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TRIO Career

Walla Walla Community College
Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Sep 21, 2023

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
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Employment Type
Full Time

TRIO Career & Academic Transfer Coach (Advisor)

Walla Walla Community College

Salary: $52,000.00 - $53,690.00 Annually

Job Type:

Job Number: 2023-001050

Location: Walla Walla, WA

Department: TRIO

Closing: Continuous

Join our team to help inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services.

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is seeking applicants for a TRIO Career & Academic Transfer Coach (Advisor) position at the Walla Walla campus.

At Walla Walla Community College, we inspire all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services. We have identified three core themes that describe the fundamental aspects of the College's mission by translating it into practice: Student Success, Strong Communities, and Resource Stewardship. As an organization, we value learning opportunities, a sense of community, diversity, health and humor, excellence, integrity, teamwork, innovation, personal and professional growth, and sustainability.

General Description:

The Career and Academic Transfer Coach (CATC) works with a cohesive, creative staff in implementing programming as outlined by the grant and developing relationships with program participants with the goal of increasing the college retention and graduation rates of its participants. The CATC builds positive, working relationships with traditionally underserved students who face multiple challenges in achieving academic success. The CATC assists with providing required and recommended grant programming designed to promote student retention, completion and transfer to bachelor's degree programs. The CATC works in conjunction with the Student Services Department on the Walla Walla and Clarkston campuses.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide intensive, comprehensive educational advising, including assistance in developing a detailed educational plan and direction in course selection for TRIO participants; Provide academic early warning intervention strategies.
  • Utilize interpersonal skills toward the development of positive, trusting, influential relationships with students.
  • Monitor financial aid and student academic and personal needs on an ongoing basis.
  • Coordinate and facilitate participant transfer to four-year institutions through transfer planning, campus visits and maintaining contacts with advisors at other colleges and universities.
  • Research and track student progress via student database management systems; implement retention strategies; analyze records and report all retention and follow-up date on program participants.
  • Assist with the recruitment, screening, and selection of eligible participants, obtaining appropriate documentation.
  • Assist with the organization and instruction of workshops, presentations, and TRIO courses, both face-to-face and online. Topics include, but are not limited to, study skills, college and career planning, financial aid processes, financial literacy, scholarship search, test preparation and building social capital/sense of belonging.
  • Provide access to and instruction on technological resources.
  • Establish and facilitate a cooperative team-building relationship with campus personnel, community agencies, industry partners and community, providing education about the TRIO grant program and its objectives.
  • Serve as a liaison and advocate for students in their relationship with instructors, administrators, and community partners.
  • Coordinate with instructional support services to meet academic needs of program participants.
  • Attend professional meetings, conferences and workshops as approved by the supervisor.
  • Participate in team, college, and community meetings as requested as well as department and college activities, including committees as appropriate.
  • Assist in record keeping, program evaluation and ongoing program improvement within the guidelines of the grant.
  • May assist in the hiring, supervision and evaluation of student workers.

  • Competencies

  • Proven educational experience advising in higher education; ability to solve complex problems for students; help students identify needs, explore options, and create and achieve meaningful goals; provide motivation through support, encouragement, and assistance.
  • Work with under-represented students in a higher education setting.
  • Experience analyzing and identifying the strengths and weaknesses of options and exercise critical thinking, problem solving and judgement skills with TRIO staff and students.
  • Ability to foster a positive and productive work environment along with the ability to build and lead teams and motivate program participants.
  • Think innovatively to offer and support creative solutions to program requirements, and workplace challenges.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with TRIO team staff, campus administration, faculty, other staff, and the community.
  • Exhibit cultural competencies and actively contribute to a work environment that embraces diversity and uses diverse perspectives to enhance and realize program and organizational goals.
  • Work with a student database management system and other computer applications, including Microsoft office, course management programs and demonstrate internet proficiency.
  • Presenting training and workshops to students, faculty, and/or staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective professional relationships with students, faculty, staff and community groups from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and professional development.
  • Work with community partners and a variety of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate strong public speaking, presentation, oral and written communication and organizational skills.
  • Proven record of the ability to handle a high-pressure environment with significant timeline pressures.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision while maintaining a high level of quality work product and output.

  • Qualifications:

    Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered at the discretion of the college.

  • A bachelor's degree (or higher) in psychology, education, sociology, or communications or a closely related field is required. Master's degree preferred.
  • A valid driver's license is required for travel between the Walla Walla and Clarkston campuses or to regional universities for programming for participants.
  • Bilingual - Spanish preferred.
  • Prior counseling, mentoring, advising experience and leadership experience preferred.
  • Experience with first-generation, low-income individuals, and/or students with disabilities preferred.

  • Conditions/Terms of Employment
    This is a full-time overtime eligible professional position. Persons hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of lawful authorization to work in the United States within three (3) days of employment. WWCC participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. Official college transcripts required at time of hire. Candidates may be subject to a criminal history background check as a condition of employment. Information from the background check may not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. The college is a tobacco free institution.

    Work is performed almost exclusively indoors in an office environment. Exposure to hazards is limited to those commonly found in office environments. Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment. The physical demands are similar to those associated with classroom teaching or office administration. This contract position work schedule will typically be Monday through Friday 8-hours each day. During the summer, work schedule is Monday through Thursday 10-hours each day. Work will be performed during normal business hours as well as occasional weekdays, evenings and weekends. Travel between campuses will be required for service to student and staff on the Clarkston campus (which lies 100 miles to the east of the Walla Walla campus), and for TRIO campus visits, professional development, and/or other staff and student events as assigned.


    Annual salary range: $52,000-53,690. The college has an excellent benefit program including paid sick leave; paid vacation leave; medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; retirement and two optional deferred compensation programs. All full-time employees will automatically have 3% of taxable income deferred into the State of Washington Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). All administrative exempt staff set aside 1% of their gross salary in a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) (VEBA). All exempt employees are required to participate in this program. Walla Walla Community College requires all employees to participate in direct deposit for payment of salary.

    Required Application Materials
    This position will remain open until filled. To be included in the initial screening, applications should be received by Sunday, October 1, 2023. To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required qualifications and competencies and submit a complete application packet, which includes the following:

  • Online NEOGOV application
  • Cover letter
    • In the cover letter, detail your interest in the TRIO Career and Academic Transfer Coach (Advisor) position at the Walla Walla Campus. Please describe any professional experience, training and educational background that makes you an ideal candidate.
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information for three professional references
  • Answers to two (2) supplemental questions

  • Please ensure you have attached all required application materials as you will not be able to attach any documents after you have submitted your application. If you have difficulty logging into your account, attaching documents, submitting your application, etc., please call NEOGOV Applicant Support at 1-855-524-5627 or email them directly at

    WWCC reserves the right to not fill this position, reject all applicants, or reopen the position. Applications received during this recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies at the College's discretion.

    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 accommodations in the application/employment process, please contact Title IX Officer Brooke Marshall (509) 527-4300 - TDD (509) 527-4412, email, address: 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla WA, 99362.

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