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Richmond Upward Bound Tutor (Essential)

Mills College
Oakland, CA

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Four-Year Institution
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Job Details

Category:: Other
Locations:: Oakland, CA
Posted:: Aug 30, 2021
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part-time Temporary
Position ID:: 136089

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 has recently become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Applicants with expertise and experience in supporting and promoting success for Latina/o students are encouraged to apply.

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:

Mills College Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded TRiO program designed to enhance the academic skills of low-income 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.

After School Tutoring
The Upward Bound Program is hiring after school tutors. We are looking for tutors for our Richmond After School Program in humanities, science, and math. Our after school program will take place at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA during the academic year on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm.


During the school year Mills College Upward Bound offers an intensive but supportive after school program for our students. Tutors employment begins in September 2021 and goes through April 2022. Primary responsibilities for tutors are to work with Upward Bound high school students during weekday afternoon tutorial to provide academic support in various high school subjects. Tutors establish and maintain effective and positive relationships in a diverse and multicultural environment. Tutors communicate/work effectively with high school students who bring a range of educational backgrounds as well as a variety of learning styles. Tutors will work closely with the Associate Director and the Academic Advisors regarding students' progress and needs.


  • Be punctual, positive, motivated, interactive, and 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
  • Develop appropriate relationships 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, student's needs or difficulties).
  • Develop and maintain consistent communication with the Associate Director regarding progress of students tutored.
  • Ability to understand, abide by, and enforce all Upward Bound Program policies.
  • Perform other related duties as needed.



  • Strong knowledge of English, History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Algebra I & II, pre-Calculus, Calculus AB/BC, Mandarin, Spanish, and/or French.
  • 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 at least sophomore year in college or university.
  • Be in good academic standing at college or university attending (3.0 and above) or has recently graduated.
  • Be able to exhibit strong customer service orientation for all 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 the College Injury and Illness Prevention Plan.
  • Knowledge of the Mills College Upward Bound Program's mission and vision.
  • Knowledge of child/adolescent cognitive development and different learning styles.
  • Be able to attend the academic staff training that will take place in early September (exact dates TBD).
  • Enforce Upward Bound Program rules and regulations.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time, non-exempt position. The temporary position pays $17 per hour. The schedule is Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm, and Wednesday from 2:30 pm -5:30 pm.

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

All positions are subject to a background check. Prior to the first date of employment, an applicant's background check must be cleared.

Mills College requires all current faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus prior to returning to campus. All new hires are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the first date of work on campus. Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks following a second shot of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks following a single dose vaccine. For further information regarding the Mills' immunization policy, including medical and religious exemptions, please contact [email protected]

Application Instructions:

Click the "Apply Now" button below and follow instructions to submit the following documents:

  • Employee Application
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter and
  • Contact Information for 3 References

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Review of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Working at Mills College

Mills is an independent liberal arts college for women with graduate programs for women and men. The College educates students to think critically and communicate responsibly and effectively, to accept the challenges of their creative visions, and to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to effect thoughtful changes in a global, multicultural society.

Mills encourages openness to experimentation in the context of established academic disciplines. Programs are designed to reflect the importance of global issues, provide an understanding of the natural world, and enhance opportunities for women in their developing roles throughout society. The curriculum combines traditional liberal arts with new educational initiatives that recognize the value of cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity.

Inspired by a teaching philosophy that grows out of its longstanding dedication to women’s education, Mills provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages intellectual exploration. The faculty of nationally and internationally respected scholars and artists is dedicated to developing the strengths of every student, preparing them for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth.

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