TRIO Upward Bound Coordinator

Website Iowa Lakes Community College

Position:                    TRIO Upward Bound Coordinator

Classification:       Professional Support

Department:            TRIO Programs

Report to:                 TRIO Upward Bound Manager

General Job Summary:

This is a full-time, grant funded, 260-day position on the Emmetsburg Campus. Responsibilities are to assist the Upward Bound Program Manager in providing academic, career and postsecondary education advising and opportunities to grant program participants. The program’s intent is to prepare high school students for successful entry into a postsecondary educational program which will enable them to graduate from college. Evening and weekend work required. Position is contingent upon continued grant funding.

% of TIME                                         Essential Duties/Responsibilities



1.      Maintain a caseload of students (approx. 40), assess student needs and develop a Student Success Plan.

2.      Plan, develop, and implement recruitment strategies to achieve program participant numbers.

3.      Work with partner schools to recruit, identify and support participants.

4.      Travel within the target area to meet with participants in partner schools.

5.      Carry out academic, career, financial literacy, and post-secondary education advising activities, assessments, and support services in accordance with project grant proposal.

6.      Assist with completion of applications for ACT testing, financial aid, scholarships, and entrance into college.

7.      Complete and maintain grant records as required.

8.      Meet regularly with students and parents/guardians for tracking, mentoring, monitoring and academic advising.

9.      Serve as a student advocate to ensure entrance into higher education programs.

10.  Cultivate and maintain positive rapport and working relationships with program staff, participants, and partner schools.

11.  Update and maintain Upward Bound social media pages.



1.      Meet with students through consistent contacts during the school day, at after school tutoring sessions, or occasional Saturday activities.

2.      Advise student population to ensure persistence in Upward Bound program and completion of academic core curriculum.

3.      Supervise, monitor, and collect required paperwork, at academic tutoring sites

4.      Help plan, chaperone, and evaluate student activities, including academic workshops, award recognition events, parent/advisory group meetings, college campus visits, cultural enrichment activities, and Student Leadership Conference

5.      Help plan, administer, and evaluate the Academic Year and Summer Year Programming.

6.      Maintain timely and accurate records including contact logs in Student Access Database, student individual files, working files, and sign in sheets.

7.      Assist with program evaluation – administer, collect, and compile student evaluations from workshops, cultural events, and campus visits.

8.      Assure requirements of the Upward Bound grant are met.

9.      Maintain professional relationships with parents/guardians of participants.



1.      Assist with monitoring student academic progress through completion of academic CORE curriculum.

2.      Assist with training and monitoring Academic Year and Summer Instructors and Resident Assistants.

3.      Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Ability to utilize a personal computer for word processing, database tracking, and accessing software programs.
  2. Represent the College in a positive manner to employees, students, visitors, and the general public.
  3. Must be enthusiastic and energetic in performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  4. Ability to utilize correct English, grammar, punctuation, and arithmetic.
  5. Ability to read and understand written/oral instructions or communication.
  6. Ability to efficiently perform tasks in an environment with frequent interruptions.
  7. Ability to assume responsibility; deal effectively with problems, and exercise good judgment when making decisions.
  8. Ability to effectively relate to participants of diverse, social, and economic backgrounds.
  9. Ability to establish good working relationships with local school personnel, human service agencies and other personnel of the College.
  10. Ability to meet with administrators, faculty, students, and parents to promote a positive image of Upward Bound.
  11. Must have strong experience working with TRIO-eligible students.
  12. Ability to organize and plan with the capability to work independently.

Special Demands:

Sedentary to light work. Position involves sitting most of the time, exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally (10-33%). Stooping, kneeling, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying, and repetitive motion occasionally (10-33%). Walking, lifting and grasping frequently (34-66%). Talking, hearing, and viewing various types of close visual work constantly (67-100%). Must have valid driver’s license, good driving record and provide proof of insurance. Required to travel utilizing personal vehicle. Some evening and weekend work required.

Employment with Iowa Lakes Community College is dependent upon successful passage of a criminal background check. Must be legally eligible to work in the United States without Employer Sponsorship.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions, job duties/responsibilities, and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree required; in education, counseling, psychology, or related area preferred. One year experience in teaching, counseling, or related field preferred. TRIO experience or eligible background preferred. Teaching licensure and/or Masters’ Degree preferred.

Salary:  $46,000 for a 260-day contract, 12-month position

Fringe Benefits: Paid sick leave, vacation, and holidays. Employee health, dental, and vision insurance. Partially funded family insurance available. Employee life and disability insurance. Employee retirement plan.

Application Process:

The following items must be included in your application packet before it will be considered a complete application:

  • Employment Application form
  • Applicant Confidential Information form (This data is used to comply with government required affirmative action record keeping only and is not used for applicant screening purposes.)
  • A letter addressing your qualifications for the position
  • A resume
  • A copy of transcripts, with originals due upon hiring

Only complete application packets will be considered for the position vacancy.

Position open until filled. Review of applications will begin July 29, 2024. View complete job description and application process at Contact Lynn Miller at or 712-362-0409. Iowa Lakes Community College, Human Resources, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334.

Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement

It is the policy of Iowa Lakes Community College not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age (employment), sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion and actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code §§216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S.C §§ 1681 – 1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Kathy Muller, Equity & Title IX Coordinator, 19 South 7th Street, Estherville, IA 51334, 712.362.0433,, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339, email

A formal discrimination complaint process is published in the Student Handbook, Employee Handbook, and the Affirmative Action Plan of the College.

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