The TRIO Upward Bound Vision Quest (UBVQ) program is a federally funded college preparatory program for low-income and potential first-generation high school students. UBVQ serves a total of 135 students at Minneapolis Edison, Roosevelt, South, and Wellstone International High Schools, and at Duluth Denfeld High School.
Upward Bound Vision Quest Academic Advisors are professional-level staff responsible for promoting the program in our target high schools, and providing key educational services, mentorship, and support to students. The UBVQ Academic Advisor position also includes recruiting participants at the Advisor’s assigned target school each year, providing assistance in developing new program curriculum, planning events, gathering and analyzing feedback on program implementation, cultivating and maintaining relationships with target schools, local colleges and universities, and community organizations, and providing support to other project staff as needed. This posting is to fill an Academic Advisor vacancy at Duluth Denfeld High School.
(55%) Provide Academic Advising, key educational services, and support to students
Meet weekly with students to review academic progress and develop individual short-term goals
Serve as an advocate for students and refer students to school services as appropriate
Develop recommendations based on weekly meetings with students to address challenges and develop or provide resources on how to ensure academic success
Work with students to develop long-terms goals related to their unique academic circumstances and collegiate aspirations
Monitor grades and course registration to ensure students remain in good academic standing, remain on track to graduate, and complete a rigorous program of study
Deliver program curriculum during college access groups
Assist students with ACT/Accuplacer college entrance exam preparation and registration
Assist students with college admission tasks such as completing college and scholarship applications, essay writing, and the FAFSA
Work during the annual UBVQ Summer Program which will require work outside of normal working hours and up to 6 weeks (Monday-Friday) spent living in a residence hall on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.
(15%) Student Recruitment
Lead recruitment efforts at assigned target school(s) and support recruitment efforts at all UBVQ target high schools
Recruit required number of participants at target high school(s) each year as designated by Project Director
Conduct recruitment activities at schools during lunches, class presentations; and attend school open houses, activity fairs, family nights, and conferences to recruit participants
Conduct prospective student interviews and collect and maintain student applications
Develop promotional materials such as posters, videos, and program advertisements
Assess student’s understanding of program requirements
Communicate recruitment updates with Duluth Coordinator, Project Director, UBVQ staff, and target school staff
(15%) Assist with developing program curriculum, coordinating program events, recordkeeping, and grant reporting
Assist Project Coordinator in developing new program curriculum as necessary
Provide recommendations to Duluth Coordinator, Project Director and Project Coordinator on new initiatives
Plan, implement, and chaperone students on field trips and monthly activities which may occur outside of normal working hours
Document student participation in program activities and complete case notes on Student Access database
Maintain accurate and complete student forms, files and records
Support Project Director and Project Coordinator in completing the UBVQ Annual Performance Report
(10%) Cultivate and maintain relationships with target school(s), University personnel, local colleges and Universities, and community organizations
Develop relationships with target school staff such as guidance counselors, college/career center staff, teachers, and administrators
Develop relationships with community organizations that can provide valuable services to UBVQ students
Develop relationships with admissions offices at local colleges and universities to coordinate campus visits for UBVQ students
Work with other TRIO and similar programs in the Minneapolis and Duluth public school systems to coordinate services.
Participate in UBVQ staff meetings and curriculum meetings
Attend scheduled one-on-one meetings with the UBVQ Duluth Coordinator and Project Director
Participate in professional development activities
Monitor program tutors while at target schools
Other Duties as assigned
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Bachelor's degree in a related field (education, counseling, etc.) with at least 2 years of relevant experience
Familiarity with the college admission process
Demonstrated commitment to educational equity
Minimum of 2 years experience working in a TRIO program or another similar college access program teaching, tutoring, or advising adolescent, low-income and first-generation college-bound youth
Experience working in or with the Duluth public school system
Experience in student recruitment, developing curriculum, and other educational materials
Familiarity with and experience using multiple Social Media platforms to enhance student engagement.
Experience developing partnerships with agencies and organizations.
Professional or personal experience overcoming barriers similar to those experienced by TRIO student populations.
Strong written, computer and verbal skills
Clear understanding of safety of minors
Internal Number: 341049
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