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Learning Assistant (Continuous Recruitment)
Job Category:   Student Services
Unit:   Center for Educational Partnerships - Fresno, CA
Position Code:   SCEP7656A
Status:   Open
Closing Date:   08/18/2018
Salary:   $12.00 Hourly
Location:   Corcoran, Farmersville, Delhi, Le Grand, and Fresno.
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.

UC Merced Center for Educational Partnerships through the Upward Bound Program is partnering with Hoover High School and Sunnyside High School to implement a series of academic enrichment activities focused on Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Foreign Language, History and Social Cultural Studies. These activities will take place during the 2017-2018 academic year. However, various mandatory training sessions for staff will begin the week of August 28-September 1, 2017.

Learning Assistants agrees to provide:
Under the supervision and guidance of the Upward Bound Project Director(s), the Upward Bound learning assistants will serve as leaders, advisors, educators, and role models to approximately seventy (70) to eighty (80) incoming 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Upward Bound participants attending after school tutoring and Saturday Academy sessions.

Under the direct supervision of the Upward Bound Project Director(s), learning assistants will participate in all aspects of the Upward Bound academic enrichment activities. Learning Assistants will be responsible to: Provide academic advising to students individually or in small groups; Determine from student notes and discussions the concepts that need to be reviewed; Assist teachers in conducting all sessions associated with the Saturday Academy; Guide Student session groups in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Foreign Language, History and Social Cultural Studies; Assist teachers in evaluation of student Academic binders, notes and assignment sheets; Assist teachers during workshop debriefing sessions in Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, Foreign Language, History and Social Cultural Studies; Become familiar with all materials and technology tools used by the summer academy students; Assist in developing a resource file of enrichment materials for use in academic enrichment sessions and communicate to teachers student progress and/or areas of improvement; Work with low-income, underrepresented students and the interventions necessary to reach this community through culturally appropriate strategies and approaches; Provide strong verbal communication and presentation skills; Monitor student behavior, write and submit incident reports of any violations of the Upward Bound Student Contract Agreement; Maintain daily/weekly records of all student contacts and complete reports as assigned by supervisor; Facilitate small/large group activities; leadership, cultural, and social as required; and Incumbent shall at times demonstrate cooperative behavior with colleagues and supervisors;Maintain CEP suite spaces, including work room, kitchen, lobby, conference room and storage rooms; Maintain general office equipment sign-ins, maintenance and refilling of supplies when necessary; Assist with the completion of academic preparation program projects as determined by supervisor; and Other duties as assigned.

Please identify in your cover letter the region in which you are applying for.

Below are the region and cities we serve:
Northern: Le Grand and Delhi High (Merced County)
Central: Fresno Unified School District
Southern: Farmersville and Corcoran High (Kings/Tulare County)

Qualifications:   • In the process of attaining a Bachelor’s Degree.

• Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

• Must have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

• Ability to maintain complete discretion, confidentiality, sensitivity, and professional judgment.

• Ability to utilize computerized applications for word processing and spreadsheets, as well as electronic mail, specific applications include Word, Excel, and Outlook; and internet.

• Experience with data entry and the maintenance of computer files and databases.

• Demonstrated experience working with low income, underrepresented students and the interventions; necessary to reach this community through culturally appropriate strategies and approaches.

• Ability to manage workload, both independently and as part of a team and deal with stressful situations.

• Must have excellent organization skills and ability to meet deadlines.

• Ability to follow detailed instructions.

• Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

• Ability to maintain excellent attendance and promptness.

• Ability to act responsibly in a professional work environment.

• Able to work during normal work hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

• Must have friendly attitude, excellent customer service skills and phone etiquette; and a strong willingness to learn about the CEP processes, resources, as well as campus policies and procedures.

This position is open for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Special Conditions of Employment:
Must provide official school transcript.
Must submit to a background check and fingerprinting.
Must pass assessment in math and/or English Language Arts.
Occasional evening and weekends will be 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.

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    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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