Counselor, Upward Bound Programs

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
02 – G – Exempt
Work Unit:
Educational Equity
Upward Bound Programs
Full/Part Time:


Upward Bound Programs (UBP), which includes Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science, and Upward Bound Migrant, is a federally-funded program that helps high-school students gain academic skills and motivation to continue their education beyond high school. At Penn State, UBP is located within The Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity, which serves as a catalyst and advocate for Penn State's diversity and inclusion initiatives. The UBP Counselor assists in organizing, developing, and implementing social, educational, and service-learning programs/activities for Upward Bound Programs’ participants. The successful candidate will be responsible for student recruitment and programming for grant-determined school district population, parent/student events, and community stakeholders. The Counselor will advise, tutor, or refer program participants on various student services including high school course selection, college readiness, financial aid, health and wellness, career services, academic advising, student leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the Counselor will develop and implement academic year and summer residential programming in compliance with federal guidelines as outlined in the grant and develop and maintain effective working relationships with school districts, community partners, and campus and University-wide offices. Successful candidates must also understand and articulate unit polices and federal grant guidelines in oral and written communication. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in counselor education, college student personnel, psychology, social work, education, higher education administration, or related discipline or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of and experience with federally-funded TRIO programs is preferred. Familiarity with migrant students and second language learners is preferred. Demonstrated experience in providing direct college preparation services to 9th- through 12th-grade students and in working with low-income, first-generation high school students from diverse backgrounds are essential. This position will require occasional evening and weekend hours, as well as routine overnight travel. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver’s license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded through June 30, 2019 with an excellent possibility of refunding.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088