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Outreach & Retention Specialist - CAMP


Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks an Outreach and Retention Specialist to provide leadership in outreach and recruitment efforts in support of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). This position is responsible for establishing and implementing strategies to increase participation, retention and academic success for migrant seasonal farmworker students during their freshman year at CBC. The Outreach & Retention Specialist will assist in coordinating the project's academic support efforts. This position reports to the Director for CAMP.

This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by October 3, 2023 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

If you have questions or need assistance during the application or search process, please contact the recruiter for this position, Ashley Jordan at or (509) 542-4567.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Develop an outreach and recruitment plan for eligible participants with the approval of the Director for CAMP;
  • Work with the CAMP Director in the planning and implementation of a strategic retention plan and learning communities for CAMP participants;
  • Provide both academic and non-academic support to CAMP participants; help participants navigate their first year of college successfully;
  • Recruit and identify potential CAMP participants, in compliance with Department of Education eligibility requirements;
  • Conduct outreach to migrant education programs, community organizations serving farmworkers, and migrant and farmworker parents on a one-on-one basis and in groups;
  • Interface and cooperate with administration, counselors, instructors and school district principals, specialized staff and support staff as necessary and appropriate to ensure outreach efforts;
  • Conduct preliminary intakes of potential participants and their parents to determine eligibility for the CAMP program;
  • Develop, coordinate and implement outreach efforts through community forums, presentations and visits;
  • Participate in community outreach and recruitment events;
  • Develop and disseminate CAMP brochures and applications;
  • Provide CAMP participants with academic and professional/career development guidance. Administer assessments, make referrals, and recommend resources as needed; monitor and track individual progress of program participants;
  • Administer comprehensive needs assessments to CAMP participants and advise individual participants on creating a successful academic plan;
  • Assist with academic problem solving and crisis management, as needed, and maintain a detailed filing system of individual CAMP participant files;
  • Complete monthly outreach reports;
  • Track potential and eligible CAMP participants using management information systems;
  • Participate in regular meetings with CAMP staff to maintain current information to share with participants, and to plan retention procedures;
  • Serve on campus committees as appropriate;
  • Participate in professional development to stay current in professional field; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling, Business or related field from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • One year (consecutive 12 months) of experience working with low income, underrepresented, migrant seasonal farmworkers and/or human services programs in an educational setting;
  • Prior knowledge of federal and state guidelines and procedures;
  • Experience working with federal grants; and
  • Bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and in English.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience with CAMP, the High School Equivalency Program or Student Support Services;
  • Experience in a higher education setting, providing outreach services/recruitment to students who are educationally, economically and otherwise disadvantaged.

Accuracy : Monitor accuracy of own work; recognize and corrects errors; maintain accurate records; accomplish tasks thoroughly through concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small;

Analytical Skills : Synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data; identify data relationships and dependencies; design workflows and procedures;

Resourceful & Entrepreneurial : Consistently focus on end results and find most effective way to achieve goals and objectives; act on opportunities; take calculated risks; generate non-routine, non-traditional actions to overcome obstacles and achieve results;

Attitude Toward Progress & Change : Cooperate and support change and new processes; acceptance and quality performance throughout change;

Willingness to Learn: Open to learning new methods, obtaining certifications, attending training; participate in cross-training opportunities when assigned; suggest and/or researches new methods; proactively look for training opportunities that would better the position and/or department;

Oral & Written Communication : Speak clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings; structure and convey information clearly and effectively through both formal and informal documents; review and edit written work constructively; ability to tailor to audience in mind;

Student Centered : Attention, interest, activities and efforts are centered upon the best interest of students; create and support an environment that enables learners to achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals; provide courteous and helpful responses to all customers, whether they be students, general public or employees from another department;

Support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion : Reflecting CBC's mission, vision and values, support initiatives that expand the human qualities that differentiate our workplace and educational setting. Demonstrate and advocate an understanding of differences, open mindedness, compassion, sensitivity and interest in differing viewpoints given the diverse population and show a deep commitment to the involvement of colleagues, students and community members to student experience and success honoring freedom of expression as fundamental to personal, professional and organizational growth;

Accountability : Accountable for own actions, decisions, errors, mistakes and/or failures to act when appropriate; accept responsibility when given, understand what duties employee is responsible for and can be counted upon to carry out those responsibilities; and

Teamwork : Demonstrate a willingness to work with, and help others in completing job assignments, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and to cooperate with fellow employees and supervisors; demonstrate alignment with the 'Yes And' culture, (e.g., being present and listening, making each other look good, embracing change and failure and choosing positivity).


This is a full-time, overtime eligible, professional staff position. The typical work hours are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; however, must be available to work a flexible schedule when prior notice is given by the College.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Additionally, pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employer. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who refuses to declare the existence or non-existence of an investigation or findings subject to this statute.


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students. The position is directly engaged in the performance of work on a federal contract or grant which requires compliance with the College's Drug-Free Workplace Policy as well as reporting requirements, as a condition of employment.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.


The working conditions listed below represent those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including having the ability to move materials on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc. and travel between buildings on campus. Manual dexterity and coordination are required to operate equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.

Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. There is an occasional need for travel in this position.

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