This is a full-time position with benefits and is renewable annually based on continued funding.
California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.
PROGRAMSUMMARY: The Upward Bound programs provide support to 134 participants in their preparation for college entrance. The programs provide opportunities for participants to enhance their high school career higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves 134 high school students from low-income families, and/or high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The schools served are Parajo Valley High School, North Monterey County High School, Soledad High School and Watsonville High School. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound provides instruction in math, laboratory science, composition, literature, and foreign language. Other services include: instruction in reading, writing, study skills, and other subjects necessary for success in education beyond high school; academic, financial, or personal counseling; exposure to academic programs and cultural events; tutorial services; mentoring programs; information on postsecondary education opportunities; assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams.
POSITIONSUMMARY: Under general direction of the Director of Early Outreach and Support Programs, the Upward Bound Associate Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the project, including planning, budgeting, administering and supervising staff. Serves as the project’s chief liaison to community partnerships, educational partnerships, and target area communities. Works with other campus service providers to develop programming and support/guidance programs for participants.
ESSENTIALDUTIESANDRESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
Develop, plan and implement a six-week summer residential program which involve college-level classes.
Develop, plan and implement an academic year program to enhance particiants’ high school classes.
Complete yearly Annual Performance Report to the Federal Goverenment with a report to the Vice President of Student Affairs. This includes updating the program’s database with the most current information to ensure quality assurance for the report.
Manage budgets from both programs to safeguard against any non-regulatory funding expenditures.
Establishes proper and required paper documentation for all project expenditures.
Provides leadership to a team that includes: two Advisors, Administrative Assistant and student assistants serving as Mentor/Academic Advisors, and is responsible in attaining program objectives.
Coordinates and supervises the work of Upward Bound personnel and the program activities. Plans and coordinates work operations. Provide timely and constructive performance evaluations.
Independently assess program needs and develops creative solutions that integrate approaches across organizational lines for possible implementation to meet these needs. Recommends changes on matters both within and outside Upward Bound.
Performs professional academic counseling in the areas of assessing prior high school work to provide access to higher education to low income, first generation and/or disabled college students.
Evaluates confidential academic transcripts and evaluations; recommends appropriate coursework pursuant to the students academic goals.
Responsible for effective college-going campaigns to increase the number of disadvantaged students pursuing a higher education.
Monitors, collects and evaluates data to provide analysis of program and/or student performance.
Maintains ongoing working relationship with at campus at large and service provider agencies, administration, managers, and representatives.
Uses an asset-based approach to building on the talents and strengths of each student.
Uses good judgment to resolve problems where guidelines and precedents do not exist. Independently determines approaches and techniques to utilize in advisement situations and, within established parameters.
Works closely with other support teams on campus (i.e., Financial Aid, Cooperative Learning Center, etc.) to identify program eligible students.
Coordinates the work of the project with other TRIO projects.
Handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information where judgement and discretion are essential.
Ensure confidentiality of all program records and other sensitive information.
Represents Outreach Programs at University functions and at statewide and national meetings, as necessary
Attends relevant national, regional, and local professional development conferences, workshops and seminars
Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within the department and the campus community
Performs other duties as assigned
PHYSICALWORKENVIRONMENT: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.
Education and Experience: Equivalent to a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university AND two years of professional experience in areas related to college advising and/or retention. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for- year basis. A minimum of one year experience in supervising staff, budget management and program development. Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with a variety of constituencies including middle/high school and college personnel and partnership members. Demonstrated knowledge, commitment, and ability to work with students from disadvantaged, diverse and non-traditional backgrounds. Experience with personal computers including word-processing, spreadsheet, databases, querying software, and email applications. Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.