Summer Specialist - Trio, Upward Bound

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Job Title: Summer Specialist - Trio, Upward Bound

Department: Enrollment Mgmt & Student Svcs

Location: Columbus Campus

Employment Type: Staff

Employment Status: Part-Time Professional

Bargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining Unit

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Compensation Type: Hourly

Compensation: $17.52

Schedule: Position available May to August; M-F; Hours vary between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Some evenings as necessary; Up to 29 hrs/wk.

End Date(if applicable): August 2021

The College

Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond to workforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality. There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, and there’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laser focus on student success and a partnership mindset have established Columbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regional economy, and a premier community college that is changing the nation’s education and workforce landscapes. With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, at several regional learning centers, and online, Columbus State is the nation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream (ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and a participant in The Right Signals Initiative through the Lumina Foundation. Columbus State employees at all levels benefit from an engaging, collaborative, and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. We provide competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and professional development opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that the diversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of our students and region. We are proud to be a central part of a community that embraces differences and celebrates the many cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio.

The City

Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State University and more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as the headquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one of America’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of cultural experiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, and more. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here so fulfilling, both professionally and personally. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. Since every duty associated with this position may not be described herein, employees may be required to perform duties not specifically spelled out in the job description, but which may be reasonably considered to be incidental in the performing of their duties just as though they were actually written out in this position description.

Position Summary

The Columbus State Upward Bound program serves 70 high school students from Columbus City Schools. Upward Bound works with first-generation and/or income-eligible high school students to help them graduate and develop skills necessary for college enrollment and completion. The Upward Bound Specialist will collaborate with colleagues to provide various opportunities for participants to build academic proficiency and social/cultural competency. The Specialist will assist in planning, organizing, and facilitating program activities and events, and with recruitment and retention of program participants.

Core Competencies

Professionalism, Positive Approach, Quality Orientation, Managing Work, Communication, Continuous Improvement, Guiding Interactions, Customer/Student/Employee, Focus, Energy, Collaboration, Earning Trust



Provide mentoring and transitional support to recent high school graduates participating in the Upward Bound summer component. Assists with needs of the Upward Bound Summer Enrichment Institute for 9th-11th grade students.


Reports to site on time and prepared, as directed. Models’ professional behavior with participants, parents, and staff. Handles disruptive behavior with respect, following guidelines, processes and procedures, and reports any issues to the Upward Bound Program Manager, Advisor, and/or TRIO Director.


Monitor progress of each BRIDGE or CCP participant to ensure successful completion of their summer course. Facilitate supplemental instruction and academic advising to ensure BRIDGE or CCP participants follow and understand course curriculum/assignments.


Fosters and maintains a safe environment of respect and inclusion for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community.


Actively participates in staff development workshops which contribute to personal and professional growth. Attends all required department meetings and training. Regular, predictable, and punctual attendance is required. Other duties as assigned.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions described in this position description. While performing duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee regularly stands and walks for extended periods of time, and occasionally sits. Employee converses verbally with others in person and by telephone. Employee occasionally reaches with hands or arms, climbs or balances and stoops, kneels, crouches or crawls. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen.


Typical office/academic environment. Regular exposure to moderate noise typical to business offices. Must travel to various Columbus State campuses and sites.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of: English word usage, spelling, sentence structure and punctuation; computer software, programs and applications; child development; K-12 education systems.

Skill in: Excellent verbal and written communication; organization; customer service; conflict resolution; application of job software including word processing and spreadsheets; performing mathematical calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, decimals, percentages and fractions; planning and scheduling.

Ability to: develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, students, and general public; maintain confidential and sensitive information; use good judgment; excellent listening skills and participant in collaborative work; develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleague and stakeholders across the College; effectively work with persons of varying cultures and diversity; problem solve effectively; exhibit a pleasant public manner; originate correspondence; work independently demonstrating initiative; maintain accurate and complete work records; apply analytical thinking; maintain good public relations; maintain a flexible schedule.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School Diploma or GED with at least three (3) years progressively responsible experience in college readiness/access work. State Motor Vehicle Operator's License or demonstrable ability to gain access to work site(s). An appropriate combination of education, training, coursework and experience may qualify a candidate.

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