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Reports to: Director & Associate Director Supervises: Peer Advisors and Residential Staff Location: West Contra Costa - Richmond schools Month/Year: June 1st to May 31st (Position is contingent on continued funding and performances beyond May 31, 2018)
Summary of Position: Under the leadership of the program director, the Academic Advisor is responsible for recruiting Upward Bound participants; providing academic and personal counseling; planning, implementing, and chaperoning students at workshops and trips; advising on college admission and financial aid; recruiting and training summer residential staff; completing written student evaluations. This position also provides administrative, professional, technical, and operational support through independent judgment, analytical skill, and professional or technical expertise.
Essential Job Functions:
Recruitment efforts: conducting regular oral presentations at target schools, community events and other relevant outreach programs. Assist with interviewing potential participants and insure all participants met the necessary eligibility requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Education.
Provide academic, career, and college admission advising to Upward Bound participants.
Provide appropriate disciplinary actions when necessary.
Develop a Individual Academic Plan (IAP) for participants in a designated grade level including transcript evaluation, academic and extracurricular activity advising, and social/personal/academic intervention.
Monitor and record attendance and academic performance of students and assist the Program Coordinator in the management of information in the database to insure compliance with the Department of Educations regulations.
Maintain weekly office hours at one or more of the target schools (which include JFK High School, Richmond High School and DeAnza High School).
Act as the liaison between the program and parents, target school personnel, community representatives, and post-secondary institutions.
Coordinate and facilitate academic support programs including advising, workshops, assessment, and follow-up as well as resource referral.
Assist with all aspects of the planning of the Summer Residential Enrichment Program; this includes onsite residence with students for a designated period of time.
Develop, plan and chaperone activities, events, field trips and college tours.
Dedicate on-going attention to personal professional development and remain current with U.S. Department of Educations regulations regarding TRiO Programs to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
Perform other related duties as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Experience and ability to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
Mission-driven and passionate about programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Knowledge of: Database use, Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to demonstrate effective teaching and academic counseling skills.
Must have a valid California drivers license, safe driving record, current automobile insurance, and use of personal car.
Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed, including onsite residence with students in dorms while on college tours and field trips.
Must be available to maintain onsite residence with students for a designated period of time during the Summer Residential Enrichment Program.
Requires passing fingerprinting and a background check.
Ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision and independent judgment.
Education and Training:
Bachelors degree, preferably in education, social work, psychology or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferably experience as a teacher, counselor or program coordinator.
Minimum of two years of experience working for a U.S. Department of Education TRiO Program or similar program.
Physical, Mental and Environmental Demands:
Work involves sitting for hours on the computer which requires attention to detail and high levels of accuracy.
Long hours during overnight travel and on call chaperoning during trips.
Work includes multiple activities and services with varying deadlines and priorities.
Some light lifting up to 20lbs.
Driving is required.
This is an exempt, full-time position. Salary is $47,476.00 per year, and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403(b) retirement plan, 10 days of vacation for year one, 15 days of vacation for years 2-10, and 22 days of vacation years 10+ plus, 12 sick days and 10 paid holidays annually. Staff members also receive free admission to campus events, use of the pool, fitness center, and tennis courts. Tuition remission is also available after an introductory period. Pet insurance, long-term care insurance and legal-assistance insurance are available as voluntary benefits.
Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society. Mills encourages openness to experimenta...tion in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity. Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women?s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.