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Educational Coordinator

Department: TRiO - Upward Bound
Location: Abilene, TX

Upward Bound Educational Coordinator

(Full Time-Exempt)

The key principles of this job are to:
1. Support ACUís Mission: Educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
2. Support ACUís 21st Century Vision: By 2020, ACU will become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered, global leaders.

Scope: The Upward Bound Educational Coordinator is employed by Abilene Christian University through a federal TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Educational Coordinator for the Upward Bound program works with Abilene ISD low-income, first- generation and/or academically challenged students in the 9th Ė 12th grade. He/she will be responsible for providing all program participants and their families with college admissions, financial aid and career choice information and assistance. This position will report to the Upward Bound Program Director.

I. Basic Responsibilities include the following: (Other duties may be assigned as deemed necessary by the Program Director. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.)

A. Ensure accomplishment of program objectives.

1. Coordinate and conduct college readiness seminars and persistence workshops to all current program participants during the academic year and Summer Academy.
2. Assist participants in locating information on post-secondary educational opportunities and financial aid resources and advise participants regarding the best possible college attendance scenarios.
3. Work closely with program participants and parents in the completion of college applications and other college admissions requirements.
4. Collaborate with Program Director and staff to maintain effective participant retention strategies.
5. Track and document progress toward post-secondary achievement for current and past participants.

B. Maintain program ongoing academic year activities.

1. Assist Program Director and staff with the yearly recruiting and application process of new participants.
2. Screen, interview and select eligible program participants in target schools based on established eligibility requirements.
3. Develop and deliver college readiness curriculum for participants of all grade levels in relation to program objectives and organize college site visits.
4. Provide academic, college, career and financial aid guidance to all program participants during tutoring, Thursday and quarterly Saturday sessions.
5. Assist participants in initiating or resuming a postsecondary educational program of study.

C. Support program Summer Academy activities.
1. Collaborate with Director and program staff in planning and executing Summer Academy curriculum and monitor participants during activities as needed.
2. Secure and monitor summer career shadowing opportunities for participants.
3. Build resource base for and secure instructors for Summer Academy curriculum in alignment with grant directives.
4. Recruit, select, train and supervise advisors for the Summer Academy in collaboration with Program Director.
5. Assist graduating participants with enrollment in summer and fall college courses as well as coordinate the collection, distribution and return of summer textbooks.
6. Monitor and teach participants during Summer Academy courses as needed.

D. Participate in the overall evaluation and continuation of program effectiveness.

1. Provide input and recommendations regarding program student services.
2. Contribution to the preparation and submission of program annual performance report (APR) to the U.S. Department and other evaluative reports.
3. Promote consistent program related communication with participants and parents through program Facebook page, newsletters, etc.
4. Collaborate with Program Director and staff to meet program internal goals and objectives.
5. Coordinate and supervise activities, including college site visits, for high school students.

II. Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform this job.
A. Professional
1. Bachelorís Degree (Masterís preferred) in education, counseling and guidance, Psychology, social work or related field.
2. Minimum of two years of experience working in an advisory capacity with disadvantaged culturally, diverse students.
3. Knowledge of and experience with college/university admissions, financial
4. aid procedures.
5. Experience in career identification and awareness.
6. Familiarity with the academic, economic, social, and cultural concerns of at-risk youth and be sensitive to their needs.

B. Personal

1. Must be highly organized and able to multi-task efficiently.
2. Must have highly developed communication skills and be willing to work as a team member.
3. Must possess a positive attitude and the ability remain optimistic under moderately stressful conditions.
4. Must have the ability to be encouraging and sensitive, yet professional when working with program students, parents and staff.
5. Must be a creative problem solver.

III. Other Qualifications: Because of ACUís affiliation with the Church of Christ, this employee must be a professing Christian and fully supportive of the Christian mission and purpose of the University.

IV. Professional Development Requirements: These are the minimum skills needed to succeed at this job:

A. Skills Required

1. Excellent organization and communication skills.
2. Working knowledge of college admissions and financial aid processes.
3. Working knowledge of database functions.
4. Understanding of the current technology to develop and maintain proper documentation of students and their activities.

B. Training Modules Required: Must have experience or be willing to be trained in:

1. Microsoft Office Software
a. Word
b. Excel
c. Publisher
2. Google
a. Gmail
b. Google Docs
c. Google Calendar
3. Apple Software

C. Physical Demands: These are physical demands that are regularly required to perform this job:
1. sitting, looking at a computer monitor or on feet for prolonged periods of
2. time.
3. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.
4. Must have a valid driverís license.
5. Must be able to work extended hours, including some Saturdays, Thursday evenings and extended summer hours.
6. Must be able to supervise and coordinate activities for high school students.
7. Travel expectations: as high as 30% per year.

I understand that the mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate students for Christian service and leadership through the world. Because of ACUís commitment to this principle and my commitment to God, people and learning, my actions will exemplify integrity, service, stewardship, involvement, and excellence.

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