Summer Tutors/Teaching Assistant - Upward Bound

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About Mills College:
Located in Oakland, California, in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, Mills College is a liberal arts college for women and gender non-binary students, with graduate programs for all genders. Consistently ranked one of the top master's universities and one of the best value colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report, Mills also has been named one of the Best Colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Mills experience is distinguished by small, interactive classes, one-on-one attention from exceptional faculty, a culture of creative experimentation, and cutting-edge interdisciplinary learning opportunities which empower students to make a statement in their careers and communities. As one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, we have a strong record of academic success with first-generation students, students of color, Latinx students, LGBTQ students, and other underrepresented students.

Mills College encourages diversity in hiring and particularly welcomes applications and nominations from women, gender non-binary individuals, and minorities. Mills College seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice and our desire to maintain the excellence of our faculty. In so doing, we offer our students not only the opportunity to learn about varied disciplines but to engage with diverse perspectives and ways of knowing and learning. For more information, please visit

Job Description:
Reports to: Program Director
Month/Year: June 18th to July 28th (Position is contingent on continued funding beyond May 31, 2018)

Mills College Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded TRiO program designed to enhance the academic skills of low-income and first-generation college-bound high school students in the Oakland and West Contra Costa Unified School District with the goal that participants will pursue a post-secondary education. TRiO is funded by the U. S. Department of Education. The Upward Bound Program is recruiting for Summer Tutors. Our six-week academic program will take place at Mills College this summer. Science Tutors will assist in classes in Biology and Chemistry. Math Tutors will assist in classes in one of the following areas: Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Pre - Calculus. English Tutors will assist in English and writing classes.

Every summer Mills College Upward Bound offers a six-week intensive instructional program for our high school students. A primary responsibility for this position is to work with Upward Bound high school students in a weekday afternoon tutorial to provide academic support in various subjects. Assist MCUB Instructors with course materials and support academic and enrichment class activities. Establish and maintain effective and positive relationships within a diverse and multicultural environment. Communicate/work effectively with high school students who bring a range of educational backgrounds as well as a variety of learning styles. Work closely with Academic Coordinator and advisors regarding students' progress and needs.Staff orientation and training will take place June 15, 2018 . The MCUB Summer Academic Program is scheduled to begin Monday, June 18, 2018 and continue through Friday, July 28, 2018. The tentative daily Tutor/TA schedule is 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday -Thursday. The student/parent orientation, weekly staff meetings, tutorial sessions and enrichment activities are mandatory events for all summer staff. The event dates are to be announced prior to hiring.


  • Be punctual, positive, motivated, interactive, flexible.
  • Be able to maintain a positive mental attitude throughout the program and present a positive image of Mills College Upward Bound to participants and guests.
  • Provide tutorial and academic assistance to Upward Bound Program students at Mills College campus.
  • Develop appropriate relationship with students. Work with students to complete assignments, prepare for tests and improve academic skills.
  • Assess students academic strengths and weaknesses, and help students set goals for improvement.
  • Monitor student grades and progress.
  • Assist in the set-up and breakdown of tutoring classrooms.
  • Support a program-wide culture of high expectations that includes college preparation and readiness for all students.
  • Participate in Upward Bound Program Tutor staff meetings.
  • Maintain accurate records (daily tutoring logs, student attendance, students needs or difficulties).
  • Develop and maintain consistent communication with Academic Coordinator regarding progress of students tutored.
  • Ability to understand, abides by, and enforces all Upward Bound Program policies.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.

  • Strong knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, English, Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, Geometry, or Pre - Calculus.
  • Experience mentoring, tutoring and/or teaching low-income, first-generation college-bound students.
  • Skills and knowledge to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Have completed sophomore year in college or university.
  • Be in good academic standing at college or university attending (3.0 and above).
  • Be able to exhibit strong customer service orientation for all levels of College constituencies and members of the public.
  • Be able to take appropriate steps to promote and sustain effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
  • Be able to work safely in compliance with College Injury and Illness Prevention Plan.
  • Knowledge of the Mills College Upward Bound Programs mission and vision.
  • Knowledge of child/adolescent cognitive development and different learning styles.
  • Be able to attend the academic staff training June 15th, 2018
  • Enforce Upward Bound Program rules and regulations.
Additional Information:

This is a temporary, non-exempt, part-time position. Compensation is $15.00 per hour plus State Disability Insurance, workers compensation insurance, Social Security Insurance, and unemployment insurance.

Mills College does not permit discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religious creed, color, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. For more information on Mills' non-discrimination policy, please go to

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit the following at
  • resume
  • cover letter specifying your qualifications and expertise and
  • contact information for three references
Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.Before an offer can be made finalists will be required to pass a fingerprint and background check.





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Posted: 4/11/2018
Application Due: 9/28/2018
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