Talent Search Academic Specialist Full-Time


The Talent Search Academic Specialist reports directly to the Talent Search Project Director, and is responsible for providing service to the Talent Search participants.  The Academic Specialist will work cooperatively with other staff, target school counselors, and related support personnel in the college.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Maintain a pleasant professional, and welcoming demeanor; maintain an office atmosphere conducive to meeting the needs of disadvantaged students.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of participants and staff information learned while completing duties.
  • Meet, individually and in groups, with participants on a regular basis to provide academic advisement, information, and assistance related to successful school completion and post-secondary entry and re-entry.
  • Provide workshops for participants and parents.  Maintain accurate and up-to-date student records and database, including documentation of eligibility, student academic records, and documentation of contacts, exit information, and follow-up information.
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records, including travel forms, summaries, timesheets, and time & commitment forms.  Supply completed records with the monthly report.
  • Supervise and coordinate the student tutors and mentors at the assigned target schools and conduct and document regular tutor and mentor training meetings.
  • Plan and coordinate college visitations, cultural activities, workshops, and events for students, teachers, parents, and the community.
  • Compile and analyze data for reports; prepare and submit reports as requested by the Project Director.
  • Assist participants with exploration, goal setting, planning, and follow-through and monitor all participants’ progress.
  • Represent the college in local and state organizations and meetings, and maintain contacts with outside agencies as appropriate.
  • Punctual and regular attendance is required.  Work hours are 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday.  


To perform other related duties which may be required by the Project Director and Vice President of Student and Administrative Services.  (related duties as required are duties that may not be specifically listed in the class specification or position description, but that are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s class of work.)



Student tutors and mentors.




  • Bachelor’s degree in counseling or a related field.
  • Three years’ experience in assessment, advising, career development, and/or financial aid.


  • Demonstrated experience working with students, preferably low income, academically disadvantaged populations.
  • Background in counseling, career development, financial aid, and academic advising.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Willingness to maintain flexible and/or extended hour schools as part of the position’s responsibilities.



PHYSICAL DEMANDS  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Lifting:  Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position.  Lifting items up to 20 pounds in weight.


WORK ENVIRONMENT  Work is primarily in an office/school environment.  Noise levels usually are moderate.


SALARY:  $41,500 – $43,000


Applying for Positions

A Shawnee Community College application for employment is required for all positions. Official transcripts, a letter of application, resume, copies of applicable certificates, and two (2) letters of reference must accompany the employment application.

Employment Application


Applications should be submitted by email to:


or by US mail:

Emily Forthman, Human Resource Director
Shawnee Community College
8364 Shawnee College Rd.
Ullin, IL 62992