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Program Specialist, Laker Educational Opportunity Center- Enrollment Development

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Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale
Categories: Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach

Summary: This role for the Laker Educational Opportunity Center (LEOC), a federally funded TRIO Program, will be primarily responsible for providing career, academic, and personal advising to participating adults that reside and receive services in either Kent or Muskegon counties. They will work closely with the Program Director to execute the full scope of the program proposal. 

Responsibilities - Essential Functions:

  • Collaborate with leadership on the administration of services for the TRIO Laker Educational Opportunity Center (LEOC).
  • Maintain purchases and funds according to Department of Education regulations.
  • Assist with the data collection and preparation of the annual performance report.
  • Identify, recruit, and select qualified program participants.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate professional staff, graduate student-staff, and undergraduate student-staff. 
  • Serve on university committees.
  • Serve as primary program advisor for TRIO LEOC.
  • Attend training and professional development sessions to stay current on Department of Education and TRIO grant policies and procedures.
  • Work closely with University offices including but not limited to: Admissions, Disability Support Resources, and Financial Aid.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by the director.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Higher Education, or an equivalent field to demonstrate expertise in advising, coaching, counseling, communicating, and motivating disadvantaged populations toward educational and career goals and financial literacy;
  • A minimum of three (3) years previous experience working with low-income, first-generation populations and/or persons who are similarly disadvantaged;
  • Success in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the target population;
  • Experience with career counseling, academic advising and financial aid and financial literacy instruction;
  • Experience working in community and college settings with adults;
  • Demonstrated experience achieving measurable outcomes within desired timelines;
  • Experience managing budgets and performing administrative responsibilities;
  • Experience hiring/training and supervising staff;
  • Experience in program assessment and evaluation;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working with culturally diverse populations;
  • Driver’s license required for travel in Kent and Muskegon Counties.

Salary: $45,000

Department/Division: Enrollment Development

Campus: Allendale

How to Apply:   Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please attach the following: a cover letter/CV, resume, three (3) professional references including names, titles, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. A background check may be required. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Application Deadline: October 26, 2021

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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