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Assistant Director of College Success for Bridges to a Brighter Future

Furman University
South Carolina, United States
Salary Not specified
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Sep 16, 2021

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Administrative, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
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Assistant Director of College Success for Bridges to a Brighter Future

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Job Title:
Assistant Director of College Success for Bridges to a Brighter Future

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Full time

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Bridges to a Brighter Future

Job Summary:
Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school students. Students are selected in the ninth grade and spend the next three high school years participating in a comprehensive, year-round program . After high school graduation, students proceed to Crossing the Bridge for on-going support through college graduation.

The main responsibilities for the Assistant Director of College Success for Bridges to a Brighter Future include:
  • directing and administering the Crossing the Bridge program, including planning for the summer residential program and maintaining on-going contact with college students;
  • leading outreach efforts to Bridges alumni;
  • providing general program support and assistance for Bridges to a Brighter Future as a whole.

    Crossing the Bridge is a college transition and retention program for Bridges students and includes hands-on help with college applications and financial aid, a one-week intensive summer program before the students' freshman year, , visits and frequent contact for first-year students, continuous advisement and support for all students while in college, and on-going career mentoring.

    The Assistant Director also serves as the point person for alumni communications and reunions, and provides general support for the Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future in the areas of college admission, enrollment, retention counseling, program design, implementation, budget monitoring, and supervision of college students and volunteers.

    Job Description:

    Job Duties:

    Coordinate all aspects of Crossing the Bridge including:
  • Conceptualize, organize, implement, and manage the one-week summer Crossing the Bridge program for Bridges graduates enrolling in college. Specific duties include:
    • Research needs of students to design a week-long program providing students with the information and knowledge needed to be successful in college.
    • Identify and secure speakers and trainers to conduct workshops/classes in the summer Crossing the Bridge program.
    • Hire counselors to serve in the program.
    • Coordinate meals, housing, transportation, materials, and supplies.
    • Supervise and manage students, helping them individually to develop enrollment plans and checklists.
    • Develop relationships with college admissions and other staff in order to advise and advocate for Bridges students.
    • Include families in the college planning process.
    • Manage Crossing the Bridge budget.
  • Coach and mentor Bridges students enrolled in college:
    • Special attention is paid to first-year students, with campus visits and maintaining frequent and consistent contact through phone and electronic media.
    • Establish “check-in” process for college students to stay in contact with Bridges and check in by semester so we can monitor where our students are and help them with their needs.
    • Identify and address challenges quickly connecting students with applicable resources to aid in their college success, such as support programs available on their campuses: academic assistance, tutoring, counseling, and financial aid.
    • Maintain social media to inform and engage college students.
    • Plan events during holiday breaks for students to reconnect and for staff to provide information.
    • Coordinate the College Buddy program, which pairs a community member with a college-bound student.

Serve as the point person for alumni communications and reunions.

Support other components of Bridges including:
  • Attend each Saturday College and teach a College Planning course for the high school senior class.
  • Coordinate and attend the Spring Break College Trip and Fall Break College Trip, along with other Bridges staff.
  • Plan the summer residential Foundations program.
  • Counsel high school seniors on college admission, financial aid, enrollment, and transition as part of the Bridges College Planning curriculum.
  • Correspond with donors who support scholarships for students.
  • Identify grants, particularly those geared toward student scholarships.

Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor. The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions in this classification and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically present in this description.
Work with Bridges students and families in high school and college; Bridges faculty, counselors, and other staff; donors, foundations, community organizations and leaders; Bridges alumni; co-workers and other Furman staff. Develop appropriate relationships with students.

Responsibility for Final Decisions:
Tasks involve interpretation of data and/or procedures to address problems or situations that are not clearly defined. Work involves non-routine/diverse work not defined by procedures.

Reports To: Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future

Work is performed independently except where the interpretation of law, policy, rule, complex procedure or request for exception is required by the supervisor. Support and advice are provided by the supervisor and questions are referred to the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree and at least three years of experience in education, counseling, or social work.
  • Exceptional communication skills including written and oral.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional ethical and values-based decision-making skills.
  • Ability to make on-the-spot common sense decisions often in stressful situations.
  • Ability to relate and connect with teenagers from challenged backgrounds.
  • Ability to manage emotionally challenging situations.
  • Ability to relate and connect with donors and other community leaders.
  • Exceptional positive outlook.
  • Exceptional self-directed work ethic and initiative.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Exceptional teamwork and consensus building skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree in higher education or related field preferred.
  • College counseling degree, certification, or equivalent experience.

Work Conditions:

Work is performed under usual office conditions. Required to work one Saturday a month, August-May. Intensity of work increases in summer (June-July) and requires evening and weekend work. Some travel required to college campuses to meet with students.

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Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.

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