Utah State University

GEAR UP Mentor

City Price Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/22/2021 6:49 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Student Programs & Services
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
15 hours per week
USU Eastern
USU Eastern-Student Affairs
Advertised Salary
Commensurate on experience


Under the general direction of the USU Eastern GEAR UP Director or GEAR UP Advisor: works one-on-one or in small groups with graduating high school seniors and families/guardians and first-year student GEAR UP (GU) students to provide mentoring and academic assistance. Addresses the needs of diverse learners; serves as a positive role model; and interacts with students, families/guardians, faculty/staff, and/or administration in a professional manner. Travels to and from high schools within Carbon and Emery counties to serve graduating high school students and prepare them for their first year of college. Attends staff meetings and annual training at the GEAR UP home office at Utah State University Eastern. 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, USU Eastern Leadership Summit, professional development opportunities, or to contact students and families/guardians.

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.

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.


Primary responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to:


  • Serves as a mentor and positive role model for GU students.
  • Encourages GU student and parent/guardian participation in GU activities.
  • Meets with GU students/families/guardians in person, small group, or USU Eastern college success classrooms on a regular basis; and as a large group during orientation and other transition to college events.
  • 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.


50% of time:

  • 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 and retrieves quarterly student grades and attendance by accessing the school district Student Information System or Registrar.
  • Tracks student progress towards graduation and generation and development of academic and life plans.
  • Encourages student and parent/guardian access and usage of educational and career resources such as Keys to Success, Step Up Utah, 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), Fuel Education, Utah Online School (UOS), Edgenuity, Shmoop, Naviance, Canvas, Utah's Online Library (UOL), Southeast Education Service Center (SESC), and Overdrive library. 

30% of time:

  • Assists GU students with homework, summer school, and other academic activities.
  • Encourages students to complete scholarships, financial aid (FAFSA), and college applications.
  • Engages students and parents/guardians in college preparatory and first-year student activities.
  • Assists GU Advisors with tracking Concurrent Enrollment (CE) and Early College High School (ECHS) students.
  • Encourages graduating seniors with strong academic skills to take College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests for college credit.
  • Conducts monthly workshops about career readiness, academic skills, life skills, college majors, FAFSA and scholarship opportunities, and other GU-related topics for students and families/guardians. Coordinates GU visits USU Eastern college campus and related career sites and events. 


20% of time:

  • Promotes GU activities.
  • Contributes to GU social media content and GU newsletters.
  • Participates in GU training, staff meetings, college campus and career site visits, activities, and events.
  • Completes GU graduating senior exit and FERPA forms for GU Carbon county and Emery county graduating seniors.
  • Submits required paperwork, time and efforts logs, and reports according to University and GEAR UP deadlines, policies and practices. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Utah driver’s license to perform essential job responsibilities, such as driving university vehicles and transporting materials in order to complete necessary work-related travel assignments
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent intercultural communication skills for working with diverse groups of people
  • Excellent critical thinking, decision-making & problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational, time management, and leadership skills
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Ability to work independently since traveling to/from Carbon schools may be required
  • Ability to handle confidential information
  • Ability to follow FERPA and institutional policies, regulations and procedures
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook email, Google Calendar Adobe Acrobat, Mac and/or PC platform 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled USU Eastern or transfer student
  • Fluency in Spanish conversation, reading, and writing
  • Have no active or pending conduct sanctions through the Director of Student's Office
  • Minimum institution GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Current or previous experience with GEAR UP program
  • Previous experience mentoring or working with high school or college-age students
  • Knowledge of college/university admissions, financial aid/scholarship programs, and degree requirements
  • Successful completion of USU Eastern college success or leadership skills course

Preferred Educational Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in an Associate's Degree or Undergraduate program at USU Eastern.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

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



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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate on experience


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. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms and may lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 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 114 undergraduate majors, 132 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.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or 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, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


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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