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Project Coordinator Talent Search West Adams Dorsey

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


The Talent Search program identifies and assists individuals form disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to it participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. The program publicizes the availability of financial aid and assist participant with the postsecondary application process. Talent Search also encourages individuals who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level to enter or reenter and complete postsecondary education. The goal of Talent Search is to increase the number of youths from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in and complete their postsecondary education.


  • Ensure that the ETS objectives are met annually
  • Supervise, evaluate and recommend staff for hire
  • Collect and submit data for the annual preparation and submission of the APR report
  • Ensure annual enrollment goal of 500 participants is met by January of each year
  • Monitor and document participant academic progress and ensure a plan of action for improvement
  • Visit target school and maintain contact with school personnel to develop awareness of program services and report participant’s progress
  • Develop and implement a summer enrichment program
  • Develop and implement tutoring math program for RSSP participants
  • Responsible for meeting recruitment deadline, the assessment of participant needs, and that each student meets the requirements for enrollment in our ETS Program
  • Ensure the completion of all program forms, and the appropriate documentation of all services
  • Monitor and document participant academic progress and ensure a plan of action for improvement
  • Visit target school and maintain contact with school personnel to develop awareness of program services and report participant progress
  • Ensure the collaboration with other youth programs in the community
  • Maintain accurate program files for participants in the database and file cabinets
  • Develop resource educational materials for project use with seminars and workshops
  • Administer and interpret project assessment inventories for participants
  • Ensure the appropriate number of contacts with participants are made for college preparation, and social/personal development
  • Develop and implement a summer enrichment program
  • Plan and conduct parent workshops
  • Plan and implement college or career tours                                         
  • Ensure that the management of participant case load is continuously being documented to reflect the provision of services
  • Other duties as required



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications


  • Master’s degree in Education, Counseling, or Social Work or equivalent combination of education and work experience


  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with federal TRiO programs, academic support programs
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in budget management and supervision
  • Experience with Program supervision, development, and evaluation


  • Strong communication skills verbal and written
  • Recruitment and enrollment low income, first generation to college students


  • Strong computer skills using Microsoft office, as well as internet proficiency


  • Ability to communicate orally and in written English
  • Ability to manage student data electronically
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • 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.


  • Client- focused, prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate


  • Ability to develop a network with staff at other pre-college programs

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.