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University of Kansas TRIO Academic Advisor in Lawrence, Kansas


Job Title:

TRIO Academic Advisor


Achievement & Assessment Inst

Primary Campus:

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description:

50%-Facilitate the implementation and evaluation of program activities:

  • Adhere to deadlines and regulations regarding required program documentation, reports, data collection, and forms.

  • Maintain​ complete accurate and confidential ​participant​ records.

  • Provide necessary referrals to community agencies and high school counselors.

  • Ensure partnership amenity with school districts and area programs. Participate in college night events at area high schools to encourage MSC student college enrollment. Coordinate transfers initiatives to ensure connection with Student Support Services program.

  • Recruit, select, and interview approximately 25-35 eligible middle and/or high school students from target schools yearly.

  • Guide MSC students to take college prep courses.

  • Update documentation of services provided to participants on a weekly basis.

  • Complete quarterly reports and other program forms as necessary.

  • Monitor progress of program participants.

  • Develop and implement a Student Success Plan for each participant, providing follow-up and modify as necessary.

  • Maintain​ continual contact with each participant​ and update participant​ information​ as necessary.

  • Counsel and advise participants to ensure progress of each individual throughout the program.

  • Implement program activities by developing, planning, and facilitate​ recruitment​ presentation​s and educational​ workshops and seminars to parents and participants.

  • Conduct financial aid workshops to high school seniors and parents.

  • Implement​ ACT workshops to participants.

  • Create seminars for high school seniors and parents in the process of preparing for postsecondary admissions.

  • Coordinate various college visits and other field trips of cultural value for the participants.

  • Develop contacts at various colleges and plan college visits.

  • Travel weekly to target schools in Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City, KS to meet with students.

  • Tutor students in various subjects

  • Perform other duties as assigned by Director/Assistant Director of MSC.

25%-​Facilitate positive communication:

  • Establish​ and maintaining​ contact with schools and/or institutions in the target areas to conduct recruitment of eligible participants for the Math and Science Center as well as publicizing and promoting the program.

  • Work closely with school contacts to ensure open lines of communication.

  • Work closely with other program advisors and staff to ensure success for program goals.

25%-Conduct recruitment​ of eligible participants and implement the Summer Institute:

  • Provide information​ and assistance to potential participants.

  • Conduct workshops and presentations​ for high school students and parents.

  • Conduct interviews with potential parents and students entering the program.

  • Work closely with school personnel to develop contacts for potential participants.

  • Work closely with the Director in recruiting students for the summer programs.

  • Coordinate campus activities and field trip activities for participants.

  • Accompany program staff and monitor participants on the Summer Institute trip.

Req ID (Ex: 10567BR) :



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Director of the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Work Schedule:

Schedule during regular business hours (M-F 8-5) with some evenings and weekends required

FLSA Status:


Conditions of Employment:

Contingent on Funding

Contact Information to Applicants:

Hong Chuong,

Required Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree

  2. One year of experience working with target groups (low income and/or first-generation high school students) and multicultural populations or under-prepared students.

  3. Previous work experience in pre-college program implementation involving cultural activities, workshops, seminars, and group activities for high school students.

  4. Previous experience supervising students (high school or college)

  5. Experience with current educational resources and information on testing, career planning, college admissions, completing the FAFSA and financial aid resources, as evidenced by application materials.

Employee Class:

U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Advertised Salary Range:

Minimum $22,500 ($21.63/hour)



Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor's degree in education, psychology, sociology, counseling, STEM or a related field.

  2. Experience working with officials in postsecondary institution, target school personnel (Lawrence, Kansas City, Topeka school districts), or community agencies.

  3. Previous TRIO experience

  4. Fluent in Spanish (spoken & written)

  5. Tutoring experience

  6. Strong communication and effective presentation skills with middle and/or high school students and/or adults

  7. Experience building community partnerships, promoting education and networking skills.

  8. Grant writing experience

  9. Formal training and/or work experience in services that improves secondary school retention/graduation rates.

Position Overview:

The Math and Science Center program is a college preparatory​ program for high school students who are low-income and/or potential first-generation college students. Participation in the Math and Science Center strengthen​s students' math and science skills and helps them recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science. Participation in the program also drives them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. Annually, the Math and Science Center program serves approximately 66 students. In addition, participants attend the Math and Science Summer Institute, 6-week and/or 4-week residential program at the University of Kansas during the months of June and July. The University of Kansas Math and Science Center program is seeking a half-time Academic Advisor.

The Academic Advisor reports to the Director of the Math and Science Center Program. The Math and Science Center (housed in the Achievement and Assessment Institute and funded by the U.S. Department of Education) is located in Lawrence, Kansas. The Program is seeking an individual committed, in theory and practice, to the principles of equal educational​ opportunities​ and who can fully incorporate​ this goal into the services provided for high school students in Douglas County, Shawnee County and Wyandotte County school district. Some travel is required.



Application Review Begins:


Anticipated Start Date:


Additional Candidate Instruction:

A complete application consists of:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Names and Contact Information for 3 Professional References

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications will begin on 02/20/2023 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. To ensure first consideration, apply by 02/19/2023.

Job Family:


Work Location Assignment:


Position Requirements:

  1. This position will hybrid, with the expectation that the successful candidate work on campus, at each target school, and remotely.

  2. Must have valid driver’s license.