Foster Youth College Success Initiative Coordinator and Campus Liaison

SUNY System Administration   Albany, NY   Full-time     Education
Posted on August 2, 2022
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Foster Youth College Success Initiative Coordinator and Campus Liaison 

About The State University of New York:
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state's only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2021, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum.

Job Description:
The Foster Youth College Success Initiative (FYCSI) Coordinator will be responsible for developing programs, services, and procedures to improve the personal and academic of foster care students attending SUNY institutions. The incumbent will also serve as the Office of Opportunity Programs liaison to the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) staff in one of the sectors of our SUNY campuses. This individual will be part of a dynamic team that will report to the Student Advocate and Executive Director of Opportunity Programs. Job duties and responsibilities include:

  • Work closely with New York State Education Department (SED) to design and implement all programs, tasks and activities required to effectively deliver SED funding to deliver direct support to students funded through the FYCSI
  • Provide rosters of students to New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to review for program eligibility
  • Guide SUNY campus personnel in identifying eligible campus youth enrolled in SUNY
  • Prepare, update, and disseminate information about the FYCSI
  • Prepare and monitor budget and campus expenditures for FYCSI
  • Coordinate with campus financial aid staff to disseminate to package eligible students with FYCSI funds
  • Build a thriving community among FYCSI student enrolled in SUNY
  • Serve as liaison to foster care agencies in connecting foster youth with educational opportunities
  • Support the management and development of university-wide opportunity programs
  • Service as liaisons to EOP Directors, supervisors, and campus staff at assigned campuses.
  •  Work with campus EOP Directors within assigned sector to strength and develop programs, services and activities that promote access, completion, and success for EOP students
  • Assist EOP directors and staff at campuses within SUNY sector in the areas of EOP fiscal management, enrollment management, and interpretation of EOP guidelines

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Three years of experience in the provision of education, training, or other services to disadvantaged, under-resourced, or underrepresented populations or related experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Capacity for working effectively as part of a team
  • Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and organizational skills
  • Proficiency with Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • New York State foster care system
  • Knowledge of effective strategies for promoting access and success for marginalized student populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Education, Higher Education, Administration or a related field
  • Experience in higher education
  • Experience with implementation of programs, policies, and procedures
  • Successful grant-writing experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, as part of a team, and in collaboration with program administration and key campus partners

Additional Information:
Commensurate with qualifications. Excellent Benefit Package which includes; NYS health insurance, free dental and vision, competitive retirement options, tuition assistance and generous vacation, sick and holiday accruals.

State Title:  Senior Staff Assistant (SL3).
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Application Instructions:
Interested candidates are invited to apply online at  Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references when applying. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

State University of New York System Administration is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, or retaliation.

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