Program CoordinatorRe-entry Student Program (4501U)
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: November 27, 2019
The Re-entry Student Program (RSP) provides individualized services to students 25 and older who are also often transfer students, student parents, student veterans, formerly incarcerated or system impacted, who historically come from underserved backgrounds such as underrepresented, low income, first-generation college students. RSP programs and services include scholarship opportunities, credit-bearing courses, individual strategic advising and problem-solving counseling, service learning internships, peer mentorship, information and referral resources, academic enrichment workshops, and community-building events.
The Program Coordinator performs responsibilities that include academic and resource needs assessment, counseling of students to enable access to campus and community-based services, financial aid counseling, instruction of credit-bearing courses, and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to student academic success. Incumbent serves as the lead staff member responsible for student academic counseling to help students better balance their academic workload with personal and professional responsibilities. Incumbent also develops support systems that promote student success, academic achievement, and better engagement with the university thereby promoting overall professional success.
Provides multicultural academic and personal counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to re-entry students (e.g., those 25 and older who often navigate disabilities, parenting responsibilities, low-income, first-generation college, previously incarcerated or otherwise system-impacted, and who have lived experiences from other underrepresented communities, etc.). Incorporating a variety of theoretical approaches, the incumbent manages a caseload of students from pre-admission outreach through preparation for post-graduation transition to employment and/or graduate school; manages student assessment/analysis of students' needs and assists with developing a plan of action to enhance student academic success. Manages use of technology and social media, and makes recommendations for and develops new and expanding academic counseling activities to achieve unit goals and meet student needs. In concert with Director of CE3 Independent Student Programs, strategically engages campus and community partners regarding legislation, policies, and higher education issues that impact re-entry students. Cultivates relationships and refers students to appropriate specialized programs and resources.
Manages daily functions of RSP. Manages RSP space and all activities including quick question advising process and practices.
Leads supervision and training of between 10 to 15 unit student staff including Re-entry Student Program Peer Advisors and other student interns. Provides academic and personal coaching to student staff and helps them advance through various student employment opportunities offered by unit.
Cultivates and advances relationships with campus and community partners including Housing, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, and University Development and Alumni Relations. Works with academic departments, faculty, and CE3 management to help resolve specific student academic issues and systemic barriers. In consultation with the Director of Independent Student Programs, provides program administration that includes strategic and program planning, tracking of budget expenditures, and fundraising support and stewardship. Makes recommendations for new/expanded partnerships in the service of current and prospective student parents at UC Berkeley. In concert with Director of CE3 Independent Student Programs cultivates and maintains relations with long-term funding partners to expand potential initiatives.
Facilitates group discussions / seminars / courses. Plans and implements academic and personal development seminars, courses, and five to seven workshops each semester.
Other duties as assigned. Participates on work teams as requested. Professional Development: keeps abreast of student trends in higher education, particularly for low-income and first-generation college populations, and uses this information to inform best approaches and possible professional development opportunities.
Demonstrated knowledge of the trends, characteristics, and issues facing re-entry students (those 25 and older) who often intersect with the first-generation college, pell-grant eligible, transfer student, student parent, and formerly incarcerated communities.
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience applying theories of multicultural counseling, learning, identity development, and human and career development.
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 how to effectively enhance student intellectual and personal growth and development, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
Experience with planning, developing, and administering enrichment programs/projects, academic and personal development seminars, courses, and workshops.
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 this student community.
Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
Familiarity with research methodologies and research designs.
Experience with development, fundraising and stewardship.
Knowledge of university, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling student records and confidential documents.
Strong oral and written communication skills, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to successfully communicate information in small and large group settings and a diverse audience.
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.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Master's in Education Psychology or Counseling and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
The annual salary range of the position is $64,000- $67,000, commensurate with experience
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Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
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.
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