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Academic Advisor

Digest topic: Jobs & Internships


organization:Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)
position summary:

The Upward Bound Project works with low income 9th through 12th graders enrolled in David Douglas High School who are the first in their families to attend college. The Upward Bound Project provides extended day tutoring (at David Douglas) and six-week intensive college level classes (at Mt. Hood Community College) in mathematics, laboratory science, foreign language, composition and literature to prepare participants to enter and graduate from college.

The Academic Advisor will provide outreach and recruitment, individualized support (including Academic and Personal Plan [APP] development and implementation), academic advice and assistance in secondary school course selection, exposure to cultural events, activities to acquaint youth with career options, parent engagement, and coordination with school teachers and counselors. The Academic Advisor will have access to participant incentives and support and training resources to support the youth’s academic achievement and personal development (e.g., transportation, incentives, basic needs like books or transportation) that will be linked to goals set in the youth’s APP. The Academic Advisor will work with the Project Director to develop curriculum and instruct workshops meeting the academic needs of students enrolled in the program.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications may be accessed at the IRCO website, www.irco.org, or at the IRCO main office, 10301 NE Glisan, Portland, OR 97220, 503-234-1541. Applications must be received at the main office by 5:00 p.m. on the closing date, if applicable. Resumes are optional and do not replace the IRCO application form. Only complete, signed applications will be considered. Due to the high volume of applications received, we will not be able to contact each applicant. If you are selected for an interview we will contact you by telephone.

IRCO’s MISSION: The mission of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) is to promote the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society.

Salary / Pay Rate:$30,000-$33,000/yr + Benefits
Required Skills and Abilities:REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES Mental: Must have analytical and decision making abilities. Must be able to read and analyze data in hard copy and on a computer screen. Must be able to successfully respond to situations of pressure involving individual circumstances. Must be able to deal with distressed and/or demanding customers and employees in an effective manner. Must have ability to function in a positive manner in a demanding work environment, to demonstrate a high degree of flexibility, to respond to priorities and schedules that change frequently, and to meet multiple, sometimes conflicting deadlines. Must have the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality. Positive, motivational, self-directed problem-solver able to encourage and support students academically and personally through their pursuit of post-secondary enrollment and persistence. Interactive/Communication: Must have strong skills in intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication. Must be able to effectively communicate verbally and in writing to individuals and groups. Must be able to prepare accurate, clear and concise reports. Must be able to listen for understanding and assist in problem solving. Must have the ability to communicate with a variety of personality types and levels of the organization as well as with persons outside of the organization. Must have excellent grammar, spelling and writing skills. Physical: Be punctual, maintain a good attendance record, and be able to work flexible hours to meet the availability of clients, customers and committee commitments. Ability to use basic office equipment, telephone, copy machine, fax machine, and personal computer. Ability to sit, stand, walk, drive, talk on the phone and/or use computer terminal for long periods of time. Must have valid Oregon/Washington drivers license and current auto insurance and the use of vehicle during working hours. Ability to work in varied temperatures and weather conditions. Ability to work a flexible schedule as necessary to meet organizational needs.
Qualifications:QUALIFICATIONS Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: ● Bachelor’s Degree in school counseling, education or a closely related field; • Professional experience in counseling and/or student supervision; ● Positive and motivational attitude, good problem solving skills, excellent self-direction, effective time management, scheduling and innovative program/curriculum design ideas/skills; • Personal experience or experience working with students from disadvantaged background seeking post-secondary opportunities; and ● Excellent skills in Microsoft Office, related budgeting software, internal/external e-mail and Internet
Education Required:College degree
Other:Equal Opportunity Employer
website link:www.irco.org