Program Description: Upward Bound is a federally funded program designed to increase the college going rate of low-income and potential first generation college students. The program is designed to encourage participants to complete high school and continue their education at the post-secondary level by offering academic support services to program participants including: specialized classes and workshops, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, workforce development, college tours, and cultural and educational field trips. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The program consists of a Director, 1 Program Advisor/Coordinator, 1 part-time Graduate Assistant, and a team of part-time teachers and college tutors/mentors. The Program Advisor/Coordinator is responsible for supporting the Project Director in the administration, implementation, coordination and delivery of all program activities and services.
Assists in the planning and implementation of program activities;
Conducts outreach, recruitment, identification and verification of eligible participants;
Assesses student needs for program services;
Instructs Upward Bound College and Career Readiness course;
Supervises Teachers, Tutors, and Graduate Assistants;
Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates Personal Learning Plans (PLP) for students and monitor student progress toward meeting goals;
Provides academic guidance, career and personal planning to program participants;
Counsels students/families on academic issues and conduct outreach services for students and families;
Advises and assists participants with college admission requirements, college financial aid and scholarship applications;
Schedules and organizes cultural, educational, and career related field trips;
Refers participants to outside supportive services;
Ensures accurate completion and updating of participants' data in program files and database;
Monitors Upward Bound participation and progress by overseeing attendance, observing students in classes and maintaining ongoing communication with students and families via phone contact, email and if necessary, school;
Supports the Project Director in maintaining program records in compliance with the S. Department of Education guidelines;
Supports the Project Director in the preparation of the Annual Performance Report and other program related reports;
Assist the Project Director with the daily operations of the program and other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in counseling education, psychology or social work;
At least three years' experience working with disadvantaged students in a secondary or higher education setting;
Experience in academic advising, tutoring, counseling, teaching, or student affairs; computer proficiency;
Knowledge of financial aid policies and regulations, and college application process;
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Applicant must: demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to the needs of first-generation, low-income, and non-traditional students; be experienced working with students individually, in groups and in a class setting; possess good interpersonal skills, and ability to work in a cooperative management setting; possess good organizational skills, effective verbal and written communication skills, and public speaking experience; display a professional demeanor and positive attitude. Applicant must be able to multi-task and adapt as changing assignments and priorities arise. Applicant must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications and demonstrate the ability to learn database management applications.
Preference to candidates who have held a prior position working with Upward Bound or within a TRiO Program, or other student support service programs.
Other Requirements: Must be flexible to work evenings and occasional weekends; and travel as required.
I understand that any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
St. John's University is Catholic, Vincentian and Metropolitan. We are committed to attracting, motivating, and retaining a highly qualified and diverse workforce to support our mission of academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom. Known for over 100 years of proud athletic tradition, our Big East excitement keeps Red Storm fans cheering. Ranked among America's top universities by The Princeto...n Review, St. John's University educates leaders for today's global society through quality academics, high-tech resources and an expanding international presence. With 1,500 Faculty and 1,400 Administrators/Staff, St. John's is a leading Catholic University in the Vincentian tradition, dedicated to making a positive difference in people's lives through active engagement in issues of energy and resource conservation, social justice and global citizenship. These values enhance the academic experience of more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students on three residential New York City campuses in Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan; a graduate center in Oakdale, NY; an international campus in Paris, France and Rome, Italy; and learning centers in other locations worldwide.