Educational Counselor, TELACU Education Foundation, Veterans Upward Bound Program

Continuation of this position is contingent upon continued grant funding.

Job Summary:
Under general supervision and direction of the Project Director, coordinates and delivers academic support services to veteran participants of the Veterans Upward Bound Program (the “Program”)

Essential Functions:

  • Supports the Project Director in the administration, implementation, coordination and delivery of all Program activities and services including but not limited to: connections to high quality tutoring, advice and assistance in preparing for college entrance examinations and completing college admission applications; information on the full range of federal and state student financial aid programs and assistance in completing financial aid applications including FAFSA; information on veteran education benefits and assistance in completing veteran education benefits application
  • Conducts all outreach, recruitment, identification and verification of eligible veteran participants
  • Coordinates, implements and supervises the delivery of services to veteran participants
  • Assesses student needs for Program services
  • Develops, implements, monitors and evaluates Individual Academic Plan for all participants
  • Promotes participant enrollment for all Program classes offered
  • Collaborates with instructors to ensure participants are placed in appropriate level
  • Provides academic guidance, career and personal planning to Program participants
  • Provides participants with information and guidance on financial and economic literacy
  • Advises and assists participants with college admission requirements, college financial aid and veteran education benefits
  • Develops and facilitates the career development, self-development and college placement classes and/or workshops
  • Schedules and organizes all cultural, educational, and career related field trips
  • Works closely with postsecondary institutions and veteran community agencies
  • Refers participants to outside veterans supportive services
  • Supports the Project Director in maintaining Program records in compliance with the U.S. Department of Education guidelines
  • Ensures accurate completion and updating of participants’ data in Program files and database
  • Provides periodic reports on participants’ academic status and ensures that all files adhere to the U.S. Department of Education standards
  • Supports the Project Director in the preparation of the Annual Performance Report and other Program related reports
  • Attends appropriate TRiO conferences and/or professional development trainings as required
  • Ensures all forms of written communication (i.e., letters, memorandums, e-mails) for participants and public meet the TELACU Corporate Communication Group Standards
  • Provides guidance to the Academic Advisor
  • Oversee Program Work-Studies and forwards tasks as needed
  • Develops, Coordinates and implements other Program related projects as assigned

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Educational Counseling or related field of study. Minimum of two year’ experience working with veteran students, or four years’ experience in academic counseling with an adult re-entry population, including one year of teaching experience in personal development. Must be experienced working with students individually, in groups and in a class setting. Must possess good interpersonal skills, and ability to work in cooperative management setting. Must have good organizational skills; effective verbal and written communication skills, public speaking experience; displays professional demeanor, positive attitude. Ability to multi-task; flexibility in adapting to changing assignments as priorities arise; and be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications and ability to learn database management applications. Preference for candidates who have held a prior position working with veterans or within a university/college Veteran Resource Centers, EOP, TRiO Program or other student support service Programs. 

Must demonstrate an understanding and sensitivity to the needs of first-generation and low-income veterans; understanding of non-traditional students; and ability to establish rapport with target population.


Must be able to work Wednesday and Thursday evenings and occasional weekends; travel as required.
Must receive a favorable clearance report from drug test, background check and Live Scan fingerprinting. Valid First Aid and CPR certification required.
Must have a valid California Driver’s License, proof of current vehicle insurance, a driving record that meets the TELACU Education Foundation insurer’s criteria, and be able to use own vehicle in course of work.

Physical Job Description:

Manual Dexterity: Work requires regular speed and accuracy for most of the working day. Physical Effort: Work requires frequent driving to evening and/or weekend events. Infrequent physical demands, such as lifting 25 pounds or less of boxes containing educational material/supplies and normal bending or reaching to access and maintain files. Working Conditions: Normal office conditions. Hazards: Little or no exposure to hazards. Equipment Use: PC, keyboard, copier, facsimile.

The statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by most people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements.

To Apply:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please email a résumé and cover letter to Please specifically reference the full position title for which you are applying and include the job code associated with the position.

The TELACU Education Foundation is an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion or religious creed, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, pregnancy, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, citizenship status, uniform service member status, military and veteran status, protected medical condition, genetic information, or any other federal, state, or local protected status.