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The Academic Specialist has responsibility for increasing GEAR UP students’ access to honors and AP academic programs, positive academic behaviors, family connection to critical school based information, post secondary access support (student and families,) and providing auxiliary support for academic and civic engagement.
Another key initiative for the Academic Specialist will be to provide in classroom-instructional support and educational coordination from assessments to classroom instruction to the pre-AP and honors identified GEAR UP students.
The GEAR UP Program is funded with federal funds by the Department of Education grant whose purpose is to increase the number of low-income and underrepresented students who graduate from high school and successfully complete post secondary education.
Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years of professional work experience in student services or related education/experience. A Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for one (1) year of professional work experience. Any combination of relevant education and professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year‐for‐year basis.
Experience which demonstrates knowledge of school programs, student success, the school community and/or parental involvement in community and/or school settings.
Familiarity with organization and operation of secondary school/district administration and university/community college systems.
Experience which demonstrates success providing leadership and supervising others.
Strong interpersonal skills with demonstrated experience collaboratively with a diverse group of people, including peers, university and school administrators, faculty, and staff, students and parents, and the general public.
Experience managing, tracking and reporting program data.
Experience in student academic support programs.
Position is housed out of WSU Tri-Cities with a work location in Walla Walla, WA.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.
WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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