Advisor, GEAR UP

California State University-Monterey Bay
Seaside, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Working Title:

Advisor, GEAR UP

Department Name:

Early Outreach & Support Pgms

Job Number:



Open Until Filled

Priority Screening Date:


Recruitment Status:

Open Until Filled

Position Description:

Three Vacancies

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a nonprofit 501©(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation’s mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State Population. The University Corporation at Monterey is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.
POSITION SUMMARY:Under the direct supervision of the School Site Supervisor of GEAR UP programs with general oversight by the Associate Director of GEAR UP and the Director of Pre-College and Early Outreach and Support programs, the Academic Advisor will work with high school students to make meaningful connections between career and college options and their schoolwork.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include. but are not limited to. the following:

  • Advise students in various academic areas such as subject study, standardized tests, and extracurricular activities.
  • Help students develop and follow a meaningful educational action plan.
  • Develop appropriate academic workshops with the College and Career Advisor(s) and implement the workshops during the day or evening.
  • Assist parents with their understanding of academic rigor and grades.
  • Assess and evaluate student progress and produce regular academic reports by working closely with the teachers and counselors at the school.
  • Provide appropriate academic counseling (group and individual) to ensure students transition to the next grade level.
  • Meet with school personnel to recommend appropriate interventions for students who are not doing well academically at school
  • Provide training to academic and summer tutors
  • Deliver college and career curriculum to students.
  • Collaborate with the GEAR UP school site team to plan and coordinate activities with college and university partners, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the college and career program
  • Develop, plan, and implement college awareness curriculum partnering with postsecondary visits, networking with partner universities and colleges, summer experiences, and other innovative strategies designed to reach all students
  • Coordinate and present workshops for parents and students on financial aid and scholarships, college survival skills, college search, college applications, transitioning to college
  • Responsible for the tutors at the school site including scheduling. Collaborate with the GEAR UP school site team to plan and coordinate activities with college and university partners, and oversee the day-to-day operations of the college and career program
  • Work with other GEAR UP school staff to develop summer programming for remediation or acceleration of classes.
  • Develop, Plan and Evaluate workshop and program activities and provide analysis
  • Collaborate with the Career Pathways Specialist to ensure students are knowledgeable in the different pathways offered at tile schools
  • Collaborate with organizations, school counselors, and other entities to expose participants to STEM activities and careers.
  • Collaborate with teachers and school leaders to integrate practices and strategies, which align with program goals
  • Perform a variety of administrative duties in support of the GEAR UP grant including maintaining documentation files of all services, and correspondence. reports, procedures, and presentations related to the GEAR-UP program; and developing outreach materials, including newsletters and social media sites.
  • Serve as liaison between high school faculty, staff, administrators, and CSUMB; attend GEAR UP school, college, community, and partner meetings to promote the GEAR UP program
  • Communicate clearly and effectively with individuals and groups of varying ages and cultural background to disseminate information. resolve problems and clarify solutions.
  • Handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information where judgment and discretion are essential.
  • Ensure confidentiality of all program records and other sensitive information.
  • Represent the GEAR UP programs at university functions and at statewide and national meetings, as necessary
  • Attends relevant national, regional, and local professional development conferences, workshops, and seminars
  • Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service within the department and the campus community
  • Performs other duties as assigned

  • This position will be assigned to work at or more school sites in the Monterey/Salinas Area
  • This position may occasionally report to the University Corporation at Monterey Bay office located at 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive in Monterey

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Knowledge of statewide efforts to promote sustainable college-going culture in schools
  • General knowledge of the principles, practices and strategies currently used in improving access and retention support to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students
  • Ability to gather and analyze data; ability to reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; ability to participate in and contribute to group meetings, conferences, and interviews; ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports
  • Ability to develop student support programs and activities related to assigned areas of responsibility
  • Ability to determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged in sensitive situations
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with school administration, parents, students, and community leaders
  • Ability to work effectively and interdependently in a diverse school environment
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and school policies and regulations pertaining to college and career readiness
  • Ability to coordinate and oversee large groups of students especially on a field trip, excursion. or after-school program
  • Demonstrated information and technical literacy
  • The ability to multi-task, prioritize responsibilities and meet deadlines
  • The ability to work both independently and within a team and collaborate on projects

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Equivalent to a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with major coursework in education, counseling or related field AND 2 years of professional experience in a student support program at a secondary and/or post-secondary level.
  • A Master’s degree or advanced coursework in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, or directly related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Understanding of partner schools and target populations
  • Demonstrated ability to interact successfully with a variety of constituencies including middle/high school and college personnel and partnership members

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of best practices in K-12 and higher education and academic counseling theories
  • An understanding and analysis of various challenges that impact first-generation college students and low-income students and how to assist these students to college graduation
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence
  • Strong leadership, team building, and group facilitation skills
  • Any amount of proven work experience in a GEAR UP/TRIO Outreach Program
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish

Special Conditions of Employment:

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.

University Corporation at Monterey Bay positions are “at-will” employment.CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community.

All CSUMB/University Corporation employees must be fully vaccinated, including booster (when eligible), against COVID-19, unless they are exempt from this requirement because an exemption has been granted based on a medical contraindication or sincerely held religious beliefs. Fully vaccinated means that an individual has received all recommended doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that has received Emergency Use Authorization or full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and that it has been at least two weeks since the final recommended dose. All students, faculty, and staff who have not been vaccinated and received a booster must test weekly beginning February 4, 2022.

See: The California State University COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at

Sensitive Positions – This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:

  • responsibility for the care, safety and security of people (including children and minors), animals and CSU property
  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education’s Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California’s Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.
Clery Act:
  • This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA). The position is required to participate in training at the direction of the Clery Director and must also promptly report allegations of reportable crimes according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, its accompanying regulations; the California State Education Code, Chapter 15.5, of the Donahoe Higher Education Act, Section 67380; and the California State University system-wide policy, Code EO 1107. CSAs are employees whose job duties fall into one of the following categories:
    • Work in a campus police or security department
    • Are responsible for campus security
    • Are designated as the contact for reporting criminal offenses
    • Have significant responsibility for student and campus activities
Special License or Certifications and Conditions:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University’s liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.
Questions can be sent to: [email protected].

Compensation and Benefits:

The University Corporation is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students, and the customers we serve. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department’s fiscal resources. Classification: Staff, Grade 4. The hourly hiring range for this position is $24-26. This is a non-exempt position and as such is eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Corporation offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), and other benefits. Please review our benefits guide for details about sick time, vacation, and holidays.The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing: Although CSUMB is in a high-cost housing area, Schoonover Park rental homes are affordably priced. Monthly rent rates include cable television, garbage service, and sewer. Convenient floorplans, attractive interior appointments, and numerous community amenities make Schoonover Park Rental Homes an exceptional value. Schoonover Park is near the main campus, yet a tranquil world away. The community lies nestled in the secluded beauty of rolling coastal hills three miles east of campus. Living in one of the most desirable areas of California, you will enjoy the natural splendor and cultural abundance of the Monterey Peninsula. Quality of life begins with your home in Schoonover Park and extends through every aspect of your California coastal lifestyle.

How to Apply:

All prospective applicants must apply online. You must complete the entire application for submission. We only accept applications for the open positions listed. Please do not fax or mail in a printed version of the electronic applications or a resume in lieu of an application. If you are having difficulty applying or need assistance, please call (831) 582-3389. All positions are open until filled. The completed online application and resume must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on the priority screening date. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The Corporation is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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Cal State Monterey Bay offers extraordinary opportunities to our faculty, staff, and administrators as well as our students. We're a growing campus in a beautiful location with a collaborative atmosphere and generous benefits package - including employee housing and tuition reimbursement. Take a look at how Cal State Monterey Bay is doing what matters!

About California State University Monterey Bay

CSU Monterey BayCal State Monterey Bay provides more than 7,000 students an extraordinary opportunity to learn on a residential campus just one mile from the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. Our diverse student body receives personal attention in small classes while pursuing degrees in 25 undergraduate and seven graduate majors. 

Founded in 1994 on the former site of Fort Ord by educators and community leaders, Cal State Monterey Bay faculty and staff build on that legacy as we explore innovative ways to meet the needs of a new generation of students while simultaneously powering the Monterey County economy.

While we serve students from the entire state of California, 33 percent of our undergraduates come from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. We pride ourselves on making higher education accessible to traditionally underserved and low-income populations. Seventy-two percent of our students receive some form of financial aid. Fifty-six percent of our students are among the first generation of their family to go to college. And with 45 percent of our students living on campus, we are one of the most residential universities in the CSU.


One thing that makes Cal State Monterey Bay different from any other campus in the country is our location. Not only are we just one mile from the beach, we are on the site of a former Army base.CSU Monterey Bay sunset 1

Going to school on an old Army base can be pretty cool. For example, the Visual & Public Art Department has made an amazing studio and gallery space out of old motorpool buildings. You'll find many bits and pieces of this history all over campus – unique and surprising reminders of Monterey Bay's military past.

Monterey Bay is on the central coast of California, just two hours south of San Francisco. The bay itself is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world and home to whales, deep sea anglerfish, and of course our mascot, sea otters. The Cal State Monterey Bay campus is close to pristine beaches, redwood forests, tidepools, and the Fort Ord National Monument.

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The campus straddles the cities of Seaside and Marina, which are small, diverse communities where many of our students live and work. We also offer online programs for those who don't live in the area.

Departments and Faculty

Within the Academic Affairs administrative division, six colleges oversee Cal State Monterey Bay's academic operations. Each college includes several academic units that deliver degrees, minors, and other academic offerings. The university currently offers a total of 25 undergraduate degrees with over 30 included concentrations, more than 30 minors, eight graduate degrees, and several teacher certification options.

CSU Monterey Bay graduation flagsAt Cal State Monterey Bay, we're not about huge lecture halls. We're about learning, connecting, problem-solving, and working together. The faculty at Cal State Monterey Bay are here because they want to help students do just that. In fact, many of them gave up the lecture-hall lifestyle to teach at this university. They've won prestigious awards, traveled the world, and done ground-breaking research, but what really drives them is working with students.

From the First Year Seminar faculty who help students launch their college careers to the Capstone advisors who push students to deliver the best work they are capable of, our students get personal attention, mentoring, and learning opportunities that prepare them to succeed.

They give students hands-on experience along with theory. They take them into the community and onto the water. They use technology to connect with distance learners online, and employ new techniques such as flipped classrooms.

They're fully committed to academic excellence and they make a difference in students' lives. Find out more about our faculty here.

Come see why Cal State Monterey Bay is a great place to learn, live, and work!

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