TRIO Program Counselor

Due to the new five-year funding of the "Classic" Upward Bound, the University of Maine (UMaine) is seeking applicants for the position of TRIO Program Counselor (50% Upward Bound "Classic" and 50% Upward Bound Math Science), a shared position with Upward Bound "Classic" and Upward Bound Math Science. The Program Counselor works with the TRIO Upward Bound Director and other Upward Bound staff to collaboratively plan and implement the program and achieve standardized program goals and objectives. This position provides direct service and support to students through academic, career and college planning, and monitoring student progress toward graduation from college. Specific responsibilities include the provision of guidance and mentoring to optimize the student retention and success in college.
The University of Maine TRIO Upward Bound Programs assist eligible high school students in graduating from high school, preparing for success in college, and graduating from college within six years of enrolling. They provide high school students with personalized planning and support combined with a wide array of challenging activities and opportunities to help students gain the experience and skills needed for academic and personal success in high school and college, and a working partnership with students, their families, and school staff to help students achieve their own aspirations of successfully graduating from college. For information about TRIO Upward Bound Programs: https://umaine.edu/ub/
The position is located at the University of Maine in Orono. "Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is a land and sea grant institution, and the flagship campus of the University of Maine System. Located in Orono along the banks of the Stillwater River, this vibrant and dynamic university serves Maine, the nation, and the world through its teaching, research and outreach mission. UMaine students come from every county in Maine, more than 49 other states and 63 countries. UMaine offers 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs, 85 master's degree programs, and 35 doctoral programs. Opportunity for all members of the University of Maine community and its constituents is a cornerstone of our mission." For more information about the University of Maine: https://umaine.edu/about/
Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
Work with the Director and Upward Bound staff to develop and manage the day to day implementation of programming to meet the standardized objectives for Upward Bound at UMaine.
Support the Director in the management of the program's record keeping related to grant and program performance, including entering and maintaining data for grants' Annual Performance Report. Track Upward Bound at UMaine current and former participants in compliance with funder requirements and standardized program objectives. Prepare and analyze data for regular, ongoing program assessment and completion of the Annual Performance Report (APR) and other University-required reports and for review by the Director.
Support the Director in the coordination of grant-cycle evaluations as required by the funder and outlined in University grant applications.
Support the Director in evaluating and improving program services using a continuous improvement model and preparing reports and data presentations for a variety of audiences in collaboration with program staff.
With the Director and other Upward Bound staff, plan and implement the academic-year activities including but not limited to student recruitment, admission, orientation, retention, graduation, reunion, tutoring, college visits; educational field trips, cultural enrichment, workshops on leadership, study skills, career and educational development, college admissions and financial aid; and other regularly scheduled events for Upward Bound at UMaine students.
Plan and implement the summer residential life program, development and preparation of student afternoon and evening programming including community service, job shadow placements, and Watch Group events; hire, train and supervise summer residential life staff; plan, lead and participate in scheduled UB summer events.
With the Director and other Upward Bound staff, assist in the hiring and training of full-time and part-time staff, including summer staff. Provide supervision and evaluation of Graduate Assistants, interns, student employees and summer academic staff.
Develop and maintain effective and on-going working relationships with business and community organizations and administrators, guidance professionals and teachers at the Upward Bound at UMaine's partner schools; develop and maintain effective and productive relationships with Upward Bound at UMaine students and their parents/guardians.
Counsel and advise all Upward Bound at UMaine students and their parents/guardians on college preparatory academic and co-curricular activities. Work in high schools with students and their guidance counselors and teachers.
Counsel and advise all Upward Bound at UMaine students on career exploration and selecting a college or university.
Counsel, advise, and assist Upward Bound at UMaine seniors on application to and financial aid for college, including coordinating standardized exams, writing letters of recommendation; assisting with assembly and submission of applications to colleges and universities; and advising students on and completing FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and applying for scholarships.
Plan and lead college visits, field trips, cultural enrichment and other scheduled events for Upward Bound at UM students; as well as workshops for Upward Bound at UMaine students on study skills, career and educational development, college preparation, admission and financial aid.
Counsel and support Upward Bound at UMaine alumni, as appropriate to support Upward Bound grant goals.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution in social work, education, counseling, or a related field.
At least 3 years of direct service experience with high school or college age youth and a demonstrated respect for adolescents.
And/or at least 3 years of successful experience in managing a similar academic support services project.
Demonstrated sensitivity and experience working with students and /or individuals from diverse social, economic, ethnic, academic, and cultural backgrounds similar to that of Upward Bound participants.
A current Criminal History Records Clearance (CHRC) endorsement through the Maine Department of Education, including fingerprinting through the Maine State Police. Information regarding approved fingerprint sites and on-line registration in Maine is available at http://www.maine.gov/doe/cert/fingerprinting/or by calling the Maine Department of Education Certification Office.
Must be able to provide own transportation to and from partner schools and provide proof of a valid Driver's license, ownership of a reliable, fully-insured vehicle and compliance with Maine law regarding automobile insurance, e.g. medical payments and uninsured motorist coverage.
Must pass the University of Maine Motorpool background check in order to transport program students in University of Maine vehicles.
Personal experience overcoming barriers similar to those faced by Upward Bound at UM students;
3 or more years related work experience;
Experience working in programs with objectives similar to Upward Bound at UM; and
Experience with and demonstrated understanding of college admissions and financial aid processes for low-income students.
Appropriate background checks are required.
Apply online at: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/. You will need to create an applicant profile, complete an application (which includes contact information for three professional references), and upload a cover letter and a resume/curriculum vitae which fully describes your qualifications and experiences with specific reference to the required and preferred qualifications. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form.
Review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, materials should be submitted by March 2, 2018. Materials received after that date will be considered at the discretion of the university. We are not able to consider applicants who require Visa sponsorship support.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.
The University of Maine System is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, including transgender status and gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran's status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. Please contact the Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 N. Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469 at 207-581-1226 (voice), TTY 711 (Maine Relay System), or equal.opportunity@maine.edu with questions or concerns.
Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents:
Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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