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Program Advisor - Educational Talent Search –Leuzinger

Upward Bound - Talent Search - TRIO | Leuzinger, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Volunteers of America of Greater Los Angeles is a large, national not-for-profit organization founded in 1896. We provide a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at

The Program Advisor is responsible for preparing Educational Talent Search participants for high school graduation and post-secondary education.  This will be attained through information dissemination, provision of services and through college related activities that will enhance motivation and improve graduation rate.


  • Recruit, select, enroll, and manage a caseload of 250 students.
  • Provide participants at the target school with academic advising, planning, career awareness and assessment, postsecondary option information and application assistance, college entrance examination information, financial aid advising and application assistance to ensure successful graduation from secondary school and enrollment in post-secondary institution.
  • Prepare weekly evaluations and weekly reports
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, supervising and attending program activities and field trips
  • Actively supervise program participants during group activities ensuring the safety of all participants
  • Responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of ETS workshops and annual calendar of activities.
  • Develop curriculum and implement workshops/seminars on college and career planning, financial literacy and personal development.
  • Maintain organized, accurate, and up-to-date files and records on participants documenting and detailing services provided, student progress and outcomes
  • Coordinate tutorial services by supervising, monitoring, and supporting tutors  during weekly tutoring.
  • Assist with the collection of data for the Annual Performance Report (APR)
  • Refer participants and parents to specific outside resources as needed
  • Additional duties may be assigned



  • Bachelor’s Degree required in Education, Counseling/Social Work, OR any other appropriate field related to program objectives


  • Minimum of two (2) years of appropriate and relevant professional experience working in a TRIO federal program OR any other similar program/project with low-income and potential first-generation college students (grades 9-12)
  • Volunteer experience, including fieldwork/internship hours, will be considered on a case-by-case basis
  • TRIO experience preferred

Special  Skills Required to Perform this Position:

  • Must be able and willing to provide fingerprinting clearance documentation;
  • A valid California driver’s license is required;
  • Transportation to visit target school, training sites, as well as other Volunteers of America sites;
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills including Microsoft Office software;
  • Proficiency in online tools/resources: CSU Mentor, University of California Doorways A-G Requirements, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), SAT/ACT College Entrance Exam Registration, California Colleges and  Career Exploration;
  • Ability to asses academic needs and evaluate participants in an academic setting;
  • Advanced experience with documentation/data entry required;
  • Experience advising and assisting students with the college admission and financial aid process;
  • Formal training and/or work experience in preparing students for post-secondary admission;
  • Knowledge of academic advisement in a college preparatory program;
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively maintain a caseload of project participants who receive the services and activities as indicated on their individual plans while ensuring documentation is submitted on time to Director;
  • Ability to be actively engaged in the day to day operations of the program;
  • Must be available Monday – Friday, some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Skills for this Position:

  • Master’s Degree Preferred in Higher Education Administration, Counseling/Social Work OR any other appropriate field related to program objectives
  • Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting project participants;
  • A willingness to learn new approaches, to be trained by Director and outside consultants, and have a teachable attitude
Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.
If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.