State of Montana Pre-College Advisor in Polson, Montana

Job Title: Pre-College Advisor, Educational Talent Search Program

Position # 51200043

Location: Flathead Area Schools

Hourly Rate: $15.00

Status: 10 Month Position focused around an academic calendar. Position is contingent upon continued grant funding.

The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education (OCHE) seeks a Talent Search Pre-College Advisor to work in the program’s Flathead Area Schools. The successful candidate in this position will advise, counsel and encourage participants to complete high school and prepare for opportunities in post-secondary education. This position primarily works with middle school and high school participants in the Flathead Target Area. The Montana Educational Talent Search Program 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 1,342 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. More information on the program may be found at

This position is eligible for employee benefits (health insurance, sick leave and vacation leave, state holidays, and retirement program) in accordance with state law. Employees of the Montana University System are eligible to use certain college tuition waivers in accordance with Board of Regents policy.

Application Requirements and Deadlines: The application requirements consist of: a letter of interest, three professional references, and a completed State of Montana employment application. Online submission is preferred at: Applicants may also submit materials to OCHE (Attention: Human Resources), 560 N. Park Avenue – 4th floor, P.O. Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201.

The position will remain open until filled, but candidates should submit completed applications by October 15, 2018 to be considered in an initial screening of applications. This position is eligible for the American Indian employment preference and the veterans’ preference in accordance with state statute.

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 Advisor

-Recruit, screen and determine the eligibility of students for program services

-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, and letters

-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 database

-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

-Work closely with Director on meeting grant goals and objectives

Required Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in education, counseling, or related field

-Ability to effectively develop relationships with teachers, participants, parents and school administration

-Knowledge of K-12 school districts either through experience working for a school district, or other equivalent experience

-Ability to advise and evaluate a participant’s educational goals

-Highly detail-oriented (with experience documenting a work schedule)

-Must possess a strong desire to promote educational achievement and opportunity to participants who would not typically consider higher education

-Have reliable transportation, including proof of mandatory liability insurance coverage, for use on OCHE business. Mileage reimbursement for travel on approved OCHE business will be made in accordance with OCHE policies

-Effective written and oral communication skills

-Familiarity and experience with computer applications including Microsoft products

-Experience working with low-income and first-generation college students in middle and high school settings

Preferred Qualifications:

-Prior experience working with Flathead Area Schools (Polson School District, Ronan School District, Saint Ignatius School District and/or Two Eagle River 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

-Experience developing relationships with teachers, participants, parents and school administration

-Experience teaching curriculum to students in middle school and high school who are primarily Native American

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.


Job: *Education/Training

Title: Pre-College Advisor

Location: Polson

Requisition ID: 18142265