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Upward Bound Assistant Director

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

A full time Assistant Director position is available at CU’s Upward Bound Program (CUUB). 

The position involves extensive travel to in-state and out-of-state UB target high schools, curriculum development, mentoring students, counseling of students and residential staff. This position will also organize and schedule student activities,while conducting intensive tracking of program graduates, planning and conducting training workshops for residential staff and site-coordinators, assistance with maintenance of both student records and programmatic compliance with University and federal rules and regulations, liaising between the UB programs and the housing staff and various university departments. 

Who We Are

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and/or first-generation high school students (meaning they come from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree). All of these students are preparing to enter postsecondary education. The goal of Upward Bound is to create a college-going culture in the commmunities served, thereby increasing the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Staff Supervision
  • Work with summer residential staff to ensure safety of student participants and adequate supervision in the residence hall. 
  • Travel for Recruitment/Orientation/Professional Development
Program Planning
  • Organize and schedule student/staff summer activities, and transportation to and from events an summer staff orientations and training. 
  • Coordinate with various University Departments.
Student Record Keeping and Annual Reporting
  • Work with National Clearinghouse software to track CUUB graduates. Work will be conducted in November of each year that pertains to the submission of Annual Performance Reports and includes updating student participant files and academic transcripts. 
Summer Program Duties
  • Ensure smooth operation of summer program, student health issues, parent contact; work with director in discussing student living and academic issues along with an assessment of staff issues. 

What You Should Know

Most of the travel for this position takes place during the academic year; all twelve CUUB partner high schools (across a five-state target area) must be visited twice per semester to satisfy UB grant requirements. The academic year also requires the Assistant Director to update the CUUB website, track and log all student services through Blumen software, monitor outreach & learning systems (SignalVine mass text messaging and OnTrack e-learning modules), attend various professional development trainings (focusing on both DOE topics and higher education more generally), and researching effective strategies for onboarding staff and implementing grant services. The academic year provides the time for reflection, improvement and preparation for the coming year’s summer program (which includes substantial updates to the CUUB summer employee handbooks, consistent with federal and University of Colorado child protection guidelines), while also balancing the effective delivery of all grant funded student services. 

The summer component of the program is an intensive seven-week commitment with hours that require flexibility. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. During the summer, the Assistant Director is responsible for the supervision of a team of resident staff (one resident supervisor and typically eight resident advisers), who are in turn responsible for the safety and wellness of all program participants. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director to ensure academic excellence and student safety & wellness are maintained as top priorities.  

What We Can Offer

Salary Range Starts at $54,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.


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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Counseling, Math, Business Administration, Management, Native Studies, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, English, Literary Arts, or a closely related field. 
  • Experience working with students in residential/education setting, or experience working in TRIO-type programs serving low income/first generation secondary students, or experience teaching and developing curriculum for Native American, high school, or college students. 
  • Experience with event planning particularly using University departments and other entities.

What You Will Need

  • Applicants must be able to travel to rurally isolated reservations and Native American communities (travel accumulates to approximately 35-45 days per year).
  • The ability to communicate with a variety of schools, students, parents, tribal community members, professional staff regarding academic and/or curriculum related issues. 
  • Cultural Responsiveness/Competency, editing, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, creative problem solving, event management, workshop delivery, public speaking, written communication skills, an understanding/knowledge of challenges/issues facing Native American youth, working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite. 
  • Knowledge of outreach and student success management softwares. 
  • In-depth knowledge of Native American social and educational issues, strong connections to the Indian community. 
  • Knowledge of evaluation and administrative procedures. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A master’s degree in Education, Public Health, Ethnic Studies, or English/writing or related fields.
  • A positive experience teaching or working with Native American students.
  • Experience or familiarity with Blumen software. 
  • Familiarity with topics in critical pedagogy, specifically culturally responsive pedagogy.
  • Grant writing experience, as well as ability to write clear and concise reports. 
  • Basic experience with website building.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
A current resume. 
A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. 

You will not be asked to upload references at this time. 

Please apply by August 21, 2019 for consideration. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.