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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Location: WhitewaterWI 53190 Document ID: AD005-4HIR Posted on: 2019-01-0901/09/2019 Job Type: Regular

Job Schedule:Full-time
Will not pay relocation expenses
Minimum Education: Bachelors2019-02-08

Academic Coordinator


The Student Diversity, Engagement and Success department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an Academic Coordinator for the Upward Bound program.


This is a twelve-month position that reports to the Project Director of Upward Bound. Two key purposes of this position are to:

50% Develop and conduct high impact college preparatory programming, including academic and career advising to students in grades 9-12, as well as workshops through schools visits and campus activities.

50% Develop and manage Upward Bound Summer Enrichment Program.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree at time of hire
  • Experience with college preparatory academic and career advising
  • Experience coordinating academic and career programming for youth
  • Experience working with diverse populations

Desired Qualifications:

  • Degree in Education, Counseling, Communications, Project Management, or other related field
  • Experience in the administration of projects that serve academically disadvantaged, low-income, and potential first-generation college students (such as TRIO programs)
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills, as well as strong computer skills
  • Experience with grant assessment and management
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Background similar to participants
  • Demonstrated ability to meet set goals

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to handle various situations and think strategically in response to issues.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Commitment to student-centered, collaborative team approach
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to present to a variety of constituencies
  • Creative approach to programming development
  • Understanding of issues related to access and success in education and challenges facing students with first generation and low-income backgrounds
  • Technology skills related to social media, data management, and communicatios
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds



  1. Provide high quality academic and career advising to program participants in target schools throughout the academic year
  2. Develop collaborative relationships with K-12 teachers, counselors and administrators
  3. Recruit students for participation in Upward Bound activities
  4. Coordinate tutorial services for participants within their schools
  5. Assist with college applications, the FAFSA, and other college enrollment materials
  6. Maintain advising records within program data systems
  7. Monitor student achievement for student success and program goal attainment
  8. Understand and promote the dual enrollment process for program participants


  1. Develop and coordinate innovative workshops (Saturday Colleges and in-school)
  2. Provide programming in: academic skills development, career exploration, leadership skills, financial literacy, test preparation, and other PSE success topics
  3. Teach students to advocate for themselves as they prepare for, and enter, PSE
  4. Engage families in the educational process
  5. Coordinate reservations, transportation, meals, and invitations for events
  6. Attend and supervise Team Leaders (student employee support) at Saturday College events


  1. Coordinate and manage all aspects of the summer enrichment program
  2. Coordinate recruitment and application process for camp participants
  3. Recruit, hire, train, and supervise camp staff and instructors
  4. Schedule camp activities, including classes, workshops, recreation, and cultural activities
  5. Oversee purchasing for summer programming including transportation, classroom supplies, and activities
  6. Work closely with Continuing Education to prepare for summer logistics
  7. Plan and chaperone regional college tour


  1. Make presentations to prospective students, enrolled students, families, K-12 staff, PSE faculty/staff regarding Upward Bound and related topics
  2. Represent Upward Bound at various campus and off campus functions at state, regional, and national, meetings as assigned by the Director
  3. Prepare budget requests for programming
  4. Assist with grant writing process
  5. Conduct evaluation and assessment of programs, including collecting providing data for annual reports
  6. Participate in professional develop opportunities
  7. Coordinate special projects as assigned


PreCollege Programs (PC) supports the mission and core values of the Office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success (SDES) and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) by providing programs that enhance, engage, and support students in their pursuit of postsecondary education and beyond.

PreCollege programs engages in collaborative relationships with precollege students and their families, secondary schools, postsecondary institutions, regional access/opportunity programs, university leaders, student leaders, and student organizations. PreCollege Programs facilitate student access and understanding of the process for preparing for higher education through advising, workshops, and holistic educational experiences.


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-Whitewater is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in more than 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

To learn more about UW-Whitewater's competitive benefits packages go to our: ALEX webpage, which is our interactive benefits decision support tool.


UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.


Applications received by February 7, 2019 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

For questions regarding the position, please contact:

Jessie McGowan
Office Operations Associate


Only complete application packages will be considered. A complete application includes online submission of the following documents:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Interest indicating why Title IX is important on a University Campus
  • A separate list of the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three references

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