Educational Specialist

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Work type: Non-Classified/Professional
Location: Boise, ID
Categories: Student Services, TRIO Programs, College of Education

About Us:

Boise State University, powered by creativity and innovation, stands uniquely positioned in the Northwest as a metropolitan research university of distinction. Learn more about Boise State and the City of Boise at

Boise State University is building an inclusive community of faculty and staff whose unique skills, cultural contributions, work history, and perspectives create a rich and rewarding academic experience for our students. Research demonstrates that people thrive when they feel welcome, respected, and inspired. We seek applicants who are committed to helping us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. Applications from members of historically marginalized groups, including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged.

Job Summary/Basic Function:

To advise and provide opportunities for middle school, Jr. and Sr. High school students enrolled in Educational Talent Search to ensure transition from middle school to high school to postsecondary.

Level Scope:

Entry-level professional with limited or no prior experience to contribute on a project or work team. Incumbent learns to use professional concepts to resolve problems of limited scope and complexity under close supervision while achieving day-to-day objectives. Works on developmental assignments that are initially routine in nature, requiring limited judgment and decision making. This level is typically focused on self development. Requires theoretical knowledge through specific education and training.

Essential Functions:

60% of Time the Educational Specialist, Associate must:
● Responsible for recruitment of potential participants and securing appropriate documentation for client eligibility (responsible for ensuring that 2/3rd of students are both 1st generation to college and meet federal income guidelines)
● Maintain correct number of students by grade level and by school as dictated in the grant
● Maintain accurate and confidential records for students, (including college and career plans, transcripts, test scores, scholarships, GPA, events attended, etc.)
● Follow up concerning services provided to students (including documenting using Blumen software and Student Tracker), maintaining inventory of current information on students.
● Ongoing review of student caseload including documentation of students who have moved left the program, etc.
● Provide academic assistance such as class selection for both secondary and postsecondary, study skills, goal setting, time management, academic success, career interest inventories, and technology
● Develop and maintain working and trusting relationships with participants while ensuring program services are provided as outlined in the grant and the service delivery plan, and act as an advocate whenever possible
● Attend training as needed to gain skills to better provide services
● Provide information to students regarding post-secondary opportunities including admissions, financial aid, scholarships, ACT/SAT/COMPASS testing, and course selection, (use of university technology systems such as Bronco web) CIS, Internet college searches, scholarship searches
● Track student progress up to and including enrollment in postsecondary education using the National Student Clearinghouse, Blumen software, and university websites
● Develop, coordinate and participate in parent nights, career field trips, college campus visits, financial aid nights, service learning events. Events may include evening, weekend and overnight activities.
● Plan a minimum of one event and college visitation per year as outlined in the TPCP Policy and Procedures Manual.

Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

● Must have a valid driver’s license, reliable car, and current insurance, a cell phone, which they will be reimbursed for a percentage of calls that are work related.
● Computer skills including Microsoft Office software.
● Bilingual or multicultural
● Previous experience working with low-income students
● Background in financial aid, admissions, and curriculum design

Minimum Qualifications:

● Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent relevant professional experience.

● Must have a valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

● TRIO alumni or previous experience working with first generation and low-income students
Salary and Benefits:

Salary $39,000/yr for a 10 month position. Boise State University is committed to offering a benefits package that provides health and financial protection plans as well as resources to promote health and well-being. Our program provides flexibility so you can choose the benefits that are right for you and your family. Learn more about our benefit options at

Required Application Materials:

Cover letter and resume.  Review of applicants will begin immediately.  



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