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Extended Opportunity Program Specialist

South Orange County Community College District

Job Title: Extended Opportunity Program Specialist
Job Location: Irvine , CA
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Admissions/retention/enrollment mgmt.
Business/financial affairs, financial aid
Date Posted: 2018-02-07
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Extended Opportunity Program Specialist
South Orange County Community College District

Irvine Valley College
Extended Opportunity Program Specialist

Job Close Date: 02/26/2018

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for this opening, you must apply through the District website at

Summary Description:
Under general supervision from assigned supervisory or management staff, performs a variety of specialized duties involved in assisting potential/eligible Extended Opportunity Program Services (EOPS) students in the areas of registration and admissions, financial aid, immigration and residency questions and requirements, and other services; provides technical assistance and guidance to students, staff, counselors, faculty, and administrator in the interpretation and clarification of program regulations; prepares and maintains a variety of statistics, records, and reports related to program area and participants; facilitates functions of the EOPS office; and participates in the outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts of the program.

Job Requirements

Knowledge of:

  • Philosophy, goals, and objectives of the EOPS program and its sub-programs; EOPS eligibility requirements.
  • Student recruitment and retention strategies and techniques.
  • District policies regarding admissions, matriculation, evaluation, residency, and financial aid.
  • Paraprofessional guidance techniques used to assist students; institutional and community resources to refer students to.
  • Methods and techniques used in conducting information sessions for current and prospective students.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including those pertaining to student admissions, financial aid, and residency.
  • Confidentiality requirements when dealing with personal and sensitive student information.
  • Data collection and basic research principles and practices
  • Basic mathematical and statistical principles.
  • Principles, practices, and procedures of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • Record keeping methods and procedures.
  • Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems.
  • Diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Work organization principles and practices.
  • Principles and techniques used in public relations.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Principles and practices of providing training, work direction, and guidance to lower-level office staff and student workers.
  • English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.

Ability to:

  • Perform a wide variety of specialized duties related to the outreach, recruitment, and retention of EOPS students.
  • Prepare and give oral presentations to potential program participants at high schools and other locations in the community.
  • Understand the organization and operation of the College as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Assess student needs and provide appropriate referrals.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, or the public; effectively present information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public.
  • Provide information regarding college admission, matriculation, financial aid programs, EOPS and other student services.
  • Publicize program services and activities.
  • Maintain current knowledge of EOPS and financial aid programs and requirements.
  • Compile and analyze data related to assigned functions and prepare related reports.
  • Implement and maintain filing and record-keeping systems.
  • Independently compose and prepare correspondence and memoranda.
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.
  • Work within the policies, functions, and requirements of area of assignment.
  • Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
  • Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
  • Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
  • Use correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
  • Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
  • Work independently and effectively in the absence of supervision
  • Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing in English and a designated second language.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.

Equivalent to two years of college level course work in education, counseling, or a related field.

Two years of increasingly responsible administrative and programmatic experience including experience coordinating, implementing, and providing administrative support to a program designed for special populations.

License or Certificate:
A valid California driverís license and proof of insurability may be required for some positions to drive a District or personal vehicle to other locations, such as local high schools, to conduct work.

Information and Application Process Instructions

To Apply:
Please visit the Districtís Employment Opportunities website at for a detailed job description, to learn more about the District and to complete an on-line application.

NOTICE TO ALL CANDIDATES FOR EMPLOYMENT: The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, Public Law 99-603, requires that employers obtain documentation from every new employee which authorizes that individual to accept employment in this country. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

When inquiring or applying for this position, please also reference

Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities within the South Orange County Community College District and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Human Resources Department as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Human Resources Department
5500 Irvine Center Drive

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