Closes: Monday, April 22, 2019
Target Start Date
Expected Work Hours
- Bachelor's degree required in Education, Higher Education, Counseling, Social Work, or related field.
- Two years of professional experience teaching, counseling, or advising high school students in preparation for college entrance.
Required knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Thorough knowledge of high school education requirements, the college admissions process, and financial aid and scholarship opportunities;
- Knowledge of best practices for promoting academic achievement and college access among low-income and first-generation students;
- Ability to plan high-quality programs, services, or activities;
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to develop strong relationships with students;
- Ability to foster and maintain strong collaborative relationships with internal and external partners;
- Ability to accurately maintain required documentation and prepare reports;
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, including in group presentations;
- Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
- Ability to utilize technology effectively;
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team;
- Demonstrated leadership skills and willingness to take initiative;
- Ability to seek and identify methods for continuous improvement of the program;
- Understanding and respect for diversity.
- Master's degree;
- Experience in college advising;
- Experience working in college admissions;
- Experience with TRiO or other federally funded programs, including knowledge of services, objectives, and regulations;
- Personal experience overcoming academic, cultural, financial, or other obstacles similar to those faced by low-income or first-generation students or students with disabilities participating in the Upward Bound program.
"Learning First" is the primary institutional goal for Central Carolina Community College where all faculty and staff are empowered as educators, committed to responsibility for the learning process. The Upward Bound College Advisor provides college admissions advising for three Upward Bound TRiO programs and approximately 180 students in Harnett and Lee Counties.
- Provide individual and group admissions and financial-aid counseling to approximately 45 seniors per year;
- Assist students in navigating the college search and application process;
- Assist students with the financial aid process and the scholarship search, application, and award process;
- Monitor and report key student performance on a monthly basis (e.g. college eligibility, college plans, applications, college acceptances, scholarships)
- Maintain external relationships to bring services or opportunities to the Upward Bound Programs;
- Coordinate and host workshops for students and parents/guardians during the academic year on topics related to college admissions and financial aid;
- Develop and maintain relationships with postsecondary institutions and staff that will enhance the educational experience and outcomes of Upward Bound participants;
- Coordinate and supervise a college coaching intervention program for students at risk of not applying to college;
- Plan and facilitate college tours;
- Prepare underclassmen for the college admissions process through a 6-week summer college admissions seminar and prepare new graduates for college through an 8- week college transition seminar;
- Track and document participants' progress through the college admissions and financial aid processes; Collaborate with other Upward Bound staff and local school district personnel to continuously recruit and retain at least 60 participants per program each year;
- Assist Director in following postsecondary education outcomes for all participants and alumni;
- Maintain expertise in admissions and financial-aid advising;
- Maintain documentation of services in electronic database and participant files;
- Assist in the hiring, training, and supervision of part-time staff;
- Engage with other Upward Bound staff members to provide formative assessment and continuous improvement of program delivery.
- Assist Director with preparation and submission of evaluations and reports, including the Department of Education Annual Performance Report;
- Serve on College committees as assigned.
- Complete the annual five-hour staff development.
- Encourage and support College activities, policies, procedures, and philosophies.
- Other duties as assigned.