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Project Advisor (Upward Bound - Los Angeles)

Upward Bound - Talent Search - TRIO | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides 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

Upward Bound

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 increase the rate at which participants complete the secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.


The Project Advisor is responsible for preparing Upward Bound participants for High School Graduation and Post-Secondary Enrollment. This attained with the providing of services and activities that will enhance motivation and improve graduation rates related to college and career advising, academic achievement monitoring, college and career tours, and a summer program.


  • Ensure that program objectives are met annually
  • Visit various assigned target schools as needed
  • Recruit, select, enroll, and manage caseload of students
  • Assist students who are Seniors with college and FAFSA Application completion
  • Advise students to take courses for A-G Admission requirement and a rigorous program of study
  • Provides participants with academic advising and planning; career awareness and assessment; information about post-secondary options, college entrance examination, and financial aid; and assistance with the application process
  • Develops curriculum and implements workshops/seminars on college and career planning, financial literacy and personal development
  • Plans and coordinates college and career tours
  • Coordinates tutorial services and assists in pairing students with tutors; tracks student progress
  • Maintains files and records on participants document services provided, student progress and outcomes as needed
  • Enter data into Blumen database to keep track of student information and tutoring hours
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, supervising, and attending program activities and field trips
  • Take an active role with the participant's discipline process, including but not limited to: write-ups; Verbal warnings; and communication with parents/guardians
  • Actively supervise program participants during group activities to ensure the safety of all participants
  • Assisting the development and implementation of the Summer Program and the Academic Year Program
  • Collaborate with other agencies and other VOALA programs
  • Develop curriculum and implement workshops/seminars on college and career planning, financial literacy, and personal development
  • Maintain an organized, accurate, and up to date files and records on participants progress and outcomes
  • Coordinate tutorial services by supervising, monitoring, and supporting tutors and teachers during weekly tutoring and Saturday Academy sessions
  • Assist with the collection of data for the Annual Performance Report (APR)
  • Refer participants and parents to specific outside resources as needed
  • Other duties as required and is subject to change at any time



  • Reliable mode of transportation to visit target school, training sites, as well as other Volunteers of America sites
  • Must be available to work a flexible work schedule, Monday - Friday, specifically Saturdays and some evenings and weekends


  • Bachelor's degree required in education, social work, counseling, and/or related degree from accredited college or university


  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience working in an educational setting, TRIO Federal program, or similar program with disadvantaged and at-risk students
  • Experience preparing high school students for admission to post-secondary schools


  • Knowledge of college entry and financial aid/scholarship process
  • Proficiency in online tools/resources: CSU Mentor, University of California


  • Basic computer and Microsoft operating system navigation, including Outlook, Office, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint


  • Good interpersonal skills including relationship building
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Ability to work with a large group of students
  • Ability to work independently
  • Able to facilitate group presentations
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards


  • Have a client centered approach to customer services for the disadvantaged
  • Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate


  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)
  • Master's degree in education, social work or counseling from accredited college or university preferred
  • Experience advising and assisting students with college admissions and financial aid process
  • Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting project participants
  • Formal training and/or work experience in programming that improves secondary school retention/graduation rates
  • TRIO experience

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