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Coordinator of STEP Scholars Program (Contract)

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Job Description:

Coordinator of STEP Scholars Program (Contract)

Job Category:

Student Services


Bright Success Center

Position Code:





$51,500 - $55,000 Annually



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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.

Key Responsibilities:

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 education required.

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 required.

Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies required.

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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If you do not have internet access you may mail your application, resume, and cover letter to: University of California, Merced, 5200 North Lake Rd., Merced CA 95343. Please list the job number on the subject line.

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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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 & Affirmative Action Policy:

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

E-Verify: Effective September 8, 2009, 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

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