Temporary Mentors - 11668BR

Temporary Mentors

Achievement & Assessment Inst
Educational Talent Search Proj
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

Talent Search is a TRIO college access funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through early intervention, this program is designed to encourage participants to remain in school, graduate from high school, and to pursue post-secondary education. Talent Search works with youth of Wyandotte County. Program participants are generally from low-income families and are first-generation college going students.

The Summer Program Mentor’s role is to supervise youth in structured, group settings and group activities, serve as a positive role model for middle school students and provide guidance to students in areas of career and college access and STEM. Mentors will be part of a team of dynamic, energetic and highly motivated summer staff. Two summer programs will be held on KU’s campus and these intensive camps are fast-paced, rigorous, focus on career-STEM-college curriculum, very engaging and interactive. (Day camps only - Career Horizons Camp for 6th graders - Training June 13-June 15th; Camp - June 18-June 23; Discover Technology – 7th graders - Training July 6th; Camp July 9-July 14th). Only apply if you are committed to the ideals of TRIO, have high integrity, considered to be responsible and timely, can follow directions and have a willingness to learn, and feel you can effectively connect with young students to increase their motivation and excitement about college, careers, and STEM –related fields.

Job Description

45% - Supervise, mentor, interact, and engage participants in group settings and group activities
25% - Serve as a positive role model for 6th & 7th grade students and provide guidance to students in areas of college access, career development, STEM and recreational activities
10% - Assist in the evaluation and organizing of the overall development of the summer program
10% - Complete participants' positive reinforcement forms on a daily basis and maintain accurate participant records
5% - Participate in staff training and all staff meetings
5% - Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of TRIO Talent Search

Required Qualifications

  1. Evidence of college coursework on the application materials.
  2. Demonstrated work experience in a highly motivated and fast pace team environment
  3. Demonstrated excellent written communication, as evidence through application materials
  4. Minimum 2 weeks of work experience with youth

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Undergraduate Degree, graduate student, or earned college degree (AA, BA)
  2. Previous TRIO Experience/TRIO Alum
  3. At least 3 months of work experience with youth
  4. Spanish Speaker

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application will include an on-line application, a detailed curriculum vitae/resume, a cover letter outlining how applicant meets the required/preferred qualifications, the names and contact information for three (3) professional references. Preference will be given to applications received by May 3, 2018. Only complete applications will be considered.

Your cover letter should also include answers to the following questions:
  • Will you be working for another department or office on campus over the summer? If yes, what type of position? How many hours per week will you be working?
  • Will you be taking any classes this summer?
  • Please describe any experience you may have working with TRIO programs.
Work schedule:

Hours Worked per Week: During summer camp – 60+
Regular, early mornings, evenings and 2 Saturdays

June 13-June 15 Training 8:00-5:00pm approximately.
Career Horizons 6th grade Summer Program: June 18-June 23rd approx. 10 hours/per day

July 6 Training 8:00-5:00pm approx.
Discover Technology 7th grade Summer Program: July 9-July 14th approx. 10 hours per day

**Ideal to be available for both camps but not a requirement.
Additional hours may be available during the summer for various camp preparations (in Kansas City, KS and on campus), as well as for additional mentoring for Talent Search students depending on skills and availability.

Please note that these summer programs are high energy with interactive and engaging activities.

Contact Information to Applicants

Rebecca Dukstein – email only at dukstein@ku.edu, No phone calls, please.

Advertised Salary Range

$12.00 per hour

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Posting ID:
Achievement & Assessment Inst
Educational Talent Search Proj
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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