2017-18 Community Fellow Program – Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College

Mission: Walla Walla Community College inspires all students to discover their potential and achieve their goals by providing relevant, equitable, and innovative learning opportunities and services.

Project: Latina/o educational attainment rates in the Blue Mountain region persistently lag behind their peers, demonstrating an attainment gap and consequently limiting access to employment opportunities and social mobility.  The Whitman Fellow will be responsible for supporting the launch of the American Dream Academy (additional details about the curriculum can be found here: https://eoss.asu.edu/ada) focused on Blue Mountain region Latino/a community family engagement in support of Latina/o student access and success in higher education.  The Fellow will provide community outreach and program support, working as a thought partner and logistics coordinator working alongside the project lead and faculty delivering the curriculum.

Job Description

This position is available to Whitman College juniors and seniors who are eligible to work in the U.S. and able to work the entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018.

Title of Fellow: Whitman Fellow – American Dream Academy

Proposed Hours of Work/Days of Week:  Flexible, TBD with Fellow (ca. 6-7 hours per week)  Fellows are expected to work a total of 150-160 hours for the academic year plus 20 hours for bi-weekly meetings with Fellow group.

Supervisor’s Name and Contact Info: Kristi Wellington-Baker, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, kristi@wwcc.edu

Please apply via email with your resume and cover letter.

Review of application materials:
Email: kristi@wwcc.edu
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis (last day to apply is Sept. 10th)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Development of a regional community network and effective
  • Assume joint responsibility for logistics of American Dream Academy sessions (Coordinating with faculty and project lead)
  • Create tracking systems for outreach and retention efforts
  • Develop a working knowledge of relevant community partner agencies
  • Respond to various college and community constituents regarding launch of the American Dream Academy

Skills Required:

  • Bilingual (Spanish/ English) preferred
  • Excellent communication skills required
  • Enthusiasm for working with under-prepared students and families in pursuit of higher education opportunities
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education
  • Experience working with community partners desired

Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of internal and external community partner meetings with K-12, local non-profits, foundations and other higher education institutions
  • Coordination and planning of family night logistics, including outreach and engagement activities
  • Assist with the organization and/ or instruction of workshops/presentations on topics to include college and career planning, financial aid processes, scholarship searches, test preparation, and motivation assessments
  • Disseminate information on ADA program and services to students, college staff, and the community
  • Serve as an advocate for families in the ADA program
  • Participate in advisory, college, and community meetings as requested as well as department and college activities, and committees as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned within scope of practice

Expectations:

  • Ability and willingness to develop and maintain rapport with students and families
  • Ability and willingness to think critically and creatively for identification and implementation of strategies and initiatives in support of student success
  • Ability and willingness to develop relationships with community partners, foundations and financial aid office staff
  • Ability and willingness to work independently on assigned projects related to essential functions of the position. Ability to plan and manage time effectively; identify and handle competing priorities
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to team building in support of a positive work culture
  • Excellent communication skills including written correspondence and electronic communication
  • Actively contribute to a work environment that embraces principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and uses diverse perspectives to enhance the attainment of goals
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to learning and self-improvement
  • Ability and willingness to be flexible as the program evolves from launch to maturity

Student Fellows must be eligible, willing, and able to work entire academic year, September 2017-May 2018 (except for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring breaks).

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