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#120040 College Specialist

Extended Deadline: Mon 12/12/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 11/22/22 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 12/01/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


TRIO Outreach Programs operate five federal grant programs and serve over 800 youth in San Diego. Our mission is to increase the post secondary matriculation of low income, first generation college students.

Under direction of higher-level K-14 Academic Preparation Specialist, works with assigned institutions and organizations to implement academic preparation programming of moderate scope. Maintains program visibility in schools. Maintains collaborative relationships with K-14 institutions and / or community entities. Maintains relationships with higher education institutions.

On behalf of the UCSD TRIO Outreach Programs, plan and implement informational, motivational, and academic preparation activities for socio-economically disadvantaged students in grades 9th through 12th. Plan and implement recruitment of program participants at assigned high schools. The incumbent is responsible for student recruitment for program participants across all target schools specified in TRIO grants (see below for list of schools). Make classroom presentations, discuss program objectives with staff and students, interview students, conduct needs assessment and follow up with required paperwork to fully enroll students in the program.

In collaboration with Associate Director, analyze student data, verify its accuracy, and assist in preparing final performance report and program evaluation. Print and file student records in accordance with federal grant requirements.

Assist with planning for summer residential programs. Act as Residential Dean or Office Manger for the six week summer program. Must be willing to live in the residential dorms for the duration of the summer and work either an AM (7am - 3pm) or PM shift (2pm - 10pm). In collaboration with other TRIO staff recruit, hire, train, and supervise student tutors and college advisors. In collaboration with other UCSD outreach programs and community partners, promote college-going events, attend regional college fairs and support program participants with college and career exploration.

Assist with detailed planning for 4-day college tours in Spring and Summer. Assist with event planning and act as a chaperone during student activities. Provide information on types and availability of financial aid. Advise students on completion of college admission and financial aid applications.

Act as lead for social media communication for all TRIO programs.

Schools served include: Sweetwater, Chula Vista, Mar Vista, Southwest, San Diego, Lincoln, Mission Bay, Hoover, Clairemont, Monte Vista, Mount Miguel.

  • Must be willing to reside in the residential dorms during June and July.
  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation and be willing to drive to assigned school sites.


  • Knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population, and sensitivity to culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Ability to communicate effectively with 9-12th grade students, parents, school administrators, community leaders and the business community.

  • Experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged and academically at-risk students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers.

  • Knowledge and understanding of K-14 education.

  • Knowledge of higher education institutions (UC, CSU, CC, etc.), admissions and financial aid requirements, and the ability to interpret policies and procedures to youth, parents, and school representatives.

  • Proven ability to apply a variety of recruitment techniques in order to promote college ready services to target population. Ability to make effective presentations to both large and small groups.

  • Thorough knowledge of high school graduation and college entrance requirements. Knowledge of UC admission requirements, financial aid policies and admissions procedures for various public and private colleges and universities.

  • Demonstrated working experience in recruiting, hiring and supervising staff in counseling/advising activities.

  • Competency in the use of personal computers which includes knowledge of software, data-base and word processing systems.

  • Ability to accurately record data and produce written reports.

  • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with federal TRIO programs preferred, Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred


  • Must comply with CANRA Reporting, as a California mandated reporter.

  • Must pass school district background check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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