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Student Life Coordinator for Social Justice Initiatives
Job Category:   Student Services
Unit:   Student Affairs
Position Code:   SSA3620A
Status:   Filled
Closing Date:   Review of applications will begin immediately. This position is open until filled.
Salary:   $42,432 - $52,135 Annually
Location:   Campus Site

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.

The Office of Student life is charged with providing an engaging. educational, and involved co-curricular experience for UC Merced students. The Student Life Coordinator, under the direction of the Director of Student Life and Judicial Affairs, assists in the day-to-day operations, programs, and long-range planning for all student life programs, facilities, and initiatives. Student Life functions include but are not limited to: Social Justice Initiatives, leadership Development, Student Activities, Civic leaders/Community Service and Involvement, Clubs and Organizations, Student Government, Women's Programs, Fraternity and Sorority life Student Judicial Affairs.

In addition to participating fully in a wide variety of Student Life programs and initiatives, the Student Life Coordinator will provide direction and coordination for Social Justice Initiatives.

Social Justice Initiatives:

• Develop and implement social justice focused programs, trainings, workshops, and provide support and advocacy to students on issues of power, privilege, and intersection of identities, including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, etc. and increase campus-wide dialogue and understanding on topics related to social justice issues.
• Develop, organize, and implement a workshop / film series promoting social justice awareness and understanding on relevant Social Justice topics.
• Organize and implement annual Social Justice Programs including the Social Justice Retreat, the Black History Month Oratorical Contest, Women of Color Banquet, and Pride Week in collaboration with campus partners.
• Chair Workgroup and work in collaboration with other departments to develop and maintain a Safe Zone Project to support the campus LGBTQIA communities.
• Provide advice, mediation, and support to student organizations and student leaders.
• Assist in creating partnerships with community/off campus agencies to promote awareness and understanding of social justice and issues of oppression.
• Serve as advisor for the Multicultural Student Council of the Associated Students of UC Merced.
• Advise and support cultural and ethnic clubs and organizations.
• Work in collaboration with other departments to provide large and small-scale student-centered programming, including trainings and workshops.
• Plan and implement theme months to promote awareness and appreciation. Examples of such events are: Rainbow Festival, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, etc.
• Create and distribute educational and program resources on issues of race, ethnicity, LGBTQIA, gender, and other cultural identity and development issues.
• Develop Social Justice Internship experience, including curriculum design, one-on-one mentorship, and para-professional development opportunities.
• Use strategic planning process to expand Social Justice Initiatives in accordance with cultural center proposal.
• Work with the Director to shape and implement a peer education program similar to the R.E.A.C.H. initiatives on other college campuses.
• Provide supervisor with monthly reports. Meet regularly with the Director of Student Life.

Student Activities and Special Events:

• Coordinate a variety of special events throughout the year designed to enhance campus life.
• Assist in the development and implementation of a strong Social Justice program, infusing a sense of multiculturalism throughout the Office of Student Life and the division of Student Affairs.
• Actively serve on campus-wide committees and as needed assist with other special campus events. Plan, implement, and staff various campus activities and events.
• Lead set up and support of technical equipment (such as sound, lights, and computer equipment) for OSL programs and student events.
• Coordinate, facilitate and support, evening and weekend programs.

General Administration:

• Participates in overall planning and management of the Office of Student Life.
• Assists in programmatic and planning efforts as needed in other areas of Student Life.
• Assist /participate in the student staff hiring process for the Office of Student Life.
• Monitor, manage, and analyze program and supply budgets and accounts.
• Solicit funds and coordinate fund raising for programmatic activities.
• Supervise student interns, including Social Justice Interns
• Serves on various department and campus committees.
• Performs special projects and other duties as assigned by the Director, Assistant Director, and AVC.
• Provides direction and supervision to interns and/or student staff.
• Develop and implement assessment and evaluations of student programs and events.
• Conduct an annual benchmarking/evaluation initiative regarding selected programs or services
• Assists the Director and Assistant Director with the development of unit and assessment goals
• Develop and implement innovative ways to communicate with students, faculty and staff regarding events.
• Manage content and update department web-pages.
• Conduct quarterly and annual reports.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:   • Demonstrated knowledge and ability related to topics of Social Justice, including power, privilege, oppression, and intersectionality.
• Direct or related experience working with diverse student populations including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, socio-economic background, religion, etc.
• Proven experience coordinating large and small scale multifaceted events including budget management, meeting coordination, and organization and management of volunteers.
• Ability to advise and support student driven events and activism including educational, social, academic, and political activities.
• Direct or related experience in programmatic and administrative management services with the ability to keep one’s own areas of responsibility functioning smoothly over extended periods of time.
• Ability to administer and manage multiple operations and related systems and procedures.
• Skill in establishing and implementing policy.
• Skill to work independently and ability to be inventive and creative, including but not limited to initiating new programs, conceptualizing, organizing, and implementing change.
• Ability to foresee needed change, set realistic goals and objectives, organize resources, and schedule the efforts of others to achieve goals.
• Knowledge of and ability to implement counseling practices and crisis management techniques.
• Skill building and developing student and campus programs.
• Knowledge of student development theory and practice.
• Experience and understanding of student conduct philosophy, procedures, and practice.
• Ability to work with a diverse set of colleagues, supervisees, administrators, students, guests, faculty, staff, visitors and other parties in reviewing procedures, setting policy, resolving problems, and following through to implement change.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write complex and comprehensive reports, sanction letters, marketing copy, general correspondence, and other documents.
• The ability to make clear, informative and persuasive presentations to internal and external groups.
• Skill and temperament to provide and open climate and create opportunities for strong collaborations, cross cultural communication, and department interaction.
• Experience creating and implementing training models and programs. Ability to deliver educational workshops.
• Skill and temperament to provide an open climate and create opportunities for employee communication and positive departmental interaction.
• Demonstrated computer skills and general knowledge of campus computer on-line processes to utilize information management system.
• Event set up experience including the set up of computer and sound equipment.
• Competence using computer programs including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat Pro, etc.
• Experience with college and University student programs.
• Master’s Degree in Student Affairs, Education, Counseling, or closely related field preferred.
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, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

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