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Job ID: 159486

Advocate, Special Populations
Austin Community College District


Date Posted May 27, 2021
Title Advocate, Special Populations
University Austin Community College District
Austin, TX, United States
Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
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Position Information
Location Riverside
Hours Monday-Friday, 8-5pm, some evenings and weekends
Salary Professional 1/120 ($40,494.00 – $57,849.00)
FLSA Status Exempt
Reports To Director, Special Support & Grants
Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC’s College Police department.
College Profile
Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriately applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:
Reflects the diversity of our community.
Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.
Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.
Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.
Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.
Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC.
Our Mission
The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.

For more information, see http://www.austincc.edu/about-acc/mission-statement.
Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open-access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. The College values and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the College community.
General Statement of Job
To advise and assist academically and/or economically disadvantaged students needing assistance and support to succeed in an academic setting and improve future employability options.
Description of Duties and Tasks
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Manages Support Center and Foster Care alumni programs at the campus.
Provides counseling for individuals and groups, including career and educational planning, decision making, values clarification, and understanding and overcoming barriers to academic success. Provides crisis intervention, coordination of care and referrals as needed.
Provides academic counseling and advising, including course selection, degree planning, review of transfer information, and determination of ultimate employment objectives.
Analyzes information about individuals through interviews, assessments, and records to appraise their interests, abilities, and potential barriers to academic success.
Provides case management services through on-going contact and follow up with students, and coordinates referrals to college and community services as needed.
Manages budgeted funds allocated for students for financial assistance. Serves as liaison between childcare provider, student, and ACC to insure payments and contracts are being fulfilled.
Determines eligibility for special assistance programs offered by the college.
Selects and recommends textbooks to be purchased for the Lending Library.
Gathers and updates data, analyzes, and incorporates data in working on solutions for students and also to distribute caseloads.
Assists with college-related community outreach, networking, and recruiting students.
Participates in program planning, development, and documentation including meet ups and groups for foster care alumni as well as other students.
Knowledge
Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. College admissions requirements, programs, and courses. Standardized testing procedures and assessment techniques. Multicultural education programs and systems. Program strategies to support student success of Special Populations. Foster care system and Texas laws for youth who have aged out of foster care. Trauma informed care counseling. Case management. Community resources. Inside Track Coaching training and certification. Texas Health and Human Services Navigator Training and Certification to complete SNAP, TANF and Medicaid applications. Signal Vine texting Central Health Insurance eligibility training.
Skills
Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed. Maintaining an established work schedule. Effectively using interpersonal and communications skills including tact and diplomacy. Effectively using organizational and planning skill, including attention to detail and follow-through. Effectively working with a diverse student population. Counseling and advising students on program guidelines and requirements. Assessing student needs and providing appropriate resources and/or referrals. Maintaining confidentiality of work-related information and materials. Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Case management skills.
Technology Skills Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.
Required Work Experience
One year related work experience.
Required Education
Master’s degree.
Preferred Education Preferred Masters in Social Work, Counseling or other related fields.
Other Preferred Qualifications Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). Experience in case management.
Physical Requirements Work is performed in a standard office environment. Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling. Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.
Safety
Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.
HR Use Only
FLSA – AA
Updated 04-07-2020
Information for This Posting Only THE FUNDING FOR THIS POSITION IS 50% GRANT FUNDED.
ACC Benefits Overview
Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.

Disclaimer
The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.


 
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