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The IRD for this job is:10-04-2023
ABOUT UC SANTA CRUZ
UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.
About Career Success
The Mission of UCSC Career Success is to prepare students for what they want to do with their lives by developing relevant career skills. Career Success envisions that Banana Slugs change the world, wherever they are, however they can. Career Success works to support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as UCSC alumni. We offer career coaching, hold career fairs and work with on-campus and off-campus partners and employers to set up recruitment events, on-campus info sessions, workshops, and more. The Career Success office also connects students with experiential learning opportunities. Additionally, Career Success manages hiring for on-campus positions and supervises the onboarding process for all new student hires.
About Student Success and Equity (SSE)
The Student Success and Equity (SSE) portfolio of departments is a branch of DSAS focused on academic support services, advising/counseling, student life/co-curricular programming, student identity development and retention/student success initiatives. Student Success and Equity provides services to the campus community with over 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students and has over 64 career employees and 475 student staff employees operating in 8 facilities/locations. The Student Success and Equity area includes a wide array of multi-disciplinary academic and non-academic units including: Disability Resource Center (DRC), Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP), Learning Support Services, Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS), Renaissance Scholars Program (including Foster Youth), Veteran Resource Center, African American Resource and Cultural Center (AARCC), American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center (AA/PIRC), Chicano/Latino Resource Center (El Centro), Women's Center (WC), the Lionel Cantu Queer Center (LGBTQ+), Undocumented Student Services (USS), the UCSC Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives (HSI), African Black and Caribbean Student Success, Career Success, and campus committees/programs, and the Administrative and Business team for the unit.
The Student Success and Equity area includes all of the units and over 125 state, federal, student service fees and gift fund sources and an annual operating budget of nearly $18 million dollars.
About the Division
The UC Santa Cruz Division of Student Affairs and Success (DSAS), led by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Success, consists of nearly 250 team members spanning 3 major units and 21 departments. DSAS provides campus-wide coordination and leadership for student success programs, activities, and initiatives. DSAS does work through a range of resource centers dedicated to providing direct student support. The division's work is grounded in educational equity, institutional responsibility, and an unfettered commitment to supporting the whole student. DSAS aspires to ensure every student feels welcome, supported, and a sense of belonging during their time on campus. The division's efforts are informed by robust and dynamic relationships with campus leadership, faculty, students, and staff from across the campus, reflecting the broad campus commitment to ensuring student success. Beyond UC Santa Cruz, the DSAS team is involved in numerous professional organizations and highly engaged in the local community.
To build thriving, resilient social and ecological communities, we must sustain agricultural production, foster ecosystem functioning, adapt to climate change, and design food and farming systems that are equitable, just, and diverse. To support traditionally underserved students who will be key future leaders of a food system transformation, institutions of higher education must (1) train students in food, agriculture, natural and human (FANH) sciences, community-engaged research, agricultural production, distribution, culinary arts, and agricultural technologies, providing them with practical job skills; (2) financially support students with employment, paid internships, fellowships, scholarships, housing, emergency support, culturally-relevant mentoring, and career coaching; and (3) create opportunities for youth engagement, diverse learning communities, and FANH career education. Through funding from the NEXTGEN Program, UC Santa Cruz will transform opportunities available to underserved students, including FANH offerings, the quality and quantity of material resources, and career development and other support services.
The Agroecology Equity Coordinator (Career Services Specialist 3) will contribute to these efforts. The Agroecology Equity Coordinator will be based in Career Success within the Division of Student Affairs and Success (DSAS), and will work closely with representatives from other DSAS units such as the African, Black, and Caribbean (ABC) Student Success Initiatives, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Initiatives, Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), and Services for Transfer & Re-Entry Students (STARS). Under the direction of the Director of Experiential Learning & Student Employment, the Agroecology Equity Coordinator will be responsible for student coaching and mentoring, developing and running workshops on experiential learning opportunities, graduate school and career opportunities, wellness, conducting student outreach, and program management and development in collaboration with several different units on campus. The Agroecology Equity Coordinator will work as a team with a Program Coordinator at the Center for Agroecology, a Community Education Specialist at John R. Lewis College, and UCSC faculty and staff to support student applicants and participants in the UCSC NEXTGEN program.
Budgeted Salary: $68,000 - $73,300 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience. Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to post a reasonable estimate of the compensation for this role. The salary shown above is the budgeted amount the University reasonably expects to pay and the salary extended should not exceed this posted amount.
Develops partnerships with other departments and programs developing internships, research, and other experiential learning opportunities for students (e.g., Environmental Studies, Center for Agroecology, CITRIS Initiative for Drone Education and Research, Apprenticeship for Community Engaged Research).
Provides marketing and branding tools to highlight UCSC opportunities in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH), which will be used by Admissions staff in recruitment activities at high schools and community colleges, and with advising staff, families, students, etc. to promote FANH programs for transfer pathways or incoming frosh.
Promotes awareness of FANH careers through career panels with recent alumni and FANH professionals.
Conducts workshops to educate undergraduates about graduate school opportunities and pathways in FANH fields.
Holds workshops about internship and job opportunities at the USDA and other federal institutions.
Supervises a student assistant to carry out tasks associated with student outreach and workshops.
Leverages industry insights to provide experiences, trainings and appointments including administration and interpretation of career assessment inventories.
Participates in NEXTGEN grant meetings with Project Director, Co-Project Directors and other staff.
Tracks student engagement in coaching, mentoring, workshops, field trips, and other activities for grant reporting purposes.
35% - Student Engagement, Coaching, and Mentoring
Directs coaching and mentoring of underserved students related to experiential learning opportunities (e.g., pre-, during-, and post-program guidance) in ways that are engaging, culturally conscious, and effective.
Manages student coaching via the Handshake System for tracking student appointments and engagement.
Develops and runs workshops covering opportunities for food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) experiential learning, demystifying the hidden curriculum and application processes for students.
Organizes field trips to research facilities, farms, and businesses to expose students to other FANH careers.
Hosts application support drop-in sessions for students applying to NEXTGEN experiential learning and scholarship programs.
Develops collaborative programs and workshops with EOP, ABC Student Success, STARS, and HSI Initiatives to provide holistic support and address student wellness.
20% - Student Outreach
Conducts outreach to currently enrolled underserved students via Handshake based on self-selected industries of interest related to food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (e.g., Biotech & Life Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Animal & Wildlife, Utilities & Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Consumer Packaged Goods, Farming, Ranching & Fishing, Food & Beverage, Forestry, Restaurants & Food Services, Energy)
Publishes a food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences (FANH) newsletter to highlight career paths, graduate school opportunities, events, and experiential learning opportunities related to NEXTGEN programming each month during the academic year.
Promotes and demystifies internship and research programs to create equitable access to experiential learning and scholarship programs for underserved UCSC students.
Facilitates workshops to address the hidden curriculum for applications and opportunities, and intentionally follows-up with students to offer scaffolded support during the application process.
5% - Other Duties As Assigned
Provides support to Career Success and to the NEXTGEN Project Director for special projects, and performs other duties as assigned based on student population, department, and University needs.
Attends all regularly scheduled professional staff meetings including but not limited to unit team meetings, meetings with the Director, Campus Stakeholder meetings, and strategic project and initiatives working groups.
Regularly participates in ongoing professional development opportunities including workshops, conferences, and webinars. Reviews relevant literature to remain current on emerging trends and issues in higher education.
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Strong knowledge of experiential learning theories, student success, inclusive excellence, career development theories, career coaching techniques, counseling process, career decision making, and learning styles.
Thorough knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice.
Thorough knowledge of workshop and program design and management.
Knowledge of higher education programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends.
Ability to design and modify computer applications to meet program needs.
Strong presentation skills.
Effective time management and organizational skills.
Effective administrative and technical skills.
Strong oral, written, and digital communication skills.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
Excellent interpersonal communications skills (e.g., the ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, sensitivity in interacting with students, staff, & faculty and handling sensitive issues).
Demonstrated strong problem identification and problem-solving skills.
Ability to build new and enhance existing relationships with constituents inside or outside of an organization.
Excellent cultural competency skills to engage with individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Demonstrated experience providing career advising and/ or counseling to students who have been traditionally underserved by higher education and experience in the pedagogy reflecting intersections of race, culture, class, ethnic, and queer communities including African, Black and Caribbean communities, Latinx communities, and / or Asian American, Native American Pacific Islander communities.
Lived experience contributing to social movements, including with Indigenous, racialized, and migrant communities, that are central to agroecology and food systems change, and demonstrated commitment to community-grounded, decolonial, anti-racist approaches to land-based education.
Knowledge of food system transformation.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
Must possess a valid license to drive in the state of California.
Ability to work long periods of time at a computer with or without accommodation.
The selected candidate will be required to work primarily on campus, with periods of remote work possible based on operational needs, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.
Ability to travel to multiple work locations on and off campus.
Ability to travel within a defined regional or service area.
Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtainedhere.
All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.
The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.
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