Job Title: Project Coordinator, Upward Bound 2 (Project Strive)
Job Code: 2026
Department: UPWARD BOUND 2 (Project Strive)
Reports To: Director of Upward Bound 2 (Project Strive)
FLSA: Non-Exempt


SUMMARY:
To identify, recruit and provide services to a selected number of Upward Bound 2 (Project Strive) students within a six-county area serving Lexington, McAlester, Pittsburg, Roff, Savanna, Sulphur, Tupelo, and Wanette high schools. To provide educational counseling including the setting of goals and the encouragement for completion of both a secondary and postsecondary education.
Tracking and documenting postsecondary students to ensure their successful completion of a postsecondary degree in six years. And assurance of meeting or exceeding program objectives. The services provided include counseling in social, personal and academic areas. These services are directed to promote the successful post-secondary placement for former Upward Bound 2 (Project Strive) students who have completed high school.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following: (Other duties may be assigned)
• Explain and promote project goals and establish a working relationship with participants, parents, faculty, administrators, and area service organizations.
• Responsible for coordinating the tracking of all former participants who complete high school until they complete a post-secondary education program within a specified time period as stated in the objective, as well as encouragement and advisement for successful completion of a postsecondary education within 6 years.
• Monitor and evaluate the academic performance of all students, as reported by the area instructors, as they participate in the scheduled classes during the academic year and recommend tutoring services as needed. Assure all students are signed up for Oklahoma Promise and are on a college preparatory track at their high schools.
• Drive personal vehicle to target schools to identify, recruit, and provide services to a selected number of Upward Bound 2 (Project Strive) students, including: tutoring, academic, personal, and career counseling, and to include a mentoring program for both the academic year and summer component.
• Collection of necessary data (transcripts, state assessments, Plan, ACT, etc) and documenting and maintaining accurate and complete records concerning students' performance, program activities and services, and student contracts.
• Plan and assist with the supervision of the Saturday Follow-Up Meetings on the East Central University campus during the academic year. Planning includes developing a budget, recruiting speakers, and coordinating workshop topics in accordance to grant specification.
• Plan and coordinate educational and recreational field trips, and accompany students on field trips during the academic year and summer component.
• Assist with planning and coordinating social/cultural activities, college days, and informal workshops related to college admission and financial aids information during the academic year and summer component for parents and students to encourage and enhance parental involvement.
• Assist with the monitoring of all students' academic performance in their classes during the summer component, provide tutoring services as needed, study skills advisement, place students into internships, and coordinate community service projects.
• Assist in maintaining an on-going public relations effort with the students and target school officials through newspaper articles and periodic newsletter publications.
• Assist with yearly audit of files.
• Assist with any other duties as may be requested by the project director; including but not limited to the preparing of monthly reports to be submitted to the director.
• Conduct one-on-one and group counseling sessions during both summer and academic year. 
• Use computer, copy machine, and telephone.

QUALIFICATIONS:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Bachelor's Degree and/or pursuant of Master's Degree in Counseling, Education, Human Resources, or related field. Prior TRIO experience, teaching experience, and/or school counseling experience in a public school setting is preferred. Former Upward Bound/TRIO participant status is a plus. The ideal candidate should possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Candidate must have the ability to positively relate to school participants, teachers, counselors, and administrators. The candidate must exhibit a high degree of professionalism and adherence to professional ethics. Candidate must possess knowledge of academic resources, along with educational and financial aid strategies. The candidate should possess excellent customer service skills and have the ability to work in a dynamic team environment and relate well to our students and their families.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor's Degree and/or pursuant of Master's Degree in Counseling, Education, Human Resources, or related field.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Driver's License 

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Excellent social and interaction skills, as well as, computer knowledge using Microsoft Office. Excellent written and verbal skills. Counseling capabilities. Knowledge of high school age students. Skills include: Counseling (personal and groups)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

SALARY RANGE: $30,000 - $32,000

TO APPLY:  Applications should consist of (1) a detailed cover letter addressing the expectations of the position; (2) a current resume/curriculum vitae; (3) a list of three professional references with complete contact information and a notation describing the work relationship with each; and (4) a completed  *Disclosure Statement. (Official transcripts are required upon hiring.)

Applications should be sent electronically to Employment Services at es@ecok.edu. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For more information about ECU, visit our website at http://www.ecok.edu.

 ***Please do not include a full Social Security Number on documents. Please provide only the last four (4) digits. We may never receive your information if a full Social Security Number is listed on any document. Our email system will reject emails if it detects a full Social Security Number, therefore Employment Services will not receive your information. ***

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