The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With a little more than 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.
Under the general supervision of the Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC), the Coordinator will foster undergraduate students’ transition into the research and discovery process and serve as a bridge in helping prepare them for graduate school. UROC administers several undergraduate research training programs and outreach initiatives in a wide range of academic disciplines; these include the UROC-H Program for Humanities students, and NIH MARC, UC LEADS, and NSF CAMP programs for STEM students. These programs provide undergraduate students, including those from groups historically-underrepresented in higher education, with faculty-mentored research opportunities and educational experiences that will prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service and the academy. The Coordinator will have substantial responsibility for day-to-day operations for programs, as well as student cohort development through weekly academic and professional workshops and documenting student growth through individual development plans.
The UROC Coordinator will represent UC Merced at System wide Quarterly Meetings. Incumbent will be responsible for each of the program budgets, internal/external campus recharges, summer research applicant’s pool and external summer research placements at other universities and will be supervising all student interns.
• Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training required.
• 3 years of experience.
• Master's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.
• Thorough knowledge of advising and counseling techniques, knowledge of multiple majors, colleges, & schools required.
• Ability to understand and interpret college/school policies, procedures, and requirements required.
• Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving required.
• Abilities in problem identification, reasoning, ability to develop original ideas to solve problems required.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.