The Academic Navigator is dedicated to University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) undergraduates' persistence and degree completion, especially historically underserved first generation, low-income, and ethnic minority college students. The position will be part of a ten (10) member team that is responsible for supporting the creation of an ecology of validation by utilizing UNL reporting and student information systems to identify students in need of academic support and serving as a validating agent. This position reports to the Director of the Academic Navigator program with a dotted line report to the colleges of UNL.
Responsibilities will include facilitating a case management model that includes triaging student concerns (i.e. personal, academic, or financial) and collaborating with campus partners to facilitate communication and connections with appropriate resources. Proactively engaging with students identified by campus stakeholders including responding to referrals made by faculty and staff across campus and supporting their retention efforts. Using provided university analytics and data to coordinate appropriate outreach and response using a variety of methods (i.e. in-person, email, text, phone, etc.) to targeted student populations and recording contacts in digital notes system. Be able to understand how cultural context, differences, and institutional/social barriers influence the student experience to best employ inclusive advocacy strategies to all students. Engaging in a community of collaborative relationships with student success stakeholders across student and academic affairs including University Housing, UNL faculty, academic advisors, and University Career Services. Engaging in continuous training and professional development to remain informed on existing and emerging strategies to promote student persistence and academic success
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Bachelors Degree and two (2) years of fulltime professional experience working with secondary to post-secondary aged individuals from underserved populations in a social work, educational support or achievement setting required.
Ability to build relationships with individuals in 1:1 advising/coaching/mentoring settings.
Must have experience providing academic and/or social supports for first generation, low-income, and/or underserved ethnic minority populations.
Evidence of working collaboratively within a team environment and with other units required.
Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills necessary.
Knowledge surrounding academic and/or social supports for first-gen, low-income, and/or underserved ethnic minority populations and be able to understand how cultural context, differences, and institutional/social barriers influence student experiences to best apply inclusive advocacy strategies to all students.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks and maintain confidentiality.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Four years of fulltime professional experience working with secondary to post-secondary aged individuals from underserved populations in a social work, educational support or achievement setting.
Demonstrated case management, advising, and/or counseling skills desirable.
Evidence of applying retention and student development strategies into student intervention programs and practices preferred.
Evidence of reviewing multiple forms of data to utilize case-based management protocols preferred.
Demonstrated ability to develop and/or deliver programs preferred.
Demonstrated ability to learn and stay current of complex program requirements, policies and procedures preferred.
With over 25,000 students, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a diverse educational insitution with international stature. The intellectual center for the state of Nebraska and beyond, we are a land-grant, top tier national research-extensive insitution. Part of the Big Ten conference, Big Ten Academic Alliance, our mission includes growing relationships and resources that enable the University of Nebraska to change lives.