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Program Coordinator, Educational Talent Search Program

Overview of Program Coordinator

Purdue University Northwest is seeking a Program Coordinator to join our Educational Talent Search Program. The Program Coordinator will be responsible for project development, implementation, and coordination. This position requires the Coordinator to think creatively and strategically about how to improve services for students delivered by Advisors that will aid in meeting program objectives. The Coordinator will be responsible for leading, assessing, and implementing a variety of projects.

  • $45,000-$48,000
  • 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Duties and Responsibilities of Program Coordinator
  • Acquiring resources for academic advising for secondary and postsecondary education, including college entry, financial literacy, FAFSA, scholarships, and career awareness
  • Planning, facilitating, and/or leading workshops for students and parents on various academic topics
  • Planning and facilitating college tours and cultural events
  • Design and conduct workshops that will orient students with their first year college experience
  • Assist students with locating educational resources at the post-secondary schools where they will enroll
  • Recruit & provide educational advising services to high school and/or middle school participants in target schools
  • Meet individually with program participants to review high school transcripts & provide guidance in course selection that will meet academic requirements
  • Meet with students to review their results of SAT and ACT examinations and End of Course Assessments
  • Provide guidance in determining the need to retake examinations or provide guidance to student on further examination preparation
  • Administer and review scheduled assessments to junior and high school participants
  • Assist in coordinating tutoring, mentoring services, workshops, and educational/cultural activities that will assist students in overcoming academic barriers/difficulties to achieving their high school diploma, to ensure success and retention in their post-secondary education efforts
  • Conduct group and individual advising sessions with program participants
  • Make appropriate referrals to organizations or programs that provide services that assist students in pursuing post-secondary education
  • Identify, recruit, assess, and select eligible students in target areas for participation in the program
  • Maintain records that document project eligibility. Assist with the preparation of U.S. Department of Education Annual Report
  • Develop effective professional relationships with administrative liaisons in target schools
  • Provide detailed information about the program to all high schools in the target area, and work collaboratively with the target schools
Benefits of Program Coordinator
  • Full benefits – Medical, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Retirement, Life Insurance and more
  • Accrue 15 days’ vacation your first year, then 22 days’ vacation your 2nd year plus rollover
  • University contribution of 10% to retirement (3 year waiting period)
  • University contributions to Health Savings Account –
    • Plus a chance to earn more through participating in University Wellness Initiatives
  • 10 paid holidays
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Paid Parental Leave after one year of service
  • Tuition remission for you, your spouse and dependent children at any Purdue campus
For more information on our excellent benefit package, please visit:

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is a premier metropolitan university dedicated to empowering transformational change in our students and in our community. We offer two campuses serving approximately 8,800 undergraduate and graduate students. At PNW, we value academic excellence, support growth, and celebrate diversity.

PNW sits between Chicago’s skyscrapers and Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. You can have all the perks of a world-class city just a short drive away or enjoy the natural beauty of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Lake Michigan just 15 miles away.

Education of Program Coordinator
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: Education, Counseling, Communications, Social Services or related field
Experience of Program Coordinator
  • Three years of work experience in Education, Counseling, Social Services or other related field
Core Competencies of Program Coordinator
  • Knowledge of high school curriculum, college and higher education programs a plus.
  • Strong working knowledge of social media – Facebook, Instagram, etc.
  • Proficient knowledge of college entry advising.
  • Ability to manage details and effectively plan program events.
  • Passion for educational outreach and working with youth.
  • Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Strong verbal communication skills including phone and in-person.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, handle and prioritize simultaneous projects.
  • Computer literate – Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Publishing)
  • Demonstrated experience with developing programming.
  • Can analyze problem or procedure and make logical and timely decisions.
  • Valid driver’s license – ability to travel to target schools, agencies, and workshops.
  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • Ability to effectively understand and make self-understood to a diverse constituency both inside and outside the university.
  • The ability to work Saturdays, evenings, and to travel.
  • Knowledge of rules and regulations set forth by the NCAA and conference be maintained, reviewed and practiced to ensure compliance relative to applicable duties.
Additional Information

Professional references will be verified prior to any offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon completion of successful background check along with a motor vehicle records check if applicable.

Purdue University Northwest is an EEO/AA employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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