Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

GEAR UP Kentucky (GUK): Postsecondary Transition Coordinator

Application Due Date:  Preference given to applications received by July 8, 2022; open until filled.
Location:  Field position in Northern KY.
Travel:  Frequent and significant in-state travel required; occasional out-of-state travel required.
Compensation: Upper 60s to low 70s.


GEAR UP Kentucky is a federal grant program coordinated by the Council, which works with students and schools in low-income communities to support college preparation and success. GEAR UP Kentucky is a competitive federal grant program designed to increase the college-going rate. In 2018, the Council was awarded a seven-year, $24.5 million grant to serve at least 10,000 middle and high school students in at least 10 school districts. This is the fourth GEAR UP state grant for Kentucky that has been administered through the Council. GEAR UP positions are for the term of the grant.

Duties and Responsibilities

Direct Services for Students and Families

Provide direct services to GEAR UP Scholar students and families at assigned campuses in the northern KY area.

Student services - Postsecondary level

Family services - postsecondary level

Provide services and support to GEAR UP Scholar families at assigned institutions via text outreach and other identified activities/strategies.

Student services - District level

Work with District Program Managers in all GUK high schools to connect early with students with priority focus on schools within region of assigned postsecondary institutions through collaborative delivery of services such as:

Summer Academy Coordination

Serve as Site Director of annual 3-week Summer Academy on 4-year university campus (2023 – 2025), including but not limited to:

Development and Coordination of Postsecondary Services

Develop and define programmatic content and implementation plans for assigned GEAR UP Scholars service area including:

Communication and Information Management

Education and Experience


Contact Information

Interested applicants should send a letter of application specifically addressing the responsibilities and qualifications of the position, a resume, and the names, titles, and contact information for at least three professional references to:

Rae Smith, Human Resource
Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
100 Airport Road 
Frankfort, KY 40601 

Last Updated: 6/17/2022