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Upward Bound Advisor

Washburn University
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 15, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar, Other Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Title

Upward Bound Advisor

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Position Summary

Washburn University’s Upward Bound Program is directly sponsored by the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. The Upward Bound Advisor reports to the Upward Bound Program Director, under the Dean of University Libraries and the Center for Student Success and Retention, and is responsible for providing individual guidance to 60 low-income, first-generation students at Topeka High School as they navigate graduation requirements and post-secondary entry and completion. This is a grant-funded position, contingent upon continued grant funding.

Essential Job Functions of Position
  • Provide individual guidance to approximately 60 low-income, first-generation students as they navigate high school graduation, postsecondary education entry and completion
  • Recruit eligible participants, design, and maintain Individual Success Plans
  • Continually monitor and document participants’ academic progress
  • Plan and implement after school tutoring; Saturday Academy; Summer Academy; and other key Washburn Upward Bound events/opportunities
  • Advise students in course selection to ensure their on-time high school graduation and completion of a college prep pathway
  • Plan and implement workshops and activities that support skills development, motivation, and college, career, and life readiness
  • Meet regularly with Topeka High School/USD501 counselors, teachers, social workers, and other staff to support student academic progress and project objectives
  • Meet regularly with parents/guardians; design/present at parent/guardian workshops; and, assist with community referrals for parents as needed
  • Develop and maintain relationships with community partners for referrals
  • Establish and maintain required data records of project and participant activities, including student eligibility, progress, and academic performance; student, parent, and community partner engagement and referrals; and other project management record-keeping.
  • Participate in project evaluation activities and reporting
  • Perform additional job-related duties as assigned or as appropriate
Non-Essential Job Functions of Position

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, education, behavioral/social sciences, social work, or related field
Minimum two-years experience advising, mentoring, or delivering academic support services to low-income, first-generation students

Master’s Degree
Experience working in a TRIO program
Professional and/or personal experience overcoming barriers similar to those of Project participants
Bi-lingual (Spanish)

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Knowledge of high school graduation requirements, college entrance requirements and processes
  • Ability to display sensitivity to the educational and psychological issues affecting low-income, first-generation students
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive and collaborative relationships with internal and external partners, particularly parents/guardians
  • Proven effective interpersonal skills with the ability to interact productively and effectively with the public and coworkers
  • Effective organizational, communication, documentation, Microsoft office, and attention to detail skills
Licenses, Certifications & Registrations

Additional Requirements (e.g. Physical Demands)

Campus Security Authority


Special Instructions to Applicant

The position is primarily stationed at Topeka High School.
This is a grant-funded position, contingent upon continued grant funding.

Advertised Pay


Work Schedule

Regular Business Hours, Other - Based on scheduled events.

  • After completing one year of service in a benefits-eligible position, the University will contribute an amount equal to 10% of base pay into an employee’s defined contribution plan with TIAA .
  • After one year of continuous employment, eligible employees may officially enroll in University courses for credit or audit without paying applicable tuition and fees. Law School Courses excluded.
  • For an overview of the excellent benefits package, Washburn provides employees visit Washburn benefits.

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EEO Statement

Washburn is an EOE and is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching-focused academic and work environment. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a campus climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in higher education.

Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.

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  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
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