Transition Specialist

Vacancy Notice: Monday, October 4, 2021
Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 by 4:30 PM CST
Position Type: Professional
Hours: Full Time
Department: Adult Education and Literacy Program
Reports To: Manager of AEL Enrollment and Assessment Services

Job Summary

The Transition Specialist works with students enrolled in English Language Learning (ELL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), High School Completion (HSC), and Integrated Education and Training (IET) classes in the Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) program at the Hawkeye Community College Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center to aid them in the successful transition to post-secondary education or training. This position addresses barriers to college entrance, persistence, and completion.

Essential Job Functions

Important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Meets one-on-one with students to discuss academic goals and options.

  • Coordinates transition to college events for AEL students.

  • Completes and discusses career interest inventories.

  • Connects students with FAFSA help, assists students to fill out college admission paperwork, and connects students with admissions and financial aid departments.

  • Organizes regular college campus tours for HSC/ELL students.

  • Collaborates with admissions and financial aid departments and EOC at UNI-CUE to offer presentations to HSC and ELL students at all campus sites.

  • Stays current on program requirements and new initiatives such as IET, GAP, and PACE.

  • Knows the HSC/ELL student body well enough to be able to provide the intensive assistance necessary for successful transition to post-secondary education and training.

  • Promotes college scholarships to HSC/ELL students who are transitioning to post-secondary, assists with applications as necessary, and assists with departmental duties regarding these scholarships.

  • Provides support service/retention effort/college completion initiative for college credit students who were HSC/ELL students.

  • Maintains communication with the HSC/ELL teachers and administrative staff.

  • Collaborates with staff and teachers to implement orientation for HSC/ELL students.

  • Serves on planning committees for HSC/ELL completion and graduation ceremonies.

  • Maintains necessary records and prepares statistical reports as required.

  • Selects and orders any necessary instructional or college promotional materials and serves as a resource person for HSC/ELL staff.

  • Provides professional development on transition to college for HSC/ELL staff.

  • Serves as a positive voice to community groups about HSC/ELL students.

  • Attends meetings with community and college groups, and the Iowa Department of Education as needed.

  • Serves on committees and advisory boards as needed, especially those pertaining to college enrollment, retention, and completion.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Communications, Social Sciences, Business, or related field.

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to obtain chauffeur’s license.

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise professional judgement.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with staff from multiple departments.

  • Demonstrated high proficiency using all Google Suite and Microsoft programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with and provide customer service for diverse populations (staff, students, partners, and general public).

  • Demonstrated ability to work a flexible schedule to include evenings.

  • Demonstrated ability to work year-round in this 12-month position.

  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through inclusive behaviors and helping contribute to a culture of inclusivity, and a vibrant, diverse, equitable and including learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree.

  • Experience working with AEL, ELL, HSC, ABE, and/or IET students.

  • Experience assisting students with the transition process to post-secondary education or training.

  • Experience working with first-generation college students.

  • Experience in college admissions or recruitment departments.

  • Community College coursework or work experience.

Working Conditions

Requires skills for succeeding in an office environment, using technology. Requires good hand-eye coordination including visual acuity to use a keyboard and read technical information; arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp. Work is performed in an office setting. Sit, stand, bend, lift and move intermittently during working hours. During the course of the day, interact with students, faculty and staff in person, by telephone and computer.

Employment Status

Full time, exempt position with comprehensive benefits program including health, dental, vision, life, and LTD insurance, a Section 125 plan for medical and dependent care expenses; holiday, personal, sick, and vacation leave; and a choice of retirement programs—IPERS (defined benefit) or TIAA (defined contribution).

Application Procedure

  • Complete online application at including a resume, 3 references with a minimum of 1 being a current/previous supervisor and a cover letter that briefly addresses:

    • Your education and work experience that would enable you to perform the job responsibilities of this position.

    • Your experience using various computer applications, student databases, and career exploration sites. Include experience with Google Suite Applications.

    • Your experience with individuals from diverse, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Include experience with non-traditional students, adult learners, and first-generation college students.

  • Submit an online application and all required materials by the deadline.

All application materials must be submitted by Tuesday, October 19, 2021 by 4:30 PM CST.

Hawkeye Community College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, committed to equity and diversity in its educational services and employment practices: The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex; race; age; color; creed; national origin; religion; disability; sexual orientation; gender identity; genetic information; or actual or potential parental, family, or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices. Veteran status is also included to the extent covered by law. Any person alleging a violation of equity regulations shall have the right to file a formal complaint. Inquiries concerning application of this statement should be addressed to: Equity Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator for employees, 319-296-4405; or Title IX Coordinator for students, 319-296-4448; Hawkeye Community College, 1501 East Orange Road, P.O. Box 8015, Waterloo, Iowa 50704-8015; or email, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, email:

If any applicant is in need of a reasonable accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

Contact Information

Human Resource Services

Hawkeye Center 101
Jobs Line: 319-296-2329 ext.5000‚Äč
Email Human Resource Services

If you are in need of any special accommodation in completing the application process, please notify a member of Human Resource Services.

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