Job Positions


Categories: Pacific Region 9


University Honors


University of California, Riverside

Date Posted:


Close Date

Open Until Filled 

Position Description
Under the general direction of the Director of University Honors, the University Honors Counselor - Student Engagement is responsible for providing advising services for a diverse caseload of approximately 250 University Honors students. Using the principles of developmental advising and a knowledge of teaching and learning theory, the incumbent promotes student development and academic success to University Honors students by guiding them in making a successful transition to university-level academics; meeting the University Honors responsibilities and requirements defined in the University Honors Learning Commitment; developing leadership and team-building skills; participating in campus and community service; pursuing involvement in high-impact educational experiences; conducting undergraduate research; and completing a capstone project. The incumbent meets with students according to a defined schedule to facilitate and monitor their involvement with goal-setting, personal growth, professional/scholarly development, and expected progress in University Honors. The position provides program coordination in the areas of University Honors discussion-leader recruitment and evaluation; civic engagement efforts within University Honors, including oversight of the University Honors Community Service Committee; and University Honors course scheduling, including the use of the Course Request and Maintenance System (CRAMS). Additionally, the incumbent works closely with dedicated University Honors faculty and professors, who mentor students in pursuit of their capstone projects; collaborates with academic advisors in the colleges and departments to assure that students are making progress in pursuit of their academic goals; and works closely with other University Honors staff members to provide program coordination in the areas of marketing and publications, Honors Leadership Council and its associated committees, orientation programming, major-event planning, and outreach and recruitment efforts, all to ensure that the vision and goals of University Honors are met, and that the standards for involvement and performance of University Honors students are appropriately measured and maintained at a high level. 

Developmental Student Advising 50 Serve as the University Honors Counselor - Student Engagement to advise a diverse caseload of University Honors undergraduate students using developmental advising techniques to promote creativity and innovation, a culture of contribution, and celebration of diversity and global citizenship, while reinforcing student self-direction, motivation, self-sufficiency, and achievement. Meet with students on a regular basis to facilitate and monitor progress in University Honors, to communicate the expectations of University Honors, and to confirm completion of requirements for University Honors. Collaborate with professional academic advisors in departments and colleges and faculty-mentors across campus to reinforce the advising, guidance, and mentoring they provide to students. Advise students and faculty on program requirements for University Honors distinction. Participate in program evaluations and implement necessary improvements. Contribute to the ongoing development and maintenance of a student-portfolio system. Identify and advise students who are struggling with University Honors requirements, refer them to the appropriate campus support programs, and determine their eligibility to remain in University Honors. Evaluate and advise students requesting exceptions to University Honors requirements and document dispositions of those requests. Respond to inquiries and investigate and resolve problems as they arise. Collect necessary data for pertinent evaluation, usage, and retention reports. Program Coordination 40 Coordinate the quarterly recruitment of discussion leaders for applicable University Honors courses and the evaluations of the selected discussion leaders at the conclusion of those courses. Assist with developing civic engagement efforts throughout the University Honors community, including serving as the staff advisor in the oversight of the Honors Leadership Council Community Service Committee. Utilizing the Course Request and Maintenance System (CRAMS), collaborate with campus departments and individual faculty members in the scheduling of University Honors core courses and elective courses on a quarterly basis. In collaboration with other University Honors Counselors and administrators, assist with the review, development, and implementation of new procedures and guidelines for handling program processes and exceptions; coordinate the creation and publication of University Honors marketing materials; contribute to the planning of major events within University Honors; participate in student recruitment and outreach events; support the Honors Leadership Council and its associated committees; and contribute to University Honors student-orientation programs. Other 10 Serve as a liaison with other departments in the resolution of day-to-day administrative and operational issues, as well as for program planning aligned with campus-wide events. Represent University Honors on campus-wide planning committees, as requested. Other duties as assigned. 

Institution Information
The University of California, Riverside is one of 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and the only UC located in Inland Southern California.Widely recognized as one of the most ethnically diverse research universities in the nation, UCR's current enrollment is more than 21,000 students, with a goal of 25,000 students by 2020. The campus is in the midst of a tremendous growth spurt with new and remodeled facilities coming on-line on a regular basis.We are located approximately 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. UCR is also within easy driving distance of dozens of major cultural and recreational sites, as well as desert, mountain and coastal destinations.

Application Process
Access <> to apply.

Contact Information
Aaron J. BushongInterim DirectorUniversity Honors2316 Olmsted


Required Qualifications
1. Bachelor's degree, or equivalent combination of education and student-advising experience, and knowledge of abilities essential to the successful performance of the duties assigned to the position.
2. Demonstrated experience to show sensitivity to the needs of students of diverse social, cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds. Ability to effectively, professionally, and tactfully interact and communicate, both orally and in writing, with students, faculty, professional staff members, administrators, community partners, and visitors.
3. Skill in effectively analyzing and interpreting policies, practices, and guidelines. Demonstrated analytical skills to evaluate complex concepts or knowledge of past discrepancies, trends, and relationships and apply the concepts appropriately.
 4. Skill in independently composing letters, memos, reports, and other written communication materials using correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, composition, text editing, and proofreading skills. Skill in accurate record keeping with strict attention to detail. Demonstrated skill in expressing ideas clearly and convincingly. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a service environment that is subject to frequent interruptions. Skill in setting priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities.
5. Skill in working independently and following through on assignments with minimal direction. Skill in organizing tasks, documents and materials with efficiency and accuracy. Ability to work independently, while maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers in a team environment.
6. Demonstrated computer proficiency using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), or other equivalent software, the Internet, e-mail messaging, and web-based software applications. Demonstrated experience using an online student information system.
7. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times. Knowledge of the applicable federal and state regulations governing areas related to the responsibilities of the position including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 

Preferred Qualifications
1. Knowledge of the applicable University of California policies and procedures governing areas related to the responsibilities of the position.
2. Counseling or advising experience at a 4-year institution.
3. Demonstrated experience with first-year learning communities and/or high-performing students.
4. Demonstrated experience with Student Information System (SIS+) online system.