Recruitment & Educational Advisor, Veterans Upward Bound

Staff Exempt


The Recruitment & Educational Advisor for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) position is responsible for assisting the Program Director and the Academic Counselor of VUB with the development and implementation of outreach and recruitment initiatives, the identifiable of eligible participants, and the delivery of available online coursework and other services to eligible project participants. Located within the Center for Academic Access and Opportunity (CAAO) at Suffolk University, the VUB Program is a federally-funded TRIO grant that helps qualified military veterans develop the necessary skills to enroll and succeed in any post-secondary education program – whether at Suffolk or at another institution of higher education. Alongside the other program staff, the Recruitment & Educational Advisor ensures that eligible individuals are identified to receive individualized educational support services, assistance with college admissions and financial aid planning, access to coursework in key areas such as math, science, literature, composition, and foreign language, and exposure to cultural events and activities. This position reports to the Program Director of Veterans Upward Bound.

Primary Roles/Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of the program’s recruitment and outreach plans and effect their implementation to ensure the visibility of the VUB Project in the greater Boston area and meeting of the objectives set forth by the US Department of Education. 
  • Work within the federal and institutional regulations that govern the VUB grant, particularly as they relate to, participant eligibility and identification, allowable costs associated with outreach and recruitment efforts, and required program services to ensure compliance to the federal funds and grant expectations. 
  • Assess the feasibility of developing external relationships with external partner sites to provide VUB services at various locations, and work closely with site directors to deliver appropriate services for eligible project participants on a consistent basis over the course of the grant year.
  • Propose, design, and lead workshops and seminars appropriate to the immediate needs of the students and the overall goals and objectives of the program, including but not limited to: future careers, college admissions, financial aid, financial literacy, navigating university resources, mental health and well-being, writing strategies, accessing veteran services, veterans’ benefits, etc. These seminars may be presented on campus for active participants or at external locations for recruitment purposes. In some cases, official online coursework may also be administered by the incumbent at external sites.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Project Specialist to develop and implement plans for the creation and distribution of marketing materials and social media activity based off of outreach visits and other recruitment initiatives, as needed, to increase networks and sites to offer VUB services in the community.
  • Support the implementation of methods to achieve program goals and objectives and ensure the proper management of records and participant information systems. Assist the Program Director with the preparation of the Annual Performance Report (APR) required by the U.S. Department of Education and with the preparation of other progress and outcome reports for the institution or external partners, as needed. 
  • Bachelor’s degree required, ideally with an emphasis in education, human service, or related field
  • A minimum of two (2) years of successful professional experience teaching, advising, or mentoring adult learners and/or veterans from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or other similar experience that can be used to inform the work to be done in this position
  • Knowledge of financial aid, college admissions, student assessment, and curriculum development, especially as it relates to adult learners
  • Must have demonstrated capability of being creative, proactive, and a team player, and possess strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills
  • Experience facilitating workshops and trainings and working effectively with diverse populations
  • Possess a strong understanding of veteran’s services, military culture, veteran’s benefits, and other veteran socio-economic issues, or have willingness to learn about these areas
  • Flexibility to attend veterans-related events, visit external program sites, accompany program participants on college visits is required; participation in professional development conferences and training in the evening or weekends may also be necessary on occasion 
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Military service or experience working in veterans’ services is strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree or higher, in student affairs, higher education administration, counseling, psychology, adult learning, social work or similar 
  • Previous experience working with or participating in TRIO (or similar) programs
  • Familiarity with grant-funded programs and ability to work within federal and state guidelines. 
  • Preference will be given to individuals who have overcome circumstances similar to those of program participants.
This position is grant funded through August 31, 2023. Employment beyond the cycle of the grant is contingent upon a successful grant funding. Review of applications will begin immediately. Candidates must submit Cover Letter and Resume to be considered. 

Posted on July 23, 2019