Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.
About the Job Provides comprehensive, developmental academic advising to first year students in all majors and undeclared students in all class years, with a focus on academic coaching and support that contributes to student persistence (e.g. enrollment into the second semester and the second year). Assists in the planning, development and implementation of a first year and undeclared advising program that supports successful University transitions, student engagement and cross-unit and cross-division collaborations, driven by individualized interactions that connect students to the appropriate campus services and resources. Interprets and explains academic and administrative University policies and processes to first year and undeclared students. Advises and counsels prospective and current students and arranges for referrals to University support services. Uses professional concepts to provide prescriptive advice, working independently on issues that are straightforward and/or have clear guidelines. May supervise student workers.
Bachelor's degree and one year of progressively responsible related experience, or equivalent experience/training required.
Masters' degree or equivalent in higher education, counseling or student affairs preferred.
Knowledge of advising and counseling techniques that support the success of first year and undeclared students required.
Ability to understand and interpret University policies, procedures and requirements required.
Strong written and verbal communication skills, including active listening required.
Skills in judgment and decision-making, problem solving required.
Experience with common University-specific computer application programs required.
Ability to multi-task required.
Background Check: Background check and fingerprinting may be required.
How to Apply: An online application is required for each position to apply.
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, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy: The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at http://smokefree.ucmerced.edu.
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UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.