TRIO Upward Bound College Access Adviser and Residential Coordinator
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Salary: 42,869.11 - 85,453.40
Internal Number: 359570
This federal grant-funded position is a specialist in college access and readiness programming and development for first generation and low-income high school-aged youth. Utilizing a holistic college access advising model, this position is responsible for academic advising and student development in all facets of college readiness including academic, personal, social, cultural and behavioral.
This position is also responsible for developing, implementing and managing program initiatives and services, recruiting students from high schools in the Minneapolis Public School system, co-instructing a non-credit academic year college planning course, coordinating all summer residential services (including live-in responsibilities for five weeks), supervising and training summer residential support staff, and providing direct advocacy and development support for students at the assigned target high schools. This position works both independently and collaboratively with TRIO leadership team and reports to the program director.
Direct Service to students (45%)
Provide academic, personal, social, and financial aid advising to students and families from a variety of cultures and communities to increase college readiness indicators towards meeting high school graduation and PSE enrollment program performance objectives.
Utilizing a holistic college access advising model, guide, challenge, and support students
Identify, understand, and apply organization and student development theory to guide students to reflect on important decisions that challenge and support their development
Monitor and employ analytical reviews of student progress in high school and at Upward Bound to intervene, advise, and recommend alternative solutions to academic, social and economic difficulties in participantsâ™ ability to meet program objectives
Develop annual student plans of action based on individual needs, interests, educational best practices, ensuring studentsâ™ equitable access to services and effective intervention services
Evaluate student curricular and extra-curricular plans as well as behavioral development to promote timely high school graduation and college preparation
Coordinate, lead, implement and manage a timely student recruitment process, including direct student recruitment within target school(s), with commitment to the recruitment and retention of diverse student populations who meet federally mandated and program specific admissions criteria
Utilize a variety of communication methods to actively develop and maintain relationships with and inform, participantsâ™ parents/guardians of student academic progress and development
Manage, track, document, report and evaluate student contact and performance utilizing database system and effective communication to a variety of stakeholders
Comply with mandatory reporting state regulations
Understand and communicate the interconnectedness of University, school and community resources to individual students to support their program and HS retention and an engaged student experience
Influence student program retention, high school graduation and college matriculations through relationship development and establishment of trust through numerous and varying and personalized contact strategies across the academic lifespan.
Assess student needs and guide them on best fit despite obstacles that prevent students from moving forward.
Implement, track and report compliance with United States Department of Agriculture Summer Foods Program as scheduled
Manage, track, dispense and reconcile student performance stipend during summer program
Reside in residence halls with students and residential staff during scheduled summer residential services
Equitably and consistently enforce program and University policies, manage student behavioral issues that arise during summer residential services, communicate with parents when issues arise.
Supervision of Summer Residential Program (15%)
Train summer staff, prepare residential staff training budget, evaluate effectiveness of training, recommend areas of additional training, develop training methods, draft training manual and/or materials, analyze training modes and devise new ones when necessary
Coordinate and supervise summer residential events for students participating in summer program
Supervise and evaluate residential staff performance during summer program services; identify and manage performance issues when appropriate
Communicate clearly and regularly, utilizing a variety of community methods, with all summer staff regarding program needs, expectations and student concerns
Ensure compliance with safety, security and liability policies, promoting a culture of respect and safe a learning and living environment for participants and employees
Update, annually, job descriptions for residential program positions, based on University of Minnesota hiring standards and in accordance with grant guidelines and funding
Recruit and interview eligible diverse applicants and recommend appropriate candidates for hire to program director
Program development and operation (15%)
Coordinate and implement academic year and summer experiential activities for students and/or parent/guardians with a variety of interests
Assist with the design and implementation of holistic student and parent/guardian education workshops and orientation sessions geared toward students and families from diverse communities and cultures
Develop, promote, and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders, utilizing a variety of communication methods which are effective, timely and sensitive, in the target schools and community to ensure the retention and academic success of program participants, in accordance with program objectives
Design, implement and manage an effective student caseload management system to ensure the retention and academic success of program participants, according to program objectives
Develop, manage, track, and evaluate staff utilization of caseload management system
Utilize universal design concepts for planning meetings and disseminating information to families
Ensure compliance with liability are met when planning events, trips and workshops coordinate, implement, manage and chaperone experiential program and program events with special focus in generating equal accessibility to information and opportunities and building social and cultural capital
Prepare, track, monitor and report student developmental and social progress; design and implement appropriate and timely intervention strategies
Serve as instructor for academic year class in post-secondary education planning
Assess student PSE plans and recommend appropriate alternative pathways and plans for students using informed college admissions standards
Write recommendation letters, edit college and scholarship applications, essays and resumes for TRIO Upward Bound participants
Revise, update, document and implement developmentally appropriate lesson plans utilizing up-to-date information regarding post-secondary and financial aid processes and best practices
Monitor, track, document and report student post secondary education planning progress, assignment completion and class attendance
Refer students to TRIO Student Support Services programs and other identified programs aimed at serving TRIO-like students in respective matriculating institutions
Outreach, networking and relationship building in support of direct service (10%)
Utilize and build relationships and networks at assigned target high school, across the University, with community programs, and with other TRIO programs to ensure holistic services, broad and effective advocacy on behalf of students, and increased efficiency of college readiness program services.
Develop and integrate into advising a comprehensive understanding of how financial literacy is integral to the undergraduate student experience.
Build effective relationships with parents/guardians and families of participants to ensure readiness services are comprehensive and communicated broadly to those who influence high school student success.
Liaisons to central campus offices and administrative units such as OED/OSA and the specific units within
Represent and publicize Upward Bound within target high school & community including participation in classroom presentation, target school open houses, parent/teacher conferences, and other target school-related events as determined and/or assigned
Advocate for participants in schools & community, actively seeking equal accessibility and exposure to adequate college-preparatory resources
Serve on target school committees promoting targeted service intervention and community program collaboration, effectively communicating and reporting program impact on overall school performance outcomes
Collaborate with University of Minnesota Office of Housing and Residential Life and University Dining Services to secure residential hall space, update contract and audit final bill
Hold regular and consistent office hours at target schools and secure adequate resources to effectively represent Upward Bound at target school
Attend staff meetings
Chaperone students to conference/field trips
Participate in professional development, with a focused commitment of gaining perspective in diverse backgrounds, effective communication, and issues in accessibility
Other duties as assigned
Bachelorâ™s degree in education, social work, youth development, family social science, psychology, sociology, or related experience with at least 3 years of professional work experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years
Minimum of one year experience performing work relating to planning and supervising a residential or similar educational program (inclusive in the years of related experience listed above), including supervision of staff
Experience in Microsoft office suite
Experience advising one-on-one and/or in group settings
Must possess a valid driverâ™s license with a clean driving record
Must have access to reliable transportation
Finalist must be able to accommodate evening, overnight and weekend hours, and live-in requirements for five weeks of summer program (typically mid-June through-July)
Finalist must be able to pass a criminal background and driving check
Demonstrated experience working with low-income and/or first-generation individuals and/or communities
Demonstrated experience working in a diverse educational setting in an urban area
Knowledge of or experience working with Minneapolis Public High Schools
Experience with classroom instruction and curriculum development, preferably at the high school level
Comprehensive knowledge of high school graduation requirements and post-secondary planning, college admission and financial aid processes
Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
Strong skills and experience with database software, specifically Blumen, Microsoft Office software, and Google applications.
Ability to work effectively and inclusively as part of a diverse team
Ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision and strong attention to detail
Ability to speak a foreign language â“ Spanish, Oromo, Somali, Hmong, Amharic, etc.
Personal experience with and a demonstrated understanding of the issues affecting the TRIO eligible population. Consideration given to individuals with experience overcoming academic, economic, and/or social obstacles to success
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.