Utah State University

GEAR UP Utah First-Year Services Advisor

City Cache County
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(6/15/2022 6:44 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
18-20 hours per week
E Eccles Jones Coll of Ed & Hum Svs
School of Teacher Educ & Leadership
Advertised Salary
$13.00 - $15.00 per hour


GEAR UP Utah First-Year Services Advisor

This is a part-time position with 18-20 hours per week-working primarily when it is convenient for the college students you are assigned to, as well as in accordance with your own schedule. There is some flexibility in the schedule, so depending on the needs of the students, you may have hours during the day, or in the late afternoon. The position is available immediately, but the exact start date will be determined after you are hired. The rate of pay is $13-15 per hour (depending on level of experience).

As the First-Year Services Advisor, you are responsible for assisting freshmen college at USU and Bridgerland Technical College. You are also responsible to visit with high school seniors once a month at Sky View, Green Canyon, Ridgeline, and Mountain Crest.

  • Major/Minor Exploration
  • University/Technical College Requirements
  • Class Registration
  • Scholarship Applications
  • FAFSA Completion and Verification

**Note: These responsibilities are merely a foundation for the position. Every student you work with will have different needs, so these are just a general idea of topics you can/will cover with students.

Background Understanding of the Position:

Every student you will be working with has been a member of GEAR UP Utah, which focuses on working with low-income students in their efforts to attend college/technical school after they graduate high school. The students worked with an advisor each week to maintain grades, explore career/job options, and participated in workshops to find their passion in education.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a federally funded grant program. Its goal is to increase college awareness for low-income students and their families and to help students develop the skills and preparation necessary to pursue education after high school. GEAR UP works collaboratively with schools, parents and community organizations to help students build the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to prepare for college.

GEAR UP USU is made possible by a collaborative partnership with the USU Teacher Education and Leadership Department and Cache County School District.



  • Be a positive influence in the student’s last year of high school & first year of college
  • Advise/mentor students one-on-one at the high school and college level
  • Assist students in finding resources for tutoring & writing help
  • Initiate & maintain timely and prompt communication with students
  • Complete student trackers and conversation logs
  • Serve as the student’s resource person for questions and concerns
  • Attend monthly in person meetings with entire team
  • Attend quarterly professional development meetings


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Commitment to the position through Early July 2023.
  • Be actively attending college, or a recent college graduate.
  • Be adept at Adobe, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Spanish-speaking.
  • Experience working with secondary students in an academic setting and/or experience providing mentoring/advising service.

Please contact Dawna Webb at 435-752-3925 ext. 2031 with any questions concerning this position or the application process.

This position is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

On-Campus ACA Variable Position

US Work Authorization is Required

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”
  2. Attach to your resume, a short response to the following questions in a single page document:
    • What interests you most about this job position?
    • What do you think is the biggest hurdle for low-income students in their decision to attend college?

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

Advertised Salary

$13.00 - $15.00 per hour


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.

College/Department Highlights

Department Highlights:

The School of Teacher Education and Leadership offers graduate programs including an MEd in instructional leadership, an administrative/supervisory concentration, an MS, MEd, and EdS in curriculum and instruction and a PhD in curriculum and instruction with doctoral concentrations in instructional leadership, literacy education and leadership, mathematics education and leadership, cultural studies, and science education. We offer undergraduate programs for early childhood education (K-3), elementary education, and the professional education framework leading to secondary education licensure in other teaching majors. We also offer endorsement programs in early childhood education, reading education, gifted and talented education, and ESL education.


As part of a land grant institution, we deliver our programs to students on campuses across the state of Utah through interactive broadcast and online delivery. We value our partnerships with local, state, national, and international leaders and welcome the many ongoing opportunities we have to collaborate toward common goals. Drawing on the extensive knowledge base in both theoretical and practice-oriented research, we design programs and research focusing on increasing the quality of teaching, learning, and leadership within complex local and global contexts. This involves creating equitable educational opportunities for all students, as well as preparing researchers and instructional leaders to use evidence-based instruction that results in improved student achievement and equitable opportunities in schools for all students.


College Highlights

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services is home to eight departments and is committed to providing the best learning opportunities and educational research in the state of Utah. Our programs are strengthened by an on-campus elementary laboratory school and five stand-alone centers, including the Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence. The college offers clinical services to the community across the human lifespan and provide students with real-world service and research opportunities.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employees 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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 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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


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 Matthew Pinner, discrimination@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


*updated 04/18/2022


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