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Project Advisor - (Upward Bound Boyle Heights)

Youth Services | Boyle Heights | 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 www.voala.org.

Upward Bound is one of seven federally-funded TRiO programs.  The Upward Bound program was established to provided fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance.  The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.  Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree.  The goal is to create the rate at which participants complete the secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.

Responsibilities:

Program Operational Functions

  • Report to Project Director and/or Directors employed with the program;
  • Ensure that program objectives are met annually;
  • Enter data to Blumen database keeping track of the student contacts, Success Center hours, etc.; 
  • Prepare weekly evaluations and weekly reports;
  • Assist with the collection of data for the Annual Performance Report (APR)
  • Maintain organized, accurate, and up-to-date files and records on participants documenting and detailing services provided, student progress and outcomes;
  • Perform Saturday Academy classroom observations to assess quality of instruction and student engagement;
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, supervising and attending program activities and field trips;
  • Collaborate with other agencies and other VOA programs work as a team member aiding in the efficiency and effectiveness of the program;  
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Student Support Functions

  • Recruit, select, enroll and manage a caseload of 63 students;
  • Develop curriculum and implement workshops/seminars on college and career planning, financial literacy and personal development;
  • Provide participants at the target school with academic advising and planning, career awareness and assessment, post-secondary 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;
  • Take an active role with the participants discipline process, including but not limited to: write ups; verbal warnings; and communication with parent/guardian;
  • Prepare an intervention plan for student’s performing at a grade of C and below; 
  • Actively supervise program participants during group activities ensuring the safety of all participants;
  • Coordinate Success Center services by supervising, monitoring, and supporting Success Coaches and Instructors during weekly Success Center and Saturday Academy sessions
  • Refer participants and parents to specific outside resources as needed

Requirements:

Education:

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

Experience:

  • 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 Bilingual: must be able to read, write, speak fluently in English/Spanish;
  • 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:

  • 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

                                               VOALA is an Equal Opportunity Employer