SDSU Research Foundation

Advisor Upward Bound/HCOP

Req No.
Full-Time Contract
$16.30 - $18.50 per hour
Dept/Proj Name
Pre-College Institute


The salary range for this position is $16.30 - $18.50 per hour depending upon qualifications and is non-negotiable. 


The San Diego State University Pre-College Institute for Transformative Education is a change-ready strategic-thinking/planning organization.  It promotes college access and completion for underserved students through excellence and innovation in education. SDSU Upward Bound/HCOP are educational opportunity programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to assist eligible high school students to pursue and complete postsecondary programs of education. There are 16 UB/HCOP staff members in the Academic Year and 31 during the Six-Week Summer Academy. UB/HCOP is funded to serve 167 (UB Classic: 93/ UB STAR: 74) students during the Academic Year and 90 during the Six-Week Summer Academy (UB Classic: 50/ UB STAR: 40). The purpose of SDSU Upward Bound is to develop in students the motivation and skills to assist them to pursue and complete a program of postsecondary education. The purpose of HCOP is to assist individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to enter a health or allied health profession.

The Counselor for Upward Bound/HCOP is responsible for conducting weekly advising sessions with students and collaborating in the planning and implementation of the recruitment process and engagement activities. The Counselor will also help in the planning and implementation of monthly Saturday Sessions, assist the Director of Summer Programs with the coaching of Counselor Interns with student advising, student recruitment, and mentoring. In this capacity, the Counselor provides the necessary skills, and motivation to help students attain their achievement and academic goals.


The Counselor will also serve as the Head Resident Advisor during the Six-Week Summer Academy. In this capacity, the Head Resident Advisor supervises Resident Advisors and is responsible for ensuring that program policies and procedures are followed to secure the health and safety of students. The Head Resident Advisor is also responsible for working with the Executive Director to plan and implement training for Residential Staff. 



Job Responsibilities (95%)


     Program Development (15%)

  • Help plan, implement, and co-facilitate new student orientations to include parents and their families.
  • Assist in the development and facilitation of the engagement component (Advising sessions) and with the training and coaching of Counselor Interns.
  • Under the supervision of the Executive Director of PCI and the guidance of the UB/HCOP Head Counselor, participate constructively in the ongoing development of PCI as a strategic-thinking, strategic-planning organization.
  • Other duties of this position include, may include, but are not limited to:
    • Will assist with the system for student tracking to include participation in the academic year, attendance at advising sessions, and academic progress in meeting a-g requirements.

   Participant Recruitment (30%) 

  • Assist the Executive Director the Coordinator of Recruitment & Work-Study Internships in the monitoring of the recruitment protocols by program staff.
  • In cooperation with the Coordinator of Recruitment & Work-Study Internships, review and revise recruitment protocols, tools, and strategies.
  • Recruit students following the approved program protocol and informational materials, screen applications for appropriate documents, and recruitment eligibility using established program protocols and criteria.
  • Conduct intake interviews, rate candidates, and recommend the selection of program participants to the Executive Director
  • Conduct timely/regular contacts with potential students and their parents to get complete program applications.

Academic Advising (45%)

  • Provide advising services to participants at school sites, online, and at home if appropriate. These services include but are not limited to personal problem-solving, academic advice, building positive peer support, enhancing communication skills, career planning, academic skill-building, study skills techniques, and motivational counseling.
  • Conduct needs assessment and develops Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s)
  • Conduct college admissions and financial aid advising with senior participants.
  • Document all student contacts and services: using the Participant Service Sheets (PSS) service contacts, student case notes, Individual Learning Plans (ILPs), academic assessments/goals, senior tracking information, attendance rosters, and the alumni tracking forms (student and registrar).
  • Conduct timely/regular student follow-up contacts at school sites and online.

        Six-Week Summer Academy (5% AY, 100% Summer)

  1. Assist in the recruitment, screening, and selection of Resident Advisors and Head Resident Advisors as needed.
  2. Assist with the liaison with Work Study & Internship staff (Internship Coordinator and Internship Assistant)
  3. Other summer duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
      • Determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature.
      • Attend all program functions and staff meetings.
      • Attend all field experiences.

   Other (5%)

  • Assist in the development of professional workshops/seminars to present at TRIO conferences and or at All-PCI professional development meetings, where appropriate.
  • Other duties as assigned to ensure program service delivery.
  • Meet deadlines for the submission of self-evaluation documents to the incumbent’s



  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, counseling, psychology, or a related field


  • One or more years of previous experience as a youth leader, camp counselor, or equivalent
  • 4 years of progressively successful experience in a role similar to that of this position
  • Experience working with diverse cultural groups
  • Research-based knowledge of group and individual behavior
  • Ability to relate successfully with high school Advisors, administrators, and other school personnel
  • Ability to conduct presentations to potential students, parents, and school personnel
  • Ability to follow a protocol when presenting information to potential students, parents, and school personnel
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Valid CA Driver’s License
  • Reliable transportation is required to travel to school site(s)
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English


  • Two years’ experience in advising/mentoring high school students
  • Experience coordinating events for groups
  • Knowledge of TRIO programs and regulations or of other outreach programs with similar goals and objectives as TRIO programs
  • Experience working with cross-border students (transfronterizos)


  • A cover letter is required when applying for this position.  
  • Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at the time of hire.
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer 
  • A background check (including a criminal records check) and Livescan (if applicable) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. SDSU Research Foundation will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.
  • The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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