Telluride Foundation seeks applications for a new position: Student Advocate. The principal responsibility of the Student Advocate will be to implement the goals of the Chang Chavkin First Generation Scholars Program (SCHOLARS) to support potential first generation college students in five rural school districts: Telluride, Norwood, West End, Ridgway and Ouray. SCHOLAR will provide resources and financial support to low-income, first generation high school students to pursue and complete a college education. First Generation students are children whose parents do not have an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree.
The Student Advocate will provide direct service to students, parents and the five regional school districts in three ways: 1) work with high school guidance counselors to provide targeted support to first generation students and their families; 2) college scholarship funding; and 3) “wrap-around” services while in college to help ensure graduation.
The goal of SCHOLARS is to elevate the success of first generation students by helping them successfully get admitted to a quality four-year college, maximize their financial aid potential, and obtain a Bachelor’s Degree.
The Student Advocate position represents an outstanding opportunity for a high-performing individual to connect with students and families, work closely with school district college counselors and administration, develop partnerships with colleges and universities, and make a significant difference in the future of low-income, first generation students.
This unique opportunity is a full-time position with the Telluride Foundation, however with reporting responsibilities to the scholarship fund donors and scholarship selection committee. The position would travel frequently within the five school districts, conduct home visits with students and parents, as well as nationally to college campuses. In the future, the program may expand to other regional communities, including Montrose and/or Cortez and travel to these communities may also be necessary.
The Telluride Foundation, located in Telluride Colorado, exists to create a stronger Telluride community through the cultivation and promotion of philanthropy. It is a nonprofit, apolitical community foundation that provides year-round support for local organizations involved in arts, education, athletics, charitable causes, conservation and other community-based efforts through community grantmaking, impact initiatives, convening’s and charitable stewardship. The Foundation acts to serve the people living and/or working in the Telluride region for the purpose of enhancing the quality of life within the region.
For a preliminary description of the program, https://goo.gl/7f8vXJ; for the job description, https://goo.gl/Y17jhD