Pre-Collegiate Advisor - GEAR UP

State of Colorado Job Opportunities - Pueblo, CO3.6

Department Information

Colorado GEAR UP
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

Colorado GEAR UP is a 7-year federal grant (2018 – 2025) that is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is managed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. Colorado GEAR UP is a pre-collegiate service program that is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Students who successfully fulfill program participation expectations and meet the scholarship criteria may be eligible to apply for the GEAR UP scholarship. For more information about the program, please visit

Description of Job
The GEAR UP Pre-Collegiate Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and implementing pre-collegiate services under the guidelines, policies, and mission of Colorado GEAR UP. The GEAR UP Pre-Collegiate Advisor will serve as an advisor, mentor, resource, and case manager to cohorts of students in individual and group settings. The Pre-Collegiate Advisor will be responsible for increasing high school graduation rates and preparing students for postsecondary and matriculation.

Select advisors will also support college students beginning in year 5 of the grant. College advisors will be responsible for transition, summer melt initiatives, persistence and retention.

High School Duties and Responsibilities

Advising and Case Management: Provide intense case managing through one-on-one and small group advising sessions with students. Monitor and track attendance and academic progress regularly. Set-up and monitor early inventions for student success including but not limited to tutoring.
College and Career Readiness Workshops: Facilitate monthly college and career readiness workshops that include study skills, career exploration with an emphasis in STEM, job shadows, college research, community service, financial aid and financial literacy.
College Culture: Build and lead a strong GEAR UP presence in the school and implement sustainable best practices. In collaboration with the high school, create and develop a strong postsecondary outlook and culture by providing opportunities for college awareness and exposure and setting high expectations.
College Visits: Promote and coordinate opportunities for college visits, college fairs, career workshops and other related college readiness opportunities.
Dual Enrollment: Promote dual enrollment and assist with coordination, implementation and reporting.
Mentoring: Build, develop and foster strong, mentoring relationships with students.
Parent Engagement: Coordinate and host parent engagement events.
Postsecondary Partnerships: Network and develop partnerships with postsecondary institutions and support programs to provide students with postsecondary exposure and experiences. Create pipelines with key divisions at
Recruitment: Lead, coordinate and facilitate student recruitment activities.
Seniors: Guide and assist seniors through the college admissions process including college applications, FAFSA completion, scholarship applications and postsecondary transitions tasks.
postsecondary institutions that will help ease the transition from high school to college for students.
Summer Programs: Promote, coordinate and support summer programs including but not limited to credit recovery, dual enrollment, summer bridge, and college or career related enrichment opportunities.
Testing and Assessment: Coordinate and proctor testing and assessments such as ACCUPLACER and CLEP. Promote and monitor test preparation for the PSAT and SAT.
Surveys and Focus Groups: Facilitate student, parent and control group surveys and coordinate student focus groups annually.

College Duties and Responsibilities
Advising and Case Management: Conduct outreach and intrusive advising in one-on-one or small group advising sessions with students. Provide wrap-around support services that promote holistic academic success. Monitor and track academic progress and help establish early alerts and inventions for student success.
College Success Workshops: Provide college success tools and techniques such as time management, study skills, tutoring opportunities and FAFSA completion.
Orientation: Facilitate new student transition orientations and Meet and Greet events.
Mentor/Resource: Serve as a mentor, resource, liaison and advocate for student enrollment, transition, persistence, degree plans and degree attainment.
Postsecondary Partnerships: Network and develop partnerships with existing programs that will provide students with resources, academic support, and opportunities to boost social integration.
Student Advocate: Assist students in becoming independent learners by providing them with the knowledge and resources on how to navigate through a postsecondary system including financial aid.
Summer Programs: Lead summer melt initiatives.

Other Responsibilities
Budget Management: Manage onsite budget and expense reporting.
Data Management: Maintain student data regularly and accurately. Review and analyze data to help drive and refine program initiatives, outcomes and success. Assist with federal annual and final reporting.
In-Kind/Match: Manage in-kind for your school site and grant activities.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree required; degree in education or related field preferred
2-4 years experience in a high school or college setting
Self-starter & self-directed
Ability to work independently as well as be a team player
Must have strong organizational skills, able to multi-task and detail oriented in a fast-paced environment
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Results oriented
Passionate about the success of students
Ability to motivate others
Ability to work with a diverse population
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications including Word, Outlook, Excel, & PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications
Bilingual, Spanish preferred
Knowledge of financial aid and college admission
Knowledge of college placement and admission tests and assessments
Knowledge or remedial education, dual enrollment, graduation guidelines and Guided Pathways
Data management experience

Work Schedule
This is a full time, year-around position. Employees will be required to telecommute during summer months when schools are not in session. Telecommuting is a work arrangement in which employees, for a period of their scheduled work hours, perform their regular job responsibilities away from their primary business location utilizing telecommunication and information technology as appropriate.
Office location will vary based on high school and college assignments.
Some evenings required
Some in-state and out of state travel required

Compensation & Benefits

We offer a competitive salary range based on education and experience with a full benefits package. These are not the State of Colorado benefits.
This position is non-classified and exempt from the rules of the Colorado State Personnel Board.
Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and final funding approval.

Application Procedures

To be considered for this position, candidates must possess the minimum qualifications listed above and submit the following: 1) Letter of Application 2) Resume or Vitae. Submit your completed application materials to:

Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Application review begins immediately and position start is immediate.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. In compliance with federal and state anti-discrimination laws, the Department does not discriminate in matters of employment based on disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion, age, national origin, or ancestry.