Student Success Advisor, TRIO Talent Search

Student Success Advisor, TRIO Talent Search


Davidson County Community College
297 DCCC Road
Thomasville, NC 27360
Phone: 336-249-8186


Commensurate with experience


State of NC

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Monday, August 3, 2020
Closes: Monday, August 31, 2020

Target Start Date

Monday, August 24, 2020

Expected Work Hours

Full time

Employment Type

Full time

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree or higher from an accredited institution in education, administration, counseling or a related field
  • 2-3 years of experience counseling/advising youth
  • Ability to work independently with limited oversight
  • Experience working with individuals who are low-income and/or first-generation
  • Knowledge of college and university admissions and enrollment procedures
  • Knowledge of federal and state financial aid procedures
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, spreadsheets, and database management
  • Complete background and drug screenings

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with federal Department of Education programs or TRIO Programs
  • Work experience with North Carolina's public schools and community organizations
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Work experience in a college setting
  • Experience with Blumen and or Powerschool database systems
  • Personally overcome obstacles similar to those experienced by Talent Search program participants

Position Description

The Student Success Advisor provides academic, personal, financial, and career counseling to low-income, first generation and/or academically disadvantaged middle and high school students that supports completion of a secondary school diploma, as well as enrolling and completing a postsecondary credential.  This is a full-time, 12-month position funded by a five-year U.S. Department of Education grant. The majority of the time will be spent working independently on-site at Lexington middle and high schools. 

The position reports to the Director, Talent Search, and has the following responsibilities: 

  • Collaborates with Director, Lexington School administrators, teachers, and counselors to identify program participants and execute a comprehensive program to improve high school persistence, graduation, and postsecondary enrollment to completion 
  • Coordinates and conducts recruitment strategies, accepts referrals, and helps select Talent Search participants
  • Makes presentations to school personnel, students, and parents outlining program benefits
  • Utilizes a student-centered approach and advises participants for academic success, grade promotion, and college readiness
  • Manages a caseload of 250+ students and completes individual needs assessments to develop customized, individual College, Career, and Academic Plans (CCAPs); reviews and interprets report cards, transcripts, test scores, college entrance exams, etc.
  • Meets one-on-one with students and families to discuss academic and non-academic obstacles, as they relate to student progress, involvement, and program satisfaction
  • Coordinates and makes referrals to tutorial services and develops study skills workshops with input from teachers and other school staff 
  • Monitors attendance and disciplinary records for continued program eligibility and resource intervention
  • Advises, promotes, and mentors participants; assists with development of positive self-concept and helping students envision a future beyond high school
  • Develops student assessments and completes program evaluations
  • Partners with college departments and community constituents for effective program delivery, workshops, etc.
  • Coordinates and leads student-centered college and university exploratory field trips, enrichment activities, and cultural events
  • Assists students and families complete all necessary steps for college readiness and enrollment (e.g. ACT/SAT, financial aid, college application, etc.)
  • Participates in middle and high school staff and team meetings to review timelines, discuss objectives, refine implementation plans, and problem-solve
  • Receives confidential application materials and maintains participant files, tracks services, and submits weekly contact forms and other reports as required by the grant
  • Participates in professional development activities appropriate to the functions of the position, including state TRIO Talent Search meetings/conferences, Department of Education sponsored training, and school district trainings
  • Supports the mission, vision, and values of the College, City Schools, and the TRIO Talent Search program
  • Perform other duties as assigned which support the purpose and initiatives of the Program and College

Job Post Contact

Davidson County Community College


Fax:  336-249-1933