Summer Guide TRIO Upward Bound at the University of Southern Maine

TRIO Upward Bound | Gorham, ME

Posted Date 3/26/2018

**Please note: at this time we are looking for male applicants**

Required Qualifications

  • Completed at least two years of college and currently be in good academic standing
  • Demonstrated strong academic and leadership skills
  • Have valid U.S. driver’s license and clean driving record; any job offer is contingent upon the University’s approval of the applicant to drive


Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Experience with low-income and/or first generation college-bound high school students
  3. Camp counselor or residence hall leadership experience
  4. At least 21 years of age


Job Description:


In collaboration with Upward Bound year-round staff, the Guide will provide leadership in creating and maintaining a high quality living and learning experience designed to educate, advise, challenge, and develop 55 Upward Bound students entering the 10th and 11th grades who are attending a 5-week residential summer program on USM’s Gorham campus, along with 36 students entering the 12th grade who will attend a one-week independent shorter session. The Guide establishes and maintains a positive and safe residence hall atmosphere that is sensitive to the diverse cultures, traditions, lifestyles, and beliefs of Upward Bound students and staff. The Guide will communicate and maintain program expectations, guidelines, and take responsibility for University of Southern Maine and Upward Bound property. 



  1. Consults and coordinates with Lead Guide and Upward Bound staff in all areas of the summer program.
  2. Implements opening and closing of the UB residence hall including room inventories, keys, and cleaning.
  3. Assists in weekend student check-in and check-out procedures.
  4. Initially responds to students who do not meet program expectations and guidelines or who experience personal crises and issues. In consultation with Lead Guide and UB staff, responds to students using a strength-based problem-solving model.
  5. Maintains safety and security in the residence hall, including taking responsibility for USM and Upward Bound property.
  6. Five guides will serve as teaching assistants in academic classes (English, Mathematics, Lab Science, Foreign Language), SAT Prep, and Career and College classes as scheduled.
  7. One guide will not be assigned to classes and will instead be responsible for transporting interns to and from their internship sites.
  8. Teaches elective courses with a wide range of content, leading and supervising small groups of students
  9. Implements guided study program, tutoring and supervising small groups of students in the completion of independent academic, career, and college work.
  10. Supervises students on field trips as scheduled.
  11. Transports students to and from internship/field trips/activities in UB van as requested.
  12. Assists with summer food service program compliance.
  13. Interacts with students during both structured and non-structured UB activities.
  14. Develops positive and supportive relationships with Upward Bound students, mentoring them on personal, social, and college/career concerns and maintaining student confidentiality as appropriate. Establishes and maintains appropriate professional boundaries with students, Guides, Lead Guide, teachers and UB staff.
  15. Models appropriate behavior at all times when students are present, recognizing the ways in which a Guide serves as a model for UB students.
  16. Willing to complete van driver certification through the University.
  17. Performs other tasks as reasonably assigned by UB supervisor and year-round staff.


Days and Hours:
Hall opens for staff move-in:          June 17         Sunday (afternoon)
Staff training begins:                     June 17         Sunday (evening)   
Residential program begins:           June 24         Sunday         
Residential program ends:             August 3        Friday
Staff close-out:                             August 6&7   Monday/Tuesday

Hall closes - staff move-out:          August 8        Wednesday  


Generally each week students check-in on Sundays and are in residence until late Friday afternoon. Staff are expected to spend most of their time with students including eating all meals in the dining hall, supervising and being involved in student activities, and being present in the residence hall. Hours for training and when residential staff are specifically on or off duty during the days students are in residence will be provided during staff training.



Stipend:        $2550 PLUS ROOM AND BOARD (no meals are provided when students are not in residence; all meals during staff training will be provided)


How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to

Salary2550.00 Annual
Job Type
Other | Summer Camps Staff | Tutors
Job Location (County)

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