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Program Advisor

Program Advisor

Program Advisor

The Parris Foundation
Houston, TX 77011

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Job Type


Department: Education & Outreach Services Classification: Exempt

Annual Salary: $38,000-$41,000

Title: Program Adviser, ETS-Spring Branch

Full Time Effort: 100% (12-month position) Job Family: Grant Funded Position

Job Vacancies: 2 positions Target Area: Spring Branch/Houston

The Parris Foundation is seeking candidates to fill the vacant positions of Program Advisor for the TRIO Educational Talent Search program serving Spring Branch ISD


The Parris Foundation (TPF) is a grassroots community-based organization committed to providing free services to disenfranchised populations. We provide holistic services through passionate staff, visionary board members, and active volunteers who share Parris’ spirit and values. Although grassroots, TPF is a nationally recognized advocate for healthy life choices, educational opportunities, empowering communities and strengthening families. TPF was initially founded to honor the memory of Parris R. Gaehring, who lost his life at a young age due to violence, with the creation of the Parris Gaehring Memorial Scholarship to graduating high school seniors. Continuing Parris Gaehring’s legacy of uplifting others and cherishing life, TPF grew quickly and now provides counseling wellness, educational services as well as training and development services to individuals and groups in the community.


The mission of TPF is to encourage and provide opportunities for youth and the community through scholarship, training, and educational enhancement that facilitate healthy life choices and community development. We accomplish this mission through advocating equal access, victim services, training, educational enhancement, and integrity.


The Program Advisor assists the ETS-Spring Branch Program Director in providing academic, career and postsecondary education advising and support to program participants. The primary objective is to prepare high school students academically for successful entry into college persistence and completion of a baccalaureate degree. Evening and weekend work required. Position is contingent upon funding.


  • Provide comprehensive academic, personal, career and financial aid counseling to each program participant. Assess and document the academic and motivational needs of students selected for participation in program activities.
  • Assist in providing program awareness of the Educational Talent Search Program to stakeholders and school site partners, parents, and community member.
  • Identify, recruit, screen and select prospective program participants based on a rigorous selection process.
  • Assists ETS-Spring Branch seniors in applying for admission into post-secondary institutions and securing financial aid resources.
  • Monitor and document satisfactory academic progress of participants at each target school.
  • Gather and disseminate information on post-secondary entrance requirements, availability of financial aid, and other college preparatory information to prepare ETS-Spring Branch participants to successfully transition to college.
  • Plan and implement cultural enrichment activities for ETS Summer Academy. Supervise and train undergraduate tutoring staff
  • Plan, Coordinate, and chaperone overnight trips for students locally, regional, and domestic.
  • Orient new and continuing participants to TRiO Educational Talent Search program requirements and encourage full participation in program offerings
  • Develop and foster student non-cognitive skills, abilities, and behaviors, such as positive academic behaviors, self-confidence & self-efficacy, long range academic & career goalsetting, leadership, school and community involvement, retention, persistence, and completion
  • Engage in collaborative efforts with other ETS and Federal TRIO Programs to seek internal and external resources to augment program services
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Director.


  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in education, psychology, or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of one to two years of professional experience working in a federal, TRiO, or similar program serving disadvantaged youth.
  • Experience providing case management and advising students about the college admissions and financial aid application processes.
  • Professional or personal experiences overcoming barriers like those confronting program participants.
  • Bilingual (Preferred)


  • Primary Work Location: Works in a climate-controlled office/school environment
  • Requires reliable transportation for daily travel to target school sites
  • Physical Demands: Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment, which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements
  • Work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks
  • Position does require some heavy lifting
  • Primary Schedule Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Some scheduled evenings and/or weekends are required

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