Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiatives Grant Coordinator & Student Counselor, Community for Excellence Scholar Programs

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO

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Working Title Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiatives Grant Coordinator & Student Counselor, Community for Excellence Scholar Programs
Position Location Fort Collins, CO
Research Professional Position No
Posting Number 202000215AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Number of Vacancies
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range 45000
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 03/09/2020
Description of Work Unit

Mission and Goals:
The Collaborative for Student Achievement mission is empowering students to create and achieve their personal and educational goals. The Collaborative for Student Achievement is a dynamic organization that integrates the curricular and co-curricular experiences for students and creates inclusive communities that have positively impacted the academic success, retention and graduation of CSU students.

The Collaborative for Student Achievement’s goals are to:

  • Positively impact retention and graduation by providing innovative and intentional programs and services.
  • Enhance learning by engaging students in curricular and co-curricular experiences.
  • Support successful student transitions to and through the university.
  • Provide opportunities for students and staff to create meaningful connections.
  • Foster a thriving, healthy, inclusive work environment that encourages growth.
  • Promote a welcoming and diverse environment in which students learn about others with backgrounds and experiences different from their own.
  • Organizational Structure:
    The Collaborative for Student Achievement reports to both Academic Affairs and Student Affairs and is made up of the following student service units: Advising for Undeclared Students, Community for Excellence Scholar Programs, Key Communities, Orientation and Transition Programs, Outreach and Support Programs, and Health Professions Advising. In all its activities, the Collaborative emphasizes and enhances students’ abilities and assets, and supports the campus priority for a diverse and supportive learning environment. Along with student service units, The Collaborative for Student Achievement has four support areas, which include the Welcome Center, budget, human resources, and technology; along with oversight of the undeclared student computer labs.

    The Community for Excellence is an innovative and collaborative initiative at Colorado State University (CSU) that assists students who are part of CSU’s access pipeline and are recipients of an access-oriented scholarship or award program. Designed to increase success rates and decrease graduation gaps among underrepresented students, the Community for Excellence reaches into the extensive high school and community college pipeline of first generation, low-income, and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups to connect with students before they enroll at CSU. The honor of the award includes financial support augmented with a dedicated CSU staff member who provides information, mentorship, and support, while facilitating the students’ engagement with resources that are most critical to success.

    The Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiatives (COSI) was created in 2014 with the goal of increasing the attainment of post secondary credentials and degrees for under served students in Colorado. The project addresses this challenge by focusing on accessibility and affordability. The bedrock of COSI’s work has been to remove the barriers that keep students from successfully persisting to graduation.

    Position Summary

    The COSI Grant Coordinator and Student Counselor within the Community for Excellence is a full-time, 4 year grant funded position responsible for supporting and mentoring COSI scholars within the Community for Excellence. The required grant activities include providing wraparound student support services in the following five main categories: college transition, academic, financial, connection and community, and support. This position reports to the Associate Director for the Community for Excellence Scholar Programs who oversees the scholarship programs on access and retention (First Generation Award, Daniels Fund, Daniels BOS, COSI, DREAM.US, Puksta and Reisher).

    Note: This position is contingent upon receiving grant funds through the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI)., which we will know no later than April 1, 2020.

    Note: Some work occurs on evenings and weekends. Ability to provide or arrange transportation.

    Required Job Qualifications
    • Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Counseling, Social Work, Human Development and Family Studies, or related field.
    • At least two years’ experience working in higher education (graduate assistantship experience counts).
    • Professional experience working with diverse students in providing one-on-one and group interactions to assist in their academic success and graduation.
    • Demonstrated experience and commitment to diversity and inclusiveness, experience working with diverse populations across the breadth of diversity support programs.
    Preferred Job Qualifications
    • Prior experience implementing grants.
    • Evidence of managing budgets effectively.
    • Evidence of involvement with college and/or high school students related to diversity and intersecting identities.
    • Demonstrated understanding of student development and awareness of student transition issues, including a variety of factors that could impact academic performance: social, academic, financial, health, family, and personal factors.
    • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
    • Comfort and effectiveness in conducting active outreach to individual students.
    • Demonstrated ability to facilitate student development in academic, personal, leadership, and service dimensions.
    • Understanding of university systems and structures and demonstrated ability to develop collaborative efforts across campus to facilitate and support student success.
    • Demonstrated ability to organize and implement programs focused on developing communities among students.
    • Demonstrated ability to build external connections with scholarship foundations, community agencies and schools, and community or junior colleges.
    • Strong communication skills, including interpersonal, presentation, writing and technical/computer and prior experience with database entry.
    Diversity Statement

    Demonstrated knowledge of, and relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations.

    Essential Duties

    Job Duty Category Student Mentoring, Case Management, and Intervention

    Manage a caseload of 150 COSI scholars, which includes one-on-one individual meetings with students to provide support in navigating institutional barriers, academic hurdles and social/familiar/personal concerns.

    Provide ongoing and developmentally appropriate support and resource referral to continuing students throughout their undergraduate career, including academic success, preparing for graduate school, leadership development, and on-campus engagement; understand and articulate the needs of all students, including first-generation students, students of color, and Pell Grant Eligible students

    Meet individually with students on academic probation; develop academic success plans with each student and provided continued mentoring and coaching

    Provide intentional outreach to students facing academic difficulty by getting them connected to academic resources facilitated by the student’s college/department, or meeting with the student regularly

    Maintain accurate and detailed contact notes, and track student performance using web-hosted applications and local database

    Assess the academic, personal, social, and cultural needs of students and develop appropriate plans for addressing these issues

    Meetings with students at least once a semester to promote the development of essential skills, such as time management, study strategies, and use of campus resources, and assist them in achieving their goals

    Conduct once a semester academic progress discussion and provide intentional outreach to students facing academic difficulty by getting them connected to academic resources facilitated by the student’s college/department, or meeting with the student regularly

    Provide appropriate referrals to university resources, including but not limited to Resources for Disabled Students, Student Case Management, Student Financial Services, Health Network

    Serve as a connecting point for students referred to campus and community services
    Student Success Interventions

    Coordinate and implement academic programs and skills workshops/seminars for students by working in conjunction with the Academic Advancement Center, Diversity Programs and Service, The Institute for Learning and Teaching, and other departments on campus

    Support students in crisis by working with student conduct services, case management, residence life staff, academic advisers, and other campus departments

    Percentage Of Time 60
    Essential Duties

    Job Duty Category Program Administration, Assessment, and Budget Management

    Program Administration:
    Provide the overall visioning for the implementation of the COSI grant

    Community Building And Support Activities:
    College Transition – early outreach and summer melt programming to build connections with students, support students through the enrollment process and transition to post secondary institution

    Academic – provide services that support students in successfully completing each semester and continued persistence. This includes assisting with the planning and implementation of the Fall Academic Summit, attending the Fall Academic Summit and facilitating the small-group portion of the event for the COSI Scholars, and ensuring students sign a Plan of Support.

    Financial – provide programming focused on FAFSA completion, financial literacy, assistance with accessing and understanding the full range of financial aid programs and locating resources for public and provide scholarships

    Connection and Community – providing opportunities for peer to peer interaction, community building and connecting with program and campus staff. This includes assisting with the planning and implementation of the Spring Celebration of Graduates.

    Workshops – opportunities for students to gain skills and support in such areas as well-being, resume building, scholarship search/application and other needs as identified by the students and staff.

    Implement College Success Courses
    College Success Course – facilitate the development and implementation of a one-credit or equivalent course that pairs program staff with incoming student caseload to build or continue to nurture relationships, build community, and provide students “college knowledge” to enhance student success.

    Senior Year Completion course – facilitate the development and implementation of a one-credit or equivalent course pairing program staff with junior student caseload to prepare and support students as they enter their senior year. This focuses on ensuring students are on the path to completion, financial literacy, and career preparation, graduate school, transitioning from college life to the real work and next steps after graduation.

    COSI Relationship:
    Foster collaborative partnerships with the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, including developing an in-depth understanding of foundation expectations, and a strong, collaborative relationship with foundation representatives, implementation of COSI’s scholarships and program model of support requires negotiation of expectations, funding, requirements, and advocacy for CSU who receive COSI support.

    Attend required Board Meetings, Symposiums, Student Success Network Meetings, COSI Regional Grantee Meeting, Site Visits.

    Tracking and Assessment:

    Maintain accurate and detailed contact notes and track student performance using web-hosted applications and local databases

    Assist with the development of and coordinate the collection of data related to the Community for Excellence’s goals, learning outcomes, retention goals, and students’ academic performance

    Develop reports on the scholar’s academic success and graduation

    Write formal assessment results to share with internal and external audiences per University and Foundation guideline.

    Submit annual report to COSI by June 30th of each year that includes a narrative of the current status of the project with quantitative and qualitative data as well as student level data.

    Budget Management:
    Manage scholarship and programming budgets

    Understand and adhere to budget guidelines of foundations and use discretion in programming with the budgets, which are dependent on the parameters of the foundations, donor stipulations, as well as university rules and policies.

    Directly engage with the purchasing process and policies outlined by Procurement Services, including all associated paperwork

    Percentage Of Time 25
    Essential Duties

    Job Duty Category Student Supervision

    Student Supervision:
    Hire, train, evaluate, and supervise a student staff who will assist in programming, regular communication to scholars, and building community.

    Plan and implement staff professional development activities and ongoing training; meet weekly on an individual basis with mentor; plan and implement weekly meetings

    Conduct and assist with coordination of staff training including, assist in identification and selection of training topics and/or presenters for staff development, and identifying and informing staff on national, regional and local educational issues impacting scholarship students.

    Percentage Of Time 5
    Essential Duties

    Job Duty Category Campus Collaboration and Professional Development

    Maintain strong partnerships with the Community for Excellence on-campus partners and Scholar Contacts; support on-campus retention initiatives with special focus on students from diverse communities.

    Contribute to the development and implementation of a shared vision for the Community for Excellence at CSU.

    Stay abreast of national best practices relative to mentoring and scholarship work.

    Support the goals and values of the Community for Excellence and University by personal example.

    Serve as a positive role model for students.

    Participate in campus-wide committees as appropriate.

    Serve as an ambassador for the Community for Excellence Scholar Programs at campus and community events.

    Facilitate communication with campus support/advisory teams to gain their insight and support of scholars and organize the interviewing and selection process.

    Percentage Of Time 10

    Application Details

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    For full consideration, application materials must be submitted by Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Please apply with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, resume, and 3 professional references. A Curriculum Vitae is optional. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

    Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)
    Search Contact Cameron Smistek,, (970) 491-3638
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