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Program Coordinator-Upward Bound Program

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions, Administrative & Office Support

OFFICIAL JOB TITLE:  Program Coordinator for Upward Bound Program (GRANT-FUNDED)                                     

DIVISION:   Academic Affairs

DEPARTMENT:  Upward Bound

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS:  ESU Cat. 13             

FLSA STATUS: Exempt                                            



REPORTS TO:  Director of Upward Bound

SUPERVISES: Part time/temporary non-benefited staff, and students during the academic year and summer component and all academic and non-academic student activities in the absence of the Director.


BENEFITS:  Benefits for ESU

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION:    Grant-Funded Integral position for a U.S. Department of Education funded Upward Bound Program Trio grant. This position is contingent upon grant funding. Develops implements and coordinates a student assessment system and plan of action to strengthen the students’ academic skills, particularly in the areas of weakness identified through the assessment system.  Evaluates all students periodically and documents their progress (using individual educational plans, IEP’s) and maintains systematic records and produces reports on the program’s academic support and instructional activities (both summer and academic year components).  The Upward Bound Program works individually and in groups with educationally, economically and/or socially disadvantaged high school students to equip them with the skills and motivation necessary to successfully complete high school and be accepted into a post-secondary institution of higher education.



  • Plans and implements academic tutoring and mentoring to meet the individual needs of the program’s students for the academic year component.
  • Trains and supervises six- eight part-time tutor/mentors and one part time Master Tutor
  • Completes required program evaluations and submits them to the Upward Bound Office at the close of each school quarterly marking period.
  • Reports quarterly on programmatic developments and curricula design.
  • Travels between satellite programs at area schools and attends Saturday sessions.
  • Conducts home visits and participates in parental conferences at the request of the Director
  • Acts as liaison between UMass Dartmouth and area high schools.
  • Assists seniors and parents in completing all forms necessary for college admissions and financial aid.
  • Tracks students’ post-secondary persistence rates.
  • Develops academic programs for Saturday sessions in consultations with teachers and Director.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned.



EDUCATION:   Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated experience in fields related to the objectives of the project and experience in similar projects.

EXPERIENCE:  Demonstrated effectiveness in an educational setting working with minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds as described.  Demonstrated sensitivity working with students from diverse backgrounds.  Experience supervising others.

OTHER: Compassionate person capable of dealing successfully with teenage students in an understanding, firm, yet fair manner.  Must have own transportation to travel between campus and high school sites.



  • Ability to realize the educational and emotional needs of students.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to relate exceptionally well to students of diverse backgrounds including staff members.
  • Flexibility and sensitivity to the needs of students from non-traditional backgrounds
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to maintain a system of communication between Program office, Program staff, tutor/mentors individual students and the peer leaders.



  • Knowledge of the service area public school system in regard to placement, continuation and successful completion.
  • Master’s degree.


Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full-time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.

Effective September 27, 2021, UMass Dartmouth requires that all members of the campus community are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and provide proof of vaccination. Additionally, all members of the campus community must obtain a Covid-19 booster shot and provide proof when requested. Individuals who are not yet eligible to receive a booster shot must obtain one within 30 days from the date they become eligible.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The deadline for INTERNAL applicants is May 31, 2022.

The review of applications will begin June 1, 2022.


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