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Diversity and Retention Advisor

Categories: Pacific Region 9


College of Engineering


University of California, Davis

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Position Description
Under the general supervision of the Assistant Dean, and oversight of the LEADR (Leadership in Engineering Advancement Diversity and Retention) Center Director, independently serve as the staff coordinator providing academic, personal, and retention advising to first­generation, historically underrepresented, educationally disadvantaged, and academically disadvantaged "four­year" and transfer undergraduate students in engineering programs.

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Provide academic, personal and retention advising to first ­generation,
 historically underrepresented, educationally disadvantaged, and
academically disadvantaged 4­year and transfer undergraduate students
in engineering programs.
Provide personal and retention advice to first­ generation and 
historically underrepresented students in engineering graduate programs.
Provide resources and support to the College of Engineering
 undergraduate and graduate programs on advising first ­generation
and historically underrepresented students (or educationally­ and
academically ­disadvantaged students).Provide advise to LEADR
 students who are either Subject to Disqualification, on Academic
Probation, or who receive grades of C­ of lower in core lower
 division courses.Provide back­up support to the College of
Engineering Undergraduate Office, including holding office
 hours to the general population.Perform degree certification.

Develop activities to bridge undergraduate and graduate programs;
leverage diversity efforts at both levels.Develop and assess
undergraduate and graduate recruitment and retention activities
to improve diversity.
Define and assess outcomes of the LEADR center programs.
Develop new events/programs focused on the special needs of the
LEADR student population.Coordinate study groups based on major
and course enrollment.Plan and execute weekly meetings with
LEADR students to include coordinating lab tours, alumni visits,
field trips, etc.

Coordinate first­ and second­ year and transfer student resources and
support to help manage first­ generation students transition from high
 school or a community college to a 4­ year research university.
Coordinate tutoring with the Student Academic Success Center
 for students in engineering related courses.

Institution Information
UC Davis is one of ten campuses of the University of California (UC)
system, originally chartered as a land grant institution in 1868. The UC
 system includes more that 220,000 students, 170,000 faculty and staff,
 and 1.5 million living alumni around the world. UC Davis was founded
 as the University Farm in 1906 and became a general campus in 1952.
 The campus has four colleges (Agricultural and Environmental Science
s, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Sciences) and
 six professional schools (Education, Law, Management, Medicine,
Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine). UC and UC Davis are state
 institutions governed by the UC Board of Regents through the
California Constitution.

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Required Qualifications
Experience advising first-generation students from historically underrepresented groups. Experience advising students regarding academic requirements and program admission criteria. Experience advising students and to help resolve academic, social and emotional problems and to make referrals. Experience maintaining confidentiality of student records and apply federal and state FERPA and Information Privacy Act regulations. Skill to design and facilitate educational experiences. Analytical and investigative skills to elicit information needed to clarify inquiries and requests. Experience coordinating workshops, large meetings and/or community building events. Skills to create and present effective public presentations to a variety of audiences. Research and writing skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, and informational documents. Skills to obtain, correlate and analyze data and develop statistics from a variety of sources. Oral communication and interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with diverse groups of individuals, in writing and on the telephone; professional skills to handle sensitive or difficult situations diplomatically, maintain confidentiality and to work effectively and collaborative with faculty, administrators, staff and students. Computer skills to apply and learn various programs (word processing, spreadsheets, databases) and software to accomplish assignments.

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with academic and social problems confronting students from diverse backgrounds in high school and college settings. Knowledge of campus resources in general and those specifically related to support for first-generation and historically underserved populations. Experience utilizing automated systems including student information systems, i.e. BANNER and OASIS. Knowledge of admissions policies and procedures affecting programs, student issues, and confidentiality of records and information. Skill to plan innovative student learning programs in a university system. Skill to contribute to a diverse workplace through ideas or experience; and to support and advance the campus Principles of Community in all activities.