Assistant Director (4501U), Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence 19713
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 28, 2021
Berkeley Underground Scholars (BUS) is the undergraduate academic recruitment and retention program at UC Berkeley serving formerly incarcerated students and students impacted by incarceration. The program sits within the Division of Equity and Inclusion. Founded in 2016, BUS is a program that rose out of the advocacy of the Underground Scholars Initiative (student-run and student-initiated).
The Berkeley Underground Scholars Assistant Director works under the direct supervision of the BUS Director and is responsible for carrying out the program's policies, procedures, services, resources, activities, and programmatic functions related to retention and recruitment. Retention program elements include analyzing and assessing student needs for referral to appropriate academic, personal, career counseling, mentoring, academic and enrichment workshops, transition courses, community building, social events, and program resources and services. Recruitment program elements include overseeing the Underground Scholars Transfer Program and Ambassador Program. Additional duties include hiring, training, and supervising student workers to lead various program activities. The Program Specialist will work closely with various campus departments including the Basic Needs Center, Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, the Disabled Students Program, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, Counseling and Psychological Services, and others. The Specialist will also develop relationships with community partners to refer students and develop programs to work in public service roles; identifying resources for student volunteer opportunities; matching student volunteers with outside public service agencies.
Involves providing individualized services to students who are formerly incarcerated who are also often transfer students, re-entry students, student parents, student veterans, and former foster youth who historically come from underserved backgrounds such as underrepresented, low income, first-generation college students, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty.
Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to formerly incarcerated and system impacted students.
Helps students develop strategies to solve academic and personal problems. Refers students to appropriate specialized programs and resources.
Provides specialized advising and coaching to students holding staff and leadership positions. Advises student leaders on complex and sensitive issues. Brings extensive knowledge to support, guide, and mentor students leading projects and programs serving formerly incarcerated and system impacted students. Guides students in interaction with campus leaders and represents students on these issues when appropriate.
Conducts comprehensive analyses of students' issues and needs and provides solutions and alternatives to problem areas.
Independently provides and coordinates the full range of retention support services for Underground Scholars including coordinating tutors, satellite services, new admit welcome events, orientation, graduation, and other retention programs.
Co-leads program's recruitment programs with the director by providing leadership and supervision for Underground Scholars recruitment programs.
Leads the Transfer Program, and the Cross Enrollment Program providing support, training, and supervision to student staff providing transfer support services to formerly incarcerated and system impacted community college students. Provides recommendations, reports, and metrics on the feasibility of new and current programs.
Manages stipend awards to students and reimbursements for approved program expenses.
Develops and maintains relationships with internal and external organization stakeholders critical to program success.
Works with academic departments, faculty, and department management to help resolve specific student academic issues.
Training & Thought Leadership:
Develop and provide academic, political, and professional workshops and training for members.
Develop and provide training for campus partners and departments to learn how to serve formerly incarcerated and system impacted students.
Develop and submit workshop and panel proposals for relevant conferences, symposiums, and events.
Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, human and career development.
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.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing formerly incarcerated, system impacted, low-income and first generation college, underrepresented, disadvantaged, physically challenged, and under prepared students in higher education.
A skilled program manager with experience managing teams and programs.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
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.
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.
Knowledge and experience in researching, compiling and analyzing data, and generating reports.
Knowledge of and experience in conflict management and intervention strategies.
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.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a two-year contract position.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
This position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter required to report the observed or suspected abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders to designated law enforcement or social service agencies. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon completion of signed statements acknowledging the responsibilities of a Mandated Reporter.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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