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Position Title: Tutor/ Mentor           

Department: Upward Bound (TRIO)                       

Compensation: Starting salary begins at $13.00 depending on experience

Position Summary:

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s TRIO Upward Bound Program (TRIO) is a federally funded pre-collegiate program that serves first generation, low-income students from six Denver Public Schools:  Abraham Lincoln High School, East High School, Manual High School, North High School, West Early College, and West Leadership Academy. TRIO’s goal is to help students graduate high school on time, enroll in, and graduate from a post-secondary institution.

TRIO is currently hiring tutors to work at least 2 days a week, between Monday-Thursday, from 3:00pm-6:30pm for the 2019/2020 academic school year. Tutors will provide academic support to High School students in English, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Math, and Science.  Additionally, as support staff you will assist the Program Coordinator and Assistant Director with the planning and facilitation of program activities and workshops throughout the year, as well as provide some administrative support to core staff members.

Specific Duties/ Expectations of the Position:

  • Tutor students in general high school subjects (including small-group and individual tutoring)
  • Maintain an environment conducive to learning, including keeping tutoring area reasonably quiet and organized
  • Assess and monitor students' progress in tutoring sessions and one's own tutoring skills
  • Pass on knowledge, insights and expertise about college preparation
  • Serve as a role model for participants, demonstrating integrity and accountability
  • Assist students in developing effective study skills and setting goals
  • Collaborate with teaching staff to support instruction during classes; assist in classroom management
  • Actively listen, provide information, encouragement, and guidance to students
  • Communicate regularly with students during tutoring, keeping them on-task
  • Report regularly to Advisor/ Education Coordinator regarding students’ progress and needs
  • Chaperone participants during local field trips and/or assist with educational workshops
  • Track daily attendance and homework progress and completion
  • Input tutoring and contact notes into student database
  • Attend required trainings and weekly staff meetings


Requirements of the Position (minimum and preferred):

  • Content knowledge in at least one of the following areas: math, language arts, science, and other academic content areas
  • Demonstrate commitment to serving high-need urban youth and families
  • Tutoring or teaching experience
  • Ability to work with diverse populations, including being sensitive to the diverse needs, learning styles, and abilities of Upward Bound students
  • Previous training or work experience with youth, particularly high school youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Commitment to participate for full academic year
  • Ability to work at least 2 days a week, Monday-Thursday 3:00-6:30 p.m. and/or occasional Friday and Saturday field trips.
  • Current student enrolled in a minimum of six (6) credit hours
  • College sophomore, junior, or senior standing is preferred, although qualified freshman applicants will be considered.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Remain in good academic and judicial standing at higher institution
  • Initiative, punctuality, dependability, discipline, and self-confidence
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to motivate and encourage youth
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • CPR and First Aid Certified

Other Requirements of the Position:

  • Attend required training at the beginning of each academic term
  • Final candidates will be required to pass a criminal background check
  • Persons from backgrounds similar to Upward Bound participants are encouraged to apply


Learning Outcomes & Goals:

  • Exhibit exemplary communication skills
  • Display strong professionalism/work ethic
  • Show interpersonal and teamwork skills


Application Process                                                                 

Please send your completed application, cover letter, resume, current class schedule, and a copy of your most recent college transcript. (Freshman applicants may submit an unofficial copy of their High School transcripts with current schedule.) You need to be registered for six credits in order for you to be hired as a student.

Provide at least two professional references. Applicants must have a recommendation from at least one professor or other full time faculty member at MSUD, UCD, or CCD. Please put TRIOUB Support Staff Application (first name, last name, major) in the subject line of your email, and please include the subject you are willing to tutor in in your cover letter.

Please submit your completed application to Janelle Henderson via email or hard copy (drop off at the Center for Urban Education Office in Tivoli, 129).

Deadline: Currently accepting applications for Spring 2020 semester.  Please contact Janelle Henderson at 303.615-1127 for further questions.


Information Regarding Paid Positions                                                

Requirements and Restrictions:  The following requirements apply to all students seeking tutoring positions within the Upward Bound High School Program:

  1. Students must be in good academic standing (not on academic probation).
  2. Students agree to abide by all MSU Denver Human Resources’ Student Employment, Student Conduct, and School policies.
  3. Students must be enrolled for at least six (6) credits.


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