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Associate Instructor - Hourly

Company: University of Utah
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

About the University of Utah First Star Academy:
First Star is a national college-access program with the mission of improving the education outcomes for youth in foster care. There are currently fifteen First Star Academies partnered with universities, child welfare agencies and school systems across the country. The program model focuses on academics, life-skills and self-advocacy and engages our scholars throughout all four years of their high school career. First Star hosts one Saturday Academy each month during the academic year and a month-long residential Summer Academy at the University of Utah during the summer. To enroll in First Star, youth must be in foster care at the time of application, but they remain in First Star for all four years of high school regardless of changing foster care placements, adoption or reunification with their biological families. Nationally, 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school, and less than 1% graduate college. Of the foster youth in the First Star Academies, 100% graduate high school and 92% enroll in college.
You can learn more about the national First Star model at and about the University of Utah First Star Academy at

About the position:
Summer Academy Instructors play a critical role in the success of the Academy. The Instructors are responsible for developing the curriculum for the courses they will be teaching, teaching the course(s), and providing feedback on each youth's progress. The course should be aligned with the state curriculum standards and encourage successful learning practices.

We are looking for one math instructor and one English instructor to teach June 26th - July 22nd, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm . The teacher would instruct about 15 students from 9am to 10am and then switch groups with the other instructor for the second half of the morning. There would also be a teaching assistant present in the classroom. Outside of this 3-hour morning block of teaching, the position would include hours before June 26th for planning Math or English curriculum based off student assessments that we are currently conducting. There will be occasional evening tutoring sessions during the Summer Academy and we will hold staff training events during June 5th-June 16th.

The pay rate is $50 per contact hour, or approximately $4,000 for the summer.

Our ideal candidate would be interested and available to continue curriculum development and teaching for Summer Academy the following academic year. Responsibilities

  • Prepare a pre- and post-test in their subject area to be administered at the beginning and the end of the Summer Academy.
  • Work with Academy Director to create a curriculum that provides at least two hours of appropriate instruction to youth Monday through Friday each week of the Summer Academy.
  • Provide written comments and evaluations of each participating youth, including recommendation for youth's continuing development in the subject area of instruction, within 7 days of the conclusion of the Summer Academy.
  • Supervise youth during all Summer Academy classroom instruction.
  • Provide academic support and additional tutoring opportunities to youth during classes.
  • Ensure compliance with the Academy's and University of Utah's code of conduct.
  • Prepare for and actively participate in staff training, meetings, and supervisory conferences, as needed.
  • Model appropriate behavior for youth and others including productive learning environments, cleanliness, punctuality, language choice, and personal representation.
  • Maintain positive relationships with Academy staff, university staff, and the youths' caregivers and social workers. Minimum Qualifications
    • Holds a Bachelor's Degree and is certified by the State to teach in the content area they are hired for.
    • Previous experience in education, a local school system classroom setting or other work experience with youth in a classroom setting, preferred.
    • Ability to work as a team member with Academy Administration staff, direct youth coaches in the classroom, and other campus staff.
    • Responsible, friendly, enthusiastic, patient and willing to learn.
    • Strong organization and communication skills.
    • Preference given to instructors who have experienced with foster care or at-risk youth. Preferences Special Instructions Summary Additional Information The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: Director/ Title IX Coordinator

      Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

      383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

      Salt Lake City, UT 84112


      Online reports may be submitted at The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen. This report includes statistics about criminal offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, and Violence Against Women Act offenses. They also provide information about safety and security-related services offered by the University of Utah. A paper copy can be obtained by request at the Department of Public Safety located at 1658 East 500 South. Posting Specific Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
      • * 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 Required Documents
        • Cover Letter
        • Resume
        • List of References Optional Documents
        • Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 - Member Copy 4) - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169
        • Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission University Human Resource Management
          250 East 200 South, Suite 125 Salt Lake City, UT 84111
          Contact us: (801) 581-2169 By Email:

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