Student Development Specialist I
University of Texas at Austin - Austin, TX

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Purpose of Position

To assist in and plan the development and implementation of student services and program activities for the Migrant Student Graduation Enhancement Program within the K-16 Education Center, Division of Continuing and Innovative Education, which provides distance learning courses for high school migrant students.

Essential Functions

Communicate with enrolled students to provide assistance and encouragement with course work and communicate with migrant educators regarding students' enrollment into the program's courses and students' progress with the coursework. Perform student services functions for enrolling students and processing lessons and exams using FileMaker Pro and a proprietary database called Mishell. Compile summary data of student enrollments and completions in the program's courses for an annual performance report. Assist with the preparation of the program's publications including a booklet that profiles the achievements of 40 exemplary migrant students, and a resource manual that addresses frequently asked questions regarding course enrollment and students' progress with earning credit in the courses. Perform some of the administrative functions of the program such as implementing procedures for staff time and effort reports, preparing APS forms, processing consultant payments, and preparing documents for intradepartmental transfers of funds. Provide instructions and assistance to college student staff members regarding their projects, which include peer tutoring of enrolled students and preparation for physical and electronic mailings to program participants. Assist with planning for student activities such as student visits to The University of Texas at Austin and an annual recognition ceremony. Enter data in a New Generation System database that tracks Texas migrant students. Travel to attend and co-present at migrant conferences that are held in Texas and out of state.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

Bachelor's degree. Experience participating as a team member. Experience with youth groups in the community, developing student programs or counseling and/or advising students. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications

Graduate course work or Master's degree. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Spanish. One to two years experience with youth groups in the community, developing student programs or counseling and/or advising students. Experience communicating with migrant educators and/or working with student groups. Experience using Microsoft Office and FileMaker Pro. Experience using presentation skills. Experience preparing reports. Experience composing correspondence. Experience arranging special functions.

Working conditions

May work around standard office conditions

Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation

Use of manual dexterity

Lifting and moving

Work as a team member, independently, without day-to-day supervision, with confidential information, in dynamic, multi-tasked environment; appropriate office attire, professional demeanor, accept supervision. Regular, punctual attendance.

Security sensitive; conviction verification
conducted on applicant selected.

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement
System of Texas (


), subject to the
position being at least 20 hours per week and at least
135 days in length.

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation. Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability accommodations will be provided, as needed.

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