career, and financial wellness plans; along with connections with campus and community services are some of the core functions of the position. A team of Program Specialists provide educational navigation and support services for all students in Transitional Studies. This position reports to the Transitional Studies Program Manager. The work schedule is Monday – Thursday on-campus, Fridays remote. This position is a grant-funded position; renewal is dependent upon continued grant funding.
Clark College Transitional Studies prepares students for college and careers. We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School+ diploma (HS+) course options. Our English as a Second Language courses are offered at all levels and High School Completion courses provide credit toward the High School+ diploma and prepare students for the GED®. All courses are contextualized, and competency based.
At Clark, we value equity, diversity, and inclusion. We are committed to growing, learning, and supporting our employees.JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
  • Coach students through the process of developing academic, career, and financial wellness plans to include GED® and college preparation. 
  • Serve as an expert in Transitional Studies courses including Career and Academic Preparation (CAP), and English as a Second Language (ESL) in order to advise students to appropriate courses. 
  • Advise students on the process of transitioning into college level courses. 
  • Collaborate with Advising Services to provide guided transitions for students.
  • Collaborate with Workforce Education Services and Financial Aid to explore funding eligibility opportunities for students.
  • Provide intervention when students are struggling with academics and personal issues; provide referrals to campus services and community agencies.
  • Monitor and support progress for a consistent group of students, serving as their point of contact.  
  • Mentor students in clarifying education, career, and life goals. 
  • Document student progress in college systems and use college systems to serve students. 
  • Proctor CASAS testing and interpret results to students.   
  • Facilitate Transitional Studies information sessions, orientations, and student registration events. 
  • Provide excellent customer service to perspective students, current students, and campus and community partners.
  • Provide perspective students with accurate information regarding ESL and high school completion options, admissions, and enrollment processes, placement, and services for students. 
  • Coordinate schedule for drop-in advising and appointments with other Pathway Advisors and Program Manager. 
  • Collaborate with Transitional Studies faculty and staff to design services and events to promote student success. 
  • Serve on college committees that support Transitional Studies students, college priorities, and professional development. 
  • Perform related duties as required.

Candidates will be evaluated based on application materials, including the supplemental questions and personal interview(s), and will be required to demonstrate competencies in the following areas:

  • Bachelor's degree OR two (2) years' experience in education, community service organizations or supporting systemically non-dominant populations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to educational equity for Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants and refugees. 

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