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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 27, 2021
The Berkeley Hope Scholars Program, as part of the Independent Student Programs subcluster within the Centers of Education Equity and Excellence provides individualized services to students who identify as current or former foster youth, former probation youth, or students who were orphaned before the age of 18. The Berkeley Hope Scholars program supports the student's transition to the university, academic achievement, retention, graduation, and advancement toward career goals. Undergraduate and graduate BHS students often lack parental connections or mentorship, often come from underrepresented, low income, first generation college student backgrounds, and may also be actively parenting. Many of these pathways and lived experiences can increase the likelihood of experiencing personal and academic challenges while completing degree programs. Services within the Berkeley Hope Scholars program include direct holistic academic counseling focused on a range of issues that includes financial aid counseling, securing year-round housing, assistance with verifying and documenting eligibility for Chaffee grant, AB12 Extended Foster Care, and social services such as Cal Fresh, affordable housing, etc. The Berkeley Hope Scholars Program works to address academic and non-academic barriersboth personal and institutionalthat impact student access, inclusion, retention, and academic success.
Supports the Program Coordinator by providing intersectional support of former foster youth, former probation youth, and students orphaned before the age of 18 who are pursuing academic programs at Berkeley. Provides holistic academic, personal, financial, and career counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to a cohort of at least 20 Berkeley Hope Scholars.
Facilitates group discussion sessions, cofacilitates academic and personal development seminars/courses, and assists with training and oversight of student staff and interns.
Works with campus departments, faculty, and staff advisors to resolve specific re-entry student access barriers and academic accommodation issues.
Other duties as assigned and participation in professional development activities.
Assists the Program Coordinator with both inreach and outreach activities.
Knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development.
Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement.
Knowledge of trends, issues, community based organizations, social services, and governmental programs impacting child welfare system impacted students in higher education and those who may also intersect with lowincome, first-generation, underrepresented backgrounds, formerly incarcerated, military-affiliated, and parenting student communities.
Knowledge of and experience with analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs designed to meet the diverse needs of low income and historically underserved students.
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.
Experience working with current and former foster youth, probation youth, and students orphaned prior to the age of 18, parenting students, military-affiliated students, formerly incarcerated students, and students who engage higher education later in life.
Experience planning, developing, and administering enrichment programs, academic and personal development seminars, courses, and workshops.
Knowledge of and experience with conflict management and intervention strategies.
Knowledge of state and county community based organizations and social services that that serve child welfare system impacted students.
Knowledge of University, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.
Experience collaborating with child welfare workers / social workers, juvenile probation officers, community based organization education advocates, mental health providers, attorneys, and Court Appointed Special Advocates.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a 2-year contract appointment.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.