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University of Utah College Access Advisors (Tooele County School District) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 03/15/2021

Requisition Number PRN25441B

Job Title College Access Advisors

Working Title College Access Advisors (Tooele County School District)

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

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01490 - Outreach and Engagement

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $23,140 for 10-month contract

Close Date 05/31/2021

Open Until Filled No

Job Summary

*This posting is for Tooele County

*Schools include: Tooele HS & Grantsville HS

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


This position is on an approx. 10-month contract and begins August 2, 2021 and ends May 31,

2022 (the end date is subject to change and may be earlier depending on the last day of


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

pass the following:

• Criminal background check

• Fingerprinting


1. Applications are being accepted until May 31, 2021.

2. Candidates for interview will be notified early to mid-June.

3. Decisions will be made by early to mid-July.

4. The position begins on August 2, 2021.

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


• 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


• 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


• 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 summer 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


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 is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

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.