Blackburn and Beyond Student Support Paraprofessional

Blackburn and Beyond

Blackburn College, a unique four-year liberal arts college with a student-managed work program located in Carlinville, IL, seeks applications for a Student Support Paraprofessional (SSP). The SSP is a pivotal member of the Blackburn and Beyond (B&B) team who provides student support and guidance across all facets of the program. Critical to the success of this program, the SSP is responsible for collaborating with partners throughout campus to develop transition experiences to support student success.

Responsibilities include:

  • Support and supervise students individually or in small groups to advance their learning goals within the B&B program
  • Arrange specific student supports in class and in social settings.
  • Assist the program Director to maintain the integrity of the B&B program.
  • Help to facilitate the assessment process for the program using student learning objectives to make evidence-based recommendations to improve student learning in the B&B program. 
  • Collaborate and communicate across campus with faculty and staff to implement individual student growth plans and work experiences.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of student development to develop, plan, and implement multi-faceted social activities that balance high expectations with students’ social efficacy needs.
  • Demonstrate awareness and deep understanding of the student development and transition needs of students within today’s context while sensitive to the needs of a diverse student community and a pulse on the changing demographic trends in higher education
  • Provide training and support to mentors and volunteers working with B&B students.
  • Assist the program Director in all planning and collaboration with the Blackburn Work Program.
  • Other duties as assigned by the College.
  • Typical work hours fall between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday and are based on student’s schedules/needs.

We recognize that different candidates will have strengths in different areas, and we are open to candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

Bachelor’s degree required. Experience working with neurodiverse individuals is preferred.  Knowledge of Illinois educational regulations and requirements, proficiency in appropriate software applications, excellent written and spoken communication skills, understanding of basic bookkeeping practices, and the general ability to work effectively in a collaborative, busy, multi-tasking office environment is required.

Blackburn College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks to build an inclusive community that can engage the interests of a diverse population. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and sustaining a culture that reflects the diversity of our country, and as such we particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups such as women, people of color, LGBTQ+, veterans, and those with disabilities.

In order to apply, please send a resume, cover letter including a diversity statement describing what diversity means to you and why it is important, and the names/addresses/phone numbers of three current, professional references to: Marshall Petty, Blackburn College, 700 College Ave., Ludlum 110, Carlinville, IL 62626 or email Employment-based immigration sponsorship is not offered for this position. Phone calls or walk-ins not accepted.