TITLE: Resource Center Specialist
CLASS: Academic Professional
EXEMPT STATUS: Exempt
NATURE AND SCOPE OF WORK
The Resource Center Specialist is responsible for providing coordination and oversight of activities associated with a small Resource Center and/or provides assistance to a Resource Center Coordinator in a larger program. Incumbents in this classification work independently in developing and implementing programs or activities for students using the Resource Center. The Specialist directs the work of student coordinators, identifies appropriate tools and resources for the Resource Center, plans and facilitates workshops, and provides general student support as needed.
The Resource Center Specialist is distinguished from the Resource Center Coordinator in that the Coordinator is responsible for a Resource Center at an assigned campus that provides services to the general student population. Coordinators have responsibility for oversight of staff and budget. The Resource Center Specialist coordinates the activities of a small Resource Center for an assigned program.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES (Includes some or all of the following)
- Coordinate and facilitate activities for a Resource Center for an assigned program. Develop and implement marketing strategies for services provided by the Center. Collect and evaluate data on Resource Center usage. Develop and implement changes adapting to student needs.
- Identify current resource materials, both written and computerized materials, for inclusion in the center. Purchase materials as needed and ensure materials are current. Ensure computer hardware and software is operable.
- Design and facilitate workshops focused on such areas as working with specialized student populations at a college environment. Work with faculty and staff on the oversight of a task force and retention strategies. Deliver presentations to classes and external stakeholders as requested.
- Assist students in removing barriers to their education. Foster relationships with community and state agencies as well as other college resources. Refer students to available services for further assistance.
- Assist with the hire process via Associated Students of Portland Community College (ASPCC) funded advocate positions.
- May provide case management and academic advising.
- Participate in problem solving issues between students, instructors, and/or counselors/advisors. Facilitate student transition into the college environment.
- Initiate and coordinate the development of grant proposals and solicit donations that support the goals of the resource center; oversee implementation of grants awarded.
- Serve as liaison to community and regional organizations that can contribute to the goals of the resource center.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Work is performed in an office environment.
Occasional lifting of catalogs or marketing materials that may weigh up to 50 pounds. Some extended periods of sitting at a computer required.
Bachelor's degree in Education, Liberal Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences or related field. Experience performing the duties of this job may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.
Demonstrated experience working in a student support services environment. Experience designing and facilitating training for a diverse audience.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of effective marketing techniques.
Knowledge of general college policies and procedures and Portland Community College programs.
Skill in evaluating transcripts and graduation petitions may be required in some positions.
Skill in operating a computer and various supporting software packages.
Skill in designing, writing, and editing promotional materials.
Skill in developing and facilitating effective training workshops.
Ability to operate a variety of office equipment.
Ability to work with an ethnically and culturally diverse student population.
Ability to effectively communicate in oral and written form.