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9/3/13 10:14 AM
Higher Education Consortium of Metropolitan St. Louis
Upward Bound Program

Job Description
POSITION TITLE: Education Counselor – (New Position)

REPORTS TO: Upward Bound Director

FUNCTION: Upward Bound is a federally funded TRIO program that assists high school students from first generation and low-income backgrounds in developing the motivation and skills necessary to complete secondary school and enter postsecondary education programs. The Education Counselor will assist in providing participants advising, academic support, exposure to career and educational opportunities


1. Recruit eligible participants into the program.
2. Conduct individual and group counseling sessions with participants during summer and academic year.
3. Provide academic advisement to participants.
4. Remain abreast of local and national financial aid and postsecondary entrance requirements.
5. Administer assessments, inventories and surveys.
6. Maintain records of program activities, student eligibility, performance and assist in conducting follow-up study on graduates.
7. Assist students in completing financial aid and college admissions applications within posted deadline dates.
8. Assist with coordinating and planning Financial Aid Workshops.
9. Assist in the planning and implementation of program activities.
10. Assist with supervision of participants during program activities.
11. Arrange with participants, ACT testing
12. Develop and maintain relationships and contact with target school counselors and teachers to monitor progress of participants in target school courses.
13. Assist with developing and maintaining individualized education plans for participants.
14. Meet regularly with parents/guardians and design/present workshops for parent groups. Keep parents abreast of participants’ performance.
15. Perform other Program related duties as assigned.


1. Master’s Degree in counseling, social work, psychology, or student personnel highly preferred.
2. Two year’s experience in working in related educational and/or other programs for youth from low-income/disadvantaged backgrounds.
3. Must have extensive knowledge and sensitivity toward problems of minority and disadvantaged students.
4. Knowledge of and/or experience in TRIO programs desired.
5. Knowledge and demonstrated ability to use a computer and appropriate software applications, i.e., Windows, data base programs, spreadsheet programs. Knowledge of and experience working with Blumen software desired.
6. Demonstrated strong communication and presentation skills.


1. Indoors in a normal office environment with minimal exposure to temperature changes, noise, dust or chemicals part of the time; but also outdoors part of the time (even in inclement weather) engaging in physical activities such as walking (sometimes long distances) when helping with student activities.
2. Hours may vary to accommodate weekend, evening, and summer project activities as needed
3. A neat appearance and appropriate businesslike apparel are required.


1. Office work involving sitting much of the time but will involve mobility within the office, campus, and various other sites.
2. Chaperoning activities may include outdoor activities (even in inclement weather) such as walking long distances and other physical activities.
3. May require lifting up to 50 pounds occasionally.
4. Input and access information-using computers.
5. Ability to concentrate on assigned tasks and pay close attention to detail.


1. Effective telephone communication skills, including ability to obtain and provide information verbally.
2. Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people, including students, parents, staff and the public.
3. Ability to understand oral or written instructions, and to ask appropriate questions for clarification.

This is a 12-month full-time position with an annual starting salary of $30,000 with full benefits.
To apply forward application package electronically, to include letter of interest, resume, names and contact information for three references by September 13, 2013 to Dr. Katherine Bailey, Executive Director, HEC-Educational Opportunity Programs-Trio at

Updated 08/2013
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