Employment Opportunities

Embedded High School Counselor
Upward Bound
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Open Until filled


Upward Bound (UB) is a federal TRIO Program funded through the U. S. Department of Education to provide a cadre of program eligible Newport News Public School students with individual, small group, and online tutoring, advice and assistance in post-secondary course selection, and preparation to improve their performance on the SAT and ACT exams. Students will also benefit from workshops delivered during the Academic Year Component that affords participants the opportunity to explore careers and develop time management and problem solving skills through a comprehensive curriculum of monthly College Enrichment Saturdays held at Hampton University. During the Summer Component, graduated “academically eligible” seniors will receive individualized college counseling and enroll in Hampton University’s Summer Bridge courses for credit, while the remaining graduated participants will enroll in project-sponsored, noncredit bridge courses to reduce their need to pay for remedial courses as undergraduates and therefore decrease their time to degree completion.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; includes comprehensive fringe benefit package. This is a grant-funded position.Continuation of the position is contingent upon the continuation of related grant funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

The High School Counselor is a full time, 12 month employee who reports to the Program Director and performs the following duties:

  • Recruit eligible students into the UB program and develop and implement targeted academic interventions for eligible students

  • Make presentations to student groups and help students apply for admission and secure financial aid for postsecondary education, to include providing information on scholarships, loans, grants, work study, and other financial assistance programs

  • Coordinates and implement counseling services and activities that assist students in their adjustment to the high school and college environment

  • Administer assessments and help students with course selection

  • Plan and coordinate college tours and social and cultural excursions

  • Advise students on effective study skills, time management strategies, test-taking techniques, and financial aid policies and deadlines

  • Regularly monitors students’ academic progress and make appropriate interventions and referrals

  • Collaborates with the Program Director to maintain reports on students’ semester and annual academic performance, and conducts exit interviews with graduates

  • Accurately enter student and parent activity data through a web-based, password-protected, and encrypted system linked to the main Blumen database. Update records with notes, milestones, parent records, or other data

  • Regularly review grades, course-taking patterns, and attendance to ensure progress in meeting targets for each performance measure.


  • Master’s Degree in guidance and counseling or a related discipline.

  • A minimum of one year of experience in counseling and administrative and supervisory experience.

  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to work with students from low-income, first-generation college backgrounds and students with disabilities.

  • Ability to perform multiple responsibilities simultaneously, to work in a self-directed environment, and to plan and organize on both a daily and long-term basis.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the goals and objectives of the Upward Bound program.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a completed Application for Educational Support Staff Employment via email at HROffice@hamptonu.edu, or fax to (757) 727-5969:

Office of Human Resources

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668

**No phone calls

**Incomplete applications will not be considered

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