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St. John Fisher College Assistant Director in Rochester, New York


The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program identifies and enrolls students who are historically underrepresented in Higher Education and provides supportive academic services to ensure their graduation. Admission is based on academic and economic guidelines established by New York State Education Department (NYSED).

The program provides academic, personal, financial, and career counseling to all HEOP students. Position coordinates and implements the recruitment of program students and the pre-freshmen summer institute. Coordinates the HEOP counseling component. Assists in the preparation of periodic institutional and state reports. The Assistant Director assists in the design of the summer curricula most suited to the students’ needs as required for the Summer Institute. Peer advisors/counselors are trained and supervised by the Assistant Director.

Job Responsibilities:

50% • Counsels and advises all HEOP students in areas of academic, personal, psychological, career, and financial. • Serves as Academic Advisor to all HEOP students. • Maintains all admission related records. • Maintains all counseling and recruitment records. • Liaison with Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Bursars, Career Services, Residential Life, and Dean’s office. • Responsible for submitting monthly reports to Director. • Assist with proposal writing. • Coordinate and implement the recruitment of students and the pre-freshmen HEOP Summer Institute program as well as coordinate the HEOP counseling component. • Identify, recruit, review student applications and make recommendations for admission to HEOP. • Apply a developmental model of counseling, solution-focused approaches, and multi-cultural competencies to facilitate student success and retention. • Assess the academic needs of students and develop appropriate plans. • Provide holistic counseling services that address academic, financial, career, and personal issues. • Assess students’ adjustment to the college and make appropriate referrals as needed. • Develop, plan, and facilitate leadership activities and provide professional guidance for these activities. • Monitor program student’s financial aid information and advise the student of all relevant College, State, and Federal guidelines. • Responsible for collection and storage of all HEOP students’ NYSED academic and financial eligibility data. • Serves as a liaison between high school students and high school and college. • Assist with all program grants. • Perform other duties as assigned by the director.

25% • Coordinates Pre-freshmen Summer Institute. • Collaborate in the design, coordination, implementation, and monitoring of academic intervention programs. • Monitor academic progress as defined by the College, State, and Federal guidelines. • Visit and observe summer institute classes. • Assist with the evaluation of various elements of HEOP. • Assist in the pre-testing and post-testing of perspective students. • Assist with student course registration.

20% • Assist in the selection, training, and supervision of all peer advisor/tutor. • Submit monthly reports to Director and assist with Institution, State, and Federal reports. • Make recruiting trips, interviews, and evaluations of applicants for admission.

5% • Engages in Professional Development activities such as conference workshop presentations, research, writing, and attending conferences. • Continually engage in professional development activities as a contribution to campus community and personal growth. • Participate and assist with college events and serve on college-wide committees as requested by Director.

Education / Experience:

• Bachelors’/Master’s degree in Education, Higher Education Administration, Social Work, Student Affairs, Counseling, Public Administration. Other appropriate degrees will be considered. • Minimum of 5 years’ overall professional experience. • Demonstrated ability to work with and relate to students from diverse backgrounds. • Commitment to serve disadvantaged populations. • Experience with evaluation research and budget. • Similar life experiences as those to be served. • Ability to manage multiple projects. • Commitment to the targeted population and the principle of equal opportunity. • Excellent problem-solving skills and critical thinking ability. • Ability to analyze program information.

Competencies / Skills:

• Capacity for self-direction • Ability to analyze and solve problems • Administration experience on a college/university level, or not-for-profit or for-profit business • Experience working with non-traditional college students or persons from diverse backgrounds • Must be able to work and deal with a diverse group of people • Knowledge and ability to perform research • Effective oral and written communication skills • High degree of computer literacy

Supervision of Employees:

Peer Advisors

Physical and Mental Demands:

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Normal sitting, standing and walking throughout the course of the day. • Periods of extended computer usage. • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds – recruitment material (during recruitment periods, Summer Institute, etc.) • Requires dexterity and data entry skills • Noise level – Constant students traffic

Mental Demands:
• Ability to think through clearly amid changing priorities and circumstances. • Maintain a professional attitude and demeanor in difficult situations. • Ability to multitask in a very busy work environment. • Exercise sound judgment. • Maintain a high level of confidentiality. • Stressful when meeting deadlines. May include extensive periods of planning.

Work Hours:


Special Conditions for Eligibility:

*Graduates of the NYSED Opportunity Program are encouraged to apply.

EEO Statement:

It is the policy of St. John Fisher College to provide Equal Employment Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with the applicable federal, state, and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in each locality in which the College has employees.

The College does not discriminate against applicants or employees in hiring, promotion, termination or the terms and conditions of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sex, perceived sex, gender identity, gender expression, the status of being transgender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, marital status, military status, veteran status, predisposing genetic, characteristics or genetic information, arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Title IX Coordinator is the designated College official with primary responsibility for coordinating compliance with Title IX and related federal and state laws. The Title IX Coordinator, Meg Flaherty, Ph.D., can be reached by phone (585-385-8232), email (, in-person in Campus Center 206, or outside of business hours by contacting the Office of Safety and Security (585-385-8111).