Director, TRIO Upward Bound Program

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The Director, TRIO Upward Bound works with low income, first generation, or academically disadvantaged high school students to help them develop the skills needed to become successful college students. The Director, TRIO Upward Bound works to provide opportunities for Upward Bound participants to develop social skills, cultural competence, study skills, and academic skills appropriate for their educational goals. The Director, TRIO Upward Bound assists in planning, organizing, and presenting group workshops and summer camp, planning and supervising participants' attendance at cultural events, and assists with the recruitment, selection, and retention process for all participants.

  • Works with low-income, first-generation, or academically disadvantaged high school students to help them develop the skills needed to become successful college students by assisting them in the development of appropriate educational goals, guiding them in decision-making and learning how to accept responsibility for their decisions, directing them to resources that provide assistance in making career and academic major choices, and providing opportunities to develop social skills, cultural competence, study skills, and writing skills.
  • Plans and oversees the annual summer camp for Upward Bound participants by planning and organizing the classes to be offered, recruiting and supervising certificated teachers, enrolling students into classes, coordinating classroom assignments, textbooks, and supplies, and providing daily supervision of camp activities and curriculum.
  • Plans, organizes, and supervises weekly lunch 'n learn school meetings, workshops, and Saturday Academy for participants to help develop social skills, study skills, and writing skills and provide academic advising and career counseling and testing.
  • Plans, organizes, and supervises events and trips designed to help develop cultural competence in Upward Bound participants by taking them to attend sporting, theatrical, historical, musical, and other educational and cultural events that they otherwise may not be able to attend.
  • Recruits and helps to select Upward Bound participants by making presentations to eighth grade students in targeted schools, contacting parents, interviewing applicants, and ranking applicants based on eligibility criteria such as academic need, first-generation college student, and low income, grade in school, and propensity to go on to higher education, and developing Personalized Education Plans for new participants.
  • Coordinates yearly assessment and standardized testing of all participants, updates Personalized Education Plans, monitors participant grades, and provides academic advising and other support services to participants.
  • Ensures the effectiveness of the academic process by maintaining participant files, regularly updating academic reports, and validating the information contained in the participant files with the student database.
  • Ensures the success of the tutoring program by training, supervising, and evaluating student and teacher tutors, monitoring participant grades, and coordinating tutoring sessions between participants and assigned tutors.
  • Helps to ensure the success of the TRIO student tutoring program by preparing tutor payroll.
  • Ensures the security, availability, maintenance, and proper use of TRIO resources by managing access and use of laptop computers, digital cameras, other electronic equipment such as software and graphic calculators, and scholarship books made available to program participants through lending programs.
  • Performs routine operational details affecting the department by assuming responsibility for secretarial, clerical, and office management functions and making administrative decisions when appropriate and within established guidelines and policy.
  • Works with Sponsor Programs and Financial Services by maintaining current reports of budgeting expenses and debits for the staff and Financial Services and maintaining purchasing records for the Upward Program.
  • Helps to assure that TRIO students and potential TRIO students have full information on college and career opportunities by preparing materials used to promote TRIO programs, such as mailings to prospective students, coordinating assessments and other tests involving participants, directing participants to the appropriate resources for academic advisement, providing basic information in response to questions about matriculation issues, and coordinating the cultural and social activities of the TRIO programs.
  • Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
  • Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the supervisor.
  • Contributes to the overall success of the project by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Director, TRIO Upward Bound is supervised by the Vice President for Student Development and Services


Education: Master's degree in education, counseling, public administration, or related field from an accredited college/university.

Experience: At least 5 years of experience developing and providing college preparatory instruction, tutoring, academic advising, assessment, standardized testing, and/or enrichment activities is required. Experience in a higher education setting, with demonstrated administrative experience with program development or project management is preferred. Experience with budgets and supervision is preferred. Experience working with Upward Bound, other TRIO programs, or other programs focused on students who are low-income, first­ generation, or academically disadvantaged is preferred. Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds is preferred.

Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills (particularly in working with a diverse student population), organizational, and management skills are required. The ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, with students, parents, high school counselors, fellow employees, college administrators, and other constituents of the University is required. The ability to speak comfortably before groups is required. The ability to relate effectively to all publics is required. Strong organizational and management skills are required. A working knowledge of computers and computer applications, including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office applications is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Experience with database applications is preferred. Knowledge of academic policies and procedures of local school districts, U.S. Department of Education, and higher education is preferred. Knowledge of student development theory and its application to student academic support services is preferred.

Other: A valid driver's license is required. The scope of the position requires working evenings and weekends. Occasional out-of-town travel, including overnight stays, is required. Having a background like Upward Bound participants is preferred.


Claflin University is a nationally ranked comprehensive institution of higher education affiliated with The United Methodist Church. A historically black university founded in 1869, Claflin is committed to providing students with access to exemplary educational opportunities in its undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Claflin seeks to foster a rich community comprised of students, faculty, staff, and administrators who work to nurture and develop the skills and character needed for engaged citizenship and visionary and effective leadership.

In its undergraduate programs, Claflin provides students with the essential foundation of a liberal arts education. Emphasizing critical and analytic thinking, independent research, oral and written communication skills, the University invites students to use disciplined study to explore and confront the substantive challenges facing the global society. Claflin’s graduate programs provide opportunities for advanced students to increase their specialization in particular fields of study oriented toward professional enhancement and academic growth. Its continuing education programs provide students with expanded avenues for professional development and personal fulfillment.

Clafin Guiding Principles

At the center of everything we do is a system of values informing and guiding all policies and programs. These values, expressed through our decisions and actions, are defined by five overarching guiding principles:

Commitment to Excellence

Through doing things better and differently.

Commitment to Valuing People

By providing a safe, wholesome and healthy environment for our people to live, learn and work. 

Commitment to Being Customer Focused

Ensuring that everyone knows who the customer is, and takes steps to show it.

Commitment to Exemplary Educational Programs

By educating our students in a way to help them have a full, quality life and function as productive citizens.

Commitment to Financial Accountability

By putting in place sound and effective fiscal policies which are consistent with the mission and goals of the university.

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