Job Title: Pre-College Advisor, Educational Talent Search
Location: Great Falls, Montana
Wage: $16.50 per hour
Status: Year-round (12-month) position. Position is contingent
upon continued grant funding.
Mission: The mission of METS is to advise low-income, first
generation participants to complete high school credentials, while
preparing them for post-secondary education and a successful
The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) seeks
two Talent Search Pre-College Advisors to work with our students in
the Great Falls School District. The successful candidates in the
positions will advise, counsel, and encourage participants to
complete high school and prepare for opportunities in
post-secondary education and future post-high school plans. The
positions primarily work with middle school and high school
participants located in the Great Falls Area.
The Montana Educational Talent Search Program (METS) is
federally funded under the TRIO programs from the U.S. Department
of Education and administered through the Office of the
Commissioner of Higher Education. The program serves 1,287 low
income and/or first-generation college students in grades 6-12, a
significant percentage of whom are Native American. The program
serves four target areas throughout Montana with a central office
located in Helena. The successful positions will work with both
local program personnel and remote personnel to achieve the Talent
Search TRIO objectives.
More information on the program may be found at
The positions are full-time classified staff positions covered
by the Montana University System Staff Compensation Plan. MUS staff
are eligible for employee benefits (health insurance, sick leave
and vacation leave, state holidays and retirement program) in
accordance with state law. MUS employees are eligible to use
certain college tuition waivers in accordance with Board of Regents
Duties and Responsibilities
- Work remotely and with minimal supervision to accomplish grant
goals and metrics;
- Create and maintain a working relationship with other METS
staff, including working directly with one other local Pre-College
- Recruit, screen and determine the eligibility of students for
- Provide program services to students and their families in a
variety of formats, including but not limited to: in-person
group/individual meetings, web-based meetings, workshops, emails,
- Assist with planning, developing, and implementing services and
content for presentations and workshops on career planning, college
decision making, and financial aid information;
- Develop and deliver program curriculum to participants;
- Assist students in setting goals for post-secondary education
and career options;
- Provide individual academic advising to students;
- Maintain accurate database information and student records
through both hard copy and electronic formats;
- Responsible for entering participant information in the program
- Plan and conduct campus and career visits;
- Coordinate, interact with, and maintain positive working
relationships with school staff including principals, teachers and
counselors on behalf of METS participants;
- Ability to travel to target area schools as well as the ability
to participate in overnight and weekend travel as necessary for
program operation; and
- Work closely with Director on meeting grant goals and
- Ability to effectively develop working relationships.
- Knowledge of K-12 school districts either through experience
working for a school district, or other equivalent experience.
- Possess a strong desire to promote educational achievement and
opportunity to participants who would not typically consider higher
- Effective written and oral communication skills.
- Familiarity and experience with computer applications,
including Microsoft products.
- Bachelor's degree preferred.
- Experience working with low-income and first-generation
- Prior experience working with Great Falls School District.
- Understanding of financial aid and scholarship options for
students interested in Higher Education.
- Experience with a cloud-based database and experience with data
and records management.
- Previous work with Native American populations.
Application Requirements and Deadlines:
Application requirements consist of items one through three
(1.) a letter of interest relating the applicant's experience
and qualifications to the position;
(2.) a list of three professional references with contact
(3.) a completed State of Montana employment application.
Online submission is preferred at: https://statecareers.mt.gov/.
Applicants may also submit materials to OCHE (Attention: Human
Resources), PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201.
Each position is open until filled. Candidates should submit
required application materials by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 10, 2021
to be considered in an initial screening of applications. This
position is eligible for veterans' preference in accordance with
state statute. Approval will be obtained before contacting the
candidates' current employer.
Reasonable Accommodations: Under state and federal law,
qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable
accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to
assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection
process. An applicant must request an accommodation when needed. If
you need any such accommodation, contact the Office of the
Commissioner of Higher Education at 406-449-9155. TDD users may use
the relay service by dialing 711.
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