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Student Advisor and Caseload Manager for Upward Bound Program

Requisition Number 169831
Full-Time
Job Open Date 12-14-2010
Job Close Date Open Until Filled
Internal Promotional Consideration 12-20-2010

Required/Preferred Qualifications Essential:
Bachelor's degree in education, human services, youth development, psychology, sociology, or related field and one or more years of related professional experience. Experience advising and/or mentoring disadvantaged youth or young adults in an educational setting and/or environments with caseload management experience. (According to the U.S. Department of Education, "disadvantaged" signifies an individual who meets low-income guidelines and who is a potential first generation college student. First generation signifies a person whose parents have not earned a baccalaureate degree.) Experience using FileMaker Pro and MS Office Suite of software. Must posses a valid driver's license with a clean driving record and the ability to drive a 15-passenger van. Must have access to a reliable vehicle to efficiently meet the needs of the position.

Desired: Experience working with youth or adolescent program. Experience working with and understanding of the issues affecting the TRiO eligible population. Strong intermediate skills and experience with FileMaker Pro database (FileMaker Pro) and MS Office Suite of software. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision. Strong attention to detail and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work as part of a team. Ability to speak a foreign language - Spanish, Hmong or Somali.

Duties/Responsibilities
Caseload Management (30%)
Responsible for the overall design, implementation and management of an effective student caseload management system to ensure the retention and academic success of program participants, according to program objectives
Develop annual student plans of action
Provide academic, personal, social & financial aid counseling to students and families to encourage student performance
Monitor student performance in high school and at Upward Bound, utilizing appropriate tools, interventions, and referrals when necessary
Develop & maintain effective relationships, including communication, with parents/guardians and staff and faculty in target schools and community
Develop student caseload management system utilizing database system and other resources
Manage, track and evaluate student contact and performance utilizing database system
Manage, track and evaluate staff utilization of caseload management system
Develop, manage, track & evaluate student contact and performance utilizing database system
Student reporting
Direct student caseload management of two target schools
Oversight and reporting for the caseload management of two target schools

School and Community Liaison (10%)
Responsible for the development of effective relationships in the target schools and community to ensure the retention and academic success of program participants, according to program objectives
Promote & maintain good public relations within target high schools and community via regular contact and communication
Represent/publicize Upward Bound within target high schools & community
Effectively advocate for students in schools & community

Projects Coordination (30%)
Design, coordinate, implement and/or assist with special projects
Overall design, coordination, implementation and management of a timely student recruitment process, including the direct student recruitment within two target schools
Design and implement academic year and summer experiential activities for students and/or parent/guardians
Co-develop and co-manage the UB database
Assist with the design and implementation of student and parent/guardian education workshops and orientation sessions

Summer Residential Director (17.5%)
Recruit, hire, train, supervise, provide technical assistance to, and evaluate residential staff
Manage staff to ensure safety of Upward Bound students
Design, coordinate, implement and manage experiential program
Develop, manage and track student performance utilizing database system
Student Reporting
Live in dorm with staff and students

Other (12.5%)
Staff meetings
Chaperone students to conference/field trips
Professional development
Other duties as assigned

Program/Unit Description: Upward Bound is a federal TRiO program designed to provide college preparation assistance & information to adolescents from low-income and first-generation backgrounds. This position is responsible for developing & maintaining relations between the program & community, including schools, students, families, and post-secondary institutions and the oversight of the annual summer residential program.

The College of Education and Human Development comprises undergraduate programs in Business & Marketing Education, Human Resource Development, Elementary Education Foundations, Early Childhood Education Foundations, Sports Management, Kinesiology, Recreation Park & Leisure Studies, Youth Studies, Family Social Science. Graduate programs include Initial and Additional Licensure Programs in teaching, Certificates, Professional Studies, Master and Doctorate programs. CEHD's student services division is home to the TRiO programs serving under-represented students: Upward Bound, Student Support Services and McNair Scholars; as well as the Multicultural Teacher Development Project, the Common Grounds Consortium, and a portion of the University's Access to Success program.
Application Instructions Submit letter of application, resume and list of references.

Note:
Must be able to accommodate evening, overnight, and weekend hours. A criminal background check is required for finalist candidate.

To apply: employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=92039

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