Bristol Community College is a public community college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) and annually serves more than 11,000 credit students and 18,000 students who participate in noncredit activities. Bristol has core values rooted in collaboration, communication, inclusion, innovation, respect and student success. For more than 50 years, Bristol has served as a leading resource for education and economic development in the region. Bristol offers a rich variety of degree, certificate, and training programs along with flexible online offerings that lead to an associate degree, a career-ready certificate, or the ability to transfer to baccalaureate colleges throughout the state and country. Bristol’s Business Solutions & Partnerships area provides customized training for businesses and the community. The college also strives to put the needs of learners first with support services and career advancement opportunities that lead to student success by reducing barriers to educational access.
With locations in Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton, Bristol Community College is nestled in charming Southeastern Massachusetts. Each location has something unique to offer – from great restaurants in the city center of Attleboro, museums and history in downtown New Bedford, to the beautiful suburban landscape at the Fall River campus and the array of shopping and dining options in Taunton. From city life to seaside, Bristol Community College locations are in close proximity to bustling metro areas such as Boston and Providence, and centrally located to the spectacular beaches and coastline of Cape Cod, Newport, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island.
Bristol Community College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We value diversity and equity, and are committed to creating an all-inclusive community free from discrimination and harassment. Bristol believes that diversity, equity and inclusion among our community members is imperative to the success of our mission to serve our students well, and is the mainstay of our values.
Bristol Community College provides an accessible, innovative and inclusive education that prepares students to navigate and succeed in our ever-changing world.
Advancing a vibrant, diverse community through education, learner by learner.
POSITION TITLE: Special Programs Coordinator – Education and Career Advisor
DEPARTMENT: Economic and Business Development/Adult Education Transition to College Program
PRIMARY LOCATION: Fall River, with weekly travel to Attleboro, New Bedford and Taunton locations; position may be eligible for a weekly schedule of both in-person and remote work in line with the college’s telework policy.
REPORTS TO: Associate Director of Transition to College Programs
STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Special Programs Coordinator – Education and Career Advisor coordinates Bristol Community College’s Transition to College Program to provide students with a continuum of advising services beginning with adult education through the first year of college. The Education and Career Advisor helps students explore, plan and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their education and career goals, among other outcomes desired. The Education and Career Advisor raises awareness, instills confidence, nurtures talents and interests, and provides the support necessary to help students overcome barriers and succeed in college, career and lifelong learning. The Education and Career Advisor tracks student progress, maintains and inputs program data in accordance with MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines, and collaborates with key college departments and area adult education programs. This position is primarily located at the Fall River campus; however, weekly travel to Bristol’s Attleboro, New Bedford and Taunton locations and area adult education programs is required.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS, DUTIES, AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Cultivate and facilitate recruitment opportunities with community partners including local adult education programs, MassHire Career Centers, and community-based organizations.
- Guide incoming students through the college admission and enrollment process.
- Assist students in the development of academic and career goals and in the use of technologies in education and career planning.
- Develop and present Transition to College program orientations at the start of each semester.
- Assist students in their adjustment to the college environment.
- Conduct workshops for Transition to College students on-site at Bristol’s Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, and New Bedford locations.
- Provide students with ongoing academic advisement; travel to Bristol’s Attleboro, New Bedford and Taunton locations on a weekly basis to meet with students.
- Work collaboratively with Adult Education and college staff to monitor and track students’ enrollment, academic progress and performance throughout the first year of college.
- Maintain confidential student files, including but not limited to advising notes, student attendance records in all program components, goals and action steps, and academic progress.
- Input grant required data weekly into the Department of Education data management system, LACES, in accordance with state guidelines.
- Prepare monthly reports on enrollment numbers, student progress, and related program data for college and Department of Education reporting.
- Follow up with past students by phone, email, or in-person to monitor progress toward goals and maintain records for reporting purposes.
- Use Bristol’s digital communication tools, to include but not limited to: Bristol email, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other Bristol social media tools, to advance the college’s social media outreach and brand to internal and external constituents.
- Attend Adult Education staff meetings, college meetings, college committees and professional development provided by the college, participate in state meetings and professional development activities provided by MA Department of Education, as required.
- Focus on the Commonwealth’s Equity Agenda by applying related best practices throughout all job functions.
- Demonstrate a sense of professionalism and consistency reflect Bristol’s core values when interfacing with members of the Bristol community.
- Perform other duties as assigned, consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all required qualifications must be met by date of hire.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Business Administration, Mathematics, Computer Science, or other field related to area of assignment.
- Minimum of three (3) years of experience and/or training involving area of assignment, which may include college registration, academic advisement, career development, career experience, training, curriculum development, audio/visual or graphic production, grant administration, budget development, program/project management, event planning, administrative work in an academic environment, or personal computer operations
- An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience shall be considered.
- Demonstrated experience in supporting students in meeting their education, training, and employment goals.
- Reliable transportation for weekly travel to and from meetings, trainings or work-sites is required. These work-sites may include any of Bristol’s locations in Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro and New Bedford, as well as local adult education programs in Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, New Bedford, and surrounding communities.
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 applications.
- Strong interpersonal, verbal/written communication, and organization skills that reflect inclusiveness, adaptiveness, and flexibility.
- Demonstrated commitment to achieving equitable outcomes for all students through upholding the community college mission and serving the needs of first-generation and historically excluded populations.
- Demonstrated commitment to embracing and serving the needs of a diverse community, including the ability to work effectively with a diverse student body, faculty, and staff.
- As of January 3, 2022, the 15 Massachusetts Community Colleges, including Bristol Community College, require all employees to comply with the COVID-19 vaccination policy. Details of how to fulfill vaccine record requirements or to apply for a reasonable accommodation will be provided during the onboarding process.
- Minimum of a Master’s degree in counseling, education, or closely related field.
- Demonstrated experience in student advising in an adult education or community college setting.
- Demonstrated experience working with adult education students.
- Demonstrated success in supporting students from underrepresented groups including historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, first generation college students, adult students, and low-income students.
- Ability to communicate in a language in addition to English.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: The employee must meet the physical demands and work environment of the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable those with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
POSITION STATUS: This is an MCCC/MTA, full time, grant funded, unit position with benefits. This position is funded for 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. This position is subject to yearly grant budget appropriations.
ANTICIPATED START DATE: September 2022
SALARY: Minimum hiring salary $52,754 – 62,983 – Labor Grade 4 – actual salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and in accordance with the MCCC/MTA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which may result in a higher salary than the stated range. Please refer to the New Hire Tables in the CBA for more information.
Please complete our online application by clicking on the “Apply” button. The position will be open to applicants until filled. Applications submitted within 10 calendar days of the posting date will receive priority consideration.
REQUIREMENTS TO COMPLETE APPLICATION PROCESS:
1) A completed Bristol Community College Employment Application.
2) A current resume/curriculum vitae.
3) A cover letter that demonstrates how your skills and experience meet the desired and required qualifications of the position (not limited in length).
All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States. Bristol Community College is an institution that does not sponsor work authorization.
A pre-employment criminal background check will be conducted for all positions.
The college will independently verify education credentials as provided on the application. For certain positions that require a college degree, the hired candidate must supply official transcripts upon hire. Transcripts must include your name and degrees conferred.