Job Positions

Co-Director, Biology Academic Success Center (Student Affairs Officer IV) – 03014843

Categories: Pacific Region 9

Department:

College of Biological Sciences, Dean’s Office

Institution:

University of California, Davis  

Date Posted:


8/17/2015

 

Close Date:

Open Until Filled – No later than September 10, 2015

 


 

Position Description
Under direction of the Associate Dean, and in collaboration with the Council of Master Advisors and Vice Chairs, the Co-Director will provide consultation and support for undergraduate advising and instructional improvement efforts across the campus and within the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). In collaboration with the Associate Dean and others, the Co-Director will provide leadership for the Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) to conceive strategies, and deliver innovations to ensure optimal undergraduate student success for 5,800 undergraduate student majors in CBS, consistent with national and UC best practices. Design and evaluate programs and workshops to improve advising, instructional support, under-represented student enhancement and retention, and career and community service opportunities for undergraduates. Apply for grant funding to provide enhanced services/programs to CBS undergraduates. Provide support, advice and information for all levels of student advising in the college and across the campus, including administrators and faculty in the departments. Represent the BASC in discussions with other undergraduate student-oriented units across campus. Participate and contribute to campus committees and councils that oversee advising and undergraduate education on campus. Participate in ad-hoc committees that provide policy actions or advice affecting undergraduate education.

Duties
Under direction of the Associate Dean, and in collaboration with the Council of Master Advisors and Vice Chairs, the Co-Director will provide consultation and support for undergraduate advising and instructional improvement efforts across the campus and within the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). In collaboration with the Associate Dean and others, the Co-Director will provide leadership for the Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) to conceive strategies, and deliver innovations to ensure optimal undergraduate student success for 5,800 undergraduate student majors in CBS, consistent with national and UC best practices. Design and evaluate programs and workshops to improve advising, instructional support, under-represented student enhancement and retention, and career and community service opportunities for undergraduates. Apply for grant funding to provide enhanced services/programs to CBS undergraduates. Provide support, advice and information for all levels of student advising in the college and across the campus, including administrators and faculty in the departments. Represent the BASC in discussions with other undergraduate student-oriented units across campus. Participate and contribute to campus committees and councils that oversee advising and undergraduate education on campus. Participate in ad-hoc committees that provide policy actions or advice affecting undergraduate education.

Application Process
Quick link to position: www.employment.ucdavis.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=71456

Institution Information
UC Davis is a place with a purpose. Whether caring for human and animal health, addressing issues in the changing environment, cultivating and protecting food systems, or enriching lives through art and intellectual exploration, we are united in our understanding that cutting-edge innovation and open minds will increase the quality of life for all.UC Davis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Contact Information
Rosie J. Banes
rjbanes@ucdavis.edu

 

 

Required Qualifications
-Advanced degree in biology, counseling, or related field, or equivalent education and experience in a public university.
-Minimum 5 years of direct experience advising students and/or overseeing advising office to provide comprehensive advising and counseling services.
-Familiarity with university/college policies, procedures and regulations governing undergraduate education as set by the Academic Senate or similar academic body.
-Experience providing guidance to students and parents in sensitive and emotional situations.
-Experience using decision making skills to extract from complex situations those elements of greatest relevance, present that information succinctly.
-Experience using computer software for word-processing, spreadsheet and database applications to perform standard office computer-based activities such as preparing correspondence, documents and reports.
-Experience with general curricular elements and structures (e.g., courses, units, prerequisites, majors and minors) and pedagogical approaches at the college and university level.
-Political acumen and knowledge of protocol and decorum in representing the college and the university in interactions with multiple diverse constituencies.
-Experience providing leadership and analyzing complex issues and academic and personnel situations in an independent manner.
-Skill to identify and implement solutions for advising needs to the maximum extent possible within staffing, space and budgetary limitations.
-Interpersonal and communication skills to interact and communicate effectively and professionally with administration, staff, visitors and volunteers, using tact, diplomacy, and good judgment during all interactions in the performance of a wide variety of programs and support functions.
-Experience conducting group and public presentations to the general public in small and large group settings.
-Organizational and time management skills to establish and pursue priorities and goals consistent with program mission; work on multiple projects simultaneously; set and meet deadlines collaboratively and on individual projects.
-Experience writing, editing and proofreading manuals, reports, proposals, letters, tutorial materials and research articles for print and online distribution.

Preferred Qualifications
-PhD in biology, counseling, or related field, or equivalent education and experience in a public university.
-Leadership and negotiation skills to motivate a strong interactive team approach among people from diverse backgrounds, to model professional behavior and communication skills, and facilitate conflict resolution.
-Problem solving skills to motivate, communicate, resolve problems and conflicts and build an effective service-oriented team environment; and to frame complex challenges in ways to support constructive problem solving among diverse constituents.
-Skills to examine and assess college transcripts and accurately compute or review on-line computations of grade point averages and grade point balances.
-Knowledge to implement principles of performance oversight and coach staff to enhance their overall contributions to the organization.
-Experience using instructional and advising technologies and strategies for analyzing implication of new technologies.
-Experience working in close collaboration with faculty in the design and implementation of undergraduate instructional and advising improvements.
-Academic training, knowledge and experience in pedagogy, teaching methods, and curricula in higher education settings, including educational research and best practices to improve undergraduate advising and education.
-Knowledge of academic assessment models and methods sufficient to collaborate with professionals in this area.
-Knowledge and experience with the application of UCD undergraduate education policies and procedures.
-Knowledge of university, federal and state policies and laws regarding privacy of information and confidentiality of student records.
-Knowledge of the academic environment and pressures encountered by students at a major research university, including students from underrepresented ethnic groups and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
-Experience in the synthesis and analysis of diverse data to prepare reports and proposals, and to assess alternative policies, recommendations, and change strategies.