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Program Advisor - TRIO Student Support Services Classic

Apply now Job no: 495110
Position type: EAP - Executive, Administrative, Professional
Location: Allendale, Michigan
Categories: Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach


This position for the TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Classic, a federally funded TRIO Program, will be responsible for ongoing recruitment of eligible participants for the program and providing academic support, includes enrollment processes, course selection, monitoring academic progress, holistic advising, and providing other resources that will help participants meet their educational and occupational goals.  This is a grant funded position.


  1. Responsible for ongoing recruitment of eligible participants for the program to meet caseload and program requirements; assist program leadership in reach programs goals and objectives.
  2. Provide academic assessment of participants and holistic career, academic, and personal advising to participants as needed to facilitate the achievement of the students' educational goals.  Aid students by exploring academic and financial resources and options, providing guidance regarding course selection, student success, and reviewing academic progress. 
  3. Monitor student grades throughout the year to ensure their success and provide referral of tutoring services, as needed.
  4. Plan and conduct workshops and trainings on student success, student development, and personal growth issues.
  5. Maintain accurate data and documentation of all program participants and services and contribute to completing the Annual Performance Report (APR) for the U.S. Department of Education.  Review and maintain student files and other documentation to ensure compliance with policies, procedures, and federal guidelines.
  6. Plan, coordinate and supervise programs, special events, and functions for program participants.
  7. Assist with the application and writing process of TRIO grants.
  8. Assist with coordinating and planning for student conferences, travel, or other related duties with both internal and external contacts. 
  9. Process student employee timecards and maintain appropriate records and budget. 
  10. Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with schools, community groups and campus partners, includes extensive travel to target schools and agencies to conduct meetings and workshops with students, parents and/or school district personnel.
  11. Collaborate with internal and external campus partners, participate in TRIO related events, and serve on committees as needed.
  1. Perform other duties as required/assigned by leadership.


  • Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, student affairs, or related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience in higher education, advising, career programing, or related field.
  • Experience managing and supervising teams.
  • Experience planning and executing programming and events.
  • Experience using various social media platforms and creating outreach materials (flyers, brochures, etc.).
  • Experience working with programs for income dependent and/or first-generation students and ability to effectively advise and advocate for those students from the target population.
  • Experience in grant writing, administration, and/or grant management.
  • Experience in budgeting, planning and management.
  • Ability to perform outreach and recruitment efforts.
  • Ability to navigate computer software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Adobe Suite, and other products.
  • Strong cross-cultural, interpersonal, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong presentation, organizational, and customer service skills.
  • Commitment to inclusion, equity, and access to higher education.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have succeeded in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the project's target population.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and ability to travel to participating schools or organizations; some nights and weekends may be required.


  • Master’s degree in education/education leadership, counseling, student affairs, or related field.
  • Higher education experience.
  • Experience planning and executing large-scale programming and events.
  • Knowledge of TRIO or other higher education academic programs and support services and effective practices supporting student recruitment, retention, and development.
  • Experience using design software (such as Canva or Photoshop) to create outreach materials.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.


Normal office environment. Some travel and evening/weekend work is required throughout the year.

SALARY:  $45,000 - $50,000

DEPARTMENT/DIVISION: TRIO SSS Classic / Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach

CAMPUS: Allendale

HOW TO APPLY:  Apply online at and select "Apply now". Please include a cover letter and resume. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Consideration of applications will begin on November 27, 2023 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution, consistent with its obligations as a federal contractor. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the University. Members of the University community, including students, employees, faculty, staff, administrators, Board members, consultants, vendors, others engaged to do business with the University, candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, as defined by this policy. In accordance with applicable federal and state law and this policy, acts of discrimination or harassment by members of the campus community 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, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. This includes inappropriate limitation of, access to, or participation in educational, employment, athletic, social, cultural, or other university programs and activities. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Limitations are lawful if they are: directly related to a legitimate university purpose, required by law, or lawfully required by a grant or contract between the university and the state or federal government. For the purposes of this policy, sex-/gender-based harassment includes sexual misconduct, sexual assault, interpersonal or relationship violence, and stalking. 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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