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Upward Bound Project Advisor-Roanoke

Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Upward Bound Project Advisor-Roanoke
Faculty Rank: Project Associate
Posting Number: SR0180041
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

TRiO Programs at Virginia Tech needs to hire an Upward Bound Project Advisor for Roanoke City Schools. This position reports to the Associate Director of Upward Bound. This person is responsible for assisting in program implementation and for providing direct services to the students in his/her assigned caseload based in Roanoke City schools. Periodic performance will be evaluated by the associate director; annual performance will be evaluated by the TRiO Programs Director. Projects undertaken may require approval from the director. This position may help supervise and coordinate the work of support personnel. The project advisor will be assigned to high schools where they will complete the majority of their work. This position is 100% federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Job responsibilities:
Recruit and enroll required number of eligible participants according to caseload assigned. Duties to accomplish this are:
• Obtain applications and participant profiles.
• Obtain income verification on all new applicants.
• Complete participant selection and provide written recommendations on eligible participants to the associate director and director for final approval.
• Schedule day and time for weekly individual or group meetings with guidance counselors.
• Arrange for and/or provide career education to participants.
• Assist seniors in registering for and taking the College Board (SAT) and ACT exams.
• Help participants select and identify post-secondary options. Assist seniors in applying to and being accepted into post-secondary institutions.
• Client Data entry and complete reports including: student services and daily sessions, annual summaries, travel reports and vouchers.

• Refer participants internally and externally.

• Meet with each participant a minimum of one time per month. Develop a plan with and for the participant and document in the record all contacts with, or on behalf of, the student.

• Plan, coordinate and supervise summer program activities and staff.

• Support the Associate Director in the following areas:
• Designing and revising forms.
• Gathering statistical data and information for proposal and performance reports.
• Developing counseling strategies and instruments and interactive activities for students.

Other projects which may be specifically assigned:
•Arrange and chaperone field trips for participants.
•Attend tutorials to assist and/or counsel participants.
•Attend workshops and other staff training opportunities.
•Follow up with graduates to verify college attendance and receipt of financial aid.

Required Qualifications:

The minimum requirement for this position is a master’s degree in education, social work, or related area.
Experience working with educationally and economically disadvantaged high school students.
Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with TRiO programs.
Former participant in a TRiO program.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Offer of employment may require prior approval from the granting agency, Other (Describe Below), Must have a driver's license check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must pass a criminal background check and have an acceptable and safe driving record. Offer of employment is contingent on continuation of funding.

Must have a valid driver’s license.
This position will be required to transport students to certain program events. Hours of work will vary to meet grant needs with weekends and extended summer hours required.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

For a full description of the position and requirements, and to apply, go to, posting #
SR0180041. Attach a resume, cover letter and a list of three professional references to the online application. Review of applications will begin April 3, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should notify the search chair, Nancy Gruber at 540/231-5373 or

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 05/31/2022
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Band
Pay Range: Up to $48,000 Commensurate with Experience
Department: TRiO
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke City
Location Zip Code: 24016
Job Posting Date: 03/19/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/03/2018
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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