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Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator (6 month contract position)
Job Category:   Managerial/Professional
Unit:   Bright Success Center
Position Code:   SBSC7626A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   • Review of applications will begin on 08/15/2017 and will continue until the position is filled; however, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.
Salary:   $41,100-$49,862 Annually
Location:   Merced
Background check:   Background check may be 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 a little more than 7,000 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. UC Merced is also building the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building in the heart of Merced.

The Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator provides the full range of assessment, counseling, and advice to targeted students (current and/or former foster youth), and makes referrals to campus and community resources. Works independently, receiving guidance on complicated problems/situations.

The Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator works with local and regional community partners to connect with transitioning foster youth to encourage and inform them of their post-secondary educational options, coordinate pre-College Advising activities, develop materials that will outline the application process and financial aid opportunities to current and former foster youth graduating from high school and transferring from community colleges, conduct professional development training on the needs of foster youth, using community partners' expertise to help shape and deliver training.

Key Responsibilities:

Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to current and/or former foster youth populations; Conducts comprehensive analyses of students' issues and needs and provides solutions and alternatives to problem areas; Develop and plan program content such as Orientation, development of a student success course, workshops, peer mentoring, advising and success planning, and act as an advisor for the Guardian Scholars Student Club; Keeps abreast of student trends in higher education, particularly current and/or former foster youth college population to work with academic departments, faculty, and department management to help resolve specific student academic issues; Recruit, supervise, coordinate and develop team of student Lead Scholars (upper class students who are Guardian Scholars) who will assist students in the transition to the university throughout their first and second years.

Qualifications:   • Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

• 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 current and/or former foster youth in higher education.

• 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.
To Apply:   Click on the link below to use our new on-line application system.

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.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

    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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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

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