TRIO- Academic Advisor for Cortez and Mancos Schools

Colorado, United States
$36,420.00 - $36,420.00
May 12, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The advisor works with eligible middle and high school students in Cortez and Mancos schools as outlined in the TRIO Talent Search grant. This position requires day travel to Cortez and/or Mancos three to four days per week as well as work on the Fort Lewis College campus in order for the advisor to fulfill position duties. Advisors assist students with postsecondary school admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications, academic planning, and career and leadership development, so that students have the opportunity and knowledge to continue their education beyond high school.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree  
  • Reliable personal transportation; ability to travel to target schools up to four days a week; work some evenings, and participate in overnight student college field trips  
  • Meet and sustain a satisfactory driving record that meets the underwriting requirements of the College insurance company  
  • Demonstrated commitment to and sensitivity for addressing the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged youth and adults  
  • Minimum one year of experience advising students in academics, career exploration, personal development, leadership, financial aid, and/or college/ vocational school admissions  
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Minimum one year of experience working with secondary (grades 6-12) students in a volunteer or professional capacity  
  • Demonstrated experience providing presentations and/or workshops on financial aid, college admissions, leadership and career development, and organizational skills for students and families  
  • Demonstrated experience working and/or collaborating with secondary and post-secondary schools, community-based programs, or service learning programs (teaching, coaching, counselor, outdoor education. etc.)  
  • Excellent writing and communication skills  
  • Strong technology skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and Zoom  


Preferred Qualifications 

  • Experience with TRIO or other educational opportunity programs as a participant or employee.  
  • Fluency in Spanish or an Indigenous language of the Four Corners Region  
  • Experience planning and leading field trips with secondary students  
  • Familiarity with Fort Lewis College and/or Four Corners area.   


Major Responsibilities 

  • Adheres to all conditions presented in the Talent Search grant proposal.  
  • Plans and implements innovative academic services, including curriculum development ensuring access to postsecondary opportunities for low income and potential first- generation students.  
  • Conducts liaison work between the program and families, PSE institutions, target schools and community.  
  • Plans and maintains weekly visitations to schools.  
  • Responsible for collection, organization, and monitoring of individual student contacts and reports required for Talent Search Annual Performance Report and other related program guidelines.  
  • Responsible for monitoring student progress and academic need.  
  • Recruits eligible student applicants at target schools and through community organizations.  
  • Writes articles for the newsletter and other program communications.  
  • Attends state, regional, and national conferences as needed.  
  • Plans and leads day and overnight program field trips.  
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of parent meetings and related student/parent events.  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Performs other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary is 36,420 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


  • Application materials received by May 27, 2021, will receive full consideration. 
  • Applicants who advance in the search will be asked to interview on June 3rd or June 4th by video conference. 
  • The anticipated start date is August 2, 2021. 
  • Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 


The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  


ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date. 

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