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University of Arkansas

Student Development Specialist



Full Time

On Site


Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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Type of Position:Professional Staff - Student Affairs

Workstudy Position:

Job Type:Regular
Work Shift:

Sponsorship Available:

Institution Name: University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides an accessible, quality education through flexible learning and unparalleled internship opportunities. At UA Little Rock, we prepare our more than 8,900 students to be innovators and responsible leaders in their fields. Committed to its metropolitan research university mission, UA Little Rock is a driving force in Little Rock's thriving cultural community and a major component of the city and state's growing profile as a regional leader in research, technology transfer, economic development, and job creation.

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Department:Talent Search

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Summary of Job Duties:The University of Arkansas at Little Rock seeks applications for the position of Student Development Specialist, a 12-month full-time position in the TRIO Talent Search Program, a higher education access program for youth. The program is 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 position is grant-funded and is contingent upon annual federal appropriation. The Student Development Specialist is responsible for implementing a postsecondary access strategy for eligible middle and high school participants. The Specialist implements the tutoring and summer programs, conducts high school visits, and provides these services: advising, career exploration, study skills, exposure to college campuses, college admissions, and financial aid application assistance. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Required Education and/or Experience:

  • Master’s degree;
  • A valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle are required for travel.

Preferred Education and/or Experience:

  • Master’s degree in counseling, student services, higher education, education, or closely related field;
  • Experience working with TRIO or similar populations;
  • Experience working with high school-aged persons;
  • Knowledge of educational/career/personal development strategies;
  • Knowledge of purposes and performance outcomes of educational equity programs;
  • Representative of the population served (first-general college/low income);
  • Experience in overcoming barriers similar to the target population.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Identify and select eligible participants;
  • Assess and document students’ academic, secondary and post-secondary needs;
  • Develop workshops, conduct school visits, deliver presentations (in person and virtually);
  • Coordinate and conduct college visit trips including overnight trips (in person and virtually);
  • 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 the assigned target area;
  • Prepare monthly, mid-year, and annual reports.

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 conference attendance;
  • Must have the ability to frequently travel in-state and work outside normal office hours, evenings, and weekends;
  • 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;
  • Basic knowledge of zoom, google classroom, and other social media platforms for recruitment and services to students;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Work well independently and as a team member;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships in a non-judgmental manner with diverse populations of students and school officials;
  • Demonstrate organizational and prioritization abilities in accomplishing tasks.

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Additional Information:

Please upload all required documents in the "Resume" attachment section of your application (before hitting the submit button), if you want to be considered for this position.

Recruitment Contact Information:

Linda Barker, Trio Director,

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site [Register to View] target="_blank">[Register to View]

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Child Maltreatment, Criminal Background Check, Financial Credit Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry, Substance Abuse Testing

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication 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 information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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.

Constant Physical Activity:Hearing, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking
Frequent Physical Activity:Grasping, Kneeling, Lifting, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
Occasional Physical Activity:Pulling, Pushing
Benefits Eligible:Yes