Project Advisor I, TELACU Education Foundation, Upward Bound Program

Job Code: TEF-UBPA-1118

Continuation of this position is contingent upon continued grant funding.

Job Summary:

Project Advisor I is primarily responsible for providing support to Project Advisor II during study hall, recruitment events, academic advising, and college planning by 9th and 10th grade students, as well as chaperoning students during program activities. Under general supervision and direction of Project Director supports the implementation of Program services to assigned high school participants of the Upward Bound Program (Program).

Essential Functions:

  • Supports Project Director and Project Advisor II in coordinating and implementing Program services at target high schools; including, but not limited to: tutoring services, assistance with secondary school course selection; preparing for college entrance examinations; information on post-secondary institutions; financial aid; internship opportunities; career and self-development, and financial/economic literacy; and benefits of and resources for post-secondary education.
  • Supports in the outreach and recruitment of eligible target high school participants.
  • Coordinates, implements, and supervises the delivery of services to assigned target high school participants.
  • Advises and supports assigned target high school participants with high school graduation, college admissions, and financial aid requirements.
  • Facilitates academic and career planning for Program participants.
  • Provides participants with information on available dual enrollment programs at their high school and local community colleges.
  • Coordinates tutoring services to integrate reading and writing into mathematics as needed for the passage of Smarter Balance Summative Assessment (SBSA) in collaboration with Project II Advisor.
  • Chaperones all educational, cultural, and career-related field trips for participants.
  • In collaboration with Project Advisor II, ensures material is prepared for daily activities/events.
  • Develops positive rapport with participants while maintaining a professional relationship.
  • Maintains effective relationships with assigned school administrators, counselors, teachers, parents, and community agencies.
  • Maintains effective communication, a cooperative team environment, and a positive attitude toward students and Program staff.
  • Remains aware of students’ special circumstances (i.e. health concerns, emotional difficulties, academic problems, etc.).
  • Serves as a constructive and positive role model for personal behavior and academic pursuits, and adheres to all Program policies.
  • Assists with the oversight and enforcement of the Program’s policies and procedures, and discipline standards.
  • Assists with the planning of the Summer Instructional Component; this includes onsite residence with students for a designated period of time.
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of differences and assists students in developing an understanding of diverse cultures and lifestyles; respects and treats all individuals fairly and equitably regardless of ability, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or ethnicity.
  • Receives student feedback about the Program and channel feedback to the appropriate Program personnel.

Core Competencies:

Adaptability & Accountability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; accepts criticism and feedback; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; and takes responsibility for own actions.

Analytical Skills: Synthesizes complex or diverse information, prioritizes projects, and determines the best way of meeting deadlines and requirements. 

Attendance & Punctuality: Schedules time off in advance, begins work on time, keeps absences within guidelines, ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent, and arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Business Ethics: Works with integrity and ethically, upholds organizational values, and abides by written policies.

Communication: Expresses ideas and thoughts clearly both verbally and in written form, exhibits good listening skills and comprehension, responds well to questions, writes clearly and informatively, and edits work for spelling and grammar. Presents accurate numerical data effectively.

Compliance: Within specified functional area of authority, is personally accountable for understanding and ensuring regulatory and policy compliance with state and federal requirements in accordance with respective job duties and responsibilities.

Confidentiality: Maintains a high degree of confidentiality.

Customer Service: Provides prompt and high-quality service to team members, vendors and internal/external customers.

Judgment: Displays willingness to make decisions in a timely manner, exhibits sound and accurate judgment, supports and explains reasoning for decisions, includes appropriate individuals in decision-making process, and takes responsibility for communication.

Organization: Maintains clean, functional workspace and continuous workflow to meet daily/weekly/monthly deadlines.

Safety: Attends required safety meetings, follows the Injury and Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP), reports unsafe conditions, and keeps workplace in safe condition.

Teamwork / Morale: Treats others with respect and courtesy, gives and welcomes feedback, inspires trust from others, exhibits tact and consideration, displays a positive outlook and pleasant manner, offers assistance and support to co-workers, and works cooperatively in group situations. Demonstrates professional demeanor.

Training: Completes required company training in a timely manner.

Other Duties:

  • Attends staff, departmental, and required meetings.
  • Adheres to all company policies and procedures.
  • Conducts presentations for school personnel, students, parents, and community representatives.
  • Works some evenings and weekends. 

Experience & Education:

  • Must have successfully completed at least three years of college-level work majoring in a related field at an accredited undergraduate institution and be in good academic standing.
  • Experience as a STEM tutor or STEM research assistant preferred.
  • Must have the interpersonal communication skills to establish and maintain a trusting and productive working relationship with Program staff and students.
  • Must be flexible to work evenings and weekends and travel as required.
  • Must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of first-generation and/or low-income students; understanding of cross-cultural values regarding education; and ability to establish rapport with target population.
  • Must receive favorable clearance reports from background check, Live Scan fingerprinting, tuberculosis screening, and drug screening.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR certifications required.

Computer & Software Skills:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications.
  • Basic ADP WorkforceNow user. 


  • Local travel required.
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License, proof of current vehicle insurance and a driving record that meets TELACU Education Foundation insurer’s criteria; must be able to use own vehicle in the course of work.

Reasoning & Mental Abilities:

Uses critical thinking skills to interpret information furnished in written, verbal or schedule form and to analyze more complex documents like agreements and contracts. Makes sound decisions and sets goals based on available information, and evaluates situations and requirements to plan and adjust work accordingly.

Projects accurate future occurrences based on current or historic data. Must be able to work independently and without direct supervision; make decisions about the severity of variable situations and evaluate the most appropriate response; and make appropriate decisions related to customer requests. 

Work Environment & Exposures:

Position may require occasional exposure to fumes or airborne particles, vibration, and loud noise levels.

Will be exposed to varying weather conditions, soil, pollen, grass, and plant materials. 


Little or no exposure to hazards. 

Equipment Use: 

Computer, keyboard, mouse, cell phone, copy machine, and fax machine.

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.