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Coordinator of Fiat Lux Scholars Program

Company: University of California - Merced
Location: Merced
Posted on: February 3, 2020

Job Description:

Coordinator of Fiat Lux Scholars Program

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.

Involves providing individualized services to students who are underrepresented, low income, first generation college students, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty, that contributes to student success. Services may include academic needs assessment, developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention and academic success. Includes specializations in particular underrepresented groups, particular academic skills (e.g., research skills, preparation for graduate programs), or success in particular academic programs. Provides the full range of assessment, counseling, and advice to targeted students, and makes referrals to campus and community resources. Works independently, receiving guidance on complicated problems/situations. Awareness of current trends in Higher Education pertaining to first-generation low-income college students.

Key Responsibilities:

Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to "Most In Need" student populations (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.

Develops and implements program and services designed to support retention and transition for participants. In addition, develops and fosters campus partnerships that support student nonacademic needs that contribute to student retention; i.e., Counseling and Psychological support, food security, financial aid, housing, etc. Responsible for program budget management and resource allocation. Responsible for collecting, reporting, and assessing data associated with student retention and developing programs that address student success. Responsible for managing programming budget and resources.

Conducts comprehensive assessments of students' issues and needs and provides solutions and alternatives to address problem areas. Refers students to appropriate campus resources. 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. Keeps abreast of student trends and assessments in higher education, particularly those pertaining to low income and first-generation college populations and residential living and learning communities.

Plans, implements, and instructs academic and personal development course for first-year students. Develops and plans program content, identifies student learning outcomes, and manages relevant program data for assessment. Supervises and develops entry-level Fiat Lux Counselor. Recruit, select, train, and supervise team of student paraprofessionals: Lead Scholars, Community Scholars, Academic Scholars, and Student Coordinators Designs and implements an informative outreach campaign in partnership with university marketing.


Bachelors degree in related area and 3 years of directly related experience, or equivalent experience/training required.

Master's in related area/field preferred.

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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 the E-Verify check.
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