Upward Bound Academic Advisor

  • Freelance
  • Anywhere
  • Freelance
  • Anywhere

Bemidji State University (BSU) invites applicants to join our team as an Upward Bound Academic Advisor.
BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a
culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with
Indigenous communities to become a destination university.

BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and
occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust,
outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation. Major campus
facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 

more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select
professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than
550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental
include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the
liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.

Upward Bound is a federally funded program intended to help low-income and/or potential
first-generation college students academically succeed in high school and pursue a college education. Upward Bound (UB) works year-round
with students from their freshman to senior years.

Upward Bound has been in existence at Bemidji State University since 1966 and is
one of the oldest and largest programs in the country. The program serves more than 100 students at seven area high schools. The program is
fully committed to equity and to diversity in our staff and students.

The Upward Bound Academic Advisor is
responsible for initiating and supporting essential student follow-up services during the academic year. Duties are divided between Academic
Advisors based upon areas of strength. Responsibilities of the Academic Advisors are determined by the basic functions assigned to the
position: school visitation, outreach, mentoring, summer program duties, recruitment & training of staff, “Back-to-Campus”
planning, planning and leading college visits, assisting with tutoring program oversight.

Responsibilities of the Upward
Bound Academic Advisor include:

  • Assessing academic progress of UB participants.
  • Overseeing academic
    component of a six-week summer residential program including curriculum coordination and hiring, training, and supervising teaching
  • Recruiting, selecting, training, and supervising UB tutors.
  • Teaching courses, co-planning and participating in
    summer program activities (includes some overnight responsibilities).
  • Help in recruiting, training, and supervising summer Resident
    Assistant staff.
  • Assisting with school board presentations and new participant recruitment.
  • Coordinating academic portion
    of the monthly “Back-to-Campus” Saturdays.
  • Planning and leading college visits each semester.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, psychology, or related field.
  • Minimum of one year working in an educational setting is required as is experience working with high school-aged students.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current secondary school teaching licensure preferred. 
  • Other
    requirements include experience with curriculum development, student advocacy, and supervision.
  • Experience working with
    underrepresented populations, especially Native American youth, is strongly preferred as is familiarity with the goals and objectives of
    Upward Bound. 
  • Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, campus and community constituents, target school personnel,
    and educational leaders. 
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in relating to students and families from culturally diverse
  • Familiarity with applications of technology to education, and barriers to access and skill development in new
    technology for students from low-income families.
  • A demonstrated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and

Apply online: https://bemidjistate.peopleadmin.com/

Inquiries about the position:

Aaron Allery, Associate Director, TRIO Upward Bound
Email: aaron.allery@bemidjistate.edu

If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an
application, contact Melanie Pakonen at melanie.pakonen@bemidjistate.edu



The greater Bemidji community has a population of 25,000 and serves as a regional center for education, commerce, recreation, health
care, and the arts.

In this Northwoods setting, students, staff and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips.
Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who
always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung
(nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State
University and Northwest Technical College have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the
center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the
south along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely.
Bemidji State and Northwest Tech are both conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores,
city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found
in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community
presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods
co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live
music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake
Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking
trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from
BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and campus-sponsored student
transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

For further
information, visit our website at:

Review a “special report on how this former lumber town has
rebuilt itself as a high-speed, regional center of enterprise” at
Bemidji 2.0


Statement of Notice

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College prohibit discrimination and sexual violence of any kind. Contact the Center for
Civil Rights Investigation
if you have concerns regarding discrimination and/or sexual violence. Per Minnesota State System Procedure 1B.3.1, all universities and colleges must provide contact
information of their Title IX Coordinator.

Steven D. Parker, Campus Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator
Email: TitleIX@bemidjistate.edu
Phone: (218) 755-4121
Birchmont Drive NE, Deputy Hall, Room 211, Bemidji, MN 56601