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Assistant Director/Counselor for Upward Bound

Assistant Director/Counselor for Upward Bound

Assistant Director/Counselor for Upward Bound

Upward Bound
McNeese State University invites qualified applicants and nominations for the position of Assistant Director/Counselor in Upward Bound. This is a full-time, 12–month, unclassified, grant funded position. The appointment is available April 16, 2018.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

The Assistant Director/Counselor will supervise all academic and counseling services provided by the program, evaluate the academic performance and monitor progress of each participant in the program, and assist with planning and supervision of a summer residential camp for project participants. Also, the Assistant Director/Counselor will collaborate with the Director of Upward Bound to implement critical elements of the grant including: grant writing, selecting participants, managing and tracking federal funds, updating the tracking system, maintaining accurate and complete participant records, implementing all project activities toward accomplishing project objectives, conducting summative and formative project evaluations, and meet all reporting requirements by the Department of Education.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities Include:
  • Document and report project accomplishments
  • Recruit target students for program services
  • Provide personal, career, academic, and financial aid counseling to program participants
  • Conduct plan of student needs assessment and creates a plan of action
  • Assist with planning and supervision of a summer residential camp for project participants
  • Plan travel according to state travel guidelines
  • Assist with grant writing and preparation of required reports related to the program
  • Provide documentation to participants and their parents/guardians regarding the program services, activities, and student responsibilities
  • Assist the Project Director with grant writing, selecting participants, managing, and tracking federal funds
  • Update the tracking system
  • Maintain accurate and complete participant records
  • Implement all project activities toward accomplishing project objectives
  • Conduct project evaluations
  • Provide direct supervision to the department in the absence of the director
  • Complete all reporting required by the Department of Education and the University
  • Maintain a positive working relationship with faculty and staff in all departments
  • Build a mutually beneficial positive working relationship with high schools and community organizations
  • Build a mutually beneficial positive working relationship with counterparts at other universities
  • Assist director in preparing departmental budget and assuring that expenditures are in accordance with University and Federal regulations


  • Master’s Degree in counseling/guidance, psychology, education, or a related field
  • Two years’ experience in the field of counseling, education, or assessment
  • Familiarity with assessment methods, motivational techniques, group dynamics and vocational and career models
  • Familiarity with state standardized testing, college entrance exams, and high school graduation requirements
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of MS Office Suite

  • Experience in the coordination of college preparatory educational programs
  • Experience counseling high school students on college preparedness
  • Previous experience with Upward Bound




Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until position is filled.

Application Materials and Contact:

Applicants should submit: 1) letter of application, 2) resume, 3) three professional references [name, phone number, and e-mail address], and 4) official or unofficial copies of all transcripts Electronic submissions are preferred. Only complete applications will be considered. Please submit the required documents to:

Valeece Davis, Search Committee Chair
McNeese State University
Box 90175
Lake Charles, LA 70609
Phone: (337) 475-5444
Fax: (337) 475-5449
TDD: (337) 562-4227

Additional Information:

McNeese State University, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is a public university and a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and al l supporting materials will become public record. All applicants are expected to submit complete and accurate materials as specified in the position announcement. A background check and an English Proficiency assessment will be conducted on selected finalists. We comply with Louisiana Revised Statute 49:1001, et seq, and State of Louisiana Executive Order 98-38, which provides for drug testing of employees, appointees, prospective employees, and prospective appointees. Prospective employees and employees are informed if a drug test is required.

McNeese State University is an AA/EEO/ADA employer committed to excellence through diversity.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires McNeese State University to inform applicants that the University can employ only U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Each new employee is required to present documentation verifying his/her identity and right to accept employment.

McNeese State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Under Louisiana law, applications and all supporting materials will become public record. An executive session pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. 42:6.1(A) may be required.

Persons needing reasonable accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Equal Opportunity Office: Voice: (337) 475-5428; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; Fax: (337) 475-5960; or

Instructional Faculty Candidates with foreign degrees must provide official certification of equivalency to U.S. degrees, an official comprehensive course-by-course report and U.S. Equivalency Statement, from World Education Services. The official Credential Evaluation Report and U.S. Equivalency Statement must be submitted directly to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, Box 93220, Lake Charles, LA 70609; (337)475-5508. Simple translation of the language on foreign diplomas, transcripts, coursework, or similar will NOT suffice and will cause the application packet to be judged as incomplete.