Human Resources Employment Opportunities

Upward Bound Program Residential Counselor (Temporary, non-benefited)

Apply now Job no: 522979
Position Type: Staff Part Time, Hourly
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Upward Bound
Pay Grade: No Pay Grade
Date opened: Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

General Summary: 

Upward Bound summer counselors are responsible for leading all afternoon activities including study hall, athletics and cultural/creative workshops. Further counselors assist in special events and field trips. Additionally, counselors are present in the dorms and at meals. Counselors are assigned a small group of students who they meet with for activities and mentorship regularly. Counselors will perform night duty shifts on a rotating basis. Candidates must be highly motivated, patient, and energetic. This position
is residential 5 nights

Examples of Duties: 

  • Participate in staff orientation. Full participation is a condition of employment
  • Develop and implement recreational/cultural workshops and activities for students
  • Enforce UMass Boston Upward Bound rules and regulations
  • Monitor study hall sessions and assist students with class work
  • Provide one-on-one personal/academic counseling support to students as needed
  • Attend staff, and community meetings
  • Hold regular suite meetings
  • Assist with student supervision at all times
  • Remain highly visible to students and staff during your assigned shift
  • Assist in the supervision of field trips, cultural events and recreational activities
  • Monitor and engage with students during meals times
  • Check in and account for students during evening and bedtime
  • Complete necessary evaluation forms distributed by administration
  • Assist in dorm/event set up and clean up throughout the program
  • Communicate daily with administrative and other residential staff members
  • Live and work on-site for the duration of the summer program and training
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned by the program’s administrative staff


  • Matriculating college students (juniors, seniors and graduate students preferred) or college graduates
  • Experience working with students in a residential setting. Experience working with low-income and/or culturally diverse students, preferred
  • Demonstrated skills in an athletic or creative area preferred
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of high school students
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate student activities
  • Must be highly energetic
  • Ability to maintain positive, safe and professional environment at all times
Program Objectives:
The goal of the Upward Bound Program is to provide participants with the skills and motivation necessary for access to and success in post-secondary education. Upward Bound strives to help students develop confidence and a love of learning. Upward Bound offers an array of academic, personal enrichment, and college/career services designed to supplement high school education and tailored to address specific student needs, including a residential summer program. The summer program exposes students to life on a college campus, allows for intensive, rigorous academic work, and creates space for students to learn valuable social and decision-making skills. Upward Bound students learn the skills necessary to be agents of change in their own lives, their communities, and the world at large.
Compensation: $3,600 plus room and board.
Tentative dates:
Orientation (mandatory): June 17-21, 2024
Program Dates (Sunday evenings – Friday afternoons): June 23 – August 2, 2024
*Please note that Sunday, June 23rd is student move in day, which will be in the afternoon. All following Sundays start in the evening.
Dean College, 99 Main St, Franklin, MA 02038
*Roundtrip transportation provided from Boston to residential site. Pick-up and drop-off location is JFK/UMass T-Station.
How to Apply:
Please email the following items to Applications will be reviewed as they are received, until all positions are filled:
1. Resume
2. Contact information for 3 references who can speak to your experience and abilities.
3. Completed application

Review of candidates will begin immediately

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

This is a non-benefited, temporary, non-exempt position. 

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

UMass Boston is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, we will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations for the hiring process. If reasonable accommodation is needed, please contact or 617-287-5150.

Applications close: Eastern Daylight Time

Back to search results Apply now Refer a friend

All official salary offers must be approved by Human Resources.

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, genetic information, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition, or membership in any other legally protected class. The University of Massachusetts Boston complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the university operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.

UMass Boston normally does not provide H-1B visa sponsorship for non-academic positions.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is committed to providing a safe and secure environment that is supported by qualified employees for all of its students, faculty and staff to carry out the University's teaching, research and public service missions. As a condition of employment, the University will conduct appropriate background check reviews. For more information, please see the University of Massachusetts Boston campus policy and procedures for employee background reviews.