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Academic Advisor



Open Date 09/01/2017
Requisition Number PRN15174B
Job Title Academic Advisor
Working Title Academic Advisor
Job Grade D
FLSA Code Administrative
Patient Care Job Code? No
Standard Hours per Week 40
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Shift Day
Work Schedule Summary

40 hours per week which includes Saturday mornings and some evening hours during school year and frequent evening hours during 6 week residential summer program.

VP Area Academic Affairs
Department 00292 - TRiO
Location Campus
City Salt Lake City, UT
Type of Recruitment External Posting
Pay Rate Range $36,000 - 38,000
Close Date

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Open Until Filled

NOTE: May close at anytime.
Job Summary

The Upward Bound Project is a federally funded program to encourage postsecondary preparation of high school students who are from low-income families and are first-generation college bound students (the first in their family to go to college).

This position advises a diverse population of students in regards to their academic planning and progress by utilizing professional advising and guidance skills. Interprets and explains secondary and post-secondary academic policies and procedures to assist students in making decisions concerning personal educational goals leading to graduation.


1. Identifies and recruits new participants at the target high schools.
2. Meets with participants to provide information and guidance on academic-related issues such as high school graduation, college admissions requirements, career exploration, scholarships, and financial aid applications.
3. Assists students with college, financial aid, and scholarship applications.
Facilitates students’ academic progress by evaluating their needs and developing appropriate educational plans.
4. Makes referrals for students who need assistance with overcoming learning obstacles, specialized tutoring, extended or intensive assistance with personal and/or family issues, etc. Advocates for participants with high schools.
5. Communicates regularly with other UB staff members, high school personnel, parents, etc.
6. Develops and presents education programs designed to supplement or enhance academic preparedness.
7. Assists with planning academic year and summer programs; plans, implements, and supervises specific activities during academic year and summer residential programs which may include tutorial programs, community service activities, leadership development, career exploration, etc.
8. Maintains students’ academic files that include student progress, records of advising activities, and participation in other program activities. Maintains records required for institutional and federal reporting.
9. May supervise tutors and/or summer residential staff and/or student employees and participate in hiring, training and evaluating those employees.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking. 

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency required. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills required.

Previous experience in an advising, counseling or teaching environment is preferred.

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


Master’s degree preferred.

Experience advising, counseling, teaching or working in outreach programs for low income youth. Personal vehicle for travel to target schools is required.

Some overnight travel for conferences and training may be required.

Spanish fluency helpful.

Persons who have overcome barriers similar to those of the target population are encouraged to apply.

Type Benefited Staff
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 qualified applicants, upon request and 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”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, 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 for information.

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. * Do you have a related Bachelor's degree or equivalency? (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education)
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Indicate your level of training and/or experience in advising, counseling, mentoring or teaching:
    • None
    • Minimal
    • Moderate
    • Extensive

Applicant Documents

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