Educational Talent Search (ETS) Advisor
June 11, 2010 – Open Until Filled
Walla Walla Community College is seeking applicants to fill an anticipated opening as advisor in the
Educational Talent Search (ETS) program.
TRiO/Educational Talent Search (ETS) helps 600 least advantaged middle/high school students in
Southeastern Washington and Northeastern Oregon stay in school, become college-ready and earn a
college degree. ETS advisors motivate participants to understand their educational opportunities and
options by providing the tools to overcome class, social and cultural barriers to achieving a higher
education. ETS is a federally funded TRiO program under the Department of Education and is hosted by
The ETS advisor will be responsible for the coordination, development and maintenance of ETS services and
program activities as they relate to the enhancement of socioeconomically disadvantaged students’
personal, social, and emotional growth. This position will be assigned to one or more target middle/high
schools and be responsible for providing advising and instruction services to young people, ages 11 through
27. These services include career, personal, academic, and individual/group counseling, instruction, and
parental awareness meetings. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of
the project at the advisor’s assigned schools and will maintain all records of program activities in computer
databases and paper files. The advisor will report directly to the ETS project director.
Recruit, screen, and select ETS participants at assigned school(s) and provide appropriate
documentation of eligibility.
Maintain a caseload of approximately 150-200 students and manage that caseload to meet grant
requirements; maintain accurate and confidential information on participants.
Conduct workshops for middle/high school students and parents on: study skills, college and career
planning, the financial aid process, scholarship searches, SAT/ACT test preparation, self-esteem, and
Motivate students to graduate from high school and attend postsecondary institutions.
Maintain frequent contact with each program participant and make home visits periodically with the
intent of increasing parental awareness of the importance of education for both the student and
Assure that all activities and program objectives of Educational Talent Search grant are met.
Serve as a liaison between participants and school staff. Serve as an advocate for students in their
relationship with teachers and administrators.
Act as a resource person and disseminate college/career information to secondary school personnel,
outreach counselors in the field, parents and the public.
Coordinate the planning and implementation of staff activities, programs, campus visitations,
cultural events, and other ETS field trips and services for students.
Attend professional development meetings, conferences and workshops approved by the director.
Produce mid and year end services/activity reports to be distributed to target schools and project
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Ability to establish and facilitate cooperative relationships with students, school administrators,
parents, guidance counselors, service agencies, community resource people, and other school staff
in the target area.
Ability to develop innovative ideas that provide solutions to all types of workplace challenges.
Ability to work with a diverse population of adults and youth.
Planning and managing time effectively. Make effective decisions within short time frames, and
take appropriate action.
Ability to work independently to meet specific, measurable outcome program objectives.
Demonstrated ability to relate to and work with persons from varied cultural, age, socioeconomic,
and educational backgrounds within the targeted ETS population desired.
Bachelor's Degree in education, liberal arts, social work or related field required; Master’s degree in
counseling, education, social work, or related field desired.
Bi-lingual/bi-cultural in English and Spanish desired.
Experience in career education and academic advising desired.
Experience managing, tracking, reporting and data collecting desired.
Experience with assessment instruments and interpretation of results desired.
Experience working with students, parents, and educational staff at secondary or postsecondary
Familiarity with development of individual education plans (IEP’s) desired.
Personal background (first-generation, low income, former TRiO student) that includes successfully
overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the target population desired.
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
This 220-day professional position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. In
accordance with the provisions of the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Walla Walla
Community College hires only United States citizens and aliens authorized to work in the United States.
Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the
United States within three (3) days of employment and official transcripts. Candidate may be subject to a
criminal history background check as a condition for consideration of employment.
Annual compensation is $29,100 – $30,600, dependent on education and experience. The college has an
excellent benefit program including medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; paid sick leave;
and retirement plan.
This position is open until filled with the first screening of applications on June 30, 2010. A complete
application consists of the following numbered items. Resumes alone will not substitute for an official
1. WWCC Administrative Exempt Application Form
2. Cover letter which addresses the Supplemental Questions – Advisor, Education Talent.
3. Detailed resume
4. Academic transcripts or proof of certification (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application)
5. Profile Data form (optional)
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APPLICATION PROCEDURE (continued):
Electronic application materials may be downloaded via the links in the numbered items above or from
the WWCC website at www.wwcc.edu. Application materials may also be obtained by contacting the
Human Resource Office via e-mail: email@example.com, phone: (509) 527-4323, address: Walla Walla
Community College, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Completed applications must be
submitted to the Human Resource Office via the e-mail or street address listed above. Responsibility for
submission of required documents rests with the applicant. It will be to the applicant’s advantage to
submit materials promptly in order to be considered for this position. Documents submitted as a part of
the application process become the property of Walla Walla Community College and cannot be
returned. Applicants are encouraged to retain copies of their application materials. Finalists may be
invited to the College for an interview at the candidate's expense.
The status of this position as indicated on the Walla Walla Community College website at
www.wwcc.edu will inform all applicants as to where the College is in the process of hiring. No other
notice will be given for the position. Should the same or another position open for which you would
like to apply, you must submit another application form and any other materials pertinent for the new
opening. WWCC reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any
time. WWCC also reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, reopen the position or
make a direct appointment.
EEO/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/ DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION:
Walla Walla Community College is committed to provide equal opportunity and nondiscrimination for all
educational and employment applicants as well as for its students and employed staff, without regard to
race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression/identity, marital
status, age (over 40), the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, the use of trained guide
dog or service animal by a person with a disability, or status as a Vietnam and/or disabled veteran,
National Guard member or reservist in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972, the Federal Rehabilitation of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act
of 1990, and any other applicable Federal and Washington State laws against discrimination. The Human
Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodation in the
application/ employment process, please call (509) 527-4323 - TDD (509) 527-4412.
Walla Walla Community College is a comprehensive institution providing professional-technical,
transfer, transitional studies, and extended learning programs at the postsecondary level. Most
programs are located on the 110-acre Walla Walla campus site, which was established in 1974.
Programs are also offered at the Clarkston Center in Clarkston, Washington; at Department of
Corrections Facilities in Walla Walla, Connell and Yakima, Washington; and at other off-campus
locations. Over 13,612 students enroll annually. Full-time equivalent enrollment in 2008-2009 was
more than 4,977 full-time equivalent students.
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Advisor, Educational Talent Search Program
Please answer the following questions in your cover letter and submit it along with the formal
application, resume and copies of college transcripts to the Human Resource Office.
1. Describe your experience and training in working with individuals from economically
disadvantaged backgrounds. Describe your personal background in overcoming barriers similar
to those confronting the target population.
2. Describe your experience working in an educational setting. Discuss any experience you have
providing educational workshops and advising services.
3. Many of the ETS participants are of Latino culture, discuss your background/experience
interacting and working with Latinos.
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