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.
ABOUT THE JOB: The Undocumented Students Program Coordinator performs the full range of assessment, counseling, and advising to targeted students, with a focus on the needs of Undocumented students eligible under AB 540, AB 130, AB 131, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; and immigrant students.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES: - Collaborates with partners campus-wide (i.e.; Financial Aid, Admissions, Career Services, University Housing, etc.) to support the needs of undocumented and mixed status students. - Provides straightforward counseling and advice to commonly-encountered situations independently, but receives assistance for unusual situations. - Collaborates with UC system-wide partners (i.e., UC coordinators, UCOP, UC Legal Services, etc.) to support undocumented students throughout the UC system. - Provides input to the design and implementation of joint UC ventures or events that directly impact undocumented and mixed status students and their families. - Collaborates with regional and national organizations that promote educational access to undocumented students.
This contract position is federally funded to the end of June 2018.
• Bachelor's degree in related area plus three years of related experience.
• Knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human, student and career development.
• Knowledge of personal growth and development areas, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
• Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance student achievement and learning outcomes.
• Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education.
• Knowledge and experience in analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs.
• Knowledge of University, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies pertaining to handling student records and confidential documents.
• 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.
• Knowledge and familiarity with current and/or developing trends in state or national policies related to undocumented communities.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Master's degree in related area.
• Knowledge and familiarity with current trends in higher education and their applicability.
• Proficiency in another language(s) other than English.
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.