Coordinator, Black Academic Success Initiatives

Hiring Range

$67,500 - $75,000
Job Closing Date

Initial applicant review will begin on or around January 3, 2022. Posting may close any time after that without notice.
About UC Merced

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 more than 9,000 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 for 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 nearly doubled the physical capacity of the campus, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

To set the course of UC Merced's evolution, in 2021 UC Merced will enact its first-ever 10-year strategic plan. This plan will guide how the values of equity and justice influence our pathway toward earning Carnegie R1 research status, growing enrollment, upholding our identity as a minority-serving institution, and operationalizing how commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion are enacted within each campus unit. UC Merced is expected to engage in sophisticated thinking, planning, and implementation of actions that effectively diversify the professoriate and staff, improve campus climate for all campus constituency groups, and strengthen our equity, diversity, and inclusion infrastructure and capacity.
About the Job

The Coordinator of Black Academic Success Initiatives oversees the advancement of black undergraduate student success at UC Merced through collaborative partnerships that promote Black student excellence and culturally responsive academic support. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education (ADUE) and in consultation with the Chancellor's Advisory Council , the Coordinator is responsible for development, implementation and assessment of programming that aligns with the mission of the Division of Undergraduate Educations and supports the campus' Valuing Black Lives initiatives. The Coordinator promotes UC Merced's goals for inclusive excellence through promotion of anti-racist initiatives, integrating the campus' work on black student well-being and anti-racist pedagogy into all aspects of their work.

The Coordinator champions undergraduate student success by partnering with campus partners to develop and implement culturally responsive learning support and identifying strategies to increase participation in high impact practices including living learning communities, mentoring, internships, academic employment, and research opportunities. Additionally, the incumbent is responsible for leading opportunities for summer engagement (e.g., summer bridge). The incumbent will also serve as an academic coach and mentor for Black students.

The Coordinator is responsible for establishing and prioritizing short and long-term goals that support divisional and campus metrics for Black undergraduate student retention and graduation as well as overall campus climate. The incumbent is responsible for identifying measurable outcomes for programmatic implementation, growth, and assessment. The Coordinator will participate in unit, divisional and campus-level assessment and reporting and participate in campus-level committees. Finally, the incumbent will support campus grant and fundraising efforts, as both a consultant for campus grant-writers and by seeking funding to support the success of Black student scholars.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Program Development & Assessment
  • Collaborate with campus partners and divisional leadership to design & implement initiatives that support the academic success of Black undergraduate students.
  • Support campus strategic by establishing and prioritizing short and long-term goals that support divisional and campus metrics for Black undergraduate student retention and graduation.
  • Develop and implement an annual administrative assessment process to articulate the impact of activities on program, divisional and campus-level metrics of student success.

Student Academic Excellence & Support
  • Utilize current literature and best practices to develop culturally responsive student services frameworks; develop plan to monitor implementation at unit-level.
  • Collaborate with campus research, internship, and study abroad programs to develop pathways for Black student participation in high impact practices.
  • Provide individual and group mentoring.

Building & Supporting Academic Communities
  • Facilitate the development of living learning and other academic communities to promote academic excellence for Black scholars.
  • Support UC Merced's commitment to inclusive excellence through initiatives such as the Common Read, and through consultation and training of faculty, staff, and administrators in development of multi-cultural academic success efforts.
  • Provide individual academic coaching to Black students; support student navigation by facilitating referrals to appropriate campus offices (e.g., Financial aid, academic advising, tutoring).

Fundraising & Grants
  • Support DUE's Education Grant Support initiative to expand the diversity of funding available to support the academic success of Black students and development of inclusive pedagogical and institutional practices.
  • Comply with Valuing Black Lives campus reporting and pulse check requirements.
Qualifications

EDUCATION and REQUIREMENTS
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and five years of directly related, progressively responsible professional experience working with multi-cultural/intersectional students in higher education, or nine (9) years of equivalent experience/training.
  • Master's degree preferred.

CRITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
  • Knowledge of issues related to the recruitment, persistence, and graduation of students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge about institutional conditions that support academic success, including the role of co-curricular (‘outside the classroom' experiences), effective pedagogy and learning support.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic principles of student development theory and, specifically, major trends and issues faced by ethnic minority students attending U.S. colleges or universities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of strengths-based practices to address barriers to success for students from diverse backgrounds, specifically those of color.
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, implementation, and assessment.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including tact, diplomacy, discretion, and ability to build effective relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated competency in building and maintaining relationships to achieve shared goals.
  • Demonstrate project management skills, including ability tumult-task with demanding timeframes.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, developing, and administering evaluative instruments for measuring program effectiveness. (Preferred)
  • Advanced experience in planning, developing, and administering enrichment programs / projects, academic and personal development seminars, courses, and workshops. (Preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience in managing funds designated for special programs. (Preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling, and analyzing data, and generating reports; extensive experience in developing evaluative instruments specific to programs / projects goals and objectives. (Preferred)
Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting will be required.
Policy Statement

How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.The University of California, Merced is aware that some web-based application processes may be cumbersome for differently abled applicants. Where appropriate, alternative accommodations will be provided. For applicants with disabilities who need additional assistance using TAM, or reasonable accommodations during the interview or search process, please contact ucmjobs@ucmerced.edu .

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, pregnancy, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or other protected categories covered by the UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy . UC Merced intentionally promotes and maintains a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace by demonstrating it neither condones nor tolerates employment practices that discriminate against or harass any person or specific group of persons on the basis listed above. We seek candidates who will support our vision to cultivate a vibrant, equity-minded, inclusive excellence university community. When applying to UC Merced, we strongly encourage you to reflect on our Principles of Community and our 2021 strategic plan.

Vaccination Program Policy:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is 14 DAYS AFTER their first date of employment.

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu .

E-Verify:
All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits

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