GEAR UP Counselor- Wasatch Region

Oct 02, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Counseling
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

GEAR UP Counselor- Wasatch Region

Position Category: Staff - Part-Time (Variable Hour)

Counsels with students and parents in the Wasatch area to develop an individualized strengths-based intake summary and education plan and provides 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 tracking attendance and GPA. Provides feedback and assistance to students. Hires, trains, and supervises GEAR UP tutors, mentors and parent specialist.

Required 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Strong knowledge of 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 challenges for at-risk youth, minorities, non-native English speakers, and those with learning or physical disabilities.
  • Knowledge of adolescent development.
  • Knowledge of labor market characteristics and variety of occupations and industries.
  • Knowledge of a variety of computer software applications.
  • Excellent skills 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 network with various student-sponsoring agencies and programs.
  • Ability to deal with diverse personalities and a high-stress environment.
  • 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 receive feedback and implement changes as needed.
  • Ability to create presentations and present them effectively and professionally to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with other personnel, partners, and external parties.

Preferred Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited institution with a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, social science, or a related field AND two years experience related to the summary of duties with at least one of those years counseling at-risk students.
This position requires travel to and from the Wasatch area at the employee’s expense.
Must be able to drive provided state car when needed, as well as have a current driver’s license. If a state car is not available, be able to drive your own vehicle.
Must be able to meet with students at school, in their homes, and at other locations, as needed, both during normal working hours and on evenings and weekends.

Physical Requirements:
Work is normally performed in a typical office work environment.

Benefits Summary:
You may be eligible for a 3 credit hour or 1 class tuition waiver after 6 consecutive months of employment and a minimum of 475 hours worked. Dependents do not qualify for a waiver.

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $16.92 - $21.15 per hour

Advertisement Number: ST30017
Open Date: 09/06/2017
Review Start Date: 09/12/2017
Close Date: 10/31/2017
Open Until Filled:

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