Educational Talent Search College Adviser (4535U), Center for Educational Partnerships 12992

San Francisco
Nov 19, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Educational Talent Search College Adviser (4535U), Center for Educational Partnerships 12992 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: December 2, 2020

Departmental Overview

The Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP) is the primary department on the UC Berkeley campus charged with developing and implementing programs and strategies to improve academic preparation, expand educational opportunities, and ensure access to higher education for low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. Working in partnership with local schools and communities, CEP improves academic achievement and expands post-secondary educational opportunities for students who face significant barriers to college.

The Pre-College TRIO Programs are funded by the United States Department of Education to serve low-income, first generation college high school and middle school students. These programs are the Educational Talent Search (ETS), Upward Bound Program (UB), and Upward Bound Math and Science (UBMS) programs, which serve over 1757 middle and high school students in the SF East Bay, as well as remotes locations in California, Nevada and Hawaii.
The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program has been in existence since 1969 and serves low-income, first-generation college-bound youth in grades 6-12 in the East Bay communities and school districts of Oakland, Berkeley and West Contra Costa. ETS provides college advising and retention services to over 1,507 secondary school students annually. Services include college advising; workshops on test preparation, study skills, financial aid; college visitations; and a summer writing program. ETS also works with re-entry and non-traditional students in the community.


  • Identifies, recruits and selects high school participants through school staff referrals, class presentations, school media, individual interviews, and correspondence.
  • Introduces the concept of higher education to middle school or high school participants and their parents.
  • Interprets and demystifies complex and ever-evolving college admission requirements, test preparation and financial aid application for cohort participants and their families.
  • Provides cohort participants with current and concise information on colleges that include community colleges, vocational/technical schools, private colleges, California universities, and out-of-state universities.
  • Delivers individual and group advising services and maintains relationships with the high school participants.
  • Delivers individual and group advising services and maintains relationships with a group of K-14 students.
  • Develops comprehensive education plan for each participant in advisors caseload with regards to their academic path from middle school to high school and subsequent enrollment in post-secondary education.
  • Reviews and analyzes all participants' high school transcripts yearly to ensure student progress and success.
  • Provides related career exposure, advisement and personal self-improvement activities to help cohort participants establish attainable academic and career life goals.
  • Facilitates the educational advancement of cohort participants enrolled in the program from middle school to high school or high school to college.
  • Performs follow-up counseling advisement with matriculating 8th participants to high school.

  • Conducts all aspects of ETS program activities and objectives in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education regulations pertaining to federally funded TRIO programs specifically Talent Search.
  • Designs, implements, and delivers appropriate 9th-12th grade level workshops, curricula materials, and activities to enhance the college-going rates at each assigned school site for ETS participants.
  • In collaboration with school site personnel, other student service programs, and parent's works to establish and foster a college going culture among the staff and participants at each assigned school site.
  • Delivers college-going, career, socioemotional workshops to ETS participants and families at community and school sponsored events. Establishes positive working relationships with assigned school site personnel; designs and implements a strategic plan of operation detailed to meet the needs of each assigned school site based on cohort.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with parents/families to support cohort academic success and access to higher education. Acts as advocate for participants and parents/families base on cohort. Develops collaborative relationships with other college-going programs and K-12 and higher education personnel.
  • Establishes and maintains comprehensive collaborative partnerships with other school sites, community-based programs and school district to maximize referral and services to enrolled participants.
  • Participates in strategic and program planning to meet the diverse socioemotional and educational needs of the student populations as assigned school or community sites.
  • Plans and implements program sponsored college-going field trips, socioemotional and cultural enrichment activities appropriate for cohort participants.
  • Organizes and/or participates in meetings with school site personnel and/or service providers as appropriate.
  • Serves as a presenter at K-14 and community events. Coordinates participant attendance of other university-sponsored programs.

  • Collects, analyzes, evaluates cohort participant data; documents participant contacts and progress; and tracks academic progress of all cohort participants.
  • Secures appropriate student/parent documentation to verify participant's income eligibility, parental educational attainment, and need to program services.
  • Obtains and maintains confidential school site records of participant program eligibility, academic promise, and progress throughout the participant enrollment in the program.
  • Participates in strategic and program planning for all cohort participants.
  • Produces program reports, proposals, budgets, and evaluations that include:
    • School site reports (monthly, quarterly, annual) detailing activities, services provided, number students served, college admissions and financial aid awarded to program students
    • Activity proposals and budgets for program-sponsored activities that include student field trips, cultural activities, college visitations, academic and test preparation classes, parent/student orientations, socioemotional and career awareness exploration activities.
    • Post-activity evaluations and reports for program-sponsored activities detailing the activity, expenses, and outcomes of the activity
    • Ad hoc reports as requested
  • Assists with the research, development and submissions of project reports and proposals required by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Establishes and maintains accurate and complete cohort participant files and database. Produces written documentations regarding all contacts with participants and detailing all services provided

  • Serves and represents ETS on department, campus, and external committees, workgroups, and coordinating bodies to help maintain positive relations and effectively communicate ETS.
  • Attends bi-weekly staff meetings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by Supervisor.

Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of two (2) years experience in advising, teaching, or supporting educationally disadvantaged high school students to prepare for college or careers. Strong knowledge working with educational equity programs serving a diverse student population.
  • Strong knowledge of up-to-date information on K-12 and higher education policies and issues. Ability to assess their impact on program strategies.
  • Knowledge of K-12 and higher education institutions, admissions and financial aid requirements, and the ability to interpret policies and procedures to youth, parents, and school representatives.
  • Knowledge of youth and adolescent development theory, including issues facing low-income, first generation urban youth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with school district administrators, school counselors, principals, teachers, and community contacts.
  • Strong knowledge of high school graduation and college entrance requirements.
  • Demonstrated cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
  • Strong communications (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Significant experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers.
  • Ability to make it to assigned school sites on time. Ability to work evenings and weekends (sometimes on short notice) and travel overnight.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin or Vietnamese a plus
  • Certification: CPR or other life-saving skills.

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $60,000.00-$70,000.00, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full time (M-F; 40 hours/week) career position.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Mandated Reporter

This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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