Counselor, Upward Bound
Counselor, Upward Bound
Position Number: 53072322
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Campus Location: Blue Ridge
Job Close Date: 08/18/2017
General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Counselor for the Upward Bound program. The Counselor will assist the Upward Bound Director in the development and implementation of the Upward Bound program. Duties will include coordinating program services, assisting in serving as liaison with high schools, building positive working relationships with community partners, assessing student needs, advising and tutoring, tracking student contacts and entering data, and conducting workshops for students and parents. The work will emphasize the following: supporting low income and first generation college students in completing high school and enrolling in higher education, and assisting parents in supporting their children's academic success. Position contingent upon annual receipt of federal funding.
Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.
The vision for the Blue Ridge Campus is to offer a variety of educational pathways that meet the needs of the region, to include dual-enrollment courses for high school students, continuing and professional education programs for adult learners, and a full-time cohort-based program for first-time freshmen with courses that will enable students to complete degrees in regional high-demand disciplines. This cohort model may include learning communities and an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that builds the skills necessary for success in college-level work and uses the region as a context for learning in and out of the classroom. The university will support student success through financial counseling, mandatory advising, and a required pre-college summer program.
Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Counselor for the Upward Bound program will:
- Recruit Upward Bound participants to provide a rich program for student high school success as preparation for later enrollment in postsecondary education.
- Communicate Upward Bound goals to community partners, parents and high school students.
- Facilitate groups for students and parents in college readiness and career awareness.
- Plan, implement, and chaperone students on workshops and trips. Assist in the organization, coordination, and facilitation of monthly student meetings.
- Develop, coordinate and deliver workshops for parents and students that prepare students for admission into college, on topics areas, including scholarships and financial aid, college admissions requirements, summer programs, and internships.
- Document all student/parent contacts and enter data in tracking system.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Must have skill facilitating groups and working with community partners
- Activity coordination involving excellent organizational skills
- Ability to speak Spanish/Bilingual
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Effectively interacts with people in a positive manner
- Well-developed interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of peers, administrators, faculty, students, and the public
- Ability to work amicably and professionally with a diverse population, including parents and students from different socioeconomic circumstances
- Understanding of special events development and administration, including management of multiple projects and priorities under deadline pressure
- Ability to teach, listen and collaborate effectively with others; sensitivity to cultural norms
- Creative problem solving skills with demonstrated ability to recommend innovative solutions
- Ability to use common sense approaches to make prudent and sound decisions
- Skill in planning and developing single or multiple job tasks and to recognize and recommend improved methods of performing work and to physically perform the essential functions of the job
- Ability to encourage and motivate others
- Excellent computer skills (e.g. Outlook, Microsoft Office, etc.)
- Ability to reason logically
- Ability to monitor student progress and enhance student success
- Ability to collaborate with faculty and others in providing services to address student needs
- Ability to prioritize and arrange job assignments
- Ability to apply information in stressful situations
- Ability to deal simultaneously with several problems
- Ability to comprehend complex problems and reach reasonable conclusions
- Ability to use mental skills to recall, analyze, and organize information and make complex decisions
- Ability to work evenings and weekends on a monthly basis
Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
- Master's Degree Preferred, Bachelor's Degree Required in education, guidance, counseling or related field.
- Minimum of three years of counseling or guidance experience or three years of experience teaching English, reading, mathematics, or success strategies; experience in a secondary school setting or experience with high school students
- Experience working with students from who are academically unprepared; experience working with students from diverse backgrounds; Ability to develop, implement, and facilitate content area and learning strategies workshops and study groups.
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit contact information for three professional references.
Employer Information: All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.
We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.
The University of North Georgia is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without discrimination at the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or handicap as a matter of college policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws.