Job Information

University of Utah College Access Advisors (Tabiona, Altamont, Duchesne) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date

Requisition Number PRN27840B

Job Title College Access Advisors

Working Title College Access Advisors (Tabiona, Altamont, Duchesne)

Job Grade C

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

M-F 8a-5p

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01490 - Outreach and Engagement

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range Approx. $2,314/month for 8-month contract (Contract length depends on start date)

Close Date

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

*This role will oversee several schools, including Tabiona, Altamont, and Duchesne HS and will require travel to the schools. Mileage will be reimbursed for school travel.

Program Description:

Too many Utah high school students are not going on to college. Even with many Utah options, including eight degree-granting public colleges and eight technical colleges, high school students still have difficulty navigating the college-going process. These problems are especially true for those with significant barriers to college entry, such as students who are low-income, first-generation, or historically underrepresented in higher education. This program works to get more students to attend—and graduate from—college, especially those who likely would not have otherwise attended. The college access adviser program will:

• Increase awareness of the many options available to students

• Increase college enrollment

• Increase college graduation

• Change the course of inter-generational poverty

Job Summary:

College advisers seek to help more Utah students attend college. Recent college graduates will serve as college access advisers in selected public secondary institutions throughout the state. Working alongside school staff, advisers will assist students with navigating the college admissions process. This includes, but is not limited to, admissions applications, financial aid forms and scholarship applications, and college entrance examination registration and preparation.

This position is on an approx. 8-month contract and begins October 4, 2021 and ends May 31, 2022 (the end date is subject to change and may be earlier depending on the last day of school).

This job entails working with underage youth, and as such you will be required to complete and pass the following:

• Criminal background check

• Fingerprinting

This position will be classified as a Category I: Mandatory and required at work site to support on-site operations. Employees hired into this category will be required to be physically located at their high school placement if they are healthy and without COVID -19 symptoms.

Follow instructions in the “Special Instructions Summary” exactly. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered.


The college access adviser assists Utah high school students in realizing their post-secondary dreams by advising students with college admissions, financial aid, and scholarship applications; coordinating information with high school staff at the student’s school.

Responsibilities include:

• Participate in a two-week intensive summer training program to prepare advisers on admissions processes, financial aid and scholarships, test preparation, and working with diverse populations.

• Maintains expertise in admissions and financial aid advising.

• Meet one-on-one with approximately 70% of the senior class (this goal will be modified depending on class size).

•Work towards programmatic goals, which include 1:1 meetings, FAFSA completion, college applications completed, etc. Goals will vary from school to school.

• Provides one-on-one, timely, and relevant information on college admissions processes, financing college, as well as registering for and taking ACT / SAT examinations.

• Encourages each student to consider a broad range of appropriate college choices, including technical colleges, certificate programs, and two-year and four-year programs.

• Helps each student complete and submit admissions and financial-aid applications.

• Assists each student in interpreting correspondence from colleges, including offers of admission and financial aid.

• Follow up with students who attend college conferences or visits.

• Encourages students and their families to consider, plan for, and apply to colleges and universities.

• Visits classrooms, assemblies, and club meetings to offer advising services and emphasize the importance of college.

• Establishes productive working relationships with principals, counselors, and teachers in the assigned high school.

• Communicate regularly to school staff on program progress to goals.

• Assess in consultations with the program director and school personnel, the particular needs of each school, and adapt programs and activities to meet these needs.

• Actively seeking the advice and counsel of the on-site supervisor at each partner high school.

• Assists in the efforts of other advisers within the service area.

• Organize; provide support for, and attending evening and weekend events organized by other advisers.

• Assist students with finding scholarship resources outside of college/university and government funding.

• Coordinated student support with other college access programs in the school (if applicable).

• Makes phone calls to parents to keep them engaged in the college going process.

• Classroom presentation or group outreach to juniors/sophomores, if time permits, and as requested by the school.

• Submits monthly progress reports to the program director documenting progress and outcome data.

• Assists in the assessment and long-term sustainability of the program.

• Assists the program director and evaluation staff to identify, collect, and interpret key progress and outcome variables to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

• Consults with the program director to seek out and participate in other opportunities for professional development.

• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Follow instructions in the “Special Instructions Summary” exactly. Incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor degree (obtained by the end of fall 2021) is required


Bilingual, Spanish-speaker

Recent college graduates will be given preference.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

You must submit all required documents (listed below) at the time you complete the application, including resume, cover letter, and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

1. Resume

2. Cover Letter: a. Explain how your skills and background will prepare you to make the college process accessible for high school students in the state of Utah.

b. If you are not a recent college graduate, explain what you know about the college-going process for high school students.

3. Unofficial Transcripts – Should demonstrate your status as a college graduate.

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


Online reports may be submitted at

For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.