Jobs and Graduate Assistantships
The Project Upward Bound College Prep Academy (PUB) at Oakland University is a great environment for anyone who shares the passion of enriching students’ lives. It is a great “proving ground” for those who are interested in careers in education, student affairs, and human services while also developing administrative and professional skills.
PUB’s Team positions are structured to be actively involved with participants in helping them prepare to achieve their college and career goals. So Team members must all have the temperament and the considerable patience to work with teens.
Diversity is integral to PUB – age, ethnic, cultural, ability – all types of diversity make up the mosaic that is PUB! So, operating within and in respect of diversity needs to be “second nature” to anyone who is on the PUB Team. In addition, for the protection of minor participants, all potential Team members must first agree to a criminal background search.
Oakland University requires that all potential academic year student employees must first be enrolled for classes and registered at the Student Employment Office in Student Financial Services. Students cannot be hired into summer jobs until they have registered for the following fall semester. Non-students must be hired through University Human Resources.
Current Job Openings
Please review current job openings before applying.
- Online Employment Application
- Employment Application in PDF format (Once you have completed this pdf version of PUB's employment application, you may fax it to the Oakland University Project Upward Bound Office at 248-370-3217 or drop it off at our office Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. - noon and 1- 5 p.m.
Real Talk: Although being a residential Peer Mentor is a great pre-professional experience for any student seeking a career in education or human services, the most successful PM’s are those who have prior experience working with teens and living in a dorm. Peer Mentors are actively engaged with participants at all meals, throughout the evening, and into the night. They are active in meetings, planning groups, and training sessions during the day. They must effectively interact with parents and staff and go through a weekly performance evaluation. They are on a performance-based point system to earn the right to work the summer trip. So if your goal is just to secure an easy summer job with room and board, this is not the one! But if you truly have a heart for student development and are willing to work hard, we invite you to read the full job description.
Serve as - PUB Liaison/Ambassador in the target schools, Administrative Liaison to the PUB Parent Association, and Social Media Communications Coordinator between the PUB Team and the Scholars. Provide support to the PUB Administrative Team for developing and implementing enrichment programming. Work closely with the Project Advisor on recruitment and retention.
- Meet graduate assistantship requirements and must undergo background check to work w/minors
- High integrity with ability to work independently and collaboratively with diverse audiences
- 1 - 2 years successful interaction w/diverse high school at-risk youth
- Must have assertive (not aggressive) but inviting demeanor to function effectively in high schools
- Must be Microsoft Office proficient with good written and oral communication/presentation skills
- Must be licensed w/good driving record to be eligible to drive OU vehicle or provide own transportation
- Assist with scholar assessment, selection, success planning, and progress/performance monitoring
- Develop and maintain positive relationships w/personnel at each target school
- Secure documents from scholars, parents, and target schools as necessary; update databases
- Represent PUB at scholars' extra-curricular/school related activities such as National Honor Society induction, sport and academic competitions, National College Application Day, prom, and graduation
- Create, maintain, and update an attractive PUB informational bulletin board at each target school
- Assist with implementing College Seminar (juniors) and Senior Seminar on Saturdays, including guidance regarding college entry and persistence
- Provide substitute supervision at College Club (after-school tutoring) when supervisor is absent
- Assist in coordinating community service, social enrichment, fund raising, and conference activities
- Maintain appropriate regular PUB-related social media communications w/PUB scholars
- Follow up on PUB alumni
- Attend and contribute to PUB Administrative Team meetings
- Conduct information/training sessions as appropriate
- Conduct data research, collection, and report preparation