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TRIO Talent Search Advisor - Ignacio & Pagosa Springs Schools

Fort Lewis College
Colorado, United States
$36,420.00 - $36,420.00
Posted Date
Dec 22, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Student Activities & Services
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary

​The TRIO Talent Search Academic Advisor works with eligible middle and high school students in Ignacio and Pagosa Springs schools as outlined in the TRIO Talent Search grant. This position requires day travel to Ignacio and/or Pagosa Springs three to four days per week as well as weekly work on the Fort Lewis College campus. Advisors assist students with postsecondary school admissions, financial aid and scholarship applications, academic planning, and career and leadership development, so that they have the opportunity and knowledge to continue their education beyond high school.   

Minimum Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s Degree 
  • Reliable personal transportation; ability to travel to target schools and/or Fort Lewis College up to five days a week; work some evenings, and participate in overnight student college field trips 
  • Demonstrated commitment to and sensitivity for addressing the needs of economically and educationally disadvantaged youth and adults 
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities 
  • Minimum one year of experience advising students in academics, career exploration, personal development, leadership, financial aid, and/or college/ vocational school admissions 
  • Minimum one year of experience working with secondary (grades 6-12) students in a volunteer or professional capacity 
  • Demonstrated experience providing presentations and/or workshops on financial aid, college admissions, leadership and career development, or related topics 
  • Organizational skills to plan educational trips and other events for students and families 
  • Demonstrated experience working and/or collaborating with secondary and post-secondary schools, community-based programs, or service learning programs (teaching, coaching, counseling, outdoor education. etc.) 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills 
  • Strong technology skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, and Zoom 
  • Ability and willingness to adhere to Fort Lewis College Covid-19 policies both on campus and while serving our target area schools.  Please review before you apply: 
  • Position is subject to a background check 
Preferred Qualifications 
  • Experience with TRIO or other educational opportunity programs as a participant or employee. 
  • Fluency in Spanish and/or Navajo  
  • Experience planning and leading field trips with secondary students. 
  • Familiarity with Fort Lewis College and/or Four Corners area. 
Major Responsibilities 
  • Adheres to all conditions presented in the Talent Search grant proposal. 
  • Plans and implements innovative academic services for our students, which requires curriculum development ensuring access to postsecondary opportunities for low income and potential first generation students. 
  • Builds positive relationships between the program and students, families, PSE institutions, target schools and community partners. 
  • Plans and maintains weekly visitations to schools. 
  • Responsible for collection, organization, and monitoring of individual student contacts and reports required for Talent Search Annual Performance Report and other related program guidelines. 
  • Monitors student progress and academic need.  
  • Recruits eligible student applicants at target schools and through community organizations. 
  • Plans and leads day and overnight program field trips. 
  • Assists in the planning and implementation of parent meetings and related student/parent events 
  • Responsible for articles for the newsletter and other program communications 
  • Attends state, regional, and national conferences as needed/available 
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities 
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508. 
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 
Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic). 
  • Ability to work in a confined area. 
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while serving students in individual and group settings throughout the day. 
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work 
  • Light to moderate lifting is required 

$36,420 plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 
  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 

Subject Line: TRIO Talent Search Advisor - Ignacio & Pagosa Springs Schools


Application materials received by January 26, 2022 will receive full consideration. Position will remain open until filled. 

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts, and pass a background check.


The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination? Other discrimination questions? Office of the Title 9 Coordinator
Molly Wieser
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7241 Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator
David Pirrone
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.

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