Upward Bound/ConnCAP Program Advisor (Academic Advisor 1) , Waterbury

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Waterbury Campus
Categories: Student Programs and Services


Under the general direction of the Upward Bound/ConnCAP Program Director, advises and counsels high school students enrolled in the Upward Bound/ConnCAP Program and assists them in preparing for postsecondary education.


  1. Supports and assists with the implementation of program objectives, as stated in funded Upward Bound/ConnCAP grant proposals, with the aim of helping first-generation to college and/or low-income students from target cities/schools to prepare for postsecondary enrollment.
  2. Serves as academic advisor to high school students enrolled in the Upward Bound/ConnCAP program, with responsibility for advising them regarding academic choices and performance and for monitoring student performance and progress towards successful completion of middle and high school studies.
  3. Acts as a liaison with students, parents/guardians, and middle and high school staff.
  4. Provides career and college counseling to assist students in appraising their interests, aptitudes and abilities, and assists them in educational and vocational planning.
  5. Counsels students regarding college choices and assists them in gaining admission and obtaining financial aid and scholarships or other needed resources with the goal of graduating from high school.
  6. Participates in all program planning, identifies needs for changes and recommends improvements in the program.
  7. Assists with the planning of a commuter summer component designed to provide participants with academic support and preparation.
  8. Provides students with supervision as part of the summer component and ensures students’ safety and compliance with the University’s policies.
  9. Plans and organizes periodic group meetings for all participants. Coordinates and plans student activities during the academic year component.
  10. Participates in student recruitment, including disseminating program objectives, reviewing records, interviewing students and families, and recommending final selections.
  11. Supervises a tutoring program designed to supplement high school courses, with the responsibility to determine student needs, schedule tutoring sessions, and monitor student progress.
  12. Administers diagnostic tests and develops an appropriate educational program accordingly, and monitors student performance and progress towards successful completion of high school program.
  13. Maintain a program database to document students’ services, track retention, graduation, and postsecondary progress.
  14. Prepares quarterly reports on each student, describing counseling activities for the reporting period and providing specific details regarding student progress such as course schedule, grades, problems, and related matters.
  15. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Bachelor’s degree preferably in counseling or a related field.
  2. Minimum of three years of experience including at least one year of experience working with middle and/or high school students in a diverse environment; experience with school counseling, community work or social agency.
  3. Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  4. Knowledge of higher education and the challenges faced by low-income, first-generation to college, and underrepresented students.
  5. Ability to report to multiple work sites and work flexible hours.
  6. Ability to make a commitment to the summer component.


  1. Master’s degree in counseling or related field.
  2. Two or more years of experience working with middle and/or high school students in a diverse environment; experience with school counseling, community work, or social agency.
  3. Bilingual in English/Spanish.
  4. Experience with summer camps or summer programming.


This is a full-time, 12-month, grant-funded, end-dated position with the possibility of annual renewal based on available funding and satisfactory performance. The University offers outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is $54,734. This position is located at the UConn Waterbury Campus. Other rights, terms, and conditions of employment are contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut Professional Employees Association (UCPEA).


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #497166 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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