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Beacon College is an equal access/equal opportunity institution committed to affirmative action and advocates a drug-free environment. Beacon College seeks qualified and diverse candidates with multicultural experience including members of protected class groups. Beacon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).

Beacon College is dedicated to attracting talented, high caliber staff and supporting all employees in their professional development. Positions currently open are listed below:

Positions at Beacon College

Payroll Processor / Accounts Payable

About the job
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume/CV to:
Tina Morris, Director of Finance and Student Accounts – cmorris@beaconcollege.edu

Position Reports to:  Director of Finance and Student Accounts 

Position Description:
For more than 30 years, Beacon College has made a profound difference in the lives of neurodiverse students who have learning and developmental challenges and disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. The college is seeking a motivated, creative, and energetic professional to serve as its Digital Communications Specialist, supporting the college in communicating its mission of educating and preparing young neurodiverse people to succeed academically, professionally, and socially.

Payroll:

  • Biweekly payroll processing
  • New employee setup (corrections), time & attendance accruals, departments, supervisors etc.
  • Employee/student issues with PAYCHEX/HR issues, PAYCHEX training & password reset
  • Time & Attendance Corrections and monitoring
  • Paychex Reconfiguring GL, correcting payroll schedule, streamlining payroll processes
  • Severance, Employee Advances, Car/Housing, & Adjunct tracking
  • 403b Contributions & Funding for EE (biweekly) & ER (semi-annually)
  • Bus Driver Monthly Reports
  • 941 Quarterly Reconciliation
  • Payroll Entries – Payroll, Bank, Fees, Gift Pledges
  • Works closely with the Office of Human Resources with payroll and employee questions regarding payroll

Daily/Monthly:

  • Daily Deposit Recording backup
  • Daily Bookstore Sales entry and Receipt of Deposit
  • Backup to Accounts Payable – processing invoices/check requests/payment processing
  • Credit Card reconciliation
  • Communicating with Vendors
  • Maintaining outstanding checks – follow up with vendors, send letters, void and reissue.
  • Handbooks, Directions/Instruction Flyers and Streamlining Processes
  • HR Issue assistance (back-up)
  • Monthly Reconciliations
  • Bookstore Inventory Journal Entry & Reversal
  • Work Study Reconciliation – bi weekly and submit information to Enrollment Services
  • Assist with 403b Audit
  • Donor Perfect Pledge Reconciliation to GL 
  • Accruals for Payroll, Salaries, Vacation

Other:

  • Backup for VR billing
  • Assist with Student Billing questions when needed
  • Receive check payments & charge credit cards for student accounts and post to student accounts
  • Aflac reconciliation
  • Audit Requests as necessary
  • J-1 Implementation Team

Qualifications

  • Paychex experience preferred
  • At least 3 years of payroll experience
  • Accounts payable/accounting experience a plus
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organization skills, and attention to detail
  • Ability to handle multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Microsoft office experience necessary – highly proficient in Excel
  • Strong work ethic
  • Team player with an outgoing and enthusiastic personality
  • Works well in ambiguity 
  • Prior experience in a college/school setting a plus
  • High school diploma required, college degree preferred
  • Job entails data entry, with judgement and assessment of application of policies necessary. Opportunity for work in Excel as well as ongoing communication with students and parents where excellent oral and written communication necessary. 
  • Three references required 

Compensation

  • Salary depending on experience starts at $35,000
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, life insurance. Immediately eligible to participate in 403(b) retirement plan.

Location
This position is based on Beacon College’s campus in downtown Leesburg, Florida.

Digital Communications Specialist

About the job
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume/CV to:
Darryl Owens, Director of Communications
dowens@beaconcollege.edu

Position Reports to: Director of Communications

Position Description:
For more than 30 years, Beacon College has made a profound difference in the lives of neurodiverse students who have learning and developmental challenges and disabilities such as ADHD, dyslexia, and autism. The college is seeking a motivated, creative, and energetic professional to serve as its Digital Communications Specialist, supporting the college in communicating its mission of educating and preparing young neurodiverse people to succeed academically, professionally, and socially.

The Digital Communication Specialist will play an integral role in enhancing the college’s regional, national, and global reputation through targeted digital communications and marketing material development, as well as support for events managed by the communications team. This may include working with faculty, staff, and college and community partners, to develop creative and innovative content for a variety of communications platforms (including social media) and monitoring digital traffic to track the college’s reach to target audiences.

The ideal candidate for this role should have excellent writing and oral communication skills, possess a keen eye for design, and be able to apply their talent into content creation across mediums, including digital, social media and print. Photography and/or video editing experience is a plus.

By becoming part of the Beacon College family, the Digital Communications Specialist is joining an award-winning team that is enthusiastic about higher education and serving the needs of students with learning differences, helping them on their path to success. Beacon was the first college in the nation accredited to award bachelor’s degrees exclusively to neurodiverse students and is recognized as one of the foremost American institutions in this undergraduate specialty.

The professional selected for the Digital Communications Specialist position will have a unique opportunity to touch on a diverse range of projects as they support the college in communicating its mission and expanding its reach as a national thought leader.

Responsibilities

  • Social Media – Create social media content, including event graphics and video clips, to support a cross-platform digital strategy and boost engagement. Ensure that all platforms are regularly updated with relevant and timely information.
  • Website – Maintain an up-to-date and accurate website, including creating relevant graphics and content. Coordinate with other staff across different organization functions to compile information for updates. The Digital Communications Specialist will also play a key role in the planned redesign of the organization’s website soon.
  • Email Marketing – Design and create email campaigns to include newsletters, event invitations, and other member communications to support member retention and recruitment. Supervise a student intern who will assist with some of these efforts.
  • Reports & Publications – Manage planning, design, and execution of Council reports and publications using Adobe InDesign.
  • Event Support & Production –
  • Virtual Events – Manage Zoom production for the campus community.
  • In-person Events – When it becomes safe to resume in-person programming, provide event photography (desired).
  • Perform other duties as necessary as the communications efforts continue to expand and evolve.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or a related field
  • 1-2 years of experience creating digital content and graphic design
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organization skills, and attention to detail
  • Content writing experience for all platforms
  • Experience with digital, publication, and video content creation and editing tools including the Adobe Suite (i.e., Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro) preferred
  • Experience in Constant Contact, MailChimp or a similar email platform
  • Experience managing social media platforms and content management systems (i.e., WordPress)
  • Familiarity with Zoom webinar platform
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of AP Stylebook and proofreading
  • Team player with an outgoing and enthusiastic personality
  • Project management experience preferred

Required Applicant Documents/Work Samples

  • Curriculum Vitae / Resume
  • Portfolio of writing samples

Compensation

  • Salary Range: $38,000 to $43,000 Annually
  • Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, short & long-term disability, life insurance. Immediately eligible to participate in 403(b) retirement plan.

Location
This position is based on Beacon College’s campus in downtown Leesburg, Florida.

Administrative Position: Residential Director

Position Reports to: Area Coordinator

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, current resume/CV, and names of three (3) references electronically to:
Craig Marcus, Associate Dean of Students
105 East Main Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
oses@beaconcollege.edu

Specific Responsibilities: The Residential Director shall be responsible for performing the following functions and activities:

  • Coordinates and implements student development and student engagement initiatives focused on holistic development, including academic support services, transition issues, leadership development, and inclusivity;
  • Builds positive relationships with students by demonstrating a desire to assist and understand them;
  • Advises students informally about personal, social, and academic problems, and when necessary, make appropriate referrals;
  • Provides support for students contributing to their personal growth, character development, safety, and wellness;
  • Mediates a range of student conflicts including roommate agreements and concerns;
  • Actively develops an environment, through dialogue, and other educational means that encourages and fosters inclusive communities;
  • Manages all operational aspects of the assigned hall, including opening and closing, occupancy management, maintenance, health and safety inspections, and damage billing;
  • Utilizes conduct and incident tracking systems to manage student behavior and communicate with university officials as required;
  • Communicates student’s rights and responsibilities and assists in adjudicating departmental and university code of conduct violations;
  • Provides staff coverage, including emergency duty, throughout the year including hall openings, closing, and college vacation days;
  • Handles emergency situations utilizing crisis intervention skills and resources;
  • Serves in an on-call rotation with other Housing and Residential Life staff members to respond to student behavioral issues for the campus encompassing approximately 400 on-campus residents;
  • Coordinates and implements co-curricular programs for the on-campus residents;
  • Participates in all departmental training and debriefings, including participation in discussions and activities;
  • Serves on departmental committees and projects as assigned;
  • Serves as a liaison across the Beacon College community and act as a referral resource for faculty, staff, students, and parents;
  • Participates in College functions such as orientation, graduation, open houses, fundraising, and community relations as needed;
  • Adheres to and enforces all Beacon College policies and procedures directly affecting the unit, including the Student Handbook;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with experience working within a higher education environment preferred;
  • Candidates should have previous residence hall or student advising experience and have experience in mediation, crisis intervention, problem-solving, and decision-making;
  • Knowledge of best practices in higher education student housing management, including operating policies, programming, risk management, and legal/liability issues;
  • Knowledge of student development, counseling, and/or event management;
  • Evening and weekend commitments are expected;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication.  Strong ability to handle multiple priorities and work across many different constituencies;
  • A dynamic team player and a positive role model in working with students and in representing Beacon College;
  • Maintains a visible presence by living on campus, spending time with residents in regular programming, and providing after-hours support to students living in the designated residential community;
  • Supports the development of an inclusive residence hall community and demonstrates cultural competency in race, gender, gender identity expression, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite is preferred.

Mental Health Counselor

Position Reports to: Director of Counseling Services

To apply:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, current resume/CV to:
Dana Manzo, Director of Counseling at dmanzo@beaconcollege.edu

Specific Responsibilities:

The Mental Health Counselor shall be responsible for performing the following functions and activities:

  • Providing a broad range of counseling and psychological services to Beacon College students including the following: diagnostic assessment and evaluation, individual psychotherapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and outreach programming and training;
  • Participating in the Counseling Center’s evening and weekend on-call duties, and emergency and crisis response procedures;
  • Following the American Counseling Association’s professional code of ethics; 
  • Using psychotherapeutic best practices and principles; 
  • Maintaining knowledge of community mental health resources, making referrals when appropriate; 
  • Remaining current on counseling and psychology methodologies and techniques; 
  • Using crisis intervention techniques when needed; 
  • Being proficient with the emotional, social, psychological and environmental problems inherent in working with students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity, and the techniques used in treating or managing them; 
  • Being proficient with the techniques for observing and assessing behavior; 
  • Being proficient in practices of individual and group treatment; 
  • Maintaining data on all counseling sessions so budgets and an increase in personnel can be justified;
  • Participating in afterhours activities and events as assigned;
  • Working with appropriate personnel to market and promote counseling programs; 
  • Becoming familiar with all college policies and procedures and complying with these policies and procedures;
  • Serving on College committees as assigned;
  • Providing therapeutic services and crisis management while on the rotation as a floating counselor on and around campus;
  • Training/advising faculty, staff and students in Mental Health related issues and emergency procedures;  
  • Participating in college functions such as orientation, graduation, open houses, fundraising, and community relations as needed;
  • All other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a counseling related field
  • Licensed, or license eligible within two years in the state of Florida as a counselor, social worker or marriage and family therapist
  • Clinical experience in crisis intervention
  • solid clinical skills and the ability to assess and treat a wide range of presenting concerns
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proven organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail
  • Creative energy and enthusiasm for working with students with learning disabilities in a small, liberal arts college

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with emerging adults in a college mental health setting
  • Experience developing and presenting innovative psychoeducational programming and outreach services
  • Experience and proficiency in working with a diverse client population, including, but not be limited to, addressing issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity and expression and sexual orientation
  • Experience with brief therapy
  • Experience with group facilitation

Information Technology Specialist

Please submit a cover letter, current resume/CV to:
Mac Hudson, Chief Information Officer mhudson@beaconcollege.edu

Position Reports to: Chief Information Office (CIO)

Job Summary: Installs and maintains Beacon College’s computer hardware and software; creates and maintains documentation, server configurations, operation and procedure documentation. Troubleshoots hardware and software issues. Performs system upgrades, backups, computer security best practices, hardware and software maintenance, project management and administration in an ethical and professional manner that is efficient and effective. Provides one-on-one and group technical training to a diverse group of users. Acts as a resource to faculty, staff and students.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Set up and maintain basic server operations, including installation and configuration of server hardware and software.
    Upgrades, installs, tests and evaluates hardware and software components as required. Installs patches and resolves hardware/software related issues.
  • Performs service desk management responsibilities.
  • Performs system troubleshooting to isolate and diagnose common problems within the network.
  • Provides users with system technical support.
  • Installs, upgrades and configures network printing, directory structures, rights, security, software and files services.
  • Performs network administration for faculty, staff and students.
  • Performs network administration of Beacon College’s computers and peripheral devices.
  • Maintain current skillset through professional initiatives, on-the-job opportunities and available formal training.
  • Pursue knowledge of current industry trends and standards through periodicals and other relevant sources.
  • Assists in the translation of customer needs into business solutions. Coordinates with other departments to understand and meet their requirements.
  • Maintain an inventory of Beacon College’s technology assets.
  • Adept at working independently, as well as working with others, in a team environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a technical field.
  • Experience with troubleshooting in a TCP/IP environment.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills are necessary.
  • Prior experience in supporting technology in higher education desirable.

Must be proficient in the following areas:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows Server, including Active Directory
  • MS Exchange

Proficiency in the following areas is desirable:

  • Exinda Appliance
  • Supporting Apple Macintosh computers in a network environment
  • Cisco VoIP
  • Cisco Switches, Routers and ASA appliance
  • Arcserve Backup software

Transition Counselor

Please submit a cover letter, current resume/CV to:

Alexander Morris-Wood
Director of Transition Services and Outreach
amorriswood@beaconcollege.edu

Beacon College is the South’s only college exclusively for students with specific learning differences or ADHD and is located in Leesburg, Florida – approximately one hour northwest of sunny Orlando, Florida.  

The Office of Enrollment Management and Beacon College’s Transition Center has an opening for the position of Transition Counselor.  This full-time, 12-month position will work with prospective students and parents by executing transition-to-college programming for soon-to-be enrolled undergraduate students. 

The ideal candidate will possess a team-orientated spirit, the ability to work collaboratively with internal and external constituents, and the skills and motivation to deliver outstanding customer service.

Qualified candidates must have outstanding communication skills, demonstrate strong organizational and time management skills and have experience creating programming to support the transition-to-college for students with learning differences. 

Essential Job Functions:

  • Facilitates Beacon College’s transition-based programs, existing and new virtual programs for students who have learning disabilities currently enrolled in high school and/or college.  
  • Provides psychoeducation, executive functioning, and social-emotional skill development for a determined caseload of students and their families. 
  • Participates in all aspects of transition programming, including individual sessions, evening webinars, and other special events.  
  • Networks with high school counselors and college admissions counselors through outreach campaigns and affiliation meetings. 
  • Presents to various constituents on the college search and admission process as well as areas that may impact employment for individuals with learning differences. 
  • Participates in recruiting efforts for the transition program and Beacon College, which may include traveling, evening informational sessions, and weekend events. 
  • Serves as a resource to families, parents, students and educational professionals in providing specific information about the experience of students who learn differently as they transition to college. 
  • Evaluates and gathers data on the effectiveness of transition programming  
  • Keeps records of appropriate documentation of each selected enrolled student during the transition process
  • Assists in the College’s general admissions process including family consultations and recruitment events. 
  • Other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s Degree strongly preferred in Education, Special Education, Psychology, Counseling or a related field, including certificates in person-centered transition planning or college counseling. 
  • Background in transition planning for students with learning disabilities and/or experience in college or vocational counseling. 
  • Preferred 1-3 years of experience in college/private school environments. 
  • Proficient and skilled with technology, including videoconferencing platforms 
  • Mission-focused and motivated by success defined as fostering and supporting the success of others; must be someone who cares and is motivated by the success of students with specific learning disabilities and ADHD.
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills

Campus Safety Officer

Please submit a cover letter, current resume/CV, and names of three (3) references electronically to:
Jeff Baird, Director of Campus Safety
105 East Main Street
Leesburg, FL 34748
oses@beaconcollege.edu

Position Reports to: Director of Campus Security

Position Summary: To protect life and property while maintaining a safe and secure environment for Beacon College students, faculty, staff and visitors. 

 Specific Responsibilities: The Campus Safety Officer shall be responsible for routinely performing the following functions and activities:

  • Patrolling campus to prevent crime and preserving peace;
  • Escorting students from night classes back to apartments;
  • Assisting Student Affairs and all College personnel as requested;
  • Partnering with Leesburg Fire Department and Leesburg Police Department 
  • Maintaining a strong customer service orientation with campus community 

Additional Duties: In addition to routine duties the Campus Safety Officer will be responsible for:

  • Completing assigned training and attending all professional development activities, and other meetings as assigned
  • Participating in College functions such as orientation, graduation, open houses, fundraising, and community relations as needed;
  • Serving on College committees as needed;
  • All other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent 
  • Maintaining Florida Class D security license;
  • Having current CPR/AED and first aid certification;
  • Maintaining a valid Florida driver’s license;
  • Previous experience in Public Safety field preferred
  • Previous Experience in Higher Education ideal.