Program Coordinator

Upward Bound 


Job Summary: Our Program Coordinators for Upward Bound Programs work with first-generation low-income high school students. Program Coordinators work closely with other team members to support the recruitment of students from target area high schools, assist in providing after-school college readiness services, plan field trips and events, and facilitate a six-week summer program. Program Coordinators strive every day to ensure program participants complete high school, and enroll in a program of postsecondary education. 


Roles and Responsibilities: 


  • Manages student information database, supports grant record keeping, and produces reports as needed
  • Completes the Annual Progress Report by gathering data and student records, and assists with data entry
  • Completes expense requests
  • Tracks time and effort
  • Tracks participant attendance and stipend amounts
  • Ensures all programming, publications, and part-time team members reflect positively on the organization
  • Supports the maintenance of accurate participant records

Student Development

  • Leads the development of participants by monitoring behavior, mentoring students, helping students prepare for college, and coordinating tutoring as needed
  • Manage caseload of participants, assisting them with setting and working toward academic goals
  • Tracks student birthdays and issues birthday cards on a regular basis
  • Assists with planning field trips to colleges, universities, cultural sites, and hands-on STEM activities


  • Create fliers, calendars, and mailers
  • Supports project recruitment
  • Assists in screening student applications
  • Maintains program evaluation data and reports for field trips and events

Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in education, social work, or other related field; two years of professional work experience; and one year of experience working with disadvantaged youth in educational environments. Candidates must have proficient knowledge of college entry (FAFSA, scholarship essay writing, and degree planning), the ability to manage details and effectively assist with planning program events, a passion for educational outreach and working with youth, and exceptional customer service skills. Candidates must be adept in the use of technology including Google application suite, and the use of social media. 


Preferred Qualifications: Preferred candidates will also possess excellent written and oral presentation skills, the ability to work independently in a results-oriented environment, knowledge of Upward Bound regulations, and personal experience overcoming barriers similar to those confronting the project’s target population. 


Travel Requirements: Candidates must be willing to travel with students on events, including overnight. In a typical year, Upward Bound staff will facilitate six field trips during the academic school year, and six field trips during the six-week summer program. One of the trips during the summer is a multiday event often requiring travel out of state. The overall percent of work that includes travel is estimated at 25%. 


Physical Demands: Must be able to lift and carry 40 lbs., to stand and walk for long periods of time, to endure strong heat and cold, to climb stairs and to fly on airplane. Must be able to project voice and speak publicly. Must be able to drive a vehicle, read road signs, judge distance, and spend extensive hours in front of a computer screen. Must be able to listen carefully to others on the telephone. 


Reports to: Assistant Director 


Opportunity Resource Services is committed to a policy of providing employment opportunities to all qualified people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.