Upward Bound Central Prep Instructor (Grant Funded, Temporary)
Job Details

Position Overview:

Instructors are responsible for providing instruction to college-bound high school students in specific tops/content areas. Instructors are needed for the following subjects: Spanish, American Sign Language, Math, English Composition, English Literature, and Reading. The Instructor will develop curriculum materials and implement a course of instruction in the specialty area which provides students with the opportunity to enhance their academic skills necessary to successfully complete high school, matriculate through a post-secondary institution and graduate.

College/Department Overview:

The Upward Bound Central Prep program provides services to 75 eligible participants who attend three high schools in Oklahoma City, OK (Capitol Hill, Crooked Oak, and Star Spencer). The services include tutoring; advisement and assistance in secondary/post-secondary course selection to include Advance placement and dual enrollment courses; ACT preparation workshops; information on financial aid programs, loan forgiveness, and scholarships; assistance in completing financial aid applications; entry into post-secondary education; financial/economic literacy; cultural activities, career exploration; and college visits. The program includes a six-week college-simulated virtual component where students receive instruction in mathematics through pre-calculus, laboratory science, foreign language, composition, and literature. 

Department Specific Essential Job Functions:

Develop curriculum materials and implementing a course of instruction in specialty area for Upward Bound Math and Science program participants including, but not limited to Foreign Languages, Math, Reading/Language Arts, English Composition/Literature, and Sciences with a Lab for high school age students. Participate in in-service training sessions as scheduled. Evaluate and prepare report of ongoing student progress. Prepare a modified Academic Action Plan for each student detailing what knowledge the student will gain and what the end product will be. Complete student assessment forms Participate in out-of-class activities with students as agreed upon with the Director. Adhere to established safety and health procedures and practices for the purpose of providing injury and illness prevention for self and others. Participate in end of program achievement awards reception.


Experience Required:

Bachelor's degree in a field related to instruction subject and at least 3+ years of relevant experience in the specific field that provides knowledge of and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts. Experience with inquiry-based hands-on learning experiences. Experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds. Sensitivity to respond appropriately to the needs of a diverse population.

Experience Preferred:

Background similar to program participants. Previous TRIO experience. Bilingual (Spanish) highly preferred. Certified Oklahoma High School Teacher.


Must be current UCO faculty, certified Oklahoma High School teacher, or professional with a specialized certification/license. Ability to create a positive, safe, and fun learning environment for participants. Ability to effectively work with a team. Demonstrate effective problem solving and conflict resolution skills. Ability to implement classroom management techniques. Demonstrate flexibility and ability to think on the spot. Express a nurturing personality and be a sensitive listener.

Will this employee supervise others?

No, this employee will NOT supervise other employees.

Physical Demands:

Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.