Pre-College Advisor - Upward Bound Program

Pre-College Advisor - Upward Bound Program


James Sprunt Community College
133 James Sprunt Drive
Kenansville, NC 28349
Phone: 910-296-2400

Job Location

133 James Sprunt Drive Kenansville, NC 28349




Full-time Benefits

Job Category

  • Professional

Application Period

Opens: Friday, December 2, 2022
Closes: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Target Start Date

Monday, January 16, 2023

Expected Work Hours

M - Th 8AM - 5PM Fr 8AM-12PM

Employment Type


Minimum Qualifications

QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Experience, Skills, and Abilities


The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Must be able to relate to low-income/potential first generation students.
  • Interest in working with middle and high school students
  • Knowledge of the college admissions and financial aid processes.
  • Ability to follow directions to implement evidence-based program
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite and date management software
  • Effective interpersonal and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills to document services accurately and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and effectively handle multiple assignments
  • Conduct weekend and overnight travel and activities

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates possession of the requisite knowledge, skill and abilities.



Required:  Bachelor’s degree.  Knowledge of assessment of disadvantaged populations.  Ability to communicate effectively with participants and supporting agencies, community constituents, parents, and target area high schools. Must have a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. 

Preferred: Master’s degree; Bilingual; Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)


Required:  A minimum of one year of advising, recruitment, counseling, coaching or tutoring experience. Some experience working with low-income, minority, and disadvantaged populations. Some computer records management experience.

Preferred:  Some experience with students in a community college setting.   

Some experience in assessment and placement.                                                             

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit.   The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to focus.  May require travel. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in indoor conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  

This position description covers the most essential functions and duties associated with this position.  Other duties may be assigned by the President or appropriate supervisor personnel.  The College reserves the right to alter duties, responsibilities, conditions, working hours, and job title as necessary.




James Sprunt Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College prohibits discrimination against any person (including staff, faculty or student body) on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, or age.

If you need accommodations please contact 910-296-2400.

Preferred Qualifications


Position Description


MINIMUM HIRING SALARY: $30,444.00 annually

MAXIMUM HIRING SALARY: Depends on qualifications

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides academic advisement, tutorial assistance, financial aid assistance financial literacy, personal support and additional benefits which promote high school graduation, college retention and/or aid in the college transfer process. Upward Bound serves: high school students from low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The Pre-College Advisor reports to the Program Coordinator of Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search. 




This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive.  Incumbents may not perform all the duties listed while in other cases related duties may also be assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities the ability to perform the essential functions. 

  • Identify, recruit, and retain participants for the Upward Bound Program to ensure that US Department of Education program stipulations are met.
  • Complete comprehensive needs assessments on each participant and develop individual educational plans to include academic advisement, virtual or face-to-face tutoring and mentoring that will promote the educational persistence of students from year to year.
  • Collect, compile, analyze and document complete participant records in compliance with the US Department of Education and grant regulations.
  • Develop and facilitate workshops for participants, and occasionally parents, that demonstrate and encourage post-secondary assess and success in areas of STEM, financial aid, admissions, financial literacy, study skills, test-taking, note-taking skills, critical thinking, standardized test preparation, resume writing, interview skills, etc.
  • Advocate with college admissions and financial aid offices to ensure senior participants are admitted into postsecondary institutions thus guaranteeing program objectives are met.
  • Facilitate workshops with students one-on-one and in small group settings to provide assistance with registration for ACT & SAT examinations; college admissions and financial aid applications; essay development, ordering academic transcripts, completing residency determination, reviewing student aid reports, ordering tax transcripts, completing residency determination, reviewing financial aid award letters, drafting financial aid letters of appeal, and resolving student loan default status to promote the program objectives of college enrollment, retention and persistence.
  • Collaborate with target school administration and community agencies to secure support in the form of referrals of potential students, facilities usage, mentors, etc. in order to achieve that goals and objectives of the program.
  • Conduct follow-up with participants to verify college enrollment/reenrollment in compliance with program objectives.
  • Market and promote the program mission and objectives by conducting publicity campaigns aimed towards the community, local educational agency administration and target school personnel.
  • Assist the Program Coordinator with planning, organizing, and implementing ACT & SAT prep, STEM camps, Saturday Academies, and summer activities in order to meet federal mandate of rigor for program participants.
  • Collect, compile, and analyze data submission of the Upward Bound Annual Performance Report to the US Department of Education which guarantees continued funding for the program.
  • Assist the Program Coordinator with planning, organizing, and implementing the Saturday Academies, Summer Academy, and Summer Bridge program in assigned target area.  
  • Compile and submit weekly/monthly progress reports to the Program Coordinator.
  • Develop and oversee field trips, special events, banquets, and tutoring activities, etc., on weekends and on an evening basis.  
  • Provide a timely submission of program reports and travel records.
  • Attend staff meetings and internal in-service trainings as scheduled. Attend professional development and in-service trainings at least two times per year.
  • Acquire computer/technology competencies as appropriate to position.
  • Preserve the security of program files and sensitive participant information in compliance with the US Department of Education.
  • Perform other professional or job-related duties as assigned.
  • Serve on college committees as directed by supervisor.
  • Overnight travel may be required. 

How to Apply

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