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POSITION TITLE:   Upward Bound Advisor

POSITION #: 231157           

POSITION STATUS:  Exempt            FLSA STATUS:  Exempt

REPORTS TO:  Upward Bound Project Director  



The Upward Bound Advisor is a key member of the department of Recruitment and Orientation and will assist the Upward Bound Project Director in implementation and delivery of the Upward Bound Program.  The Upward Bound Program is a component of the federal TRIO Program to assist low income/first generation, 9th through 12th graders to graduate from high school and enter post-secondary education.  In collaboration with the Project Director the Advisor will assist in the day to day operations of the project including planning, implementing and coordination of the program, developing educational programs (tutoring, college/field trips, Academic Saturday classes and summer programs), preparing monthly and annual institutional and federal reports, and working with key personnel in the high school to identify potential students.


  • Develop a relationship with Aurora West Collegiate Preparatory Academy administration and staff in order to effectively execute the provisions of the Upward Bound program.
  • Responsible for advising Upward Bound participants with academic tutoring, career exploration, completion of college and financial aid applications, post-secondary selection and registration.
  • Assist in the management of daily operations of the Upward Bound Program.
  • Recruit and communicate with 60 students the expectations and considerations of the Upward Bound Program.
  • Create and implement educational programs to assist students in preparation for a post-secondary education.
  • Create and coordinate a tutoring program for Upward Bound Scholars
  • Meet with counselors, teachers and students regularly to monitor the implementation of Upward Bound academic initiatives.
  • Plan and execute periodic parent and family engagement meetings and events.
  • Coordinate the Upward Bound summer component.
  • Evaluate and assess the Upward Bound Program.
  • Prepare monthly and annual institutional and federal reports.
  • Track statistics, gather data, and write reports.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience working in higher education, high schools, community based organizations or closely related professional setting.
  • Minimum of one (1) - two (2) years of experience with federal TRIO programs, academic support programs, community based programs or similar programs for diverse, low-income, first-generation college students
  • Professional or personal experience in overcoming barriers similar to those facing Project Participants
  • Evening and weekend hours required.
  • Strong public speaking skills and writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree
  • Proficiency in Spanish (primarily verbal).
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Experience providing case management services and advising students with the college admissions and financial aid application process.

Salary Range:  Anticipated salary range is in the high 30’s to low 40’s depending on experience and education. CCA offers an excellent benefit plan. Leave and holiday benefits are also included. For more information on the insurance benefits, click on the following link:  Benefits

Deadline to Submit Application Material: A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  This position will remain posted until the position is filled. 

Application Process: When submitting your application material, please include an unofficial copy of your college transcripts showing the highest degree achieved.

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at 

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Notice to all Applicants:

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the United States must be produced within three (3) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Final candidate is subject to a criminal background check prior to final selection process.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within fourteen (14) days of hire.
  • CCA is affiliated with the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) and as such, employees contribute to PERA in lieu of Social Security for retirement benefits. For more information, visit the COPERA web page.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in your application material.

Community College of Aurora Inclusive Excellence Statement:

You matter. You are valued. You belong. CCA is a community that is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion through Inclusive Excellence. We can only achieve this together.

CCA embraces Inclusive Excellence because we want our students, staff, and faculty to learn and contribute within an inclusive environment. This means members of our College community will be active, respectful, and mindful of equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels of engagement. Inclusive Excellence will provide a foundation for student and institutional success.

For more information on CCA’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence please visit the Inclusive Excellence page.

Non-Discrimination Statement: The Community College of Aurora prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment that violates federal or state law, Board Policy 3-120 or Board Policy 4-120. The College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender, race, color, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, veteran status, pregnancy status, religion or sexual orientation. The College complies with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978, Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; Executive Order 11246, and sections 24-34-301, C.R.S. et seq.

For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, contact our Title IX Compliance/Equal Opportunity Officer, Cindy Hesse, Director of Human Resources at 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Suite A207, Aurora, Colorado 80011 or by phone at 303-360-4752, or e-mail at

CCA Mission: "The Community College of Aurora serves our diverse community by providing high quality instruction and support services to prepare students for transfer and employment."

Vision:  We aspire to be the college where every student succeeds.

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