Job Category: Student Services Unit: Center for Educational Partnerships - Fresno, CA Position Code: SCEP8991A Status: Open Closing Date: 07/16/2019 Salary: $60,000 Location: Fresno Background check: Background check is required
The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
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:
The Project Director is responsible for the design, planning, and implementation of a component of an academic preparation program. Establishes new organizational relationships with K-14 and higher education institutions. Assignments require advanced knowledge of highly complex or technical information. May have supervisory responsibility. Provides direct supervision typically to professional or skilled technical employees. Functions as advisor to unit and administration. Analyzes and resolves problems, interprets policies (i.e., fiscal management, HR, contracts and grants, resource management in defined areas) and demonstrates solid subject matter knowledge. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and policies to determine appropriate action. Supervises staff to assure accountability and stewardship of campus resources (operational, financial, and human) in compliance with departmental goals and objectives. Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Academic Preparation Programs and the Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships (CEP), the incumbent will be responsible for planning and coordinating K-14 academic preparation program services.
The incumbent will work closely with the CEP Assistant Director of Academic Preparation Programs and CEP Director in developing short-term and long-term strategic program plans. The incumbent will be depended on to assist in providing program leadership and using best judgments based on professional experience and educational expertise to assist full-time staff and implement and integrate services at partner schools.
Supervises K-14 Academic Preparation professionals and support staff (level 2 and 3). Independently oversees day-to-day operations and determines goals and performance expectations of subordinates. Designs, plans, and implements a major component of an academic preparation program. Provides expert recommendations and feedback to management on strategic and program planning.
Bachelor's degree in related area and 5 years of directly related experience, or equivalent experience / training.
Master's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training is PREFERRED.
Extensive experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers.
Extensive knowledge and experience working with educational equity programs serving a diverse student population. Demonstrated cultural competency with respect to race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status.
Advanced knowledge and understanding of K-14 education, policies, and educational equity issues. Strong interpersonal skills, including presentation, communication, negotiation, leadership, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.
Extensive supervisory experience.
Advance organizational and project management skills with ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
Extensive knowledge of higher education institutions, admissions and financial aid requirements, and matriculation processes.
Knowledge of state and national education policies and current education theories and successful educational equity programs.
High-level skills in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing.
Advanced knowledge of youth and adolescent development theory, including issues facing low-income, first generation and urban youth.
Maintains up-to-date knowledge of K-12 and higher education policies and issues, assesses their impact on program strategies, disseminates information to school-site and district personnel.
Highly skilled in communicating clearly and effectively verbally and in writing. Advanced writing skills with demonstrated experience producing complex report.
Ability to prioritize work assignments and manage multiple critical projects with deadlines. Strong project management skills.
Strong interpersonal skills. Leadership and supervisory skills.
Ability to work under pressure in a variety of settings and to maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative relations with diverse individuals and institutions.
Demonstrated ability to interpret college and admissions and financial aid policies and procedures to K-14 students, parents, and school representatives.
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The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be 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.