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Upward Bound Counselor

New Jersey Institute of Technology
United States, New Jersey, Newark
323 Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard (Show on map)
December 07, 2023

Upward Bound Counselor


Reports To:
Director, TRIO Programs

Position Type:

Position Summary:
Under the leadership of the Trio Director, the
Upward Bound Counselor provides academic, career, and educational counseling,
as well as assistance with completing the college admissions and financial
aid process. The counselor also provides motivational support and acts as an
advocate for program participants. Other services coordinated by the UB
Counselor include academic instruction, mentoring, and tutoring.
The Upward Bound Counselor is responsible for the
effective implementation and achievement of all goals, objectives, and
standards associated with the Upward Bound Program as outlined by the US
Department of Education.
During the academic year, there are 26 to 28
sessions on Saturdays that run from 8:30 am until 2:30 pm. There is also an
afterschool program that runs Monday thru Thursday from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm
as well as evening orientations and activities that are typically scheduled
from 6 pm until 8:00 pm.
During the summer a six-week summer program is
conducted, with four of those weeks being residential. During the summer
program, staff are expected to be available on campus, for overnight
supervision of students for the duration of the residential program and
should expect to work longer hours during the day. Saturday and off-hour work
is required.

The Upward Bound Counselor reports to the Project
Director; however, they will work very closely with high school and middle school
teachers and counselors, and with the appropriate campus and community agency

Essential Functions:
- Screen
middle (8th graders) and high school students to determine eligibility.

- Collect, analyze and maintain student data, including report cards, test
scores, and Personal Educational Plans to improve service delivery to
students and increase student outcomes.
- Develop and maintain a file on each
eligible participant for use in education and career planning.
- Supervise
and conduct group counseling, individual counseling, and personal development
- Organize and conduct career workshops, seminars, and other
educational activities. Must be willing to make off-site school visits
- Conduct entrance and exit interviews of program participants.
- Assist the Program Director in program planning and evaluation, reviewing
applications for admission, and financial aid, assessing educational needs
and goals of project participants.
- Assist in developing program proposals and
preparing reports.
- Prepare budgets for programming activities.
- Assist in the
development and implementation of the curriculum.
- Perform other duties as

Prerequisite Qualifications:
- Bachelor's
Degree required, Area of academic discipline should be Student Personnel
Services, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field.
- Must
have two or more years of counseling experience in educational administration
and educational counseling at the high school or post-secondary level.
- Must
have experience in conducting testing and training activities.
- Must
be available to work on Saturdays, to provide overnight supervision on campus
for the duration of the residential part of the summer program (overnight
duties will be split between appropriate staff) and on-call 24 hours during
the duration of the summer program.
- Must
have a valid Driver's License and access to a vehicle.
- At the university's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Master's Degree Student Personnel
Services, Counseling, Social Work or a related field. Experience working with
minority and disadvantaged students.
- Knowledge of TRIO programs is helpful.


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