UPWARD BOUND IS A FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAM DESIGNED TO ASSIST IDENTIFIED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GRADUATE AND ENROLL IN COLLEGE.  SERVICES INCLUDE: ACADEMIC PREPARATION, ACT / SAT TEST PREP, COLLEGE ADMISSIONS PROCESS, FINANCIAL AID EDUCATION, CAREER EXPLORATION, CULTURAL EVENTS, SUMMER RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ACADEMIC ADVISOR

Coordination of academic support services, academic advising, recruitment, intake, federal reporting, and curriculum design with the ability to handle the roles of both Mentor and Disciplinarian for program participants.   Specifics include but are not limited to:


• Advising students quarterly on academic, career, and personal issues
• Visiting target schools, setting up action plans, assuring that high school graduation requirements are on target, evaluating high school transcripts through the use of PowerSchool; analyzing outcomes and implications
• Determining student eligibility for initial enrollment; working with staff to determine student eligibility to remain in program
• Educating students and family on the totality of the college admissions process
• Assisting students and family on understanding the complexities of, and completing,  the Financial Aid process
• Contribute to the development of public relations / marketing materials and use of social media
• Oversight of Saturday Academy activities
• Workshop presentations on college – related subject matter
• Assist with the development of the Summer Academy curriculum
• Course instruction for the Summer Academy
• Supervision of Summer Academy Student Life Advisors and summer field trips
• Management of summer college tour trip
• Recruitment of program participants
• Participation in annual federal report
• Oversight of service learning activities

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Master’s degree in related area
2. Solid experience in working with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds
3. Excellent communication, record – keeping, and writing skills
4. Ability to work independently as well as a part of a team
5. Ability to qualify to drive University vehicles
6. Supervisory experience

PREFERRED SKILLS

1. Teaching, counseling, mentoring experience
2. Demonstrated maturity and ability to adapt and respond to the unexpected
3. Sensitivity to the needs of disadvantaged males, and commitment to their engagement in Higher Education

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Flexibility in schedule; occasional weekend hours; occasional overnight travel

 

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references via e-mail to Human.Resources@msj.edu. Please include Attn: Upward Bound Academic Advisor Search in your subject line. A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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