February 14, 2020


O2 Employment Services, Northern California’s leader in staffing and recruitment, is working with a local university to find their next Program Advisor. Ideal candidates will be personable, detail oriented, and task driven. This is a part time, long term opportunity located in Happy Camp, CA.

The GEAR UP Program Advisor develops early outreach programs designed to increase the number of college eligible and college bound students from educationally and economically disadvantage backgrounds and provides academic enrichment opportunities for targeted high school and middle school students.  This program is a partnership with administrators, teachers and students in specified elementary, middle and high schools in regional K-12 school district.  The goal is to increase the number of students from historically low college enrollment communities who prepare for post-secondary preparation with an emphasis on college/university preparation.  The GEAR UP Program is located in Redding in collaboration with educators and students in Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. The position itself will be in Happy Camp.


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Must maintain valid CA driver’s license
  • Prior experience with federal Trio or GEAR UP programs preferred
  • Experience developing and managing student, youth and/or academic preparation programs
  • Experience and knowledge in understanding, analyzing and making effective judgment regarding fundamental school and academic program principles and standards – college admissions procedures, registration, financial
  • Experience and skills to analyze and evaluate technical and non-technical program requirement, information or problems in an objective manner and make logical conclusions
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills to interact with individuals of varying backgrounds to establish and maintain collaborative relationships
  • Prior experience and existing skills to understand, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and apply federal/state/university rules, regulations and policies
  • Skills to research, identify and validate student activities and programs preferred
  • Knowledge of all levels of education, including K-12 and higher education preferred
  • Personal or professional experience to assist with outreach efforts to increase the educational achievement, specifically among students from diverse populations and language backgrounds
  • Ability to competently use various technology tools
  • Ability to represent Simpson University well in a variety of professional settings


  • Wage Dependent on Experience
  • Flexible hours
  • Part time


Varies depending on school schedules


 General Expectations:

  • Demonstrate University Values in the performance of all duties
  • Maintain lifestyle in accordance with University Lifestyle Policy in Staff Handbook. Personal relationship with Jesus, a vibrant Christian faith, and a commitment to Christian community; capable of sharing faith and engaging in conversations about Christ.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of information, data and records. Properly use tact, diplomacy, discretion and judgment
  • Demonstrate strong customer service skills in the performance of job duties
  • Demonstrate good organizational and communication skills in the performance of job duties
  • Supervises employees in accordance with University policies and procedures (for supervisory positions)
  • Support the overflow needs of other departments within the respective university area
  • Perform other duties in accordance with this position as deemed necessary by the immediate supervisor and/or the Director of Development

 Essential Functions:

  • Assess and identify each the needs of the student population at each target school served and work with school administrators, counselors and teachers to determine the best method of providing services; develop curriculum and work plans
  • Design, plan, and implement programs directed towards 7th-12th grade students
  • Develop and implement goals and priorities for expansion of the program
  • Cultivate and maintain a broad range of working relationships with students, school staff and administrators and community organizations; serve as chief program liaison with contact personnel at target schools
  • Establish cooperative relationships with other outreach programs and campus units to enhance the administration and delivery of programs and special projects
  • Manage collection and evaluation of program data; prepare reports for evaluation of program outcomes and effectiveness
  • Interpret federal regulations and program policies to participants, parents and staff at target schools
  • Develop regular schedules of program activities in conjunction with target schools
  • Counsel and advise junior and senior high school students and parents regarding higher education opportunities
  • Develop and present workshops about college admissions requirements, student services programs and financial aid, conduct college application workshops and assist students with the post-secondary application process
  • Represent University at regional college fairs, workshops, meetings and conferences
  • Assist with the application and selection process, student placement, transportation and program development and evaluation
  • Make presentations and provide information to general populations of prospective students
  • Coordinate special academic enrichment activities, such as college entrance exam test preparation, workshops and online tutoring assistance
  • Develop academic enhancement materials to increase eligibility and competitiveness of students
  • Work individually with students to increase awareness of educational opportunities and personal and academic strengths and challenges
  • Provide academic advising to ensure that students are enrolled in appropriate coursework
  • Coordinate campus visits with schools and participants; coordinate and present at conferences/events for counselors and administrators from target schools
  • Develop itinerary, identify facilities and University resources, and confirm transportation schedule
  • Organize parent conferences; develop agenda, solicit participation from parents, administer evaluation and develop a mechanism for follow-up

 Related Responsibilities:

  • Represent the department and Gear Up at campus information/training programs
  • Serve on various committees and advisory groups to set policy, strategy and direction for programs to improve opportunities for students served
  • Develop written material for program publications
  • Coordinate summer programs in conjunction with other outreach programs and campus departments
  • Collaborate with other federal, state, community educational access and financial service programs
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