MPA and MPP Job listJob Posting - Utah System of Higher Ed

Melissa Hall melissa.hall at
Fri May 11 10:50:10 MDT 2012

Posting Date:

Closing Date: Review of Applications Begins Immediately, Closed When Filled


The Utah Scholars Initiative (USI) is coordinated through the Outreach and Access department in the Utah System of Higher Education/Board of Regents. In March 2006 Utah received federal funding for a pilot initiative and in 2008, as designated by the Governor, was awarded the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) from the U.S. Department of Education. USI became one of the many activities funded by the CACG in a coordinated effort aimed at increasing the number of low-income and underrepresented students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Since its inception, the Utah Scholars Initiative (USI) is currently partnering with twelve local school districts informing teachers, parents, counselors, and students about the importance of academic preparation. USI brings business, community, and higher education leaders into Utah middle and junior high school classrooms, where they discuss with students the benefits of taking a core course of study and working hard in high school and continuing their educational training beyond high school graduation. To date, USI has trained over 450 community volunteers, approximately 20% of which participate in Utah Scholars outreach and presentations annually. Volunteer recruitment and engagement is a key component to the success of USI. This year volunteers will have given approximately 699 presentations and reached over 23,000 Utah middle and junior high schools students.

USI has three over-arching goals:

1.     Help students, particularly minority and disadvantaged students, understand the academic preparation needed to succeed in post-secondary education and the workforce.

2.     Increase the number of Utahns earning a sufficient wage to be self-sustaining adults.

3.     Provides a way for local communities and businesses to interact with their schools in a meaningful way.

Additionally, Utah Scholars is the intentional outreach arm of the Regent’s Scholarship.  The Utah Scholars Core Course of Study is the academic pathway of requirements that a student must achieve in grades 9-12 in order to be eligible for the Regents’ Scholarship.

The successful applicant for the position will meet the following requirements:

  *   Professional experience in a higher or public education outreach and/or student services.
  *   2 years of experience in project management.
  *   Poised to represent the USHE in a professional manner.
  *   Ability to communicate effectively both in written and verbal communication.
  *   Ability to build rapport and trust with students, schools, community and business members.
  *   Good customer service skills.
  *   Ability to analyze current information on effective methods for serving underserved students.
  *   Ability to work independently.
  *   Time management, prioritization and follow through skills are a must.

·      Organized and detail oriented.

·      Adaptable learner and willingness to be flexible.

·      Microsoft Office Suite proficiency.

·      Bachelor’s degree required; Masters degree preferred.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
·     Manage the daily operations of the Utah Scholars Initiative.
·     Recruit and cultivate relationships with business and community organizations.
·     Train and provide on-going support to USI volunteers.
·     Maintain constituent relationships and communication plans with USI partner districts and students.
·     Supervise the Utah Scholars Program Assistant in working with partner schools to schedule  and deliver the 8th grade presentations.
·     Participate in outreach events such as; 8th grade presentations, parent and scholarship nights, etc. Plan and coordinate annual volunteer recognition event.
·     Assist with program reporting and tracking; including compiling the Utah Scholars annual report.
·     Create and distribute monthly communications for Utah Scholars Volunteers.
·     Develop and revise program materials and forms and website annually.
·     Serve as a liaison and provide support to the Regents’ Scholarship.
·     Provide CACG and StepUp to Higher Education campaign support.

The qualified applicant will be required to work a standard schedule of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend work maybe required. In-state travel is required.

The Utah System of Higher Education offers a fast-paced working environment and an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, tuition reduction, and retirement. The salary offered will depend upon qualifications. Consideration of qualified individuals will begin immediately. To apply, provide the following items to the address, e-mail or fax number below:

·      cover letter

·      completed application

·      resume

A completed application must be submitted.  The application is available for download from our Web site ( If problems are encountered downloading the application, contact HR and request the application be mailed to you. The completed application may be submitted after the resume and letter, but the resume will not be evaluated until the application arrives.
Human Resources
Utah System of Higher Education
60 South 400 West
Salt Lake City, UT  84101-1284
Fax: (801) 366-8405
Email: hr at<mailto:hr at>

Melissa Yack Hall
MPA Program Manager
University of Utah

melissa.hall at

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