University of Arkansas - Little Rock Student Development Specialist in Little Rock, Arkansas

Title

Position Type Non Classified

Employee Class Code NF

AR State Title Student Development Specialist

FLSA Exempt

Position Summary and Qualifications

Posting Number FNC01178

UALR Functional Title Student Development Specialist / P98213

Position Number P98213

Department Talent Search

Position Summary

The TRIO Talent Search Program is a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Education to assist low income, potential first-generation secondary students complete high school and enter into postsecondary school. The Student Development Specialist is responsible for implementing, monitoring and maintaining a postsecondary access strategy for eligible participants. The Specialist develops and delivers pre-college curriculum during high school visits. The Specialist provides these services: counseling, career exploration, study skills, exposure to college campuses, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams, college admissions and financial aid application. The Specialist implements the tutoring and summer program components of the program. Continued funding is contingent upon annual federal appropriation. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy. Note: This is one of two positions. You must apply separately for each position.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Identifiy and select eligible participants;

  • Assess and document students’ academic, secondary and postsecondary needs;

  • Develop workshops, conduct school visits, deliver presentations;

  • Coordinate and conduct college visit trips including overnight trips;

  • Assist students and parents regarding postsecondary admission and financial aid application;

  • Document secondary and postsecondary enrollment and financial aid;

  • Maintain database of student records;

  • Attain program objectives for assigned target area;

  • Prepare monthly, mid-year and annual reports;

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Must be flexible in scheduling to meet school and community demands on nights and weekends, including overnight travel for student college visit trips and attendance at conferences;

  • Must have the ability to frequently travel in-state and work outside normal office hours, evenings and weekend;

  • Must have a valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle are required for travel;

  • Must have an official transcript and is required at time of hire;\

  • Highly motivated and have the ability to work in various educational settings;

  • Experience working in outreach/ supportive services, delivering presentations, and areas related to the development of personal and academic success;

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, sensitivity to and the ability to relate to program participants;

  • Ability to work effectively with staff, school partners, and students of diverse backgrounds and educational levels;

  • Ability to manage multiple projects/tasks and adhere to deadlines;

  • Knowledge of campus academic programs and postsecondary student personnel services;

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and database operations.

Required Education and/or Experience

A Master’s degree.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

Master’s degree in counseling, student services, higher education, education, or closely related field; two or more year’s work experience with TRIO or similar populations; experience working with high school aged persons; knowledge of educational/ career/personal development strategies; working knowledge of purposes and performance outcomes of educational equity programs; representative of the population served (first generation college/low income); experience in overcoming barriers similar to target population.

Background Check Requirements 07 - All-Criminal/Financial/Sex/Drug

Start Date 12/03/2018

Additional Qualifications

License(s)/Certifications

Essential Job Functions Sitting for long periods of time: Frequently, Speaking; Essential, Hearing: Essential, Vision: Ability to distinguish similar colors, depth perception, close vision: Essential, Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds: Occasionally, Kneeling: Occasionally, Climbing (Stairs, Ladders, etc.): Occasionally, Lifting 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Carrying 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Walking - Short Distances: Frequently

Work Conditions Spends approximately 75% or more time indoors

Posting Detail Information

Background Check Statement

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background, sex offender registry and financial history check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UALR EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Open Date 11/02/2018

Close Date 11/16/2018

Open Until Filled No

Special Instructions to Applicants

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


  • What is the highest level of education you have attained?

  • GED

  • High School Diploma

  • Associates Degree

  • Bachelors Degree

  • Masters Degree

  • Doctorate

  • Juris Doctor


  • Briefly explain your work experience with middle schools and high schools.

(Open Ended Question)

  • * Briefly explain your experience in working with diverse and at-risk student populations.

(Open Ended Question)

  • * Briefly describe your experience with online learning.

(Open Ended Question)

  • * Briefly describe your experience in developing and maintaining databases and spreadsheets to track and verify student information.

(Open Ended Question)

  • * Please briefly summarize your experience working in an environment where you have had to maintain confidentiality and professionalism in demeanor and appearance.

(Open Ended Question)

  • * What is your proficiency using Microsoft Office applications?

(Open Ended Question)


  • Are you able to work a flexible schedule that includes nights and weekends?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Do you have the ability to travel within the state?

  • yes

  • no


  • Do you have reliable transportation?

  • Yes

  • No


  • Do you have a valid drivers license as well as the ability to operate and rent a vehicle?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application

  • Unofficial Transcript

  • List of Three (3) References

Optional Documents