Utah State University

GEAR UP Advisor for Green River High School and Middle School

City Price Campus
Posted Date 4 weeks ago(3/4/2020 4:55 PM)
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Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
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USU Eastern
USU Eastern-Student Affairs
Advertised Salary


Under the general direction of the Utah State University Eastern (USU Eastern) GEAR UP Director: works one-on-one or in small groups with middle school and high school GEAR UP (GU) students and families/guardians to provide tutoring and academic assistance. Addresses the needs of diverse learners; serves as a positive role model; interacts with students, families/guardians, faculty, and/or administration in a professional manner. Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a federally-funded grant program whose goal is to increase college awareness for underrepresented students and their families/guardians, and to help students develop the skills and preparation necessary to complete high school and attend college. Travels to and from Green River Middle/High School on a regular basis to serve middle and high school students. Travels to the GEAR UP home office at Utah State University Eastern for quarterly staff meetings and annual training. Annual travel opportunities to a statewide, regional and/or national GEAR UP conference for professional development purposes may occur, if funding is available. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required for special events; such as National GEAR UP Week, National Senior College Signing Day parent-teacher conferences, back-to-school events, professional development opportunities, or to contact students and families/guardians.


Hiring is contingent on completion of a successful background check. This position falls under USU’s Title IX “Responsible Employee” designation and is required to report any disclosures of sexual harassment or sexual violence to the USU Title IX Coordinator and/or appropriate school district/school authority. Furthermore, Utah law requires any public or private citizen to report child abuse or neglect to the nearest peace office, law enforcement agency, or office of the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS).


Note: Employment is grant funded and may be discontinued at any time.


Hours: 25 hours per week (non-benefited); 10 months (no work during university/school holidays; school fall break, winter break, spring break; and July)


**Location for position is Green River High School located in Green River Utah**


Green River High/Middle School

400 North 455 West

Green River, Utah 84525


Percent of Time: 50%

  • Serves as advisor and positive role model for GU students.
  • Identifies and encourages student and parent/guardian participation in GU.
  • Meets with GU students/families/guardians in person, small group, or classroom on a regular basis.
  • Communicates with GU students/families/guardians via phone, text, or email. Makes appropriate referrals to school or community organizations based on student/family/guardian need.
  • Monitors student grades and attendance.
  • Tracks student progress toward generation and development of academic and life plans.
  • Encourages student and parent/guardian access and usage of educational and career resources such as UtahFutures, StepUpUtah, Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA), Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Utah Education Network (UEN), USBE Early College program, Statewide Online Education Program (SOEP), FuelEducation, Utah Online School (UOS), Edgenuity, Shmoop, Naviance, Canvas, Utah’s Online Library (UOL), Southeast Education Service Center (SESC), and Overdrive library. 

Percent of Time: 30%

  • Assists GU students with homework, AP/SAT prep, credit recovery, summer school, and other academic activities.
  • Encourages students to complete scholarship, financial aid (FAFSA), and college applications.
  • Engages students and parents/guardians in college preparatory activities.
  • Encourages students to advance into rigorous coursework (advanced classes, AP classes, concurrent enrollment, CLEP tests).
  • Conducts monthly workshops about college and career readiness, academic skills, life skills, and other GU-related topics for students and families/guardians.
  • Coordinates college campus and career site visits and events.
  • Drive students in a Utah State University vehicle from Green River to Price for site visits and events. 
  • Oversees GU-related functions during GU classes, office hours, or after school.
  • Creates a college-going culture at school and with GU students and families/guardians.
  • Identifies supports and barriers for students to complete middle school, high school and attend a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution. 

Percent of Time: 20%

  • Promotes GU program and activities.
  • Contributes to GU social media content and monthly GU newsletter.
  • Participates in GU training, staff meetings, college campus and career site visits, activities, and events.
  • Submits required paperwork, time and efforts logs, and reports according to University and GEAR UP deadlines, policies and practices. 
  • Other duties as assigned. 



Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution with a bachelor's degree (or ability to graduate within 12 months of hire)
  • Valid Utah Driver’s License (or ability to obtain license within 3 months of hire) in order to complete necessary work-related travel assignments
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills for working with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Above average public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently since traveling to/from Emery County schools and USU Eastern may be required
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to follow institutional policies, regulations, and procedures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook email, Google Calendar, Mac and/or PC platform


Preferred Qualifications

  • Current or previous experience with GEAR UP program
  • Previous experience mentoring or working with high school and middle school students
  • Knowledge of college/university admissions, financial aid/scholarship programs, and degree requirements
  • Knowledge of FERPA confidentiality requirements
  • Fluency in Spanish conversation, reading, and writing
  • Passenger Endorsement type driver’s license (or ability to obtain license within 12 months of hire)


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under “Resume/CV”

2. References to be submitted at the beginning of your application under your profile

3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary



Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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