The role of the Coordinator of African American Student Services is to develop and lead programs that enhance student success and graduation of African American students at Portland State University. A primary focus of this position is on increasing the retention, persistence and successful graduation of African American and other first generation, under-represented students through comprehensive support services (i.e. academic advising, advocacy, assistance with the financial aid process and scholarships, general guidance and community building, etc.).
The Coordinator case-manages a cohort of students who participate in a first year retention program that includes peer mentoring, holistic advising, and a college success course. Additionally, this position will develop academic workshops and co-curricular programming designed to support student success and build a strong sense of community for under-represented students. The Coordinator serves as a liaison, advocate and educator on the unique needs, experiences, and challenges faced by African American college students. The professional in this position works collaboratively with the department and other campus units and external organizations to provide services and activities that are sensitive to cultural differences and that promote access and student success.
*Master's degree in counseling, student affairs/higher education leadership, adult learning, or relevant discipline plus three years of related full time experience. A Bachelor's degree and equivalent of five or more years of related full time experience (in all categories defined by the position summary) may be substituted for the Master's degree plus three years of related full time experience. *Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and diverse cultures. *Experience giving presentations to diverse students and families. *Excellent oral and written communication skills. *Deep understanding and awareness of the experiences and needs of African American students. *Knowledge of African American retention strategies and best practices in higher education. *Must demonstrate a high degree of creativity and innovation in developing strategies to improve student academic success, retention and graduation. *Cross-cultural communication skills.
*Familiar with African American communities and organizations in Oregon. *Experience advising students academically at the post-secondary level. *Experience facilitating workshops and/or teaching diverse learners at the post-secondary level.
Internal Number: 31368
About Portland State University
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, the University's innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. PSU seeks talented individuals who understand our values and strategic goals and enjoy sharing ideas and collaborating in an environment of mutual respect to achieve those values and goals. We are committed to leading through engagement and seek individuals who support this strategy. Engagement describes Portland State's collaborative approach to the exchange of knowledge and resources with local, regional, national, and global partners for mutual benefit of students, faculty, and the community. As a component of the Diversity Action Plan and the President's... Strategic Mission of achieving global excellence, Portland State University strives to become an institution that is recognized nationally and internationally for the accomplishments of its faculty, the reputation of its programs, and the preparation of it students as world citizens. For more information visit http://www.pdx.edu/about-portland-state