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SUNY Schenectady County Community College TRIO Academic Specialist in Schenectady, New York

Location: Schenectady, NY Category: Professional Posted On: Mon Jun 3 2024 Job Description:

SUNY Schenectady County Community College is seeking a full-time Academic Specialist in the TRIO Student Support Services program. TRIO Student Support Services at SUNY Schenectady is a student-centered service that provides comprehensive support for eligible students. TRIO empowers first-generation college students, income-eligible students, and students with disabilities to explore and achieve their academic, career, financial, and personal goals. TRIO staff use a variety of resources, support, advocacy, leadership services, and programming to guide students in successfully navigating their college experience. Students in the TRIO program increases their opportunity to graduate and pursue further degrees and elevated career opportunities. The TRIO program is free to students, and is funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant.

Academic Specialists are a professional (unrepresented), full-time, 12-month, grant-funded position. Academic Specialists are a critical student-facing role and maintain the programming and services necessary to support student success. This position reports to the Director of TRIO Student Support Services.


  • Manages a portfolio of student participants, including regular meetings, outreach, and maintenance of student records

  • Coordinates intake process for eligible students, including learning and study skill assessment and development of individualized success plan

  • Provides academic support to participating students, including tutoring, coaching, and course selection guidance

  • Provides personal support to participating students, including mentoring, career guidance, and referrals to campus and community agencies

  • Works closely with teaching faculty and other student support staff, collaborating and consulting on issues pertinent to TRIO students

  • Coordinates proactive and early interventions designed to provide wrap-around support for students in need

  • Coordinates series of skill-building and personal development workshops for participants each semester

  • Assists in the management of surveys and program data

  • Acquires and maintains knowledge of services, resources, and opportunities on campus and in the community

    Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in counseling, psychology, education, or a related field

  • A minimum of one year of experience in working with underrepresented student populations

  • Experience working with Microsoft Office

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work in an unstructured environment with demonstrated creativity.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in counseling, psychology, education, or related field

  • Experience working in a community college setting

  • Experience teaching or tutoring writing or math

  • Experience in student services (counseling, advising, or similar)

  • Knowledge of learning strategies for underrepresented students and students with disabilities

  • Experience in adult and non-traditional education

  • Experience with teaching or tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages

Special Information:

  • VISA sponsorship is not available for this position

  • Offers of employment will be conditional based on the successful completion of a background check and verification of official college transcripts

    Additional Information:

Salary: $45,900

At SUNY Schenectady, salary is only one aspect of your compensation package.

Benefits and perks:

As a full-time team member here, you'll enjoy:

  • Comprehensive health care coverage

  • Dental and vision coverage

  • A choice of retirement systems

  • A deferred compensation program

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Summer hours

  • Two on-site childcare providers (dependent on availability)

  • Discounted YMCA health club membership

  • Plus additional savings programs and perks!