Assistant Director, African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Student Recruitment

Assistant Director, African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Student Recruitment

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 49067


Please note: Occasional nights and weekends may be required. This position will be hybrid and based on campus with the possibility of being remote over time.


UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID -19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.


The IRD for this job is: 4-13-2023


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Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Admissions - Outreach, the Assistant Director, African, Black, Caribbean (ABC) Student Recruitment is responsible for identifying, implementing, evaluating and reporting on the University's ABC outreach and diversity plans. The incumbent will focus on undergraduate students who identify with the African/Black/Caribbean (ABC) diaspora. The incumbent interacts with UCSC campus constituents (alumni, advisers, current students, student leaders, faculty, staff, etc.), school administrators, students and families, community organizations and other educational partners to help establish programs that will help increase the number of enrolled ABC undergraduates (both first-year students and junior-level transfer students from California community colleges), and other diverse populations. The incumbent will work with prospective students with varying intersectional identities within the ABC diaspora, as well as other prospective students identifying as American Indian/Native American, as part of a low socioeconomic demographic, undocumented/California Dreamers, and all genders and sexualities. The incumbent will supervise one Transfer Admissions Representative, who will focus on under-represented transfer-level students.

This position is responsible for maintaining inter-institutional relationships, providing information about campus and UC system-wide programs, including UC admissions policies and processes, and other unique attributes about the UCSC campus to audiences throughout California and across the US, as needed. This involves working directly with personnel at schools, primarily guidance/community college counselors, school principals, and transfer center directors. The incumbent will also work with community and faith-based organizations, interested prospective students and their families. The incumbent will participate annually in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of outreach, recruitment, and yield strategies for students within, but not limited to California. Plans, coordinates and implements outreach and yield activities, including California and out of state admitted student receptions. Represents the UC system and assists campus colleagues with other outreach efforts, including staffing UC, state and national fairs and conferences.

The incumbent applies a wide variety of policies and procedures to determine if applicants have met selection criteria for admission to UC Santa Cruz and if they have achieved eligibility to the University of California. They will evaluate and make admission decisions for complex transfer applications.


Budgeted Salary: $82,300 - $86,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus / Hybrid; possibilty of remote

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: ADMISSIONS RECRMT SPEC 4 (004510)

Travel: Up to 50% of the time


25% - Program Management
  • Plans, manages, and implements events as a part of larger diversity recruitment and yield strategy, primarily within California. Recommends improvements and modifications to existing programs. Provides training, guidance, and assistance to Admissions staff who participate in diversity recruitment and outreach. Works with the Admissions leadership team to ensure resources are allocated appropriately to meet departmental principles, goals, and deadlines.

20% - Outreach
  • Serves as a primary liaison for first year and transfer students from ABC and other diverse backgrounds at various venues. Plans visits, makes presentations, provides group and individual advising. Provides in-depth information to prospective first year and transfer students on admissions requirements, prerequisite major courses, programs, and curricula, financial aid criteria in school and community-based organization settings.

20% - Supervision
  • Participates in the hiring, training, and general guidance of direct supervises. Monitors their staff's performance and provides direction and assistance as needed. Works with staff to encourage professional development and foster development of relevant skills.

15% - Program Management
  • Collects, reviews and analyzes, prepares reports on the results of UCSC's diversity recruitment initiatives using data from various sources. Assists with the review and analysis of transfer data to ensure integrity and makes recommendations for recruitment and yield strategies of diverse populations.

15% - Evaluation
  • Uses extensive knowledge of department requirements and applicant pool, to assess the applicants' overall record and experience for final admissions recommendations. Researches various educational systems as needed and analyzes academic records from foreign secondary and tertiary institutions including study abroad records. This includes performing course-by-course evaluations for transfer credits.

5% - Compliance
  • Completes necessary paperwork to adhere to UC, UCSC, and Office of Admissions policies and procedures. This includes pre and post-travel planning and documentation and providing other compliance documentation as needed.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
  • Advanced knowledge of program management including program design, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Advanced experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with individuals, schools, and community-based organizations.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including providing and receiving clear, concise information, and effectively communicating complex, technical information in professional settings with co-workers, prospective students, their families and the general public.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the communication of complex, technical information in professional settings with co-workers; prospective students, their families and the general public.
  • Proven experience in recruitment of historically under-represented students planning and implementation.
  • Advanced skills to develop the university's strategic recruitment plans, designing outreach and recruitment programs, and materials that will attract and enroll top candidates to the school/college, including from underrepresented groups.
  • Ability to analyze data, including return on investment, to assess the efficacy of outreach and recruitment program and use that information to formulate and present recommendations.
  • Knowledge and experience using standard computing tools including Microsoft Office applications, on-line databases, email, and web-based research tools.
  • Experience in education counseling or program promotion.
  • Experience working with admissions requirements for campus and departments, including mitigating circumstances / bases for exceptions.
  • Supervisory experience, including the ability to address diverse problems and motivate diverse staff.

  • Master's degree in related area.
  • Advanced and comprehensive knowledge of UC admissions practices and procedures, including undergraduate evaluations and transfer credit policies, academic programs, including curricula, and financial aid programs, at colleges/universities and specifically at UC. Ability to interpret policies and procedures to prospective students and the public.
  • Advanced knowledge of tertiary level foreign credentials, secondary school records, study abroad programs and policies and knowledge of major educational systems of the world.
  • Knowledge of language(s) other than English.
  • Working knowledge of Oracle/PeopleSoft Campus Solutions system and CRM Systems, as well as other student-based computing environments.
  • Experience with the online UC A-G Course List and ASSIST transfer student information resource.

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
  • Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
  • Ability to perform essential physical job functions.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.
  • Ability to travel within a defined regional or service area.
  • Ability to travel nationally.
  • Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here .


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The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.


Please note: Occasional nights and weekends may be required. This position will be hybrid and based on campus with the possibility of being remote over time.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; . A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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