Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students. Mills College has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.
Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit www.mills.edu.
Position Description: Position Title: Academic Assistant Reports to: Associate Director and Academic Advisor Supervises: None Month/Year: This is a temporary position through May 2022 with the possibility of extension or renewal for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please note that persons hired for this position may have the ability to work a stipended position during the summer months (contingent upon fit) and return to work as an hourly Academic Assistant during the following Fall.
Mills College - TRIO Upward Bound Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to low-income and first-generation college-bound students. The focus of Upward Bound is to develop skills needed for a college education. UB is dedicated to helping participating students graduate from high school with a solid foundation (i.e., completion of required coursework and a strong GPA) necessary for entering college. Upward Bound continues to support participants to ensure continued college enrollment and, ultimately, graduation.
The Mills College Upward Bound program has played an integral role in the Oakland Unified School District for the last 45 years and now begins a relationship with the West Contra Costa Unified School District to continue to build and expand close relationships with eligible students and their families. Our ultimate goal is to equip students with the skills and motivation necessary for college graduation.
Summary of Position: The Upward Bound Academic Assistant provides academic advising assistance to students at assigned Oakland or Richmond Public Schools. Advising services include information related to college admissions, financial aid, and other topics associated with pursuing higher education and promoting a college-going culture at the schools. Academic Assistants work directly under the supervision of the Upward Bound Associate Director and an Academic Advisor. Please note that this position requires travel.
Essential Job Functions
Assist Academic Advisor with recruitment and follow up correspondence of students at target schools.
Develop and implement classroom workshops and recruitment presentations at target schools.
Provide administrative assistance; including maintaining a library of college information and scholarships for students, filing, and data entry.
Assist with maintaining student records.
Maintain inventory and restock Upward Bound supplies at school sites.
Assist with the preparation of correspondence, flyers, social media, and other outreach materials.
Assist and attend program orientations, training, field trips and meetings.
Assist students with college and scholarship applications.
Ability to attend some weekend and evening events.
Perform related duties as needed.
Must be in good academic standing at a college or have recently graduated college.
Must have reliable transportation available.
Must have experience and ability to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural backgrounds.
Mission-driven and passionate about programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Knowledge regarding the college admissions process, financial aid, and other topics associated with pursuing a higher education and promoting a college-going culture.
Excellent written and communication skills.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Demonstrated computer skills and proficient knowledge of online platforms and student resource apps.
Background similar to Upward Bound Program participants is a plus.
Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Suite Program experience is a plus.
Bilingual/translation skills are a plus.
Requires passing fingerprinting and TB test.
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 a part-time, non-exempt position (up to 20 hrs/week) non-benefited position. Please note that Mills College caps student employment at 19 hours a week. Compensation for this position is $20/hour for Oakland Academic Assistants and $25/ hour for Richmond Academic Assistants and is commensurate with experience.
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, please go to https://www.mills.edu/policies/ada-policies/nondiscrimination-statement.php.
All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.
Mills College requires all current faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to returning to campus. All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the first date of work on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks following a second shot of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks following a single dose vaccine. For further information regarding the Mills' immunization policy, including medical and religious exemptions, please contact [email protected].
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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 experimentation 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.