Reporting to the Associate Director of Upward Bound programs, the
Project Advisors are responsible for assisting with the
administration, implementation and continuation of the U.S.
Department of Education-funded Upward Bound/ TRIO projects. The
projects are dedicated to preparing high school students for
enrollment in and graduation from post-secondary education. Upward
Bound serves students who meet income-eligibility guidelines, are
potential first-generation college students, and/or are considered
academically at-risk, according to federal definitions.
The Roanoke City project serves 60 students at William Fleming and
Patrick Henry high schools. This position is embedded at the high
schools four days per week, and is on campus in Blacksburg one day
per week. During the summer program, this position will be based on
campus in Blacksburg.
The Salem City project serves 60 students at Salem High School.
This position is embedded at the high school four days per week,
and is on campus in Blacksburg one day per week. During the summer
program, this position will be based on campus in Blacksburg.
The Southwest VA project serves 103 students in seven school
districts within a two-hour radius of Blacksburg. This position is
based in Blacksburg, but routinely travels to high schools to meet
Duties include, but are not limited to:
Responsible for recruitment, retention and participation of program
participants in accordance to federal regulations and departmental
Assists with the planning and coordination, implementation,
chaperoning, and evaluation of academic, social, and cultural
programs for students and families.
Assists the TRIO Programs Director and Associate Director with the
compilation of materials for the Annual Performance Report for the
U.S. Department of Education, Virginia Tech Outreach and
International Affairs reports and coordinates tracking of former
Maintains a caseload of participants, provides virtual and/or
in-person services, group workshops and support to help students
overcome barriers to post-secondary education.
May need to transport students to program events such as on campus
monthly tutorials, field trips and college visits.
Help participants select and identify post-secondary options, and
complete tasks necessary for postsecondary enrollment, including
financial aid forms and admissions applications.
Maintain confidential and complete records of student services,
daily sessions, and annual summaries.
Submit travel reports and financial documentation in a timely
Refer participants internally and externally to additional support
services, as necessary.
Meet with each participant a minimum of one time per month.
Plan, coordinate, and supervise summer program activities.
Develop psychoeducational strategies and interventions and
interactive activities for students.
Provide supportive counseling; get to know students and their
unique needs to offer specialized and individualized
Help students develop Individual Success Plans for their academic
career that corresponds with their skills and interests.
Utilize varying methods to track and analyze student
Attend monthly programming during the academic year to chaperone,
assist, and/or counsel participants.
Attend workshops and other staff training opportunities.
Other duties as assigned.
The minimum requirement for this position is a master's degree in
education, social work, or related area
Experience working with educationally and economically
disadvantaged high school students
Excellent communication skills.
Experience working with TRiO programs
Former participant in a TRiO program
Experience with college admissions and enrollment, school
counseling, financial aid, or other relevant educational access
Commensurate with experience up to a budget maximum of
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal
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December 1, 2021