Upward Bound Summer Camp Counselor - 21351BR

Upward Bound Summer Camp Counselor

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Work Location Assignment: 
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

**NOTE: These positions are summer positions only with an estimated start date in early June. Review of applicants will only occur once per year and typically starts in late March and continues through mid-May.**

The Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math and Science program (UB/UBMSLT) is a TRIO college access program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Through early intervention, the program design is to encourage participants to remain in school, graduate from high school, and to pursue post-secondary education. The Upward Bound program serves high school students in Wyandotte, Douglas, and Shawnee counties and The Upward Bound Math and Science program serves high school students who attend Leavenworth High and Turner High. Program participants are low-income families and/or first-generation college going students.

Only apply if you are committed to the ideals of TRIO, have high integrity, considered to be responsible and timely, can follow directions, have a willingness to learn, and can effectively connect with young students to increase their motivation, knowledge and excitement to remain in school, enroll in an institution of higher education, and obtain a post-secondary degree. The ideal candidate will present a professional demeanor and handle situations with tact and diplomacy; have excellent verbal and written communication and customer service skills, accept feedback and implement change as needed. Demonstrated knowledge of, a relevant ability with, culturally diverse communities among potential target and constituent populations. The ability to work independently, prioritize, and attention to detail are important. Overall, we are seeking high-energy, creative, team worker with great organizational skills and the ability to follow through with assignments. A valid driver's license with proof of good driving record is required, as this position occasionally requires travel by car/van.

The Camp Counselor will supervise approximately 50-65 high school students who are participating in a 4-week residential educational institute at KU during the summer. The Camp Counselor is required to monitor the students from 7:30a.m-5:00p.m. Monday-Thursday. The Camp Counselor position is not a live-in position.

These positions are on-going temporary summer appointments. The successful candidate will adhere to the principles of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in education

Job Description

Student Services (60%)
  • Use professional ethics, implement goals, objectives, policies, and procedures of the summer component and supervise students to ensure safety and well-being, Monday-Thursday, 7:30am-5:00pm.
  • Walk students to and from residence halls, dining hall and various campus buildings/classrooms across KU campus.
  • Must transport (i.e walking/driving in personal vehicle) students who are ill/hurt to and from residence halls, dining hall and various campus buildings/classrooms to Watkins Health Services on KU campus as needed.
  • Maintain a binder with program forms (e.g. attendance sheets, class schedules, SFSP meal log, medical forms and medical claims forms, etc). Binder must be in their possession throughout the day.
  • Maintain discipline and harmonious relations in the residence hall, campus buildings/classrooms, and all other areas of the program activities; participate in all program recreational activities, field trips and residential life, and conduct required workshops for participants as needed.
  • Oversee the physical maintenance of residence hall/Dining Common area as it pertains to Upward Bound Non Bridge students.
  • Assist Residence Hall Staff with the First Day Orientation/Move-in (this involves establishing procedures for key assignment and collection; prevention of abuse of furniture, lounges, and rooms; with checking the condition of rooms before and if needed, after Upward Bound students occupancy)
  • Provide support to students in personal, social, and academic areas.
  • Supervise students in the residence hall/classrooms during silent study hall hours and assist with the Summer Food Service Program during meals.
  • Serve as a liaison between administration and residence hall staff.
  • Create proper environment for both students and staff; Manage health problems and medical emergencies for students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Residence Hall Director or Assistant Directors
Student Records Management, Tracking, and Program Guidance (40%)
  • Maintain confidentiality of participant information learned while completing job responsibilities
  • Assess any residence hall problems, assimilate facts, process viewpoints and make decisions in compliance with program guidelines.
  • Maintain comprehensive and accurate records and documentation regarding participant contacts, activities, and attendance
  • Monitor and evaluate students’ academic and social progress; see that students are up in the morning and prepared for class and make regular classroom visits
  • Compile, prepare/submit attendance sheet and SFSP forms in a timely manner to Residence Hall Director/Program Assistant Director
  • Document student’s illness by completing medical claims forms for participants who are ill and visit the walk-in clinic at Watkins Health Services on KU campus. Must escort students to and from Watkins Health Services when students are ill.
  • Provide effective and open lines of communications with Assistant Directors, Residential Hall Staff, program staff, and university and community partners to ensure a positive work environment
  • Participate in staff orientation and attend all staff meetings

Position Requirements

  • On-site: The format of this work may change depending on state, university, and local regulations regarding Covid-19.
  • This is a security-sensitive position. The chosen candidate is required to pass an extensive criminal background check prior to starting the position.
  • Stand, Walk – Constant
  • Sit – Frequent
  • Lift/Carry – 5-20lbs frequent (Must be physically able to pack, lift, carry and transport equipment and materials as needed for activities and workshops).
  • The specific motor skills and sensory perception to effectively interact with staff and students.
  • Basic dexterity skills (computer work, telephone, copier)
  • Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those confronting program participants.
  • Proficient in computer programs and related technology needed for the successful implementation of program processes and recordkeeping.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with persons of diverse backgrounds and understand influence of culture, heritage and economic disadvantage on program participants.
  • Must be able to perform duties in an effective and ethical manner to assure that the objectives of the project are met within guidelines of legislation, regulations, and commitments as stated in the grant.
  • Primarily indoor office and classroom working environment. Noisy work area occurs in this job daily, as well as activities requiring alert wakefulness during extended hours.
  • Current office and classroom design may require employee to bend, lift, stoop, crouch, and perform similar functions while performing essential and other job functions.

Required Qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of college
  • Valid Driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with culturally diverse high school students
  • Experience with conflict resolution
  • Tutoring experience
  • Experience coordinating and supervising group living experiences in a team focused work environment
  • Have effective oral and written communication skills
  • Possess good organizational skills
  • Must have high level of maturity; be self-disciplined and able to work on a team
  • Previous TRIO (E.g. Upward Bound) Program experience
  • Familiarity with college residence hall policies and procedures
  • At least six months prior supervisory experience

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application consists of:
  • On-line application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Names and contact information of 3 professional references
Your cover letter should 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 over the summer? If so, please provide tentative schedule.
  • Will you be available to work June 2 –July 7, Monday-Thursday, 7:30a-5:00p? If not, when are you available to work?
  • Please describe any experience you may have working with TRIO programs.
  • Do you have a valid driver’s license?
Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application review begins on 03/04/22. Preference will be given to applications received by this date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Upward Bound Programs at ub_ubms@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $8 per hour - commensurate with experience

Work Schedule

Summer 2022 Non-Bridge Program dates are 06/02/22-07/07/22
Training June 2- June 3, 2022
Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
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University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
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