About Upward Bound:
Upward Bound at WKU is a TRIO program grant-funded by the Department of Education. Upward Bound provides motivational, educational, and cultural enrichment to potential first-generation and low-income high school students from Allen, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan counties (including Russellville Independent School District). Our mission is to prepare students for success in post-secondary education.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties are customary for this position, but are not to be construed as all-inclusive. Duties may be added, deleted, and assigned based on programmatic needs.
- Provides guidance, academic advisement, and mentorship for first-generation, low-income participants by:
- Conducting workshops, weekly meetings, and one-on-one sessions in: secondary and post-secondary course selection, goal setting, ACT/SAT test application and preparation, college selection, financial aid applications, college admissions applications, scholarship applications, career planning, and other postsecondary enrollment processes
- Working closely with guidance counselors, teachers, and key school staff to support participants
- Collaborating with parents on student progress.
- Coordinates the Upward Bound tutoring program by:
- Hiring, training, and supervising all part-time and student tutoring staff
- Working with Upward Bound counseling staff to ensure advisees tutoring needs are met.
- Providing tutoring to students in areas of academic competency and connecting students to other available resources.
- Collaborates with director and program staff to develop and implement programming for the approximately 24 school visits, ten Saturday Sessions, and the six-week pre-college summer program.
- Designs and teaches the senior seminar and/or senior project courses.
- Tracks and maintains records of student progress by:
- Working with school counselors to collect grades, test scores, transcripts, and other relevant academic data
- Maintaining a record of all student contacts and services provided
- Assisting director in annual performance report (APR).
- Travels frequently to target schools.
- Attends professional meetings and trainings, and participate in professional organizations.
- Other duties necessary to meet program needs.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
- Ability to understand and communicate high school curricula, graduation requirements, college admissions policies and procedures, college entrance testing, student financial aid application, and opportunities
- Ability to efficiently operate a personal computer and associated software (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.)
- Ability to initiate, implement, and coordinate projects.
- Ability to provide tutoring in at least one core content area (math, English, science, social studies, Spanish) at the high school level.
- Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Master's degree in Counseling, Education, Social Work, Human Services, core academic content area, or related field.
- Minimum one year of supervisory experience.
- Minimum one year of work experience in TRIO and/or with the target population (low-income and/or first generation students).
- Possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record.
- Availability to work some evenings and weekends.
Salary Grade: 108 Salary Range: $38,000 - $41,000
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
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