Upward Bound Academic Advisor | Northern New Mexico College

September 3, 2017 -   Under the general supervision of the Program Director, this position assists with the development and implementation of all TRiO Upward Bound program activities and services for low-income and potential first-generation college students. This position provides academic advising, plans and facilitates educational workshops, and participates in a wide range of other program activities. This position will require working closely with high school students and families, staff from high school and post-secondary institutions, and other community partners.

Position Title:  Upward Bound Academic Advisor                                             FLSA:  Non-Exempt

Job Type:  Regular/Full-Time (continued employment is contingent upon grant funding)

Salary Range:  $32,000 - $37,000

Application Deadline:  The position will remain open until filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by September 15, 2017.


  • Provides academic advising, academic assessment, study skills development, and designs Individualized Education Plans for low-income high school students and potential first-generation college students.
  • Develops, coordinates and implements advising sessions, educational workshops, cultural enrichment activities, field trips, and other program events for students and families.
  • Provides regular support, counsel, and advocacy for program participants.
  • Maintains confidential student records and assists with data collection and entry for required grant reports; produces and submits required reports.
  • Works closely with high school staff and parents, and postsecondary education administrators and staff, and other community partners.
  • Maintains a working knowledge and expertise regarding college admission requirements, academic programs, and financial aid programs.
  • Assists with ongoing outreach, recruitment of high school students and helps represent the program at school and community events.
  • Assists the Program Director with general oversight and coordination of daily program activities.
  • Participates in all program planning, identifies need for changes and recommends improvements in the program, and works closely with all other program staff.
  • Participates in professional development and regional and national TRiO-related association events.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;


  • Two (2) years’ or more experience working with low-income high school students and potential first-generation college students.
  • Experience with TRiO or similar programs.
  • Experience planning and implementing youth development activities, including workshops and educational programs for high school students.
  • Knowledge and experience with college admission requirements, academic programs, and financial aid programs.
  • Experience working with high school staff, parents and postsecondary education administrators and staff.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish).


  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Knowledge of FERPA and other privacy/confidentiality regulations.
  • Knowledge of high school curriculum and college admissions, including financial aid.
  • Knowledge of best practices in youth development and academic advising.
  • Knowledge of college policies and procedures.
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in oral and written communication
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively.
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to provide quality customer service.


Occasionally lifts up to 50 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Work is normally performed in a typical office environment.


  • Must be willing to work flexible hours, including regular evening and weekend hours;
  • Periodic travel (in and out of state) is required;
  • Must possess and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  A complete application must include:  1) a letter of interest, 2) resume, 3) copies of unofficial transcripts conferring required degree, and 4) names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references.

Candidates who are invited for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts.

References will be contacted in conjunction with interviews.

Required application materials should be sent to:  donna.castro@nnmc.edu.


Choose us for our value, our quality degree and continuing education programs in diverse areas of study, our experienced faculty, and NORTHERN provides students with unique opportunities for academic, personal and professional growth. “You will have personalized attention, something difficult to get at larger colleges. We provide strong hands-on experiences from day one.” –Dr. Ivan Lopez, Dean, College of Engineering & Technology
The Northern Foundation remains committed to stimulate leadership, promote equity, and grow resources and philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding rural areas. Over the past twenty years, we have granted $1.3 million to support over 1,250 NNMC students.
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