Outreach Advisor - Educational Talent Search

Outreach Advisor - Educational Talent Search


James Sprunt Community College
133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349
Phone: 910-296-2400

Job Location

133 James Sprunt Drive Kenansville, NC 28349


$31,200 annually - Depends on qualifications


Full-time Benefits

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Closes: Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Target Start Date

Saturday, July 1, 2023

Expected Work Hours

M - Th 8AM - 5PM Fr 8AM-12PM

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience, Skills, and Abilities


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The requirements listed below represent the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Ability to communicate effectively through speech and writing.

Ability to identify, communicate, and analyze problems.

Ability to take ownership and utilize constructive feedback.

Must be punctual, professional, and ethically conduct oneself.

Ability to plan and prioritize tasks.

Ability to work respectfully within a team environment. 

Must be able to relate to low-income/potential first-generation students.  

Interest in working with middle and high school students.

Knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid processes.

Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite and data management software.

Conduct weekend and overnight travel and activities.

Excellent organizational skills to document services accurately and meet deadlines.

Ability to work with frequent interruptions and effectively handle multiple assignments. 

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience demonstrates possession of the requisite knowledge, skill, and abilities. 



Required: Bachelor's Degree. Must have valid driver's license and reliable transportation. 

Preferred: Master's Degree; Bilingual; Career Readiness Certificate (CRC). One year of proven experience working with middle and high school students.


Required:  A minimum of one year of advising, recruitment, counseling, coaching, or tutoring experience

Preferred:  Two years of proven experience working with middle and high school students.                                                      

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here represent those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee must regularly lift and move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to focus.  May require travel. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here represent those employee encounters while performing this job's essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

This position description covers the essential functions and duties associated with this position.  Other duties may be assigned by the President or appropriate supervisor personnel.  The college reserves the right to alter duties, responsibilities, conditions, working hours, and job title as necessary.




James Sprunt Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College prohibits discrimination against any person (including staff, faculty or student body) on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or age. 

If you need accommodations, please contact 910-296-2400.

Preferred Qualifications


Position Description


MINIMUM HIRING SALARY: $31,200.00 annually

MAXIMUM HIRING SALARY: Depends on qualifications

The Educational Talent Search Program is designed to identify qualified youth in grades six through twelve with the potential to enroll in college after high school.  The program provides support services that will improve academic performance, increase motivation, expose students to college campuses, promote financial literacy, and facilitate transitions from one level of education to the next. The Educational Talent Search Outreach Advisor reports to the Program Coordinator of Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search. 




This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • Identify, recruit, and retain participants for the Educational Talent Search Program to ensure that the US Department of Education program stipulations are met. 
  • Complete comprehensive needs assessments on each participant and develop individual educational plans to include academic advisement, virtual or face-to-face tutoring, and mentoring that will promote students' educational persistence from year to year. 
  • Collect, compile, analyze, and document complete participant records in compliance with the US Department of Education and grant regulations. 
  • Develop and facilitate workshops for participants, and occasionally parents, that demonstrate and encourage post-secondary access and success in areas of STEM, financial aid, admissions, financial literacy, study skills, test-taking skills, note-taking skills, critical thinking, standardized test preparation, resume writing, interviewing skills, etc.
  • Advocate with college admissions and financial aid offices to ensure senior participants are admitted into post-secondary institutions, thus guaranteeing program objectives are met. 
  • Facilitate workshops with students one-on-one and in small group settings to assist with registration for ACT & SAT examinations; college admissions and financial aid applications; essay development, ordering academic transcripts, completing residency determination, reviewing student aid reports, ordering tax transcripts, reviewing financial aid award letters, drafting financial aid letters of appeal, and resolving student loan default status to promote the program objectives of college enrollment, retention, and persistence.
  • Collaborate with target school administration and community agencies to secure support in referrals of potential students, facilities usage, mentors, etc., to achieve the program's goals and objectives.
  • Conduct follow-up with participants to verify college enrollment/re-enrollment in compliance with program objectives.
  • Market and promote the program's mission and objectives by conducting publicity campaigns aimed towards the community, local educational agency administration, and target school personnel.
  • Assist the Project Coordinator with planning, organizing, and implementing ACT & SAT prep, STEM camps, and summer academies to meet the federal mandate of rigor for program participants. 
  • Compile and submit weekly reports to the Program Coordinator.
  • Plan and lead educational and cultural awareness field trips and activities.
  • Attend staff meetings and internal in-service training as scheduled. Attend professional development and in-service training at least two times per year.          
  • Collect, compile, and analyze data for submission of the Talent Search Annual Performance Report to the US Department of Education, which guarantees continued funding for the program.  
  • Preserve the security of program files and sensitive participant information in compliance with the US Department of Education. 
  • Perform other professional or job-related duties as assigned.
  • Acquire computer/technology competencies as appropriate to the position.
  • Maintain security of personal computer access.
  • Perform other professional or job-related duties as assigned.
  • Serve on college committees as directed by the supervisor.
  • Overnight travel will be required. 

How to Apply

ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED TO THE FOLLOWING WEBSITE WILL BE CONSIDERED: Outreach Advisor - Educational Talent Search | Job Details tab | Career Pages (schooljobs.com)

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