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Initial Review Date (IRD): 07-06-2021
Dept Marketing Statement Provides the full range of assessment, counseling, and advice to targeted students, and makes referrals to organization and community resources. Works independently, receiving guidance on complicated problems / situations.
The future and ongoing development of the Underground Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz was created by current and alumni students who were formerly incarcerated. The direction of the program derived from student leaders who expressed needs for visibility and a program specifically geared toward assisting formerly incarcerated and system impacted students to thrive at UC Santa Cruz. The Underground Scholars Program is situated within Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) in the Division of Student Success.
Under the direction and supervision of the STARS Director, the Underground Scholars Program Coordinator provides direct services to formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students and coordinates programs to support their academic success, retention and graduation. The incumbent provides academic and personal counseling/guidance and manages student cases to propel their development and success as university students. In addition, the Program Coordinator collaborates with campus partners including the colleges, academic departments, faculty, student service units and student organizations on retention/student success initiatives. The incumbent will supervise and train student staff and volunteers, and engage in professional development to implement best practices and research based methodologies.
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule Salary Range Information: $55,100/Annually. No. of Positions: 1 Benefits Level Eligibility: This position is eligible for full benefits. Schedule Information: Full-time, Fixed Percentage of Time: 100% Average Hours Per Week: 40 Days of the Week: Mon-Fri, Occasional Weekends Shift Includes: Days, Occasional Evenings Employee Classification: This is a Contract Appointment Job End Date: 09-01-2022 with the possibility of an extension Job Code Classification:  ACAD ACHIEVEMENT CNSLR 3 Location: UC Santa Cruz Campus, Kresge College Union Representation: Non-represented
Job Duties 25%: Academic/Personal Counseling and Case Management
Provide multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges / schools to 'at risk' populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented populations, etc). Meet with students individually to provide comprehensive analyses of student's issues and needs, strengths/challenges and provide solutions and alternatives to support student success.
Meet with students individually to provide counseling in the areas of academic planning and course selection, as well as adjusting to the university, campus life and academic setting.
Helps students develop strategies to solve academic and personal barriers.
Develop, facilitate and monitor student action plans to increase academic and social success.
Engage with colleagues in departments such as faculty, academic staff, the colleges, Financial Aid, Housing, and others to advocate on behalf of formerly incarcerated students and to seek resolutions to a myriad of issues impacting the retention and graduation pathway of students.
Refer students to appropriate specialized programs and resources. Follow-up and track utilization to ensure interventions are being applied.
Connect students with important resources and facilitate alternative/virtual meetings with relevant resources, staff and faculty from campus.
Coordinate orientation programs and workshops for current and prospective Underground Scholars.
Partner and consult with Renaissance Scholars Counselor on common student cases; strategize, communicate case notes and action plans.
25%: Student Leadership
Maintain working knowledge of student leadership theories and practice.
Develop and organize effective peer advising programs designed to support the transition and retention of formerly incarcerated and system impacted students.
Train and support student leaders in their role as Underground Scholar student staff.
Co-facilitate workshops with student leaders, and collaborate with other STARS staff.
Develop and implement academic support services, including tutoring, study skills, career development, academic success and leadership seminars and workshops. Engage student leaders in workshop design, project management and implementation.
Collaborate with campus units to increase the utilization and inclusion of STARS students.
25%: Outreach & Awareness
In collaboration with appropriate campus colleagues and STARS student leaders, develop and participate in outreach programs to various community college groups to help prospective students learn about Underground Scholars and enroll at UCSC.
Assist prospective students with inquiries about the Underground Scholars program and the college application process, including referring and connecting students with Underground Scholars ambassadors and campus resources.
Develop relationships with prospective Underground Scholar students by phone, email, text, and with one-on-one connections. The purpose of these contacts are to assist prospective Underground Scholars to know the process of how to enroll at UCSC, gather student relevant information, answer general questions, and help students get to know relevant information about UCSC.
Coordinate virtual workshops with prospective transfer students who are formerly incarcerated and/or system impacted youth.
Participate in general outreach activities
Attend and table at OPERS Fest, STARS Fall Welcome events, and any other major campus events.
25%: Program Development
Create, analyze, and evaluate program information and provide data for review in developing and implementing strategies for meeting programmatic goals and enhancing processes.
Develop and implement programs and workshops that build upon the strengths of Underground Scholars with learning outcomes related to academic and student success.
Serve on campus committees to inform and provide the perspective of formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students.
Analyze and evaluate outreach sessions and other recruitment platforms and make program improvements based on findings.
Develop communications & informational literature pertaining to Undergrounds Scholars at UCSC, including: informational materials flyers, pamphlets, Webpage development, email, phone, building/campus resources, promotional brochures, PowerPoint presentations, social media, e-brochures and e-flyers.
Keep abreast of student trends in higher education, particularly low-income and first-generation transfer student populations, with a specialization in supporting formerly incarcerated and system-impacted students.
Stay knowledgeable in regards to new laws and policies pertaining to incarceration, reentry, housing, internships, and career/job access, and financial aid that may impact Underground Scholar students.
Participate in statewide efforts to expand and sustain Underground Scholars.
Engage in fundraising activities such as grant-writing, campus funding opportunities, and donor relations.
Attend training and conferences as needed.
Other duties or projects as assigned.
Education: Bachelors degree or equivalent experience.
Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development.
Knowledge in how to enhance students' intellectual and personal growth and development, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
Demonstrated experience with achievement advising and/or counseling students who have transferred from other colleges; are older than traditional aged students; are military veterans, or are student parents.
Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as collaborative teaching / learning models, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, and under prepared students in higher education, and specifically formerly incarcerated or system-impacted students.
Knowledge and experience in analyzing complex situations and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs designed to meet the diverse needs of students.
Multicultural humility and experience advising diverse groups of students.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate services/programs for students.
Ability to perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions.
Outstanding interpersonal, written, digital and oral communication skills including the ability to make effective group presentations, and to describe programs and provide information with clarity.
Ability to be highly reliable, follow through on all assignments, prepare reports in a timely manner, and be punctual for meetings and appointments.
Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing data, and generating reports.
Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
Knowledge of Federal, state, and local requirements to provide for access, health, confidentiality, and safety; legal and ethical issues governing the delivery of counseling services.
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional environment.
Safety Statement All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
EEO/AA The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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