Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


Make a difference and join the TRIO Nation! TRIO programs are nationally recognized as exemplary college access programs. Being a part of TRIO means that you have joined a national program born out of the Civil Rights movement as part of the Higher Education Act of 1968 for the purpose of improving the retention and graduation rates of the students we serve.

UW-Stout is committed to fostering equity of experience and opportunity to ensure student success and has been a host institution for the TRIO SSS program for 35 years.

TRIO SSS is funded through a 5-year competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support up to 430 eligible students. The TRIO SSS Advisor is an annual appointment that includes a short work break from June 15th to August 15th. Reporting to the Director of Student Support Services (SSS), the SSS Advisor assesses and provides retention activities and services to college students who are first generation, students who meet federal low income criteria, and students with disabilities in individual, group, classroom and electronic formats. The SSS Advisor manages a caseload, assisting students in identifying obstacles which affect academic progress and provide the necessary support, advisement, and enhancement services to overcome barriers to college success, and provides academic monitoring support, study skills development, leadership skills, career planning, graduate school exploration and financial literacy education. The SSS Advisor successfully communicates and collaborates with college personnel and departments, parents, and other professionals to fully and effectively create a climate of student success.


Minimum / Required

  • Master’s Degree in higher education, social work, education, counseling, educational leadership or related fields from an accredited college or university
  • Experience working in a TRIO program or other program that focuses on first-generation students, students who meet low-income criteria, and/or students with disabilities
  • Knowledge of academic advising and college, career, financial aid, and economic literacy activities and related services
  • Ability to effectively maintain a caseload of project participants and provide them with services and activities as indicated on their Individual Student Success Plan
  • Demonstrated excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Professional or personal experiences in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities

Highly Desired

  • Experience administering and interpreting career and personality assessments (LASSI, MBTI, CliftonStrengths for Students, Strong Interest Inventory)
  • Demonstrated understanding and advocacy of the intersectional needs of individuals from diverse cultural, disability, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Commitment to and passion for continuous growth in the realm of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Formal training and or work experience in effective student support, specifically in the areas of guiding first-generation, low-income, and/or students with disabilities with goal setting, time management, study skills, transferrable and soft skill building, and self-advocacy.
  • Experience with database and engagement platforms such as: Blumen, PeopleSoft, Canvas, CampusGroups


  • Maintain regular contact with a caseload of 100 TRIO SSS Participants
  • Assesses and collaborates on the development of an Individual Student Success plan with Participants and regularly monitors progress towards goal completion.
  • Develops and implements Participant programming for required and permissible services in order to meet the standardized objectives of the TRIO SSS project.
  • Facilitates workshops in multi-modalities on a range of topics related to academic success skills, financial literacy, career development, and goal setting.
  • Instructs TRIO SSS project 1 credit courses: TRDIS 120 Strategies for Academic Success and TRDIS 121 Strategies for Successful Career Development
  • Provides support and documentation to maintain project compliance with appropriate federal regulations and institutional policies and procedures.
  • Enters SSS Participant data and records/services in TRIO SSS project database to meet U.S. Department of Education reporting requirements.
  • Assist in the development and execution of Summer Early Bridge program for new students.
  • Proactively collaborate with College-wide departments, faculty, tutors, and academic support staff to advocate, identify, and meet the academic needs of TRIO Participants.


TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO programs are federal outreach and student services programs funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965 to assist marginalized students in overcoming barriers to higher education. TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded TRIO program designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of first-generation students, students who meet federal low-income criteria, and students with disabilities. The University of Wisconsin-Stout Student Support Services program is comprised of two federal grants - SSS Regular and SSS Disabled - with a combined annual budget of $665,384 annually from the U.S. Department of Education (2020-2021).

Services we are required to provide Participants include: academic tutoring; advice and assistance in postsecondary course selection; information on both the full range of Federal student financial aid programs and benefits (including assistance in completing FAFSA applications); education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and activities designed to assist participants enrolled in four-year institutions of higher education in applying for admission to, and obtaining financial assistance for enrollment in, graduate and professional programs. Additional permissible services include: Individualized counseling for personal, career, and academic matters; cultural events; peer mentoring; programs and activities for students who are limited English proficient, students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education, students who are individuals with disabilities, students who are homeless children and youths, students who are foster care youth, or other disconnected students.

Our mission statement: By creating and maintaining a supportive community and fostering a climate that values the social and cultural capital of our students, we aspire to empower them to maximize their potential and achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. Our staff is committed to continuous professional and personal development in the realm of equity, diversity, and inclusion.


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 49 undergraduate and over 20 distinctive, highly-regarded advanced degree programs. Average student enrollment is 9,000.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Human Resources office at 715.232.1279.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

  1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

Official transcripts will be required at time of hire.

To ensure consideration complete applications must be submitted online by Monday, 10/26/2020. Screening of applications may continue until the position is filled.

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