Job Openings

At this time, there are no open positions available at Westerly Education Center. However, the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner has posted these open positions, below. To apply, go to https://www.riopc.edu/page/employment/

Educational Support Coordinator – Adult Promise Initiative
Serve as the Navigator Network lead and central point of contact for adult students referred by the online portal, as well as supervisor for part-time staff employed with the Network. Facilitate network development including but not limited to increasing on- and off-campus connections/collaborations, outreach to students, assessment of need, student support, follow-up, communications, and data collection/record-keeping. Work with non-traditional age students who are re/enrolling in college or in workforce development activities to facilitate completion; facilitate education or training enrollment, persistence, and completion for students, with targeted outreach to under-represented populations; cultivate and nurture partnerships for student resources.
NETWORK LEAD - Adult Student Coaching
o Provide engaged, proactive, and strategic coaching services aimed toward developing and maintaining working relationships with adult students to maximize their achievement, retention, persistence, and educational and/or workforce training goal attainment.
o Engage adult learners through portal referrals, walk-ins, appointments, and workshops to assist students with enrollment processes utilizing a variety of contact methods (email, phone call, in‐person, classroom presentations, etc.)
o Support students with financial aid applications and processes.
o Maintain a thorough understanding of workforce development eligibility requirements, college policies, procedures, programs, curriculum, and services to give accurate information concerning admission, registration, and progress towards workforce credential attainment, graduation and/or transfer.
o Plan with students to utilize personal strengths and available supports to address barriers to educational achievement; develop a plan with each student and review progress
toward objectives
o Communicate promptly and consistently with students, using a variety of methods (email, phone call, in‐person, classroom presentations, etc.)
o Refer students to academic support services, appropriate campus services, public benefits, and community-based resources, as needed.
o Advocate for students and teach self‐advocacy skills.
o Complete all required data and record‐keeping and ensure that it is kept up to date for all students served, including progress notes, contact sheets, intake questionnaire, etc.
NETWORK LEAD – Service Coordination
o Network organization including assignment of adult students to Navigators: manage pipeline of applicant students and lists of students with long-term enrollment barriers,
facilitate student outreach through mailings, email and telephone campaigns. Follow up and report on non-matriculating students.
o Provide leadership, resources, and administrative support to partner Navigators. Provide ongoing feedback and facilitate communication between students, Navigators, and on- and off- campus resources as needed.
o Provide support and follow-up on an as-needed basis for student participants, especially students with persistent support needs, during extended hours and weekends.
o Assist in the development, coordination, and implementation of the Navigator training curriculum, staff meetings, group support, etc.
o Maintain Navigator Network operational policies and ensure compliance.
o Oversee the development and maintenance of the directory of student resources; asset/resource map development and maintenance.
o Ensure that student records to track outcome measurement are complete and maintained in a timely manner and establish procedures to ensure accuracy and completion.
NETWORK DEVELOPMENT AND OUTREACH
o Develop, implement and coordinate outreach planning and activities. Represent the Navigator Network to identify and recruit students at community events, workshops, and meetings.
o Ensure Navigator Network has current information on resources, college programs, workforce development, and adult education programs available.
o Attend and actively participate in all meetings, training, and professional development activities as determined by the supervisor.
o Demonstrate positive team member attitude and offer suggestions to improve services to students.
OCCASIONAL JOB FUNCTIONS
o Provide coverage for other project staff as needed.
o Be available to work some evenings and weekend hours, and to travel locally, as required.
o Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Adult Programs & Policies.
QUALIFICATIONS
REQUIRED
 Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, or in a relevant field.
 Experience in social services and/or higher education, or in a relevant field.
 Ability to establish professional relationships with students, co-workers, and all referring agencies.
 Excellent organizational skills; strong verbal and written communications skills, including presentation skills.
 Ability to work in a fast paced, high performing team environment.
 Knowledge of and ability to utilize computer applications in an educational environment, such as Microsoft Office.
 Proven ability to effectively interact and communicate with a diverse group of students, alumni, and staff.
 Willingness to pursue appropriate and ongoing professional development.
 Able to plan, organize and administer multiple activities and meet deadlines.
 Strong respect and desire to support diverse and inclusive communities.
 This position will require travel to locations throughout Rhode Island. Must have access to and use of own transportation.
 Availability to work some evenings and weekend hours, as required.
DESIRED SKILLS
 Proficiency in English and Spanish.
 Experience working with grants.
 Lived experience as an adult college student preferred.
This is a full time position, grant funded through October 31, 2020. Please submit applications via the employment posting at https://www.riopc.edu/page/employment/. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by Friday, October 25. The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be arranged in order to perform the essential functions of the job.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Director of Adult Programs and Policies

To lead efforts at the state level to significantly expand opportunities and support for adult learners to attain postsecondary certificates and degrees and to access state financial aid. Develop and implement policies and programmatic initiatives to ensure the success of adult students, particularly for historically unrepresented populations, and to further OPC’s key policy priorities.
SPECIFIC DUTIES:
o Develop policies and programmatic initiatives to improve student access, persistence, and completion rates while closing equity gaps, with a focus on adult learners, including veterans, immigrant professionals, apprentices, and the incarcerated. Manage implementation of related grant-funded  Serve as adult learning policy advisor, with a focus on innovative, evidence-based, data-driven solutions, plans, programs, and administrative reviews that will yield improved information and processes for the Commissioner, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and the public institutions of higher education.
o Work with state and national partners to develop strategies for advancing the agenda of expand opportunities for adult students. Develop an action plan and benchmarks for implementation of these strategies.
o Review national best practices and evidence-based research to develop written analyses that will be used with state partners in the development of state policies, practices, and programs.
o Represent the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, as directed, in matters relating to adult learners inside and outside of Rhode Island. This duty may include, but is not limited to, representing the Office on various boards, panels, and commissions that are oriented to adult student success.
o Collaborate on policies, programs, and activities with public and independent postsecondary education institutions and lead strategic partnerships across the system and with external stakeholders, with a focus on strengthening and expanding programming for adults.
o In collaboration with OPC staff, develop and implement communications and outreach strategies to improve access, persistence and completion rates for adults.o Perform other duties as assigned by the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education.
REQUIREMENTS:
Education: Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s preferred.
Experience: Three to five years of appropriate experience working with adult learners.
SPECIAL SKILLS:
o Knowledge and understanding of state-level and national policy, planning, and research issues related to adult learners and postsecondary education.
o Demonstrated commitment to closing equity gaps in higher education.
o Demonstrated experience with securing, implementing, and managing grants.
o Knowledge of Rhode Island state labor and training system, postsecondary system, public assistance programs, and social service providers preferred.
o Ability to think strategically and communicate strategy
o Ability to translate strategy into plans of action
o Excellent written communication and public speaking skills
o Effectively use technology to communicate/collaborate with colleagues and manage work
o Ability to maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, and other public and private agencies.
o Commitment to the goals and strategic priorities set forth by the Council on Postsecondary Education.
o Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus.
Submit applications at https://www.riopc.edu/page/employment/.
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by November 8, 2019. Please submit applications via the employment posting at https://www.riopc.edu/page/employment/. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with priority given to applications received by Friday, October 25. The Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. Reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities can be arranged in order to perform the essential functions of the job.

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER