About the Job: The academic advisor provides educational services and support to low-income students in grades 9-12 who are potentially the first generation of their families to attend and graduate college. Advisors are based in Minneapolis schools - South, Edison, Roosevelt, and Wellstone International high schools. Advisors are professional-level staff responsible for promoting educational services and providing key support to students. This will include providing assistance in developing new program materials, gathering and analyzing feedback on program implementation , cultivating and maintaining relationships with agencies and organizations including school, colleges and universities and providing mentorship, guidance and support to other project staff as needed.
DUTIES: (50%) Provide guidance and educational services to students • Meet weekly with students to review their academic progress and develop individual short-term goals for the week. • Develop recommendations based upon weekly discussions with each student to best address challenges they may be facing; develop or provide resources on how to ensure academic success • Work with students to develop medium and long-term goals relating to their unique academic challenges and collegiate aspirations • Deliver and promote program curriculum through weekly college-access groups • Assist students with ACT / SAT college entrance exam preparation and registration • Assist individual students with their college applications including essay writing • Work with students on scholarship applications, and assist them with financial aid applications • Chaperone students on field trips and monthly activities outside of normal working hours • Work on summer programming as appropriate • Monitor grades and course registration to ensure students remain in good academic standing • Maintain student program files and maintain accurate; complete records • Document student participation in program activities
(15%) Assist in developing new programs and program materials • Assess student's understanding of program curriculum and goals • Provide recommendations to Academic Coordinator on new materials and curricula including online courses • Assist the Academic Coordinator in developing new programs and materials as required
(10%) Student advocacy and school relationship-building • Develop and maintain working relationships with teachers, counselors, and administrators • Act as an advocate for students as appropriate • Refer students to other programs, counselors , etc. as appropriate
(10%) Cultivate and maintain relationships with colleges, universities and other organizations • Develop relationships with admissions offices at local colleges and universities • Arrange college visits for students enrolled in the program; provide each student with expectations and guidelines to ensure a successful visit • Work with higher education personnel to create a speaker series for student gatherings • Develop relationships with programs that can provide valuable services to Upward Bound Vision Quest students • Work with other TRIO and similar programs located in the Minneapolis public school system
(5%) Provide academic advising to students • Advise students on class selection to ensure they enroll in, and complete a rigorous curriculum. • Work together with the student to ensure they meet college admission requirements. • Encourage students to become involved in activities of interest that will help them to prepare more competitive college applications
(10%) Other • Supervise student tutors • Attend staff meetings • Attend professional development activities • Other duties as directed
Required qualifications: • Bachelor's degree with at least 2 years of experience working with education programs teaching, tutoring, or advising adolescent, low-income and first generation college-bound youth OR have a combination of related education and relevant work experience equal to six years. • Must have experience working with diverse groups of people including youth • Familiarity with the college admission process • Strong written, computer and verbal skills • Must show clear understanding of safety of minors • Must pass an extensive background check
Preferred qualifications: • Bachelor's degree in a related field (education, counseling, etc.) • Minimum of 2 years experience working in a TRIO program or another similar college access program teaching, tutoring, or advising adolescents • Experience working in or with the Minneapolis public school system • Experience developing curriculum and other educational materials • Experience developing partnerships with agencies and organizations
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.