Program Specialist 1 (UCP 6), Center for Academic Programs, First Star Academy

Job description

Job Title: Program Specialist 1 (UCP 6), Center for Academic Programs, First Star Academy
Job ID: 2018453
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Posting

The Center for Academic Programs at the University of Connecticut is seeking applicants for the position of Program Specialist 1 (UCP 6) for the UConn First Star Academy. First Star Academy is a summer residential and academic year college preparatory program for high school students in Connecticut's foster care system. The purpose of the program is to develop life and leadership skills that help participants gain access to and succeed in college. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating program services and activities; supervising the day-to-day operations of the program; coordinating recruitment and selection of students; assisting in the planning and administration of a summer residential program and academic year component; assisting with the planning educational, counseling and other needed services; assisting with hiring, training and supervising program staff; monitoring students' progress, coordinating high school and site visits; preparation of reports and additional administrative duties. There is a residential requirement during the four-week summer academic program.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree, preferably in counseling or related field or equivalency; two to four years professional experience working with teenagers in a multi-racial environment, in guidance counseling, community work or social agency; comprehensive knowledge of challenges and barriers to higher education for foster and underrepresented students; proven ability to plan and implement program services and activities to meet program goals and objectives; ability to plan and organize workshops/training courses/curricula and training materials appropriate to program to be served; demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators as well as external agencies/groups and the public; excellent written and oral communication skills; ability and willingness to travel to target high schools and to work flexible hours and weekends as needed; and ability to make a four week commitment to living in the residence halls with program students during the summer residential program.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's in social work, counseling, or related field; experience working with high school students in the foster care system and understanding the CT Department of Children and Families' policies and procedures; background in advising students regarding higher education and the college application process; experience working within a residential setting; demonstrated supervisory skills; grant writing experience.

Appointment Terms

Salary is in the low 50's and includes full benefits. This is a full time, end-date position, subject to renewals.

To Apply

Please apply online at UConn Jobs at, Staff Positions. Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Be sure to demonstrate through your application materials that you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications for this position as outlined above. For full consideration, please apply by March 19, 2018. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018453)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on March 19, 2018.

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Posted: 3/3/2018
Application Due: 3/20/2018
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