Suffolk University invites applications for the grant-funded Academic Counselor for Upward Bound position. Reporting to the Associate Director of Upward Bound the Academic Counselor will assess and monitor participant need, maintain regular communication with partner school staff and participant families, and provide academic, college and college advising. This position will make suggestion for the adjustment of program services based on participant needs. Other responsibilities include informing students of financial aid resources, strategies, and requirements; monitoring students in the college application and financial aid processes; reviewing and updating participants; maintain participant data and other duties as assigned. Work requires a broad understanding of program, office, and university-wide policies and procedures, as well as an understanding of federal legislation, regulations, and procedures governing TRIO programs.
Provide academic, college, college and financial literacy advising to students and their families; assess, track and monitor participant academic needs, develop action plans based on need, and keep partner school staff informed of student progress. This involves collecting, organizing and maintaining program and student files. Including, but not limited to: quarterly grades, test scores, attendance reports, class rank, cumulative GPA, high school course completion, and college enrollment data to assess and monitor student progress. Must maintain confidentiality of student records and information.
Supports the development, planning, coordination, and implementation of Upward Bound programming, including academic year program services and events, as well as the 6-week summer program. Will work with partner school staff to coordinate the after school program, direct the recruitment and selection process of eligible participants, and provide academic and college support services to students and families as needed.
Supports the completion of federal and non-federal program reporting, as well as, assists with internal audits of files and reporting of any missing or incomplete data.
Other duties may include, but are not limited to: hiring, training, supervising, scheduling and delegating work to student workers; and preparing and approving timecards in the University's Workday system for student workers including graduate assistants; keeping staff informed of deadlines.
Bachelor's Degree, familiarity with grant-funded programs, an ability to work within federal and state guidelines, and personal experience in overcoming academic and economic obstacles. The position also requires flexibility with work hours. Weekend, occasional evening work, and overnights are required, as well as travel during the work day. The position is contingent upon continuation of grant funding.
Master's degree in education, school counseling, or related field. Familiarity with college entrance requirements including the application and financial aid process and previous experience working with TRiO and/or college access programs preferred.
To receive full consideration you will need to submit a cover letter with your application.
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About Suffolk University
Located right in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University gives its students unparalleled access to the city and all it offers.Our college green is the Boston Common. We are steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus' Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means our students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it's museums and restaurants or internships and co-ops. At the same time, we also take pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. We take the time to recognize each student's promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships.As we have done since our founding, we strive for one thing at Suffolk: give students the tools they need to be successful, smart, and satisfied at whatever they choose to do.