Director of the Jacobs Scholars Program

Presbyterian College

Location: Clinton, South Carolina

Job Description Summary:

Presbyterian College welcomes nominations, inquiries, and applications for the Director of the Jacobs Scholars Program, an inaugural program directly linked to PC’s founding principles. PC is proud to collaborate our efforts with the Fostering Great Ideas organization. The Director will direct the Jacobs Scholars Program, which is designed to provide holistic support to students at Presbyterian College who have experienced time in foster care prior to attending PC. Actively recruit students who have experienced foster care. Promote student learning and development while providing direct service and support to individual students, focusing on multiple dimensions of well-being and campus life. Implement relevant learning and development programs and opportunities for Jacobs Scholars. Manage, compare, analyze, and evaluate various courses of action and have the authority to make decisions about matters of significance related to the work. Participate in the College’s response to critical incidents involving Jacobs Scholars and other students in a manner that employs relevant theories and best practices in supporting college students who have experienced time in foster care, critical incident case management practices, and student development theory.

Responsibilities

DIRECT THE JACOBS SCHOLARS PROGRAM – 60%

Direct and Evaluate Jacobs Scholars Program

  • Oversee all aspects of the Jacobs Scholars Program
  • Develop and implement recruiting strategies and plans to attract and enroll students who have experienced foster care, coordinating with the Admissions office
  • Provide strategic short- and long-term planning for the program
  • Monitor academic progress and personal development of the Jacobs Scholars
  • Create, implement, and evaluate a program curriculum to address scholars’ ongoing developmental needs including but not limited to budgeting, cooking, time management, and academic success.
  • Plan and execute appropriate community building opportunities for Jacobs Scholars.
  • Oversee the mentor program including recruitment, training, support, and activity planning
  • Conduct program evaluation and assessment

Administrative Duties

  • Ensure the provision of on call support for scholars and program 24/7 – 365 days per year
  • Provide ongoing coordination among community resources and PC campus offices such as Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, Health Service, and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
  • Develop and provide supervision to program staff, including any student staff
  • Responsible for creation, implementation and monitoring of program budget
  • Actively steward donors of the program. Create and distribute written materials for program such as grants, annual reports, and other documents
  • Coordinate marketing and publicizing of the program
  • Oversee Outreach and Recruitment Activities
  • Represent the Jacobs Scholars program at national, local and statewide events for youth in foster care
  • Coordinate Jacobs Program Application Review Committee to determine student eligibility for scholarship and program services
  • Coordinate and host campus tours for youth in foster care in from high schools across the country with the Admissions Office.
  • Serve as point of contact for community outreach and information sharing

DIRECT SERVICE PROVISION TO SCHOLARS – 30%

  • Assess the needs of individual Jacobs Scholars and develop plans for support and resources to overcome challenges including physical health and mental health referrals, tutoring and academic coaching, housing needs, financial emergencies, and post-graduation planning
  • Assess individual student needs and assist students in crisis to identify, locate, organize and access necessary services/resources
  • Teach/coach students to develop problem solving and self-advocacy skills
  • Assist students to locate and obtain emergency funding in crisis circumstances
  • Serve as a liaison to community resources for students
  • Facilitate notification of accident or illness for students to academic units and Dean of Students team members as necessary
  • Educate students regarding their rights and responsibilities as a member of the College community
  • Maintain appropriate documentation for critical incident case files
  • Protect privacy of student educational records per FERPA
  • Report information related to critical incidents to the Dean of Students and/or other divisional staff as necessary
  • Serve as an advocate for Jacobs Scholars

SPECIAL PROJECTS 10%

  • Participate in College-wide critical incident planning as required to meet direct service and outreach duties
  • Periodically provide additional support to campus crisis training and management efforts
  • Provide support and supervision to social work interns and other students engaged in the Jacobs Scholars Program and Dean of Students Office work
  • Steward donor relationships and collaborate with advancement staff in the coordination of donor events as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Minimum 7-10 years of relevant professional work experience providing:
    • direct services to youth within the foster care system
    • comprehensive support services in a higher education setting with students who have experienced time in foster care
  • Experience working with a diverse staff and student body
  • Experience managing student emergencies and critical incidents
  • Experience and expertise in life coaching

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master’s Degree preferred in Higher Education Administration, Social Work, Counseling, or related field
  • LMSW to allow for supervision of social work students/interns
  • Former experience as a child in foster care

Additional Information

Position Criteria:  

  • Utilizes and engages creative and innovative thinking
  • Utilizes Life Coach skills and experience to help students achieve their highest goals with a focused approach that unlocks their power to succeed utilizing a results-oriented approach centered around gaining clarity for a pathway forward
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to be self-directed
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities
  • Ability to thrive in a diverse, fast-paced student affairs office responsible for responding to emergent needs and issues
  • Knowledge of best practices in supporting youth in foster care
  • Strong working knowledge of student development theory and its application

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and CLERY.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, résumé and list of three references including contact information to Presbyterian College Office of Human Resources, 503 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325 or email materials to hr@presby.edu.

Presbyterian College is an EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. PC is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.