Project Discovery Program Specialist

Roanoke, VA

  • Department: This Valley Works
  • Posting Date: 8/15/23
  • Closing Date: Open until filled
  • Salary: $16.00 - $18.00/hr
  • Code: PDPS- TVW
  • PT – 20 hours per week

CLASSIFICATION:            Non-Exempt


To be responsible for implementation of the Project Discovery program, to assist low-income and potential first-generation college youth in exploring post-secondary education options.


Supervised by:  Program Manager

Supervises:  No one

Coordinates with: Coordinates with Post-secondary institutions liaisons, School system personnel and Project Discovery, Inc., and other CAP agencies in Virginia



  • To recruit eligible participants in middle schools, high school and in the community
  • To design and instruct workshops in: goal setting, study skills, financial aid, organizational skill, and college life.
  • Coordinate arrangements for workshops, transportation, sites for workshops, selection of students, and facilitators
  • Conduct individual interviews with students
  • Maintain accurate records
  • Maintain Project Discovery database as well as student files
  • Follow up on students, inclusive of written correspondence, phone contact, one to one contact, parent contact, etc.
  • Obtain eligibility information for students
  • Provide transportation for participants when needed by driving own vehicle or Project Discovery Bus for short trips
  • Meet weekly with Program Manager
  • Promote and publicize the program locally including speaking engagements, setting up demonstrations, preparing materials, etc.
  • Counsel and advise participants and parents
  • Cooperate with requirements of program evaluation
  • Facilitate, initiate, and collate new ideas for betterment of  program
  • Assist in arranging and promoting special events for parents and participants in PD.
  • Any other duties involving program activities


  • Knowledge of effective counseling techniques and materials, as well as other resources for helping low-income families achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Must have effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working with youth groups and teenagers of varied economic and social backgrounds.
  • Commitment to the goals of the program


  • Graduation from and accredited college or university.
  • At TAP, we focus on the Whole Family Approach.   Whole Family is a family led strategy to achieve set goals.  As an employee you may be required to attend Whole Family training and subject to data entry into the agency’s software as part of the Whole Family approach and serving clients


  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license with a good driving record and reliable transportation.
  • TAP participates in the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.  Employees who operate a TAP vehicle or their personal vehicle to conduct TAP business may be subject to driver record monitoring through the Virginia DMV Driver Alert Program.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: health, criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – light work; exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently.
  • Visual acuity requirements – close visual acuity to perform an activity such as preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.


Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.


We only hire individuals legally eligible for employment in the United States.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply