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Job ID: 167548

Advisor, Upward Bound
Austin Community College District

Date Posted Sep. 20, 2021
Title Advisor, Upward Bound
University Austin Community College District
Austin, TX, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Administration - Other

Job Number 2109053

Advisor, Upward Bound

Closing Date: 09/30/2021

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Position Information


Highland Business CenterNote: Positions will be housed at Northeast or Travis ECHS


This position will be face-to-face and office hours vary Monday-Friday 8:00 am -7:00 pm. Requires two Saturdays per month 8:00 am -4:00 pm.


Specialist 6/118 ($33,982.00 – $48,545.00)

FLSA Status


Reports To

Supervisor, Upward Bound Program

Criminal Background Check

Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC’s College Police department.

College Profile

Austin Community College (ACC) is a public two-year institution that serves a diverse population of approximately 41,000 credit students each fall and spring semester. We embrace our identity as a community college as reflected in our mission statement. We promote student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training, including appropriately applied baccalaureate degrees, in our service area.

As a community college committed to our mission, we seek to recruit and retain a workforce that:

Reflects the diversity of our community.

Values intellectual curiosity and innovative teaching.

Is attracted by the college mission to promote equitable access to educational opportunities.

Cares about student success and collaborates on strategies to facilitate success for underrepresented populations.

Welcomes difference and models respectful interaction with others.

Engages with the community both within and outside of ACC.

Our Mission

The Austin Community College District promotes student success and community development by providing affordable access, through traditional and distance learning modes, to higher education and workforce training in its service area.

For more information, see

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

ACC is committed to the ongoing systemic changes needed to ensure the increased recruitment, inclusion, retention, and completion of historically underserved and underrepresented populations. Through continual strategic community engagement and professional development of administrators, faculty, staff, and students, the college demonstrates its dedication to fostering a culture and climate for equitable outcomes.

As an open-access and low-cost institution, ACC is proud to serve a diverse student body. Dedicated faculty members are excellent professors who help students achieve their educational goals and are sensitive to the diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds of our students. The College values and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the College community.

General Statement of Job

To provide Upward Bound recruitment and programming in partnership with Austin Independent School District’s (AISD) Northeast and Travis Early College High Schools (ECHS).

Description of Duties and TasksEssential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Responsible for Upward Bound programming at Northeast and Travis ECHS, such as: recruitment and selection of participants at target middle and high schools; coordination of outreach activities, summer programs, and academic support services provided year-round; development of promotional materials; and conducting program assessments and evaluations.

Provides academic support services to Upward Bound students as it relates to high school and post-secondary success, including: ACT/SAT test application and preparation, career planning, college selection, financial aid and application, scholarship applications, and college admission applications.

Effectively manages a caseload of Upward Bound students at Northeast and Travis ECHS, and maintains student and program records in a database.

Assures that all guidelines regarding Upward Bound student eligibilities are met.

Assists with writing and developing program communications intended for the Upward Bound website, newsletter, press releases, and social media accounts.

Develops and maintains effective working relationships with staff, parents, and key stakeholders within the Northeast ECHS community.

Collaborates with the Northeast and Travis ECHS school staff and community organizations to identify barriers to learning, and provide solutions and support systems that will enable Upward Bound students’ success.

May oversee the work of project staff, as needed.

Additional Job Specific Duties

Help plan, implement, and co-facilitate new student orientations to include parents

Recruit students following the approved program protocol and informational materials, screen applications for appropriate documents, and recruitment eligibility using established program protocols and criteria. Conduct intake interviews, rate candidates, and recommend the selection of program participants to the Supervisor

Conduct timely/regular contacts with potential students and their parents to get complete program applications Academic Advising

Provide counseling services to participants at school sites, and at home if appropriate. These services include but are not limited to personal problem-solving, academic advisement, building positive peer support, enhancing communication skills, career planning, academic skill-building, study skills techniques, and motivational counseling.

Conduct needs assessments

Conduct timely/regular student follow-up contacts at school site

Conduct at minimum 1 course during the six week summer program.

Attend overnight field trips to include a one week out of state college and career experience.

KnowledgeMust possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of the complexities faced by low-income, first-generation, and disabled students and adults.

Knowledge of financial aid terminology; Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing requirements; types of federal student loans, and loan rehabilitation.

Knowledge of college access and educational advising issues for underrepresented populations in higher education (i.e., admissions, securing scholarships, major and course selection, and experience working with individuals to promote financial and economic literacy).

Knowledge of and ability to develop Individualized Education Program (IEP), evaluate transcripts, and interpret exam scores.

Knowledge of and ability to advise for high school and college coursework.

Knowledge of TRIO Regulations and Legislation.

SkillsMust possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Maintaining an established work schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.

Maintaining confidentiality of student and other work related information.

Ability to recruit students, and to review, analyze, and evaluate program applications.

Ability to effectively manage a caseload of students.

Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.

Collaborative and effective team member and team builder.

Ability to establish rapport with high school students from diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds.

Ability to establish rapport with school, college, and community stakeholders.

Exceptional interpersonal, counseling, communication, organization, and facilitation skills.

Technology Skills

Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.

Use a variety of social media and webpage platforms.

Required Work Experience

Two years related work experience.

Preferred Work Experience

Life experience with barriers similar to those from TRIO target populations, including, but not limited to, being a member of an underrepresented group in higher education, being a first-generation student, being from a low income family, or having a disability.

Experience providing individualized counseling to high school or college students, including assisting students with course selection, financial aid, and college enrollment.

Demonstrated commitment to supporting the academic needs of students facing barriers to educational success through academic coaching/advising, counseling, instruction, advocacy, and/or education.

Experience in an educational setting teaching, advising, and/or tutoring low income, first-generation college students.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or a related field.

Other Preferred Qualifications

Teacher Certification

Physical Requirements

Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.

Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.

Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.


Work safely and follow safety rules. Report unsafe working conditions and behavior. Take reasonable and prudent actions to prevent others from engaging in unsafe practices.

Information for This Posting Only

This position is grant funded and will end on August 31, 2022.

ACC Benefits Overview

Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.
ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.


The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

As required by the US Department of Education, employees are required to report violations under the Title IX and, under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), select individuals are required to report crimes. If this position is identified as a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified, trained, and provided resources for reporting.

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