Upward Bound Educational Specialist (PT)

Sugar Grove, IL
Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Upward Bound is a college completion program that provides the support, motivation, and academic preparation to go to college. This position will be based primarily at West Aurora High School, Aurora IL. The Educational Specialist for the Upward Bound Program is responsible for providing academic support, planning and delivering academic programming, and assisting with outreach activities.


Assist in the planning, organization, and implementation of the Upward Bound academic year and summer program component.

Oversee the Upward Bound classroom and / or after-school site in the absence of the TRIO Upward Manager or Upward Bound Advisor.

Collaborate with Upward Bound staff to plan and deliver academic activities, topical workshops, and college readiness group discussions.

Assist in the planning and implementation of off-campus college visits and cultural enrichment activities.

Collaborate with Upward Bound staff to plan and lead career exploration and mentoring activities, including scheduling guest speakers.

Provide academic assistance and guidance in completing college, scholarship, and financial aid applications.

Conduct outreach presentations at schools and community organizations to identify and recruit eligible students.

Review new student applications to determine eligibility and explain the program to students and families.

Become familiar with students' academic history, schedule, and personal/family situations as appropriated.

Collaborate with Upward Bound staff and school personnel to collect, analyze, and monitor student participation and performance data.

Maintain confidentiality of student records and assist with updating the student information database.

Perform other duties as assigned by the TRIO Upward Bound Manager.

Req ID: req287

Job Title: Upward Bound Educational Specialist (PT)

Division: Upward Bound

Location: Extension Site

Grant Funded: Yes

Employment Type: Part-time Support Staff

Compensation Range: 18.18 - 18.18, starting pay, prior experience will be considered

Compensation Type: Hourly

Work Schedule: Other

Other Work Schedule Details: Monday - Thursday | Schedule adjusted for monthly evening or weekend activities.

Work Hours: 25

Documents to be attached: Cover Letter-Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants: The final candidate will be subject to a motor vehicle record check, fingerprinting and criminal background check.

Testing: No

Targeted Hire Date: 10/23/2017

Position Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree required.

Minimum of one year experience working with students from low income communities and or first generation college students.

Experience delivering academic and college readiness workshops.

Knowledge of college admissions and financial aid process.

Experience tutoring secondary or post-secondary students.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Excellent organizational and human relations skills required.

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Social Media platforms, and Google Drive.

Valid driver's license and clean driving history required.

Spanish/English bilingual ability preferred.


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