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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: July 13, 2020. This job will remain posted until filled.
The African American Student Development Office (AASD) and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are partnering to create a dedicated Academic Counseling position to serve the academic counseling needs of African American/Black students, with a high touch focus on African American Initiative (AAI) scholars . AASD is the campus center responsible for ensuring UC Berkeley's policies and practices, programs and services and overall campus climate are welcoming to all African American/Black students in ways that ensure the students' success. The staff of AASD collaborates with campus partners to provide leadership advising on ethnic specific and multicultural issues that promote students' academic success and ensures their full access and participation in campus life. EOP provides individualized services to students who are underrepresented, low income, first generation college students, and/or otherwise at a higher risk of experiencing academic difficulty, to help students succeed. EOP Academic Counselors work alongside students who, despite their unique responsibilities and challenges, transform their lives through academic counseling, personal growth, and degree completion. Together, AASD and EOP will provide a coordinated approach of holistic advising, counseling, advocacy, and community programming aimed at increasing retention, inclusion, and degree completion for African American/Black students. This will be achieved through developing programs, activities, and strategies that engage students in multicultural advising/counseling practices that acknowledge and celebrate their individual and collective experiences and providing multicultural expertise to campus administrators. Services may include academic advising, academic needs assessment, developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention and academic success. Includes specializations in particular underrepresented groups, particular academic skills (e.g., research skills, preparation for graduate programs), or success in particular academic programs.
African American Initiative Scholarship Holistic Academic Counseling
Provides dedicated cohort advising to African American Initiative Scholars around academic and financial planning, navigational support, mental health and basic needs. Provides advising about academic and personal development resources to students, programs, services, and organizations. Refers students to appropriate campus and community services.
Plans, develops and implements advising strategies that address campus climate issues impacting students academically and personally.
Provides multicultural academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented populations.
Provides individualized services to African American Initiative (AAI) scholars. Services may include academic needs assessment, developing individual study plans, recognizing and addressing academic and non-academic barriers to academic success, and counseling on other aspects that may affect student retention and academic success.
Conducts comprehensive analyses of students' issues and needs and provides solutions and alternatives to problem areas.
Helps students develop strategies to solve academic and personal problems.
Provides weekly dedicated advising hours at Fannie Lou Hamer Black Resource Center.
Proactively outreaches to students to assist with creating a comprehensive academic and personal support plan.
Provides high-touch case management and follow-up around timely academic enrollment and financial deadlines.
Plans, develops, and implements programs, retreats, workshops, services, and activities, that build community, support student development and create access to opportunities that align with their academic, and career interest.
Support student staff in planning student events and programs. Determines and coordinates staffing and other logistical needs. Assures issues of safety, security, and risk management are addressed
Supervises student staff who are serving as peer academic counselors.
Coordinates and manages the use of space for programming, meetings and events.
Assesses program effectiveness and recommends changes in program content, procedures, and policies, as appropriate. Recommends the development of new activities and programs.
Coordinates the development, editing, and publication of journals, programs, websites, brochures, and marketing materials. Coordinates the content, editing, and publication of newsletters. Assists in preparing proposals for extramural funding.
Supports the Director in developing and analyzing assessment of student needs.
Student Leadership Development
Hires and trains undergraduate peer academic counselors who have completed at least their first year with the African-American Initiative (AAI) Scholarship.
Partners with the Educational Opportunity Program Director and Assistant Director for training and development of student staff with other Peer Academic Counselors (PACs). Implements an intersectional framework from various academic disciplines.
Collaborates in facilitating and convening community forums, workshops and dialogues with AAI Scholars and members of the African-American/Black community.
Participates as needed to support AASD staff in weekly seminars designed to promote students' academic success and retention, personal development, and leadership formation.
Works closely with the AASD Director to lead curriculum development, logistics, and teaching of the African American Theme Program seminars offered by the office.
Facilitates collaborative group processes and uses innovative pedagogical models.
Trainings, Meetings & Campus Collaborations
Keeps abreast of student trends in higher education, particularly low-income and first-generation college populations. Refers students to appropriate specialized programs and resources.
Keeps abreast of campus policies and student trends by attending ongoing meetings with campus stakeholders such as: EOP, AASD, Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, etc.
Keeps abreast of campus culture and climate trends through active engagement with student and community events.
Attends and participates in training sessions held by Cal Alumni Association, African American Student Development and EOP.
Keeps abreast of changing and evolving trends regarding African American/Black students, multicultural education/counseling, multicultural education, identity, student development theories.
Participates in professional development activities.
Other duties as assigned, including:
Special projects; membership in campus committees and work teams, and so forth.
Subject Matter Expertise
Knowledge of the histories, theories, and practice of African/African American/Black/Diaspora thought, multiculturalism, African/African American/Black/Diaspora student development and student leadership development.
Knowledge of the methodologies used to enhance students' academic and personal development, such as collaborative and student-centered teaching/learning models, small group facilitation, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing students from low-income, underrepresented, multiracial, multiethnic, mixed-race, mixed-ethnic, immigrant, refugee, disability, and/or lgbtqia+_ backgrounds.
Knowledge of community, labor, youth, and/or student organizing.
Experience collecting and analyzing data, and generating reports.
Holistic Academic Counseling Skills
Demonstrated knowledge of the theories and practice of multicultural 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 the methodologies used to enhance student achievement, such as, strategies for effective counseling and peer mentoring, small group facilitation and training, coaching, mentoring, and advocacy.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing low-income and first-generation college, underrepresented, and under prepared students in higher education.
Knowledge and experience in working with historically underrepresented ethnic minority communities, first generation college students.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty.
Highly developed interpersonal and public communication skills including political acumen, social/cultural perceptiveness, conflict management, and interventions strategies.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and practices of multicultural event planning and campus-community relations, including event design, organization, and production.
Knowledge and experience analyzing complex situations and identifying solutions to solve problems; skills and experience in developing and administering programs designed to meet the diverse needs of students.
Some evening and weekend work is required.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Masters in Education Psychology or Counseling and/or equivalent experience/training.
Two to three years of professional experience in related area.
Salary & Benefits
This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $60,000.00-$68,000.00, commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a four year contract position with an end date of 9/07/24 and the possibility of extension depending on funding.
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
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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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