Program Director, Guardian Scholars Program (511431)
The California State University
San Jose
hace 2 días

Description : Job Summary

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director of the Educational Opportunity Program and in collaboration with departments within the University, the Program Director of the Guardian Scholars Program is responsible for the overall planning and coordination of the Guardian Scholars Program.

This includes : targeted outreach to foster youth and oversight of the program’s application process, providing intricate student support services to former foster and homeless youth, tracking student progress through intensive coaching / counseling, advising, and referrals to external and campus support services as needed.

The position will develop, implement and assess programming to assist former foster youth and homeless students in their transition from high school and community college to San Jose State University and focus on student retention and persistence to graduation.

The incumbent serves as the EOP and Guardian Scholars representative at appropriate meetings, relevant committees on campus, and serves as a liaison with other CSU and community programs serving former foster youth and homeless students.

The Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator will work closely with community college foster youth programs, foster youth consortiums, the Chancellor's Office, local school districts and community agencies.

The incumbent promotes and represents the Guardian Scholars Program and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) within the SJSU community by advocating for former foster youth, wards of the court, unaccompanied homeless youth, and youth under legal guardianship.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing a comprehensive student support program for former and current foster youth populations, which include foster youth, wards of the court, youth under legal guardianship, and unaccompanied homeless youth.
  • Oversees application and verification process for students accepted into the Guardian Scholars Program.
  • Develop and implement program support services to ensure retention, persistence, and graduation of Guardian Scholars as well as students who are identified as part of foster youth populations.
  • Develop and organize student support services and resources for the larger pool of students in the foster youth population that are not participants of the Guardian Scholars Program, as well as campus staff / faculty.
  • Supervise the Guardian Scholars Program Lounge and student staff.
  • Designs, maintains and enhances educational services to middle school students, parents, school personnel (including principals, teachers, counselors, etc.
  • school boards, and community organizations in the SJSU service area.

  • Advises and counsels current and prospective Guardian Scholars students and their families on general CSU and SJSU specific admissions and retention requirements.
  • Develop and organize student support services and resources for the larger pool of students in the foster youth population, that are not participants of the Guardian Scholars Program, as well as campus staff / faculty.
  • Oversees the preparation of data, program progress, and analytical reports via Navigate and PeopleSoft as requested by the Director of EOP.
  • Provide sound fiscal management by monitoring Tower Foundation accounts, scholarship endowments, emergency and discretionary accounts, also identifies short and long-term budgetary needs and prepares regular budgetary projections and reports.
  • Oversees the review process of emergency funds requests and ensures proper protocol of documentation, and disbursement of funds.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong understanding of the foster care system and of services available through county and state agencies for emancipated foster and homeless youth.
  • Ability to use a broad range of computer skills and software.
  • Ability to prepare various documents including operations manuals and procedures, program and activity schedules, requisitions, proposals and monitor budgets.
  • Apply judgment, discretion and maintain confidentiality in performing complex tasks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, must possess excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to advise students individually or in groups on varied and complex matters; ability to determine the appropriate course of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with students during personal interactions of a sensitive nature.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with potential students, families, middle / high school and community college staff.
  • Ability to provide work, lead direction and train others.
  • Maybe required to travel to other geographic locations, work evenings and some weekend hours.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License at time of hire.
  • Ability to manage a program budget.
  • Required Qualifications

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field plus upper division or graduate coursework in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution where such are job related
  • Four years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems.
  • A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.

    A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job related field may be substituted for two years of the required professional experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional, personal or career counseling.


    A valid driver's license is required for this position. Out of state candidates selected for the position must obtain a State of California driver's license within 10 days of hire in accordance with the California Department of Motor Vehicles regulations.

    Once hired the employee must successfully complete the Defensive Driver Training Program provided by the State of California for California State University campuses.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of related experience working with foster youth, court dependents, and homeless youth
  • Academic advising experience, preferably with first generation college students and / or court dependents, former foster, and homeless youth.
  • 2-3 years’ experience working with agencies / organizations that provide services to foster youth populations.
  • Experience managing admissions and / or records databases containing a large amount of data.
  • Experience with outreach and recruitment of disadvantaged populations.
  • Knowledge of national and local policies affecting foster youth, homeless youth, and court dependents.
  • Experience with higher education policies and procedures.
  • One year experience supervising student staff and / or graduate students.
  • Compensation

    Classification : Student Services Professional IV

    Anticipated Hiring Range : $5,400 / month - $6,232 / month

    CSU Hiring Range : $5,351 / month - $7,633 / month

    San José State University offers employees a comprehensive benefits package typically worth 30-35% of your base salary. For more information on programs available, please see the .

    Application Procedure

    Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents :

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • All applicants must apply within the specified application period : March 25, 2022 through April 11, 2022 . This position is open until filled;
  • however, applications received after screening has begun will be considered at the discretion of the university.

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