Outreach Specialist, Upward Bound - Academic Success Center

USA, Azusa, California
Jul 10, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for staff in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks staff who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment.

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The Outreach Specialist is responsible for meeting the supplemental high school academic development and non-cognitive personal skills needs of high school youth who are low-income, first-generation to college, and/or have a disability, by providing services that increase the high school academic success, high school graduation, university eligibility and enrollment, and eventual university graduation. The Outreach Specialist will provide direct, frequent, and on-going services (academic, advising, non-cognitive development) to project participants each year during the academic year and summer components. Reporting to the Upward Bound Project Director, the Outreach Specialist will also assume responsibility for event planning (e.g., college tours, staff travel) and conduct participant recruitment presentations to students, parents, and community members aligned with the project's plan of operation. This position is full-time with benefits and is grant-funded through August of 2022 with funding renewable based on project performance.

Required Education

  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Student Affairs, Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology, or a related field; Preferred: Specialized training in academic coaching/ advising and post-secondary retention programming.

Required Experience

  • One year of advising experience working with economically disadvantaged, first-generation to college students, and/or students with disabilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of holistic support services, development of individualized service plans; financial aid and literacy; and retention programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting academic needs of students facing barriers to educational success through academic coaching/advising, counseling, instruction, advocacy, and/or education.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Orient new and continuing program participants to Upward Bound Program requirements and ensure participation in program services.
  • Develop student non-cognitive abilities, behaviors, and strengths: Positive Academic Behaviors, Self-Confidence & Self-Efficacy, Long Range Academic & Career Goals, Leadership & School and Community Involvement, Social Confidence, and Perseverance & Resilience.
  • Plan, Coordinate and chaperone overnight student trips both local and out of area overnights.
  • Implement pro-active service strategies to facilitate student contacts to caseload every week. Utilize task management-based, strengths-based, and non-cognitive based advising techniques.
  • Collect and review high school grades cards, and advise and monitor student's progress towards completing high school graduation and college admission A-G course requirements.
  • Review student's academic progress to determine specific subject area need for services, evaluate tests scores, and assist students in preparing for state and national standardized tests.
  • Assist with federal tracking of Upward Bound Program required services especially frequent student contacts within those services.
  • Work collaboratively with other TRIO programs, outreach/academic success programs, and university programs and offices.
  • Actively recruitment of Upward Bound Program participants.
  • Develop, produce Upward Bound Program marketing materials
  • Hire, train and supervise student mentors and tutors
  • Assist with the preparation of project-related materials and attend project related meetings on and off campus.
  • Work collaboratively with UB staff to prepare and submit project reports, proposals, and other materials.
  • Ensure that Upward Bound meets established objectives within federal guidelines.
  • Provide direct student support through academic success coaching for an assigned roster of participants.
  • Provides the Project Investigator and Project Director with regular updates and ensures they are informed of the Program's challenges, success and progress toward achieving Programs objectives.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Click below to discover some of the many benefits APU employees enjoy including competitive health care options, an 8% retirement match, and a generous tuition discount.


You can learn more about APU by watching the stories of faculty, staff, and alumni as they carry out our mission here: http://www.apu.edu/stories/

Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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