Educational Specialist - Upward Bound, Tacoma

Bulletin number: 2014-002SM

Opened:  January 21, 2014

Closes:  February 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST

The Evergreen State College is committed to prohibiting discrimination and to building a diverse faculty and staff. We strongly encourage qualified persons of all races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations, people with disabilities, persons over forty, women, Vietnam Era and disabled veterans to apply.

There is currently one full-time, overtime-exempt, 11-month per year, federally funded grant position which is scheduled to end May 31, 2017. This Educational Specialist – Upward Bound position works at one of three designated schools in Tacoma and at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and is off contract August of each year with benefits paid year round. This position is exempt from Washington State Civil Service rules and the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime requirements.

The Evergreen State College is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Since opening its doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. The college has a vibrant undergraduate program, graduate programs, and public service centers that constitute a unique academic setting. The college values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,500. For more information about Evergreen, please visit our college catalog or our website: http://www.evergreen.edu


  • Salary is $3,011 to $3,463 per month of full time work.
  • Experience and training may be considered in salary placement.
  • A full state benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid campus holidays; a generous medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts. For more information about Evergreen's excellent employee benefits, please view http://www.evergreen.edu/payroll/benefits.htm.
  • Permanent status employees that work 0.5 FTE or more are eligible for the tuition waiver program.

The Educational Specialist is responsible for teaching, assessing academic needs, and implementing academic interventions to ensure a successful transition into college for program participants.

The Evergreen State College Upward Bound program is an educational enrichment program that promotes high school achievement and participation in post-secondary education among low income, first-generation-to-college high school students. The program serves students from diverse cultural backgrounds in designated target high schools. The program will serve 105 students in a total of 3 schools located in Tacoma, WA. The program is a 100% federally-fund and all positions and activities are dependent on continued federal funding.

Under the direction of the Upward Bound Director, the Educational Specialist is responsible for teaching and developing curriculum for Upward Bound classes at a target high school and summer program. Working closely with school personnel and community partners, the position supervises and manages after school activities. This position also supports other Upward Bound activities including special events, recognition programs, data collection, and report writing. The position is responsible for providing direct services to
participants in one high school and for assisting and supporting all project events (i.e., field trips, training of tutors and mentors, summer and weekend enrichment activities).


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Valid state teaching certificate.
  • At least one year of successful experience teaching full-time (one academic year) in a diverse classroom setting.


  • Master’s degree in a field such as education or a social science with education focus.
  • At least two years of successful experience in an advisory or counseling capacity in a program serving high school students, disadvantaged people or people underrepresented in higher education.


  • Teach a daily class to program participants that increase their academic skills and college knowledge while aligning the curriculum to the state standards.
  • Recruit program participants; including informational sessions, classroom presentations, collecting applications, and meeting with parents.
  • Manage the after school enrichment operations of the Upward Bound program at the target school including oversee afterschool tutors, volunteers, temporary employees, and interns at assigned schools.
  • Monitor and track all 12th graders to ensure a successful transition into post-secondary education.
  • Collect and enter student data for assessment and for the annual performance report for U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C.
  • Update and enhance the Upward Bound website.
  • Coordinate the US Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Programs during summer session by monitoring and training staff and collecting documents to be submitted to USDA for reimbursement.
  • Supervise and transport program participants in sponsored activities including evening and overnight events and activities.
  • Design, create, and post online a quarterly electronic Upward Bound newsletter.
  • Work closely with school personnel and other Upward Bound staff to design and implement effective academic intervention strategies for participants.
  • Coordinate program activities and events as needed.
  • Utilizing the appropriate district databases, assess, monitor, and report participant progress through the following: testing; individual consultation; collecting and evaluating test scores, grades and progress reports.
  • Conduct follow-up tracking and programming with and collect data on graduate participants through four years of higher education.
  • Plan and coordinate community service learning activities for participants throughout the year and in summer program.
  • Facilitate ongoing training workshops for student and/or temporary staff.
  • Assist with the preparation of the Annual Performance Report.
  • Keep the Upward Bound Project Director informed of program and student progress and any issues that arise.
  • Teach and lead in the development of Summer/Saturday School curriculum, college campus visits, college fairs, workshops, career explorations, and cultural events.
  • Lead program participants in sponsored activities including evening and overnight events and activities.
  • Perform office tasks as needed such as answer phones, respond to inquiries, maintain file, etc.
  • Refer participants and families to school and community resources when needed.
  • Attend meeting and participate on committees as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Skill and ability to create and teach academic enrichment, study skills and life skills curriculum.
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to prioritize and work independently with minimum supervision, including the ability to complete high-quality work under pressure.
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for working with adolescents and young adults, including ability to work collaboratively with high school officials, parents, and students.
  • Ability to research, understand, and summarize information regarding secondary education, post-secondary education, community resources, and events such as graduation requirements, course requirements, college admissions, financial aid, career pathways, and cultural events;
  • Ability to facilitate workshops for others.
  • Ability to provide services and activities that promote educational success such as pro-collegiate academic advising, tutoring, and providing SAT/ACT workshops, portfolio creation, admissions, and financial aid processes.
  • Commitment to educational excellence for all low-income and first-generation students regardless of social backgrounds such as income level, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or religion; and the ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and understanding of strategies to address issues affecting educational success and college participation for first generation and low-income students.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of program information and records including student information and records.
  • Provide leadership for tutors, summer residential staff, and students.
  • Participate in on-going professional development to improve personal job and overall program.
  • Ability to get and move supplies such as snacks, drinks, camping equipment, and educational supplies.
  • Ability to use standard office equipment including personal computer, copier, fax, telephone, etc.
  • Ability to update website.
  • Ability and willingness to follow all site school policies and procedures.
  • Ability to travel between work locations.


  • Must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three days of beginning work.
  • Must pass a pre-employment background check.
  • This position is assigned to part of the college that is covered by a union shop provision and a collective bargaining agreement. Employees are required to pay an amount equal to the fees or dues required to be a member of the union to the Washington Federation of State Employees within thirty days of their date of hire.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be able to comply with the State of Washington Valid License to Drive and Driving Experience Statement.
  • Ability and willingness to travel, attend workshops/events, and work evenings and/or weekends.
  • Ability to move up to 25 pounds.



1.    A letter of application that addresses the extent to which you meet the Minimum Qualifications and the Desired Qualifications, and that thoroughly describes how your qualifications, education, training and work experience has prepared you to demonstrate the first 3 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities statements listed above.
2.    A resume that includes a chronological work history that details your education, training and professional experience, including months and years in each position.
3.    At least three work-related references including name, address, and telephone number. Note: By providing this information you are authorizing the college to contact your references.
4.    An Affirmative Action Data Sheet (Word | PDF) Note: Submission of this statistical information is voluntary.

Please carefully read the job bulletin and submit all requested items by the closing date listed above. The committee in its screening of applicants will assume your abilities and experience include only those elements specifically documented within your application materials. By submitting a completed application for this position you are acknowledging that all of the information that you have submitted to apply for this job is true and complete to the best of your knowledge. You understand that The Evergreen State College may verify this information and that untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if you are hired. If invited for an on-campus interview, you may be required to pay your own travel expenses.

Materials may be submitted using any one of the following options:
Email: jobline@evergreen.edu
Mail: The Evergreen State College
Human Resource Services, Library Bldg Room 3102
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW
Olympia, WA  98505
Fax: (360) 867-6823
Or in person to the Human Resource Services office, Library Building room 3102.

Application materials submitted to the College become property of the College and will not be returned.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, call the Human Resource Services Office at (360) 867-5361 (voice), or (360) 867-6834 (TTY) or email your request to jobline@evergreen.edu.