Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Tue Apr 6 2021 Job Description:
About Upward Bound (UB):
Upward Bound at WKU is a TRIO program grant-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound provides motivational, educational, and cultural enrichment to potential first-generation and low-income high school students from Allen, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan counties (including Russellville Independent School District). Upward Bound's mission is to prepare students for success in post-secondary education.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Provides guidance, academic advisement, and mentorship for first-generation, low-income participants by:
Conducting workshops, group meetings, and one-on-one sessions in: secondary and post-secondary course selection, goal setting, study skills, ACT/SAT test application and preparation, college selection, financial aid applications, college admissions applications, scholarship applications, career planning, and postsecondary enrollment processes.
Working closely with school personnel to support participants.
Collaborating with parents/guardians on student progress.
Collaborates with director, academic coordinator, and other program staff to develop and implement programming for the approximately 24 school visits, ten Saturday Sessions, and the six-week pre-college summer program.
Tracks and maintains records of student progress by:
Working with school counselors to collect grades, test scores, transcripts, and other relevant academic data.
Maintaining a record of all student contacts and services provided.
Assisting director in annual performance report (APR).
Assists in program recruitment by:
Conducting recruitment and information sessions, classroom visits, tabling, and individual student and parent meetings at schools and within the community.
Guiding students and parents through the recruitment and intake processes.
Travels frequently to target schools (all target schools are within a 50-minute drive from WKU).
Responsible for program's social media accounts.
Attends professional meetings and trainings, and participate in professional organizations.
Other duties necessary to meet program needs.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
Ability to build relationships and advocate for first-generation and low-income students
Ability to initiate, implement, and coordinate projects
Ability to maintain paper and electronic files accurately
Bachelor's degree in Counseling, Education, Social Work, Human Services, core academic content area, or related field.
One year of work experience with the target populations (high school, low-income, and/or first-generation students)
Possess a valid driver's license with a good driving record.
Availability to work some evenings and weekends.
Salary Grade: 107 Salary: $35,568
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
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