Coordinator of STEP Scholars Program (Contract)
Company: University of California - Merced
Posted on: September 13, 2019
Coordinator of STEP Scholars Program (Contract)
Bright Success Center
$51,500 - $55,000 Annually
Background check is required
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 nearly
8,000 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. In 2018, UC Merced opened
the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story
administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
Reporting to the Associate Director for Transition Programs, the
STEP Scholars Program Coordinator is responsible for developing,
planning, and implementing programs and services for the
Strengthening Talents and Exploring Pathways (STEP) program as
within the Calvin E. Bright Success Center. The STEP Scholars
Program Coordinator is expected to provide academic counseling and
support services to a cohort of undergraduates who are
first-generation college students, come from low-income
backgrounds, and/or have a documented disability. The STEP Scholars
Program Coordinator will maintain data and records which comply
with all federal reporting expectations as part of the grant
funding the STEP Scholars Program. The Coordinator is responsible
for recruitment and supervision of a team of student staff to
assist with STEP initiatives and interventions. Additionally, the
STEP Program Coordinator supervises an entry-level STEP Retention
Coordinator. Finally, the Coordinator will collaborate with
students, faculty, and staff to ensure that the STEP Scholars
Program maintains the values of and upholds the equity and
inclusion statement of the Calvin E. Bright Success Center as well
as the mission of the Division of Student Affairs.
Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and
colleges/schools to "at risk" populations of undeclared students
(e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented
populations, etc.) and Works with academic departments, faculty,
and department management to help resolve specific student academic
issues. Conducts comprehensive assessments of students' issues and
needs and provides solutions and alternatives to problem areas.
Assists students with the academic research process, including
developing a question and hypothesis, selecting appropriate
quantitative or qualitative research methods, evaluating evidence,
and writing reports. Plans, implements, and teaches academic and
personal development seminars/courses.
Keeps abreast of student trends and assessments in higher
education, particularly low-income and first-generation college
populations. Develop and plan program content and manage relevant
program data for assessment. Oversee upkeep of data and comply with
all federal reporting expectations and annual reporting deadlines.
Supervise and develop entry-level STEP Scholars Academic Counselor.
Recruit, supervise, coordinate and develop team of student Lead
Scholars, Community Scholars and Academic Scholars.
Bachelor s degree and three (3) years of experience in a related
area and/or equivalent experience/training required.
Master's Degree in related area preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling,
learning, human and career development required.
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 required.
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 required.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and
first-generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged,
physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher
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 required.
Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing
data, and generating reports required.
Knowledge of research methodologies and research designs
Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention
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 required.
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North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the
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Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications
from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities,
veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the
teaching, research and public service missions of the university.
All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender
identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran
status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination
and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination &
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