Student Development Specialist, Student Support Services
Northwest Missouri State University - Maryville, MO

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PRIMARY DUTY: The Student Development Specialist provides Student Support Services’ participants with financial, personal, career, and social advisement.This position works closely with other members of the project in a team-oriented environment to meet the needs of the participants.

Essential Functions:

1. Assist in the identification and selection of project participants 2. Determine individual needs of project participants through assessment of their academic, personal, career, and financial needs
3. Administer various personality and career assessments to project participants and meet individually with each to discuss results
4. Review the financial assistance packages of project participants and work closely with the Office of Financial Assistance on the participants’ behalf
5. Assist project participants in identifying and securing educational funding through private and public sources
6. Meet individually with project participants who are experiencing difficulty transitioning to a university setting
7. Provide financial literacy counseling to project participants
8. Promote participant involvement in cultural activities, leadership experiences, student organizations and project workshops
9. Administer the Project’s Grant Aid Program and monitor participation requirements
10. Teach a section of the university’s Enhanced Freshman Seminar
11. Serve on the university’s LAP/S program designed to assist students with disabilities
12. Work closely with federal and local agencies to ensure appropriate support for students with disabilities
13. Serve as a liaison to Office of Admissions and meet with prospective students, groups, and/or parents
14. Maintain appropriate documentation to meet Federal guidelines
15. Provide TRIO Director with necessary reports required for federal recordkeeping
16. Perform other duties as assigned


Education: Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Student Development or related field (consideration may be given to individuals nearing completion of a Master’s degree)
Experience: Three years of experience working with disadvantaged students or students in an advising capacity; experience in planning programs for career identification and awareness; demonstrated knowledge of federal financial assistance process and financial literacy awareness
Skills: Demonstrated leadership skills; effective communication skills

Additional Job Information:

WORKING CONDITIONS: This position will work in an office environment from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with an hour lunch break. This position will have occasional evening activities and functions that may be required.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Will assist with the supervision of student employees


TYPICAL PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to lift up to 20 pounds

COMMUNITY: Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Missouri, a community of 12,000 with a diverse economy, and a strong industrial base. Maryville is located 45 miles north of St. Joseph, Missouri and 90 miles north of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information visit our website at .

UNIVERSITY: Northwest Missouri State University is a traditional resident-based campus with total enrollment over 7,200 students, which includes undergraduate and graduate students. Northwest, a four-time winner of the Missouri Quality Award, is a teaching-focused institution requiring a twelve-hour teaching load per trimester. For more information visit our website at .

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 15, 2013 or until position is filled


TO APPLY: Please fill out a Northwest application online by clicking on the APPLY button on the top of the page. You will also need to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references in order for your application materials to be complete. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at 660-562-1127 or email for more information.

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