Counselor - GEAR UP - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Counsels with students and parents to develop an individualized strengths-based intake summary and education plan, and provide customized services based on that plan. Develops and implements activities and programs, based on the statewide GEAR UP grant, to assist students in successfully graduating high school, preparing for and attending college. Monitors academic progress, by tracking attendance and GPA, and provide feedback and assistance to students. Hires, trains and supervises GEAR UP part-time employees.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited institution with a master’s degree in Counseling and Guidance, Educational Psychology, Social Work, or related Social Science field and two years of full time professional employment related to the Summary of Duties or any combination of education and experience related to the Summary of Duties totaling 8 years.

Valid Driver’s License.


Knowledge of low-income, minority, and at-risk high school and college student populations.
Knowledge of high school, two-year college program, and traditional four-year college graduation requirements.
Knowledge of educational and employment problems of special groups including low-income and at-risk youth, minorities, non-native English speakers, and those with learning or physical disabilities.
Knowledge adolescent development.
Knowledge of labor market characteristics and variety of occupations and industries.
Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications.


Excellent skill in academic counseling, career guidance, high school student retention and graduation strategies, college-readiness strategies, scholarship awareness and first-generation college student preparation.
Skill in academic and outreach program development. Strong supervisory and leadership skills.
Effective interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, and public-relations skills.
Experience in rapport-building techniques.
Skill in data tracking, record keeping, writing reports, and maintaining student and staff records.


Ability to collaborate effectively with other personnel, partners, and external parties.
Ability to create presentations and present them effectively and professionally to diverse audiences.
Ability to receive feedback and implement changes as needed.
Ability to work independently on a multi-task level and prioritize and follow projects and assignments through to completion in a timely manner.
Ability to deal with diverse personalities and a high-stress environment.
Ability to network with various student-sponsoring agencies and programs.

Pay Range

$16.92 to $21.15 per hour

Special Instructions to Applicants

Under “Reference’s Letter” Please list a minimum of three contacts. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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