Academic Support Program Specialist - TRIO Upward Bound (103141)

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TRIO Upward Bound College Prep Academy

University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The TRIO Upward Bound College Prep Academy within the Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting applications for the position of Academic Support Program Specialist. Our classic Upward Bound program is federally funded and aims to provide high-quality services and transformative educational experiences to precollege participants. The Academic Support Program Specialist will play a critical role in the recruitment of eligible participants to the program as well as develop and implement services that prepare students to enter and graduate from college. We invite individuals with specialized training, skills, and experiences helping students succeed to apply.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

Primary Position Function/Summary:

The Academic Support Program Specialist is responsible for assisting with the implementation of the TRIO Upward Bound program in compliance with the grant proposal, federal legislation, regulations, and guidance. Responsible for contributing to the development, implementation, and evaluation of precollege services that increase achievement, persistence, and graduation rates for participants. Delegated the responsibility for ensuring the attainment and reporting of the program's objectives and outcomes.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the project director in implementing the Plan of Operation and Evaluation for the approved Upward Bound grant.
  • Assist with recruiting, screening, and recommending eligible participants to the project director for acceptance to Upward Bound annually.
  • Assist in developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative, responsive, and empirically-grounded academic and enrichment services for participants that meet the Upward Bound program objectives.
  • Assist with recruiting, hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel to fulfill the Upward Bound objectives.
  • Help identify students experiencing academic challenges and develop appropriate interventions to bolster their academic success.
  • Assist in monitoring participants academic progress from entry through college graduation.
  • Assist in submitting and maintaining documentation of program's services on frequent basis.
  • Apply an appropriate level of professional judgment, discretion, and autonomy to effectively deliver services to participants and their parents or guardians.
  • Collaborate with target schools to deliver precollege services that meet critical academic needs of participants.
  • Work during nights, weekends, and occasional travel is required periodically.
  • Partner with TRIO Talent Search and TRIO Student Support Services to provide coordinated service for participants.
  • Keep abreast of current trends related to precollege and collegiate success by participating in professional organizations (e.g., state, regional, and national TRIO associations).
  • Contribute to monthly and annual reports of the use and effectiveness for service delivery.
  • Assist in pursuing additional grant opportunities to meet students' needs.
  • Assist with planning major department activities.
  • Assist in meeting operational needs by performing other duties including, but not be limited to instruction, writing, presenting, and consulting activities.

Required Education:

Bachelor's degree in education, counseling, or a discipline appropriate for providing excellent precollege services to student participating in a federal TRIO program through the US Department of Education is required.

Preferred Education:

Master's degree in education, counseling, or a discipline appropriate for administering a federal TRIO program through the US Department of Education is required.

Required Experience:

Two years of experience in precollege education at the high school or university level; or in a community agency, or in a non-profit setting. At least two year of experience designing, implementing, or overseeing precollege student support programs is required. Supervisory experience is required. Experience working with public school personnel and community agencies required. Strong organizational, planning, oral and written communication skills required.

Preferred Experience:

Program assessment and evaluation experience is preferred. Experience working in a TRIO program with first-generation and low-income students and their parents is preferred. Experience successfully matriculating in higher education as a first-generation and/or low-income student is also preferred.

Training, Licenses or Certifications:

A valid driver's license is required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of the educational issues, trends, and research related to student success. Ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex problems. Ability to build effective relationships with diverse constituencies including students, faculty, staff and the public. Proficiency with Microsoft Office software and the internet.

Background Checks

This is a security-sensitive position. The chosen candidate is required to pass an extensive criminal background check prior to starting the position.

Appointment Status: This is a 12-month, full-time Academic Professional position.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Application Procedures

Please complete your application profile at and upload: (1) cover letter addressing qualifications, experiences, and how you comply with requirements; (2) a resume with specific month and year for dates of employment; and (3) contact information, including relationship to applicant, for three references. Submission of materials in one PDF document is desired but not required. Evidence of degree will be required prior to first day of employment.

Incomplete materials will not be considered. Applications may be reviewed and interviews may occur immediately but will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. To ensure full consideration, submit your completed materials by September 28, 2018; no appointments will be made prior to this date. Faxes, mail, or hand-deliveries will not be accepted.

For additional information regarding the application procedures, please contact:

Office of Minority Student Affairs

Human Resources

217-333-0054 (phone)

[email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Student Affairs
Category: 5-Education and Student Services
Title: Academic Support Program Specialist - TRIO Upward Bound (103141)
Open Date: 09/14/2018
Organization Name: Pre-College Programs





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Posted: 9/15/2018
Application Due: 11/2/2018
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