Academic Advisor - Upward Bound
About Mills College:
Located in the foothills of Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a nationally renowned independent liberal arts college for women, with graduate programs for women and men. Since 1852, we've been empowering students to become creative, independent thinkers who take and inspire action. For more information, visit http://www.mills.edu.
Job Status: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Associate Director of Upward Bound
Summary of Position:
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 personal education plan (PEP) 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 Education's regulations.
Maintain weekly office hours at one or more of the target schools (which include Coliseum College Prep, Leadership R&D, Life Academy Health and Bioscience, and McClymonds High Schools).
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 Education's 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 driver's 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:
Bachelor's 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:
Office environment with periodic requirement to sit, stand, walk, kneel, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, and lift up to 20 lbs.
Hear and speak to exchange information in person or on the telephone.
Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
Access, input, and retrieve information from a computer.
While performing this job, noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
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.
Occasional driving is required.
This position description is not intended to contain a comprehensive list of activities, duties, or responsibilities. Additional duties may be assigned based on business operational needs.
This is an exempt, salaried position. Salary is $47,476 per year and includes an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision/life/LTD insurance/403(b) retirement plan,10 days of vacation accrual for the first year of service, 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 College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, pleased go to http://www.mills.edu/administration/administrative_offices/policies/nondiscrimination.php.
Please submit a resume, a cover letter, the contact information for three references and the Mills College Application Form at https://mills.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=80004
Review of candidates will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
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