The University of Minnesota Duluth TRIO Upward Bound Vision Quest (UBVQ) program is a federally funded college preparatory program for low-income and potential first-generation high school students. Continuously funded since 1968, the UBVQ grant serves a total of 135 students at Minneapolis Edison, Roosevelt, South, and Wellstone International High Schools, and at Duluth Denfeld High School.
The Upward Bound Vision Quest Student Services Specialist is a professional-level staff member responsible for promoting the program in our target high schools, and providing key educational services, mentorship, and support to students. The UBVQ Student Services Specialist position also includes leading the program’s student recruitment and family engagement efforts. This position is based in Minneapolis and will primarily serve UBVQ participants at partner high schools in Minneapolis.
Duties: (45%) Student Recruitment and Family Engagement • Develop yearly recruitment strategy for UBVQ in partnership with the UBVQ Project Coordinator and Project Director including setting goal recruitment applications for each target school, updating student application form and supporting documents each year, generating innovative recruitment strategies for each partner school, and creating a program recruitment calendar. • Recruit required number of participants at assigned target high school(s) each year. • Lead and support recruitment activities at target schools during lunches, classroom 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 and application tracker. • Develop promotional materials for student recruitment such as posters, videos, flyers, and other creative program advertisements that can be used across all target schools. • Assess student’s understanding of program requirements and recommend students for acceptance to the Project Director. • Communicate recruitment updates to the Project Director, Project Coordinator, UBVQ staff, and target school staff and administrators. • Develop a spring recruitment plan for target feeder middle schools to generate interest in UBVQ for rising 9th graders and families. • Create and distribute monthly parent/family email communication about program updates and events. • Plan and lead one family engagement event each year in each service location (Duluth and Minneapolis). Coordinate services for family engagement events with community partners. • Create UBVQ Newsletter four times per year and lead distribution of the newsletter to UBVQ families and student recruitment partners (target school administration, teachers, counselors, staff). • Create weekly UBVQ Newsletter during the annual Summer Program.
(40%) Provide Academic Advising and 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 may require hours outside of normal working hours.
(5%) Assist with developing program curriculum, chaperoning program events, recordkeeping, and grant reporting • Assist Project Coordinator in developing new program curriculum as necessary. • Provide recommendations to Project Director and Project Coordinator on new initiatives. • 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 the UBVQ 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.
(5%) 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, staff, and administrators. • Develop relationships with community organizations that can provide valuable services to UBVQ students. • Work with other TRIO and similar programs in the Minneapolis and Duluth public school districts to coordinate services.
(5%) Other • Participate in UBVQ staff meetings, trainings, and curriculum meetings. • Attend scheduled one-on-one meetings with the UBVQ Project Director. • Participate in professional development activities. • Monitor program tutors while at target schools. • Other duties as assigned.
Salary range: $48,000 - $49,000
****This is a Professional and Administrative Position****
BA/BS in a relevant field and 4 or more years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree and two or more years of relevant experience.
Experience working with low-income, first-generation youth from diverse backgrounds in an educational setting.
Familiarity with recruitment techniques or recruiting students for an educational program.
Familiarity with college access programming or with the federal TRIO programs.
Proficiency in one or more of the following languages: Spanish, Somali, Oromo, Amharic.
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