The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a member of the University of Wisconsin System and is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles east of the Twin Cities metropolitan area with easily accessible year around arts, cultural and recreational events.   UWRF’s 6,700 graduate and undergraduate students pursue degrees in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Professional Studies and the College of Business and Economics.   The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising and co-curricular activities.   A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunities for meaningful interchange between faculty and students.   Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued.

The Position:
This is a full, 12 month, professional academic support position which has the working title of Coordinator/Advisor.  This position reports to the Project Director of Upward Bound and is responsible for planning, coordinating and supervising the day-to-day operation of Upward Bound project activities, ensuring compliance with U.S. Department of Education and project grant award guidelines; coordinate the planning, developing, implementing and evaluating the educational, social, cultural, and recreational activities of 73 Washington Technology Magnet high school students; and performing other related duties as assigned.  This position requires travel to and from the two Upward Bound offices, at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UWRF) and at Washington Technology Magnet in St. Paul, MN.  The Coordinator/Advisor is expected to be at Washington 4 days a week and at UWRF 1 day of the week during the school year.  During the summer months the Coordinator/Advisor will be on the UWRF campus full-time.  Reappointment is contingent upon satisfactory performance and available funding. The position is a full-time position.   Compensation is based on qualifications, including education and experience.  

Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships.  In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university is also interested in applicants who can support and extend our partnerships and initiatives in Asia (particularly China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong) and in Latin America. The university's strategic focus on international education encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the transition of international in-bound students and out-bound UWRF students and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships in these regions.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Project Coordinator ensure program goals and objectives are met
  • Plans and implement innovative educational/academic support services that ensure postsecondary success for low income, potential first generation college students, on campus and at target high school
  • Assists with student recruitment, supplemental advising/coaching students and communicating with parents
  • Maintaining academic records, paper and electronic files, and preparing reports
  • Acts as liaison between target school and the university, maintain relationships and correspondence with target high school administration and counseling staff
  • Assists the Project Coordinator in interviewing, selecting, training and evaluating instructors, residential advisors, project specialist, residential coordinators and program assistants
  • Design and supervise summer program with Project Coordinator to simulate a college experience
  • Chaperone events and field trips

Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Education or related field
  • Demonstrated experience working with high school and/or college students, low income students, students of color, students with disabilities, and/or ESL students
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to diverse student populations and ability to contribute to the University’s commitment to enhancing student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnic and cultural heritages
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Qualifications (Preferred):

  • Experience in student support role
  • Public speaking proficiency
  • Certification in teachings as well as experience in counseling and/or social work
  • Basic knowledge of TRIO programs and the mission of Upward Bound
  • An ability to adapt quickly to diverse situations
  • Basic computer skills in word processing, database, and spreadsheets

To Apply:  Online applications are required at:
Electronic applications are required. 
Submit a resume (or curriculum vitae) and a letter of interest (cover letter) specifying: 1) qualifications, and 2) statement of experience. Include a statement of your ability to contribute to the enhancement of student awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures (diversity statement), and at least three letters of reference by individuals who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (letters of reference). 

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Jennifer Willis-Rivera, Chair, Search and Screen Committee,

Deadline to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  For full consideration applications must be received by November 29, 2012. Formal review will begin November 30.

The names of all nominees and applicants who have not requested confidentiality in writing, and identities of all finalists must be released upon request.  The University is committed to creating an educational community which enhances student awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.   Awareness of and sensitivity to diverse ethnic and cultural heritages are especially sought in applicants.

UW – River Falls is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer subject to all state and federal regulations pertaining to non-discrimination based upon sex, sexual orientation, race color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, arrest and/or conviction record, veteran status, and membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or the State of Wisconsin.   All persons especially women, persons of color and the disabled are encourage do apply.  Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of your identity and legal right to work in the United States required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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