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Position Details


Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Upward Bound [UGUPWB]
Summary of Position

This role is one of three full-time core staff positions in the UNH Upward Bound program. UNH Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for low-income/potential first generation college students and is funded by the US Department of Education through a competitive grant. Upward Bound provides a six-week academic residential summer program along with regularly scheduled school year advising meetings, college visits, enrichment activities, special workshops, college visits and Saturday Academies for its 114 participants who attend any of six target high schools in the Manchester and Seacoast regions of NH. The Academic Skills Specialist will provide support and assistance in all these areas, including the planning and execution of all aspects of the summer program and the provision of direct services to students during the academic year. They will, in addition, provide supervision to the residential and teaching staff employed by Upward Bound during the six week summer program and will meet with parents, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators during the academic year to ensure that participants are receiving all available services. Furthermore, they will help to evaluate and report on the program to the Department of Education and gather information for the competitive grant process. The Academic Skills Specialist reports to the Program Director. (For more information about UNH Upward Bound visit

Additional Job Information
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0731FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years
Other minimum qualifications

1) Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years experience in teaching, counseling and/or related work either in directing or assisting in planning, organizing, coordinating and evaluating educational programs.
2) Experience working with adolescents from low-income and first-generation college backgrounds.
3) Knowledge of college search, admissions and financing.
4) Excellent communication/interpersonal skills, allowing effective work with diverse student populations, school personnel, students and families.
5) Demonstrated experience with MS Office systems including; Word, Excel, and G Suite for Education tools.
6) Available extended hours in summer, and some nights and weekends. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required (the Academic Skills Specialist will be advising students in two Manchester, NH high schools).

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1) Previous experience as a participant or staff member of a TRIO program.
2) Experience in summer academic and residential programming.
3) Knowledge of College and Career Readiness Assessments including PSAT, SAT, ACT, college essays, college recommendations, and the Common Application.
4) Familiarity with relational database systems (such as Filemaker or Student Access)

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
Salary range: $41890 – $50000 commensurate with experience.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade 15
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

Posting Details

Posting Date 01/31/2018
Open Until Filled No
Closing Date 03/02/2018
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Grant Funded
If TERM position provide projected end date

Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle required for visiting students in target schools and driving them to and from program activities in rental vehicles. Personal vehicle to be used in compliance with all NH regulations; liability coverage required. Academic Skills Specialist will be reimbursed for travel expenses at the current University rate for authorized travel.

DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Provide direct service delivery to 30-40 low income first generation students at one or more target school(s) providing support in the areas of academic assistance, course planning, college planning, financial aid advising and career exploration. Confer with teachers, counselors, and parents/guardians regularly, and will advocate on students’ behalf as necessary. Assist in the identification, recruitment and selection of all program participants. Develop positive working relationships with target school counselors, teachers and administrators, seek referrals of appropriate students and make recruitment presentations.


Assist in the planning and day-to-day management of the summer and academic year programs. Participate in all aspects of the planning of the summer program, including (but not limited to): preparing program documents, selecting appropriate residential housing and determining residential room assignments, locating and assigning classrooms for summer classes, and training, advising, and recruiting, training and assessing summer staff. Help to plan and conduct comprehensive summer staff training’s and ensure that staff are meeting program expectations and providing for the safety of student participants. In addition, they will participate in the assessment and structuring/restructuring of the academic year program in order to ensure it meets the needs of the students and adheres to federal guidelines.


Coordinate the academic year tutoring program, including monthly Saturday Academies. This includes interviewing, scheduling, and training tutors and periodically attending and supervising tutoring sessions at UNH. This also includes identifying all students who are expected to attend tutoring and working with them and their parents/guardians to ensure their participation.


Assist in the design, implementation, and presentation of academic year workshops for Seniors and Juniors and college visits. Assist in the editing and production of all program literature for academic year and summer events, including program handbooks, recruitment materials, brochures and posters, educational materials for workshops college visits, and grant applications.


Supervise the editing of the Upward Bound website and manage, edit and update the Upward Bound social media presence. Research social networking opportunities and digital applications and platforms (such as Khan Academy and Mango Languages) that improve educational opportunities for UB staff and students.


Assist in the gathering and inputting of data into the program database for general program purposes and in preparation for the Annual Performance Report (APR) and for the competitive grant application process that occurs every five years.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents
  1. Professional Letter of Reference (1)
  2. Professional Letter of Reference (2)
  3. Professional Letter of Reference (3)
  4. Additional Teaching Materials (1)