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Open Date 06/05/2017
Requisition Number PRN06904N
Job Title Tutor
Working Title Utah Reads Tutor
Job Grade UGR
FLSA Code Nonexempt
Patient Care Job Code?
Type Non Benefited Staff / Student
Temporary? Yes
Standard Hours per Week 4-19
Full Time or Part Time? Part Time
Shift Variable
Work Schedule Summary

Tutors will set their own regular weekly schedules within the available tutoring hours of the partnering site. At a minimum, tutors must work 2 days a week with a total of 4-19 hours a week. Tutoring sites are generally open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

If becoming an AmeriCorps member, tutors are required to commit to a minimum of 9 hours each week.

Is this a work study job? No
VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00305 - Bennion Community Center
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range See Job Summary section for details.
Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Job Summary

Job Summary
Utah Reads Tutors work with children aged prekindergarten through sixth grade in the development of basic reading skills. Children receiving tutoring perform below their expected academic level. Tutors collaborate with their team leader and site teachers to better assess the children’s needs and to determine effective ways to address those needs.

Tutors work with selected children one-on-one to help them experience success in intellectual tasks related to literacy. Tutoring sessions utilize resources and lesson plans taught in trainings. Tutors may also work under the supervision of a teacher to assist groups of children in completing tasks such as homework and independent reading.

The central goal is for children to learn tools that help them problem-solve and achieve success on their own. Tutors are encouraged to build a mentoring relationship with the children and share the joy and value of learning. This increases a child’s self-motivation to continue to grow academically.

To ensure progress, tutors work with the same children frequently and consistently (i.e. two or more times per week) in at least 30 minute tutoring sessions.

Pay Information
Getting Paid Hourly with Work Study Funds ($9.25 – 10.00/hour)
Tutors who qualify for work-study funding can get paid hourly for all of the time dedicated to the success of the community partner site and the program. Tutor wages begin at $9.25/hour and can be increased after each semester of satisfactory performance up to a cap of $10.00/hour. An increased starting wage is available to work-study students with experience.

Getting an Education Award with AmeriCorps ($1,200)
AmeriCorps at the Bennion Center supports students that are highly dedicated to community service, involvement, and engagement. The smallest term requires completion of 300 hours (with fall and spring semesters being 16 weeks, that’s roughly 9 hours per week). Successful completion of any term will result in an award that can be applied towards any educational expenses (past, current, or even future). AmeriCorps terms are also available to those earning hourly wages through work-study.

About the program and our home in the Bennion Center
The America Reads Challenge began in 1997 when research showed that 40% of America’s fourth graders were not reading at their expected grade level. Reading proficiency at this age is critical if children are to master increasingly demanding academic subjects in later grades. The Utah Reads program at the University of Utah began in 1997 as one of over 1,100 America Reads programs across the nation.

The mission of the Utah Reads program at the University of Utah is to provide effective, quality tutoring in literacy and mathematics to the elementary aged students of our community partners.

Utah Reads is a part of programming offered at the University of Utah Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. The Bennion Center is one of the oldest centers of its kind in the United States.

The mission of the Bennion Center is to foster lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the university with the greater community in action, change and learning.


Training: New tutors are required to attend all trainings in their first year as a tutor. Upon return, tutors serving additional academic years are required to attend any new trainings, and encouraged to repeat others.

Transportation: Tutors must be willing and able to provide their own transportation to and from their assigned community site.

Scheduling: Tutors set their own regular weekly schedules within the available tutoring hours of the partnering site. This gives tutors the opportunity to arrange their work hours around their academic and personal commitments. Tutors must commit to work at least 4 hours per week on two days of the week and cannot exceed 20 hours per week.

Consistency: Consistent, ongoing support is crucial for the children and teachers involved in Utah Reads. Tutors commit to serving with Utah Reads for at least one semester and are expected to honor that term.

Community Partnership: Tutors are expected to be role models for the children at all times by complying with all of the rules of the partner site. Conduct guidelines will be described in orientations and may include site rules, dress code, safety procedures, etc.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma, or equivalency; demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are required.

The incumbent will be required to pass a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) Background check

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

If applying for a work-study position, students must have been awarded a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year. Please login to CIS and go to the Finance/Financial Aid section to view your Financial Aid Status. Before hire, this employer will confirm that you have received a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year.

Special Instructions Summary
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.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. If applying for a work-study position, have you been awarded and have you accepted a Federal Work-Study Award for the current year? (Work study not required to apply for this position.)
    • Yes
    • No
    • Not Applicable
  2. If applying for a work-study position, do you agree to follow the work-study information and policies as stated in the Student Work-Study Handbook found on the Financial Aid and Scholarships website?
    • Yes
    • Not Applicable
  3. * What interests you about Utah Reads? What do you hope to get out of this experience?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * What special interests, skills, abilities, etc. will you bring to Utah Reads?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe any community service or experience with children, either paid or volunteer, that you have had.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Are you currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree?
    • Undergraduate/Bachelors
    • Graduate/Masters
    • Both in succession at the University of Utah
  7. * What is your major?

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * What is your expected date of graduation?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  4. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission