University of Utah First Star Youth Coach in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/12/2018

Requisition Number PRN07720N

Job Title Classroom Assistant

Working Title First Star Youth Coach

Job Grade A

FLSA Code Nonexempt

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Type Non Benefited Staff / Student

Temporary? No

Standard Hours per Week 2

Full Time or Part Time? Part Time

Shift Variable

Work Schedule Summary

The Youth Coaches will work one Saturday a month for 6-hours during the academic year.

There is also a summer on-campus residential component that will require Youth Coaches to live in residence with the Youth for 4 weeks during the summer.

Is this a work study job? No

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01490 - Outreach and Engagement

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 12

Close Date

Job Summary

The First Star University of Utah Academy is a college-preparatory program for high school foster youth. The Academy strives to keep youth on track for high school graduation, prepare them for higher education, and equip them with the skills to successfully transition to adulthood. The youth spend all four summers of high school living on the university campus (Summer Academy) and return 1 Saturday per month during the school year (Saturday Academies). While on campus, the youth attend academic classes, participate in life skills workshops, and explore life on a university campus.

Youth Coaches play a critical role in the success of the Academy. The Youth Coach serves as a supportive and caring staff member, models appropriate and collegiate behavior, teaches workshops, tutors youth and encourages successful learning practices. All Youth Coaches are expected to work full-time while the youth are on campus in July 7th-August 4th. This includes living in the dorms and eating most meals with the youth.


Job Description

Helps the children experience success in physical, social and intellectual tasks. Reinforces and broadens concepts as presented by the teacher. Observes behavior, documents and may offer suggestions to the teacher. Does not directly communicate with parents concerning children’s problems. May assume full responsibility for the group for short periods of time when the teacher is involved in other activities. Assists teacher in activities and tasks which contributes to an orderly, clean environment for children. Meets with the teacher and staff to assist in planning. Plans a morning or afternoon small group activity with the assistance of the Head Teacher. Supervises playground unless specifically requested to be indoors.

Job Responsibilities:

•Supervise youth during all Summer Academy activities, including classroom, reaction, and off-campus activities, and meal and dorm times. Youth Coaches are expected to cover 1-2 overnight shifts during which they are expected to remain awake during the youths’ sleeping hours.

• One of the Youth Coaches will be the lead Coach, supervising the other Coaches.

•Provide academic support and tutoring to youth during classes and study halls.

•Design and participate select life skills workshops and team-building activities.

•Ensure compliance with the Academy’s and university’s code of conduct.

•Prepare for and actively participate in staff training, meetings, and supervisory conferences.

•Model appropriate behavior for youth and others including, productive study habits, cleanliness, punctuality, language choice, and personal representation.

•Maintain positive relationships with Academy staff, university staff, and the youths’ caregivers and social workers.

•Ability to pass a Level 2 background check.

Minimum Qualifications

This is an entry-level position. Training will be provided. Must demonstrate an interest in learning about child development and guidance; a willingness to take direction from the assigned teacher; willing to obtain a food handlers permit.

TB test, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check, first aid training are required. Demonstrated human relation and effective human relations skills are also required.



•Completed at least two years of undergraduate education, with at least a 2.5GPA.

•Previous experience in recreation, a camp setting or other work experience with youth in a group setting, preferred.

•Ability to work as a team member with Academy staff, other youth coaches, and campus staff.

•Responsible, friendly, enthusiastic, patient and willing to learn.

•Strong organization and communication skills.

•Preference is given to youth who have experienced foster care.

Special Instructions Summary

General Staff Rules & Policies:

•Youth Coaches are expected to live with youth in the dorms, and eat meals with them (except while not on duty). No visitors of Youth Coaches are permitted to visit in the dorms, cafeteria, or classes unless pre-approved by the Academy Director.

•The possession and/or use of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden during the Summer Academy, while with the youth or in the dorms.

•No smoking is allowed while with the youth, in the dorms, or in view of the youth.

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 applicants, 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”). Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801) 581-7447.

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