Associate Director, Upward Bound

California State University, Monterey Bay
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 07, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director, Upward Bound

Classification: Management I
Department Name: Early Outreach & Support Pgms
Job Number: FP2021-714
Status: Priority Screening Deadline is April 27, 2021 Open Until FilledOpen Until Filled
Priority Screening Date: 04/27/2021
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled

Position Description:
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.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay (the "Corporation") exists to enhance the educational program of the campus; directly serve students, faculty, and staff; and provide services to the public. Although the Corporation is a legally separate 501©(3) nonprofit corporation, it is a fully integrated part of the California State University, Monterey Bay campus. The Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.
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
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.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following: -
1. Develop, plan and implement a six-week summer residential program which involve college-level classes.
2. Develop, plan and implement an academic year program to enhance particiants' high school classes.
3. 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.
4. Manage budgets from both programs to safeguard against any non-regulatory funding expenditures, Establishes proper and required paper documentation for all project expenditures.
5. 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.

Other Functions:
  • 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

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.

Please note CSUMB and The Corporation are working remote until at least July 2021.This position will report to the Ryan Ranch office on a full-time or hybrid basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Working knowledge of the principles, practices and strategies currently used in improving access to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. Thorough knowledge of the basic principals of individual and group behavior. Working knowledge of individual counseling techniques. Working knowledge of research and observation techniques for the purpose of recording, classifying, and interpreting factual information. Advanced knowledge of the techniques and methods of interviewing. Extensive knowledge of the basic principals, practices and major trends in advising/mentoring. Ability to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of the specific objectives of Upward Bound, Early Outreach Programs Office and their relationship to the total campus; ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations. Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action. Ability to advise students individually and in groups on complex matters. Ability to determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged in sensitive situations. Ability to gather and analyze data; ability to reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; ability to participate in and contribute to group meetings, conferences, and interviews; ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff, student organizations, and other private and public agencies. Ability to work effectively and interdependently in a diverse university environment. Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and university policies and regulations pertaining to academic achievement. Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning academic pathway, work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements for program participants. Knowledge and understanding of Title V, E.O. 595, 665, 405, and CSUMB Admissions and Financial Aid policies. Ability to prepare and conduct evaluations of subordinate staff. Experience in training, mentoring and supervising staff. Working knowledge of and ability to use a broad range of technology, systems and packages.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of five (5) years increasing supervisory expereince in an outreach program or 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.

Special Conditions of Employment:
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.

Specialized Skills:
Must be willing and able to work evenings and weekends and to travel in and out-of-state as deemed necessary to provide services to participants and attend professional development opportunities. Position will require travel between campus offices and off-campus location. Must have own transportation, valid driver’s license, and insurance, and the ability to complete a web-based training in defensive driving. Must continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Master’s degree preferred. Second language fluency. Highly desirable: Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services; demonstrated technical literacy.

Special Conditions of Employment:
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.

This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.

University Corporation positions are at will employment.

Compensation and Benefits:
The University Corporation is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students, and the customers we serve. The monthly salary for this position is $5,250. This is an exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing, Employee Housing.

How to Apply:
To apply, visit

A completed online application and resume must be received by the University Corporation Human Resources by 5:00 p.m. on the priority screen date listed above to be guaranteed a review. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.

Materials submitted become the property of University Corporation at Monterey Bay and will not be returned. University Corporation at Monterey Bay will not fax application materials. For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-3389, or TTD (800) 735 2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Service Center - first floor ( map). For additional campus information visit For information regarding the University Corporation visit


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