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Project Coordinator Upward Bound Los Angeles

Adult Services | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

VOALA

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 www.voala.org.

Education – Upward Bound

VOALA’s Upward Bound program aims to bring educational opportunities to youth and their families as they navigate their journey toward educational attainment. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participant’s complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from post-secondary education. In order to accomplish this, VOALA provides a large range of assistance and programming including after-school academic instruction in core subjects and foreign languages, as well as PSAT, SAT, and ACT test preparation. Career exploration and mentoring are also an integral component to assist community youth in deciding on potential college majors and career options.

JOB SUMMARY AND PURPOSE

The Project Coordinator is responsible for meeting the Upward Bound goals, annually. The Program Goals for the participants served by the Project Coordinator are:

  • Enroll and complete in a rigorous high school program of study
  • Achieve High School graduation
  • Improve academic performance on standardized tests, and competitive scores on college entrance exams
  • Enrollment in post-secondary education
  • Promote college degree attainment in six years

The Project Coordinator will ensure the annual enrollment goal of 500 participants is met by January of each year.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supervise, evaluate and recommend staff for hire
  • Collect and submit data for the annual preparation and submission of the Annual Performance Report (APR)
  • 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 Upward Bound 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

Qualifications

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verifications
  • Proof at the time of hire TB clearance within 6 months prior
  • Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
  • Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
  • Health screening at the time of employment

EDUCATION:

  • Master's degree in education, social work or counseling from accredited college or university, or combination of equivalent education and work experience (8 years)

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

KNOWLEDGE:

  • Knowledge of academic advisement in a college preparatory program
  • Knowledge of college entry and financial aid/scholarship process
  • Knowledge of curriculum development and workshop/seminar presentation 

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS:

  • Working Microsoft operating system skills: Outlook, Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Familiar with 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; generally proficient with database applications.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Ability to asses academic needs and evaluate participants in an academic setting;
  • 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;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with people from various backgrounds and/or limited English capabilities
  • Strong Public Speaking skills.
  • 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Formal training and/or work experience in programming that improves secondary school retention/graduation rates
  • Experience preparing high school students for admission and financial aid to post-secondary schools
  • Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting project participants
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Ability to develop a network with staff at other pre-college programs

VOALA BENEFITS SUMMARY:

  • Choice of 3 medical insurance plans
  • Choice of 2 dental insurance plans (one plan for employee only; has no premium)
  • Vision insurance plan
  • Voluntary Supplemental Coverage
  • Accidental Injury Coverage
  • Hospital Care Coverage
  • Critical Illness Coverage
  • Pet Insurance
  • Paid vacation time
  • Paid sick time
  • 10 company paid holidays
  • Company funded 401a retirement pension plan
  • Optional employee contribution to 403b retirement savings plan
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Programs to maintain your health and well-being
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) – (No cost to employee and 100% confidential)
  • Company funded Short-term Disability Insurance (STDI) Insurance
  • Company funded Long-term Disability Insurance (LTD)

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 as required by the federal government 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.