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Job Posting ID# 63891

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PSC - Upward Bound Program
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300 Kennedy Hall
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Contact Information

Contact Name:
Liz Millhollen
Contact Title:
Associate Director
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Job Specifics

Format: Hybrid – 60% virtual, 40% in person

Office Location: 300 Kennedy Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Cornell Campus
Upward Bound Program Associate
Job Classification Level:
Level I
Employer Type:
Cornell Employer
Liz Millhollen
Job Description:
The Program Associate (PA) is the primary facilitator of the participant experience during the Upward Bound Summer program. You will have the unique opportunity to impact and change lives as an Upward Bound Summer Program Associate. This summer of 2021 Upward Bound will bring approximately 100 high school students that qualify as low income and first-generation college bound to Cornell University for six weeks of academic, co-curricular and extracurricular activities, intended to grow their knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be successful in college while preparing for their next year in high school. Upward Bound is grant funded by the Federal Department of Education’s TRIO Programs.

Responsibilities and Expectations:
This position is an integral part of the summer program staff. Serving as a mentor and role model for participants, and the front line of all programmatic supervision this position is responsible for the following:
Primary Responsibilities:
• Directly contribute to the individual growth of participants and the UB community
• Facilitate topics of teambuilding, communication, academic / career exploration, life-skills, or other relevant material to both large and small audiences, as well as individuals
• Provide safe, consistent, and effective leadership to high school students
• Assure immediate and complete disclosure of participant and staff concerns to AD
• Be a participating member of the Upward Bound community, and accessible at all times unless prior approval is granted
• Participate in weekly meetings as assigned
• Provide motivation to ensure Upward Bound runs on schedule
• Plan and coordinate virtual presentations, events, and meetings
• Manage a thriving virtual classroom that encourages engagement
• Coordinate logistical needs for programs
Academic Responsibilities

• Attend and be engaged in daily classes as assigned with participants
• Support Teacher efforts in classes by managing student behaviors and encouraging engagement
• Keep track of class progress and daily assignments and relay information to AD and fellow PAs.
• Keep current records of student progress to ensure all students are up to date with coursework and prepared for class activities and exams
• Implement creative solutions to help students realize and reach their full potential

Programming Responsibilities:
• Create and facilitate weekly programming activities as assigned during staff training
• Supervise activities and participate as appropriate
• Provide supervision to participants during all Upward Bound activities and excursions
• Lead community service and college visit trips (may require driving 12-passenger vans)
Policy Enforcement
• Adhere to and enforce all laws, University regulations, and Upward Bound policies and rules
• Address issues with participants immediately as they arise. Manage follow up and report to SPC
• Provide written documentation where applicable
• Adhere to all public safety guidelines as warranted by NYS and Cornell University

Other Responsibilities:
• Provide teachable moments to participants to grow the Upward Bound culture in a positive direction
• Keep daily notes on each assigned student
• Complete end of program evaluation for each assigned student, the PA position and the overall program
• Maintain healthy personal habits to avoid burn out, PAs are expected to be “on” at all times
• Other duties assigned as dictated by program, staff, and participant needs

COVID-19 Considerations:
• This position will require in-person work and contact with a small number of staff and students. All personnel will be trained on and adhere to public safety guidelines from NYS and Cornell University. Compliance with all personal and occupational safety regulations such as the use of PPE will be required.
• All academic courses will be virtual. Enrichment activities and excursions will be in person. Students will be grouped into ‘pods’ corelating to the group sizes dictated by public health guidelines.
Required Qualifications/Skills/Experience:
• Experience working with a diverse student population and developing youth
• Understanding of First Generation / Low Income student issues and concerns
• Completed their sophomore year in college
• Valid Driver’s License for 3 years
• Experience working effectively with youth and in teams
• Experience with summer programming for high school students
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Pride in doing their best work, with the resolve to see through long days and manage difficult situations
• Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and follow through consistently
• A system of organization that works well for them, and translates effectively to others
• Availability to work in person for 40% of their weekly time during the summer
Work Schedule:
Time Commitment:
Schedule: 40hr / week, Monday - Friday
Format: Hybrid – 60% virtual, 40% in person
Start Date: June 21st, 2021
End Date: August 7th, 2021
Mandatory Staff Training: June 21st - June 25th.
Summer Program: June 28th – August 7th.

Please be aware there are no time off requests granted during this time period. However, there will be weekend days off and holiday observances. These will be defined and communicated to applicants once the summer schedule becomes final. This position ends August 7th, 2021 when supplies are accounted for, inventoried and properly stowed, reports have been submitted and keys turned in.

$12.50 per hour, totaling $3500 for 7 weeks of employment.
Paid bi-weekly
All expenses are paid for in person excursions
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How to Apply:
Application Process Application acceptance and interviews will be done on a rolling basis. Priority deadline for applications is April 30th FINAL deadline is May 15th To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter to: Liz Millhollen Questions? Please contact Liz Millhollen via email at
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Career Field Information

Career Field:
Career Field:
Child Development/Care
Career Field:
Public Services - Misc.