Title: High School Educational Advisor, Upward Bound Program
Position: Full-time 40hrs/week, Non-Exempt position; some evenings & weekends
Start Date: August 2019
Funding Source: U.S. Department of Education (DOE); Continuation of position based on renewal of annual funding
PROGRAM: The Upward Bound (UB) Program identifies, selects and assists low-income high school youth that have the potential to be the first generation in their family to attend college. UB provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of UB is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. UB is committed to creating supportive relationships with students and providing safe environments for students to grow personally and academically. UB is committed to:
-Providing academic and advising services at school sites and in the community.
-Serving all students without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religious creed, national origin, age and economic status.
-Assisting and acting as resource to all who are interested in continuing their education.
-Collaborating with the JCYC College Access Programs to sponsor events, develop staff training and assess our programs.
DESCRIPTION: The High School Educational Advisor will be responsible for identification, selection and counseling of participants at 1-2 high schools in the SF Unified School District. These participants will fulfill the eligibility criteria as set by the U.S. DOE for all Upward Bound Projects.
-Recruit, identify and select participants according to the following eligibility guidelines:
-Low-income according to the U.S. DOE income levels;
-Have the potential to be first in their family to attend college;
-Interested in pursuing programs of post-secondary education.
-Assess and determine participants’ educational needs and academic potential;
-Conduct small/large group presentations about college, financial aid and career awareness;
-Provide college and financial aid advising to individuals and groups to encourage participants to complete ----secondary school and enroll in post-secondary schools;
-Coordinate and implement local/long-distance field trips (i.e. college campus, cultural events);
-Assist in organizing and attend overnight trips as needed;
-Assist participants in applying for admission or re-enrollment to secondary schools and/or post-secondary schools;
-Assist in the coordination and planning of the Saturday College Academy and the 6-week summer residential program;
-Refer participants to appropriate social service and government agencies;
-Advocate and assist participants with college admissions, financial aid and other community resources.
-Assist with implementation and evaluation of project activities (e.g. Senior Weekend Retreat, SoCal, and Summer Program);
-Manage a caseload of 30-60 participants; organize required program documents;
-Provide support to high school counseling staff and collaborate on events that complement JCYC UB program timeline. Staff participation in target school activities is subject to approval by Associate Director. Activities must not interfere with job responsibilities.
-Assist with collaborating events with San Francisco College Access Center and Educational Talent Search, sister programs of Upward Bound.
Other Program Participation
-Participate in agency and other College Access program related meetings, activities, committees and conferences are required;
-Participate in advocacy initiatives prioritized by JCYC;
-Support program specific civic engagement activities to ensure participants understand the importance of participating in the democratic process;
-Perform related duties as needed.
• Bachelor's Degree and one or more years working with youth
• Strong organizational and follow-through skills. Attention to detail
• Experience with conducting presentations and activity planning
• Effective verbal and written communication skills
• Computer Literate; Working proficiency of MS Word, Excel, Power Point and other presentation tools
• Individuals with similar background to target population, low-income and first in their families to attend college
• Experience with diverse student populations
• Bilingual preferred (e.g. Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese)
• Knowledge of community activities, resources and programs for youth in San Francisco
• Ability to work cooperatively with secondary school faculty and community agency personnel
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants MUST submit ALL of the following: 1) Resume and 2) Cover Letter to Patricia Justafort, UB Associate Director: upwardbound AT jcyc.org
PLEASE NOTE: Upward Bound, a program of JCYC, actively seek to hire and promote individuals, recruit volunteers and provide services to individuals without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religious creed, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or presence of non-job related conditions or disabilities. All employees of the JCYC participate in a criminal background investigation. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
JCYC’s mission is to cultivate and enrich the lives of children and youth from diverse, multi-cultural communities throughout San Francisco and beyond. Through a continuum of services, JCYC programs can support children and youth from the time they start pre-school until they are ready to move onto college. In addition to providing direct services, JCYC has also organized and continues to lead some of the largest and most successful youth collaborations in San Francisco.
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