Job Requisition Number: 26757. The Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence ensure non-traditional students excel at the top public University in the world. By respecting every undergraduate as a unique individual, CE3 programs empower UC Berkeley students to achieve and lead.
The Undocumented Student Program (USP) is one of several CE3 programs, and it provides guidance and support to undocumented students at UC Berkeley. USP practices holistic, multicultural and solution-focused spprach that delivers individualized services for each student. The academic counseling, legal support, financial aid resources, and extensive campus referral network provided by USP helps students develop the unique gifts and talents they each bring to the university, while empowering a sense of belonging. The program's mission is to support the advancement of undocumented students within higher education and promote pathways for engaged scholarship.
The USP Academic Counselor is responsible for providing individualized services to students who are underrepresented, low income, first generation college, underserved students, undocumented AB 540, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty, to help students succeed. Services may include academic needs assessment, developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention and academic success. Includes specializations in particular underrepresented groups, particular academic skills (e.g., research skills, preparation for graduate programs), or success in particular academic programs.
Academic Counseling: •Provides multicultural, academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to 'at risk' populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented, underserved and undocumented student populations, etc.). •Incorporating a variety of theoretical approaches, the incumbent manages a caseload of students from post-admission through graduation. Conducts a comprehensive assessment/analysis of students’ needs and develops a plan of action to enhance students’ academic success. •Provides support, guidance and coaching to undocumented students. •Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with student service and academic units on campus to resolve sensitive and complex student issues on financial aid, billing, housing, advising, health care, personal issues, etc.
Program Implementation: •Under the direction of the USP Program Director, incumbent administers specialized and complex programs and projects that are designed to enhance student success including but not limited to the Undocumented Student Program. •Provides support with administrative and coordination of all aspects of the Undocumented Student Program and refines framework and expands components of program. Works and partners with undocumented initiatives on campus. •Supports with establishing and implementing short and long-term goals and objectives. •Supports with conducting comprehensive analyses of students’ issues and needs and provides solutions and alternatives to problem areas. •Implements a communication model to provide students with timely information on special resources, events and activities, important deadlines, and academic and enrichment opportunities. •Works in partnership with Multicultural Student Development Offices to identity undocumented student needs and co-launch appropriate response. •Works in partnership with the Immigrant Student Issues Coalition and the Campus Task Force to implement programs and workshops to advocate for the needs of undocumented undergraduates. •Coordinates the publication of brochures, marketing materials, and program websites. •Keeps abreast of student trends and emerging populations in higher education, particularly those relating undocumented students who are generally classified as low-income and first-generation college populations.
Leadership, Group Training and Facilitation: •Facilitates informational workshops on the needs and experience of underserved populations (i.e., low-income, first generation college, underrepresented, undocumented students) at conferences, symposia, and colloquiums. •In partnership with MSD Directors, convene quarterly meetings of university stakeholders to ensure effective communication and timely intervention strategies on Undocumented Student Program. •Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with public and private social services, community groups, and agencies. •Assists with delivery of trainings, workshops, and lectures to audiences including paraprofessionals, campus staff in academic support and students services units, graduate interns, post-doctoral interns, and system-wide UC professionals regarding undocumented student issues and effective retention and academic success models. •Responsible for bringing issues and concerns impacting priority populations to the attention of Program Director. •Serves in an advisory capacity to RISE and other students groups related to the issue of undocumented students.
Outreach: •Participates in new student welcome events across campus, representing USP and talking to students about USP services . •Serves as an active member of ISIC (Immigrant Student Issues Coalition) •Serves on any university taskforce or committee a cabinet member requests participation on related to the issue of undocumented students. •Serves as an active member of MISP. •Serves as an active member for the UndocuAlly Training Program.
Other Duties as assigned. Keeps abreast of evolving and changing student trends in higher education, particularly for undocumented, low-income, and first-generation college populations. May serve on unit, divisional, or campus committees or work teams related to undocumented students access, retention, and success.•Knowledge of the trends, characteristics, and issues facing diverse student populations in particular as they relate to the undocumented and immigrant experience, low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education. •Knowledge of providing holistic counseling to “at risk” student populations. •Strong understanding of the services and resources available for undocumented youth. •Knowledge and sensitivity to issues that arise with language acquisition. •Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of multicultural 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. •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, undocumented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education. •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. •Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing data, and generating reports. •Knowledge of research methodologies and research designs. •Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies. •Demonstrated skills in establishing and sustaining effective working partnerships with a diverse group of staff, faculty, and administrators in non-profit, legal, and social service agencies and a volunteer base. •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 of the applicability of California state bills AB540, AB130, and AB131 on undocumented student access to higher education in California. •Education/Training: Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. This is a contract position with an end date of 5/31/2021, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.
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