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Re-Entry Affairs Specialist

Company: CT State Community College
Location: Bridgeport
Posted on: March 18, 2023

Job Description:

Details:Posted: March 13, 2023
Level: Educational Assistant
Hours: Part-time up to 17 hours per week -
Closing Date: -The committee will begin review of applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted March 27, 2023, receiving priority consideration.Location:
900 Lafayette Boulevard, Bridgeport, CT - 06604
**This position is not remote**CT State Community College Mission:Connecticut State Community College (CT State) provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The College supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, advances positive change for the students, communities, and industries it serves, and awards associates degrees and certificates.CT State Community College Vision:CT State will be recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership, and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational, and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut's citizens and communities.CT State Community Equity Statement:The CSCU system commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities. -Anticipated Start Date: -April 2023Position Summary:The position provides support to the campus for the Re-entry Affairs at Housatonic Community College (HCC). The main function of this position is to build a pipeline of potential students who are formerly incarcerated by establishing relationships with organizations that work with this population. This position will build relationships with area organizations already working with this population, such as half-way houses and re-entry programming, and form partnerships to help in the career placement phase. This position will also build a resource hub that includes campus and community supportive services to help meet student needs. This PT position is funded through M&T's Amplify Fund through June 30, 2025. -Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills -along with strong -Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.)Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in education or related area -or a combination of education, training and experience which would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position's essential duties.Incumbents are required to have demonstrated advanced knowledge and abilities in the following: -

  • Demonstrated experience creating organizational partnerships
  • Experience working with low-income, diverse populations (incarcerated individuals a plus) in higher education
  • Experience in program management
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skillsSubstitutions Allowed:Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. - Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.Preferred Qualifications:
    • Ability to foster new relationships with re-entry affairs entities and local community resources
    • Experience supporting complex needs of low-income students who are formerly incarcerated, in higher education
    • Exceptional professional, organizational and communication skills
    • Must be able to clear routine requested background checks for DOC and Re-Entry Affairs affiliate -Example of Job Duties:Under the direction of the Housatonic Community College Foundation, Campus Dean of Students and Faculty or their -designees, the Re-Entry Affairs Specialist is responsible for -effective performance in these essential duties:
      • Support all aspects of Re-entry Affairs at HCC.
      • Main point of contact between HCC and the Department of Correction Central Office (DOC) at approved facility(ies) and potential students in these institutions, and Re-entry Affairs affiliates.
      • Work with HCC's Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Business Office, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Information Technology, Academic Affairs Departments, and HCC Foundation to provide support for all aspects of Re-entry Affairs.
      • Act as primary contact for formerly incarcerated individuals, specifically as a connector to HCC's noncredit programs and campus resources and information.
      • Communicate with potential students to help them enroll in a program that best aligns with their interests and skills, and connect them with Continuing Education staff for more information.
      • Create and build partnerships and relationships with halfway houses and other institutions that serve formerly incarcerated individuals. These partnerships are essential to creating a pipeline of referrals for this population.
      • Create a Resource Guide for formerly incarcerated individuals at HCC. This will include a list of community programs and supports that HCC has built agreements with to provide supports to these students during and after program completion at HCC. - The Resource Guide will also include information and contacts for employers who regularly hire formerly incarcerated individuals.
      • Tracking all interactions with potential and enrolled students, status of enrolled students, and all other information required for funder reporting.
      • Meet with current and potential students to complete all application and financial aid paperwork.
      • Coordinate and administer all placement testing requirements in compliance with HCC policy.
      • Respond to Re-entry Affairs inquiries.
      • Work closely with the HCC Foundation to communicate financial assistance needs of students and to provide financial support. Students have access to emergency funds and this position will identify financial assistance needs and submit the required form so that students can receive the financial assistance.
      • On-boarding of students into credit and non-credit programs at HCC
      • Providing monthly check-in with students to ensure challenges are understood and supported.This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.Salary:$35.61 hourly.Application Instructions:To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume.Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.Continuing Notice of NondiscriminationCSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Nicholas D'Agostino Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Ndagostino@commnet.eduCSCC IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER, M/FPowered by JazzHR

Keywords: CT State Community College, Bridgeport , Re-Entry Affairs Specialist, Other , Bridgeport, Connecticut

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