VAST Transition Specialist

Houston Community College - Houston, TX4.1

30+ days agoPart-timeEstimated: $30,000 - $44,000 a year
Work with 150+students entering the VAST Dept. from their first term to successful completion and transfer to credit certificates, and/or employment and independent living. Collaborate with area school districts in the area of Transition for Special Education students to assist with recruitment, enrollment, helping students to make a smooth transition from High School to Post-Secondary level, credit/ noncredit programs, to employment and independent living options.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Assist with marketing and recruitment of potential students by attending and presenting at High School Transition Fairs, presenting at meetings and coordinating an onsite College Days;
Monitor interns progress during internships;
Work in collaboration with guidance to provide effective transition planning for all VAST students;
Represent HCC at high school career nights and events sponsored by our community partners;
Work closely with our parent support group, attending meetings and working with them on events that relate to transition and career planning. Engage in outreach activities, advocate on behalf of our VAST students;
Serve as a resource to families, parents, and students in accessing transition services as well as, providing information on transition topics affecting students with disabilities at the Post-Secondary level;
Assist in Transition Fairs and/or seminar to assist VAST students in making realistic career choices and with their transition from school to credit/semester hour courses and/or the workforce; and
Assist with annual College Day for area special ed. High schools to bring their students to visit the college and VAST Programs and Services.

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required
Bachelor Degree required in education, special education, psychology or social work or related field.

One (1) year relevant work experience in Special Needs Area working with high school students with disabilities 17-22 age range, or community advocacy preferred.

Knowledge of Disability Employment issues, benefits – Houston Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities, Mayor’s Office for Persons With Disabilities, Workforce Solutions, Social Security Administration, Dept. of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services (DARS) among others, to include becoming familiar with U.S. Dept. of Labor (office of disability employment) guidelines, trends, facts;
Knowledge of The American Disability Act and the Transition Services Process in area high school special education area;
Possess ability to establish and maintain professional relationship with members of the disability community, business and community agencies that advocate for persons with disabilities in order to identify and collaborate on needed services for our students;
Must be a self-starter and be able to work independently and flexible;
Possess skills and abilities to design and implement career and transition programs;
Facilitation and training skills for faculty, staff, students and parents;
Excellent organizational and communication skills required;
Ability to interact effectively with diverse population;
Proficient with MS WORD/EXCEL/PowerPoint, using Adaptive and Assistive Technologies; and
Knowledge of current workforce and transition issues and trends, to include those related to successful transition of students with disabilities from high school to college, to employment and independence.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

The Organization
Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We’re proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team
Some of the brightest minds in academics and business are choosing HCC as their teaching home. When you join our talented faculty team, you’ll play a special role as teacher, mentor and academic advisor. We’ll support you in your professional development as you contribute your knowledge and expertise to HCC, our students and the community.

The Opportunity
You: Innovator. Pacesetter. Agent of change. If you’re a tech savvy, process improvement-focused Student Champion with a talent for developing partnerships with communities and individuals, we’re looking for you.
Highlights: We are currently seeking an exceptional individual who will advance the institution’s proud tradition of excellence in academics, student life and community service.
Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you’re a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!


Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:
Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City’s 55.
Approximately 145 languages are spoken here.
Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
Houston is a major-league sports town, and don’t forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate healthcare system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation’s top institutions.
With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston’s cultural scene.
Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

If this sounds like the role for you and you’re ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

EEO Statement

Houston Community College does not discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

David Cross, Director EEO/Compliance, Title IX Coordinator