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Upward Bound Advisor
McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, Illinois
Date Posted 10/14/2021
Upward Bound
Salary Commensurate with experience -  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Job Title

Upward Bound Advisor


Upward Bound

FLSA Status


Job Type


Position Grade


Employee Type

Full Time

Hiring Range

Commensurate with experience

Grant Funded


Work Year

12 Months

Typical Work Schedule

Full-time | 40 hours | Flexible schedule required to meet department needs, including day, some evenings and Saturdays will be required

JOB LOCATION: Four days/week Harvard High School; One day/week McHenry County College, and may vary as needed.

Bargaining Unit Eligibility

Yes-Staff Council

Work Week

40 Hours

Work Week-Other Information

JOB LOCATION(S): Four days/week Harvard High School; One day/week McHenry County College, and may vary as needed.

Position Introduction

The TRIO Upward Bound program is a federally funded grant operating within the Student Affairs Division of McHenry County College that serves high school students from low-income and first-generation families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The Upward Bound Advisor provides academic advising, college/career exploration opportunities and social/emotional support to participants in the program, in their preparation for college entrance

Position Summary

Responsible for recruiting Upward Bound participants; providing academic and personal counseling; planning, implementing, and chaperoning students at workshops and trips; advising on college admission and financial aid; recruiting and training summer residential staff; completing written student evaluations. This position also provides administrative, professional, technical, and operational support through independent judgment, analytical skill, and professional or technical expertise. Possess the ability to travel between MCC; Harvard High School; and other planned event sites

Reports to

Director of Upward Bound Program

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

· Provide academic, career, and college admission advising to Upward Bound participants utilizing a variety of proactive delivery modes, provide accurate and timely information to new, current and previously-enrolled students
· Responsible for program recruitment efforts: conducting regular oral presentations at target schools, community events and other relevant outreach programs. Assist with interviewing potential participants and ensure all participants met the necessary eligibility requirements as established by the U.S. Department of Education
· Dedicate on-going attention to personal professional development and remain current with U.S. Department of Education’s regulations regarding TRiO Programs to ensure compliance with grant requirements
· Monitor and record attendance and academic performance of students and assist the Upward Bound Director in the management of information in the database to ensure compliance with the Department of Education’s regulations
· Develop a personal education plan (PEP) for participants in a designated grade level including transcript evaluation, academic and extracurricular activity advising, and social/personal/academic intervention
· Monitor student progress toward established educational goals
· Participate in development and presentation of seminars
· Conduct individual and group advising
· Act as the liaison between the program and parents, target school personnel, community representatives, and post-secondary institutions
· Coordinate and facilitate academic support programs including advising, workshops, assessment, and follow-up as well as resource referral
· Assist with all aspects of the planning of the six-week Summer Program; this includes onsite residence with students for a designated period of time
· Develop, plan and chaperone activities, events, field trips and college tours
· Maintain documentation in student records that is objective, complete, and accurate
· Participate in training new advisors
· Work collaboratively with others (e.g. colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities
· Assume additional duties as assigned by immediate supervisor

Required Education

Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution

Other Required Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution preferably in education, social work, or related field
· Experience working with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
· One year of related experience (e.g. advising, teaching, counseling)

Desired Qualifications

· Bilingual (English/Spanish) communication skills
· One year experience working within a College or University setting

Skills and Specifications

· Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, knowledge of: Database use, Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
· Ability to learn technological applications
· Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
· Ability to work with highly detailed information and disseminate information to groups and individuals
· Sensitivity to students whose cultural and educational experiences differ from his/her own
· Ability to effectively work with students with diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds
· Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple tasks, organize and prioritize tasks
· Willingness to share responsibility for improving work relations as a collaborative team member
· Ability to work under pressure with composure
· Ability to follow leadership and college-wide procedures
· Ability to work in a high-quality, focused service environment in a professional manner with excellent organizational and customer service skills
· Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of institution’s programs, academic requirements, policies, procedures, and support services
· Demonstrate good problem-solving skills
· Ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely manner with minimal supervision and independent judgment
· Mission-driven and passionate about programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
· Excellent written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
· Ability to demonstrate effective teaching and academic counseling skills
· Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license, safe driving record, current automobile insurance, and use of personal car
· Ability to travel between MCC; Harvard High School; and other planned event sites
· Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed, including onsite residence with students in dorms while on college tours and field trips.
· Must be available to maintain onsite residence with students for a designated period of time during the Summer Program
· Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations
· Ability to sit and communicate orally, for extended periods of time
· Ability to safely handle heavy books, packages, and book trucks up to 20 pounds unassisted
· Commitment and respect for diversity
· Commitment to the College mission and goals
· Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position


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