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TRIO SSS Advisor

Categories: North Central Region 6


TRIO Student Support Services


University of Dubuque

Date Posted:

Nov 17 2021 7:38AM

Close Date:

Jan 17 2022

Position Description

TRIO Student Support Services is a grant program funded through the US Department of Education. The Student Support Services program at the University of Dubuque serves 140 students who are first-generation, low income, and/or students with a disability by providing holistic support to participants. This is a grant funded full-time, 11-month position written for a starting salary of $40,000 Position will serve as secondary advisor to 40-60 TRIO SSS Participants. They will provide academic, financial, career, personal, and graduate school counseling to assigned participants. The advisor will also monitor the progress of assigned participants and follow up as needed to increase their engagement, work towards their degree completion and achieve their personal goals. This position will also serve as the TRIO SSS Programming Liaison, taking the lead on College 101, Graduate School visits and TRIO sponsored workshops and events. Strong skills in marketing, event development and content creation are beneficial skills.


* Manage a participant case load of 40-60 participants each academic year which includes providing academic, career, social/personal, and financial advising to SSS participants, individually and in group sessions
* Consult and collaborate with University faculty and staff on behalf of SSS participants
* Encourage student participation in SSS cultural enrichment activities
* Facilitate support and mentoring opportunities for SSS Program participants
* Maintain data on students served by the SSS Project
* Perform extensive data entry regarding SSS participants, and maintain records and reports for the SSS Project Director critical for SSS tracking and reporting
* Compile detailed records (will involve the creation and maintenance of confidential, separate file folders for each SSS participant that will include SSS-eligibility data)
* Coordinate, develop and facilitate SSS programming - including educational workshops, guest speakers/lecturers, cultural enrichment opportunities and community building offerings
* Develop and enhance existing College 101 curriculum
* Coordinate 1-2 graduate school visits per semester for interested program participants
* Partake in professional development trainings
* Perform other duties as assigned in support of the University's Mission

Application Process

To apply with a growing faith based University for the TRIO-Student Support Services Advisor position, please submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and UD employment application, located on our website, to or to the Director of Human Resources, at the University of Dubuque, 2000 University Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001. This position will remain open until filled, with an ideal start date of January 3, 2022. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Institution Information

The University of Dubuque is a private four-year institution nestled along the Mississippi River in Dubuque, Iowa.
he University of Dubuque is a private university offering undergraduate, graduate, and theological seminary degrees, and other educational opportunities with the intention of educating and forming the whole person. The University is comprised of individuals from the region, our nation, and the world. As a community, the University practices its Christian commitments by educating students, pursuing excellence in scholarship, challenging students to live lives of worth and purpose, and preparing students for service to the church and the world.
Therefore, the University of Dubuque is committed to:
- A hospitable Christian environment which respects other faith traditions;
- Relationships which encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development;
- Excellence in academic inquiry and professional preparation;
- A diverse and equitable community where Christian love is practiced;
- Stewardship of all God’s human and natural resources;
- Zeal for life-long learning and service.

Additional Information

This position will remain open until filled, with an ideal start date of January 3, 2022. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.

Contact Information

Melissa Huekels (


Required Qualifications


* Bachelor's degree is required; Master's degree preferred
* Higher Ed., Developmental Ed., Communication, Psychology, Social Work or a related field is preferred
* Minimum of one-year of experience in higher education working with populations similar to those that TRIO serves
* Minimum of one-year of advising or advising related work

Preferred Qualifications

* Experience advocating for underserved populations including areas like policy, programming and campus culture
* Ability to work effectively with diverse populations including students, faculty, staff, administration and outside agencies * Must have good organizational skills, strong self-motivation, and accountability
* Maintain effective interpersonal relations with students, faculty and administration
* Interact collaboratively and effectively with other departments on behalf of the program and participants
* Strong verbal and written communication in one-on-one situations, small and large group settings
* Effective problem solving skills
* Computer skills (data entry, spreadsheet, word-processing, internet)