University of Wisconsin-River Falls Department of Outreach and Continuing Education
TRIO Upward Bound Coordinator/Advisor
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This is a full time, 12 month, professional academic staff support position which has the title of Advisor with working title of Coordinator/Advisor. This position reports to the Project Director of the Upward Bound program and is responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising the day-to-day operation of Upward Bound project activities, ensuring compliance with U.S. Department of Education and project grant award guidelines; coordinate the planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the educational, social, cultural, and recreational activities of 73 Washington Technology Magnet high school students; and performing other related duties as assigned.
This position requires travel to and from the two Upward Bound offices, at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF) and at Washington Technology Magnet. During the academic school year, services and programming is implemented at Washington. In the summer months the Coordinator/Advisor will be on the UWRF campus.
Due to the grant funding contingency, this academic staff appointment will be reviewed annually and is not eligible for rolling horizon contracts.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Working with the Project Director ensure program goals and objectives are met
Plan and implement innovative educational/academic support services that ensure postsecondary success for low income, potential first generation college students, on campus and at target high school; Saturday/afterschool sessions
Assists with student recruitment, supplemental advising/coaching individual/groups of students and communicating with parents
Maintaining academic records, paper and electronic files, and preparing reports
Acts as liaison between target school and the university, maintain relationships and correspondence with target high school administration and counseling staff
Assists the Project Director in interviewing, selecting, training and evaluating instructors, residential advisors, project specialist, residential coordinators and program assistants
Design and supervise summer program with Project Director to simulate a college experience
Chaperone events and field trips, Saturday meetings, occasional overnight travel
Bachelor’s degree required in Education or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
At least two years of work experience in secondary or postsecondary education working with low income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and/or ESL students
Demonstrated knowledge and ability to motivate and assist students in securing competitive scholarships and admission to colleges
Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages
Excellent written and oral communication skills; public speaking proficiency
Master’s degree preferred in Education or related field
Certification in teaching as well as experience in counseling and/or social work
Experience in a student service support role
Experience of having overcome challenges similar to those populations served by the program
Knowledge of TRIO programs and the mission of Upward Bound
Prioritization and organizational skills
Ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations and modification of plans
Computer skills in word processing, database, and spreadsheets, etc.
Cover Letter; specifying qualifications and experience
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your experience and professional preparation
Inquiries should be addressed to: Bee Vang TRIO Upward Bound email@example.com
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by October 19, 2017. A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-3926.
UW-River Falls Diversity Statement: We declare that diversity and inclusivity are core values. We dedicate ourselves to build a culture grounded in principles of equity, social justice, and excellence. We fundamentally affirm and embrace the multiple identities, values, belief systems, and cultural practices of all individuals and communities. We will address fundamental issues of bias, discrimination, and exclusion.
The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and identities which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.
UWRF is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin. All persons, especially women, persons of color, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.
For a copy of the UWRF campus safety information, see http:www.uwrf.edu/Police/CampusRecordsCrimes.cfm or call University Police at (715) 425-3133 for a paper copy. This material includes crime statistics (Annual Security Report) and information on crime prevention, sexual assault, and drug/alcohol issues.