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First Year Experience Advising Coordinator 03018218

Categories: Pacific Region 9


 Student Housing


Unversity of California, Davis

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Position Description

UC Davis is searching for a candidate excited about working with first-year students in a residential environment! The First-Year Experience Coordinator has a unique opportunity to collaborate with academic partners in our 4 colleges, as well as other student affairs professionals throughout campus. A specialized focus on providing academic advising programs and services in the residence halls includes advising, tutoring and peer mentorship. The unique opportunity to work in Student Housing & Dining Services (without on-call or live-in responsibilities!) provides wonderful benefits, colleagues and peer support, professional development and fun! Please help us spread the word and share with interested friends and colleagues.


Under general supervision of the Assistant Director for Residential Academic Advising (FYE), work in partnership to develop, implement, supervise and evaluate the student staff, programs and training for the FYE-Residence Hall Advising Team (RHAT) program, the FYE Peer Advising program and the Academic Advising Centers. Specifically work with the Assistant Director, the four colleges and academic major departments to plan, implement and evaluate programs, policies, procedures and communication. Collaborate with the four colleges, Student Academic Success Center, Orientation and other campus units to deliver new student academic advising, transition & development services, supervision of the FYE & RHAT program, AAC operations and customer service & evening programs in the residence halls. Co-supervise the FYE staff, and indirectly oversee the peer advisers in Orientation, four colleges and academic major departments. Research and analyze data and trends from the fields of academic advising and first-year experience programs to develop new approaches and methods in implementing advising services. Serve in management of business operations, as well as developing campus-wide and external partnerships to support all programs and staff; liaison with academic and student affairs units. Coordinate recruitment, selection, hiring, training & evaluation of student staff. Assist in curriculum development, design, implementation and instruction for peer advising classes. Develop advising and retention programs, delivery and evaluation for special populations (transfer, international, first generation students), collaborating with colleges and campus partners (TRV, SISS, SRRC, etc.). Manage business operations for FYE/RHAT programs, including operational, communication, research. Prepare reports, make presentations to varied audiences (large and small groups) including students, staff, faculty and administrators. Apply extensive expertise in student development theories, as well as a strong background in academic advising, first-year experience programs, teaching and training, supervision, conflict management, and project management. Exercise delegated authority to represent Student Housing and provide consultation to the campus on matters of new student transition issues, academic advising and development, student development, and peer adviser training.

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Contact Information

Erika Reynolds


Required Qualifications

Experience coordinating college level academic advising, academic development, first-year experience programs, including assessment, evaluation and problem solving.Knowledge of principles of university level first-year experience programs, services, and research, matriculation and retention issues, and the impact of living-learning communities on student development.Experience applying multicultural competencies and concepts in an advising environment.Experience interpreting and explaining academic policies and guidelines to students.Experience in the application and presentation of knowledge of student affairs or student development theories, practices and principles.Experience instructing university level students and designing and implementing training modules based upon learning outcomes and best practices.Experience recruiting, selecting, training, supervising and evaluating student employees.Oral and written communication skills to effectively lead small/large groups, engage in public speaking, deliver presentations, and meeting one on one with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds; to prepare, produce and edit clear, grammatically correct, professional correspondence, publications, evaluations, letter of record, etc.Knowledge of designing group and individual training programs and conducting experiential learning programs.Interpersonal skills to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships in a cross-cultural environment, with students, staff, faculty, administrators.Experience utilizing political acumen to effectively develop programmatic partnerships with academic and/or administrative departments.Project management skills to identify and prioritize duties effectively, work under pressure of deadlines, heavy meeting schedules, sizeable numbers of student contacts, and uneven time constraints and maintain a high level of productivity in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.Analytical skills to synthesize information, evaluate programs, information, and resolve both service and personnel issues.Knowledge of FERPA and other general laws applicable to student enrollment and advising policies.Computer skills to manage various computer and registration systems (i.e., Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher; budget, registration and advising databases).

Preferred Qualifications

Educational background in college student personnel, academic advising, higher education program or combination of experience and education from relevant field.Knowledge of best practices, theories, and research within the disciplines of academic advising, retention and program development, including first-generation, transfer, and international student academic issues.Experience working with college student-related programs and activities (i.e., orientation, housing, career counseling).Experience with Banner student information system.Planning and execution skills to carry-out programs for large populations of students and staff.Skills to research constructs and emerging trends, nationally, in academic advising and first year transition program development, implementation and evaluation.Experience communicating and enforcing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to protect and maintain confidentiality, privacy and security of student records.Budgetary skills for monitoring/tracking payroll expenses and programming budgets.