Educational Talent Search is a TRIO Program funded by the United
States Department of Education. The program is currently funded to
serve 500 students in grades 6-12 from four target schools in the
School District of Lee County and works with key personnel at these
schools. The Coordinator, Talent Search assists in the development
and implementation of program activities and initiatives geared to
low-income, first generation, or academically disadvantaged high
school and middle school students. Responsible for college and
career exploration, assistance with completing college and
financial aid applications, secondary and post-secondary course
selection, assistance with the college course registration process,
and resolution of individual academic issues. Ensure compliance
with Federal TRIO Program regulations and guidelines.
Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and
maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which
students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social
activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life
reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international
At FGCU, we prohibit any form of racism, discrimination,
intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to
preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work
in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with
different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs,
abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations,
socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and
military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide
variety of backgrounds, not just because it is the right thing to
do, but because it makes our university stronger. The University
community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive
institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and
future success of the institution.
We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this
position as we believe that our university will grow and move
forward through a commitment to equality for all.
Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
- Provides progressive, one-on-one advising for college and
career planning, college selection, financial aid application,
scholarship applications and college admission applications.
- Coordinates recruitment activities for new program
participants, conducts intake interviews, determines eligibility,
and assesses participant needs. Maintains a caseload of 250
- Organizes daily and weekly tutoring sessions, career and
college exploration activities, ACT/SAT preparation, and other
related activities within the target schools.
- Oversees and organizes group workshops, participant
orientations, college tours, two summer camps and other events and
- Builds and maintains relationships with local target schools as
well as establishes relationships and collaborates with other
organizations hosting TRIO programs or programs with first
generation college students or at-risk students.
- Collects and analyzes data on activities and events to assess
and report on program participation and effectiveness. Prepares
monthly reports, presentations and proposals.
- Disseminates information on educational and career
opportunities to program participants, parents, and interested
- Conducts exit interviews with all participants and program
- Assists with the development and revision of policies and
procedures for the Talent Search program.
Additional Job Description
- Other job-related duties as assigned.
- Stays abreast of, and adheres to school district policies and
- Assists in creating flyers, brochures, electronic
presentations, and social media content to promote a positive image
of the program and its participants.
- Assists with fiscal expenditures by adhering to guidelines of
the Talent Search grant in accordance with the Federal Education
Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Education,
School Personnel, Guidance and Counseling, Human Services, or
closely related field.
- Two years of full-time, professional experience working with
programs for disadvantaged youth, TRIO programs, or those serving
first generation college students.
- Any appropriate combination of relevant education, experience,
and/or certifications may be considered.
- Experience operating a personal computer and proficient with
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).
- Valid driver’s license and the ability to travel between four
assigned Lee County schools, Florida Gulf Coast University, and
other locations to attend meetings or programs.
- Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Education,
School Personnel, Guidance and Counseling, Human Services, or
- Experience in career and college exploration with
- Bilingual in Spanish or Creole.
- Knowledge of federal, state and local laws, statutes,
regulations, codes, and standards related to the area of
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication
- Strong organizational skills and an ability to prioritize and
complete simultaneous projects within deadlines.
- Skill in public speaking and delivering presentations to
individuals and groups.
- Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies and
- Ability to gather data, maintain records, and prepare reports
and other written materials.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and discretion at all
- Ability to work successfully as both a member of a team and
independently with minimal supervision.
- Ability to think critically and make clear, well-reasoned and
- Ability to interact in a professional manner with a diverse
group of staff, faculty, students and the community in a
- Ability to thrive in an organization that values the diversity
of its student body and workforce and actively promotes an
Applications received prior to June 16 th, 2023
will be given priority consideration.
This is a grant funded position through 2026. Employment following
the conclusion of the grant is contingent upon a secured source of
funding and is not guaranteed.
FGCU is an EOE AA /F/Vet/Disability Employer.