Utah State University

GEAR UP Director (Program Coordinator II)

City Price Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(6/9/2020 4:57 PM)
Requisition ID
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Category (Portal Searching)
Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
USU Eastern
USU Eastern-Student Affairs
Advertised Salary
Minimum $40,000; commensurate based on experience and education



The GEAR UP Director plans and coordinates the day-to-day fiscal, administrative, and operational activities of the GEAR UP program at USU Eastern. They oversee and coordinate all GEAR-UP services in eight area schools in the southeast service region and help develop collaborative relations with these schools to provide ongoing operations and services. This professional works in collaboration with GEAR UP Utah administration and reports to the Director of Students at USU Eastern. This is a grant funded position.


  1. Designs, coordinates, and implements all aspects of the GEAR UP program.
  2. Serves as a principal liaison between GEAR UP Utah and GEAR UP at USU Eastern.
  3. Facilitates staff meetings; attends departmental meetings; and attends required GEAR UP training's, meetings, and conferences.
  4. Coordinates activities, schedules, and training of full-time and part-time staff. Oversees the hiring, evaluations, and performance of staff members. Oversees and is responsible for the implementation, administration, and achievement of program objectives and the engagement of the staff in working toward these objectives.
  5. Monitors and administers program revenues and expenses; is the fiscal manager of the program; is primarily responsible that reporting deadlines are being met; and ensures compliance to grant and institutional financial regulations, policies, and procedures. The Director is responsible for developing the fiscal proposals for the program.
  6. Oversees and helps develop the promotional materials, educational materials, training manuals, newsletters, and/or brochures for the GEAR UP program.
  7. Collects and analyzes data; prepares scheduled and special reports; oversees the maintenance of program records and statistical information. Utilizes this information to make necessary adjustments for the program, program participants, for reporting, and to meet desired outcomes.
  8. Ensures completion of clerical and administrative support tasks, including program correspondence, purchasing documents, reports, and other publications.
  9. Writes proposals and reports as appropriate to the objectives and funding nature of the program; may participate in other fundraising activities.
  10. Oversees, maintains, and creates content for program website.
  11. Works to build strong relationship, program understanding, and collaborative partnerships with school administration and professionals in our service region.
  12. Trains and directs staff regarding grant regulations, program outcomes and requirements, necessary reporting, required deadlines, and USU Eastern policies. Oversees and ensures compliance to these important directives.
  13. Oversees and takes primary responsibility for the business and operational decisions that affect the GEAR UP program at USU Eastern and the overall performance of the program.
  14. Other duties as assigned.



Minimum Qualifications:

  1. A master's degree in Education, Student Affairs, Social Work, Human Development, or a related field.
  2. Experience managing a budget.
  3. Experience working with under-served populations.
  4. Supervisory experience.

Fundamental Abilities:

Within the scope and complexity of each position's responsibilities, each incumbent is expected to possess and demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. Communicating: Communicates effectively both verbally and in writing.
  2. Problem solving: Analyzes information and evaluates results to select the best solution and solve problems.
  3. Monitoring: Measures performance of self; makes improvements and takes appropriate corrective action.
  4. Critical Thinking: Comes to well-reasoned conclusions, solutions, and approaches to problems.
  5. Team Building: Works to create a team-based environment. Consistently demonstrates cooperative behavior with colleagues, supervisors, and customers.
  6. Active Listening: Gives full attention when others are speaking; listens to understand, asks questions as appropriate, and does not interrupt.
  7. Service Orientation: Actively seeks opportunities to help others.
  8. Conflict Resolution: Acts professionally when encountering customers who, at times, may be frustrated.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Knowledge of principles and practices related to under-served populations and experience working these populations.
  2. Knowledge of the principles and practices on how to close the achievement gaps for under-served populations.
  3. Knowledge of program tracking, information gathering, and evaluation methods and procedures. Ability to create and generate performance reports and data.
  4. Knowledge of GEAR UP grant procedures, services, implementation, budgeting, fiscal control, and reporting.
  5. Ability to lead, train, and supervise staff and students.
  6. Ability to coordinate and organize meetings and/or special events.
  7. Skilled in the use of personal computers and related software applications.
  8. Skilled in organizing resources and establishing priorities to achieve desired outcomes and performance metrics.
  9. Skilled at records maintenance.
  10. Ability to interact with students, faculty, staff, and administration in a team environment.
  11. Knowledge of communication principles, media, and marketing techniques.
  12. Ability to promote, recruit, educate, and inform schools, families, students, and key stakeholders of the value and benefits of the GEAR UP program. Have a passion for the vision and mission of the GEAR UP program.
  13. Ability to exercise a high level of creativity, decision making, problem solving, and discretion as work is varied and may be undefined. Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments for the program.
  14. A good attitude, a growth mindset, and a strong work ethic.

Core Characteristics:
As representatives of Utah State University and primary contributors to its mission, all employees are expected to demonstrate the following characteristics:

  1. Take initiative.
  2. Maintain confidentiality.
  3. Be accountable.
  4. Behave ethically.
  5. Be honest and trustworthy.
  6. Demonstrate a strong work ethic.
  7. Be inquisitive.
  8. Be detail oriented.
  9. Be self-motivated.
  10. Efficiently manage multiple tasks.
  11. Be a team player.
  12. Be committed to improving USU.

This position description indicates the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to the position.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


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

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


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

Advertised Salary

Minimum $40,000; commensurate based on experience and education


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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