Job Positions

Multicultural Academic Advisor and Native Retention Specialist (523873)

Categories: Northwest Region 8



Division of Equity and Inclusion


University of Oregon

Date Posted:


Close Date:

May 30, 2019 (open until filled)

Position Description
The University of Oregon’s Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) is seeking a committed academic advisor to help provide holistic and culturally competent advising for underrepresented and underserved students. If you want to be part of a student-centered team whose goal is to help students succeed in their academic, career, and personal ventures this may be the perfect job for you! The Multicultural Academic Advisor and Native Retention Specialist will provide academic advice, guidance and support to a diverse student population ranging from Diversity Excellence Scholars, underrepresented students, and specifically Native and Indigenous students. This position will work with students to develop individualized success plans, identify barriers to retention and degree completion, and coordinate wrap-around support, foster academic achievement, and provide guidance and support as students pursue their academic goals and attain their degrees. They will assist students in understanding academic processes and policies to allow students to make informed choices on majors, minors and time to degree. This position will work with an advising cohort to provide academic guidance and monitor academic plans. The Advisor helps identify barriers and solutions for students and provides case management for students who need additional support as they navigate their academic standing, or other campus challenges.The Advisor also serves on campus committees and represents the office campus-wide regarding proactive outreach and intervention practices to increase Native student degree completion. The Retention Specialist will collaborate with the Many Nations Longhouse to foster integration and academic success for Native and Indigenous students. This position will work collaboratively to identify and document the network of campus and community services to meet the specific needs of Native and Indigenous students. Help develop mutually beneficial relationship and opportunities for collaboration with other advising programs, departmental partners, and faculty to better serve Native students. They will also serve as a resource for other advisors in their work with underrepresented and Native students, advancing campus-wide advisor competency and expertise in serving all students. The Advisor will collaborate with other CMAE staff and campus partners to facilitate retention programs and functions for underrepresented and underserved students including but not limited to ethnic minorities, first-generation, STEM initiatives and academic residential communities.

65% Academic Advising, Student Support and Coaching
•Providing academic advising to an assigned caseload as well as regularly welcoming new students who are seeking academic advising, coaching and mentoring.
•Assist students in creating a 4 yr. academic plan with a focus on timely graduation and post-graduate planning.
•Providing systematic academic guidance to students in academic jeopardy including monitoring of success plans and/or contracts.
•Assisting students in understanding academic deadlines, course enrollments, GPA projections and other related information that allows students to make informed choices on majors, minors and time to degree.
•Providing advocacy and support as liaison to Financial Aid Office, academic review committees, classroom instruction and interactions, and/or other related referrals that support a positive campus experience.
•Establishing high impact practices that open up new success pathways and opportunities for Native American students’ development and success.
•Providing students with a resource guide that links them to campus and community resources that support and build community.
•Assisting current students with scholarship applications, graduate school selection and admissions process; career opportunities, research opportunities, etc.
•Participate in advising support for Native & Indigenous students at the Longhouse.
•Collaborating with other multicultural academic advisers to facilitate retention programs and functions for under-represented and underserved students including but not limited to ethnic minorities, first-generation, veterans, STEM initiatives and academic living-learning communities.
•Promoting interaction with education professionals and experts on Native American issues at UO and beyond by exploring opportunities for academic and professional opportunities: symposiums, meetings, conferences etc.

30% Outreach, Programs, Evaluation and Assessment
•Coordinating, and implement advising outreach activities, workshops, and programs designed for student retention and degree completion.
•Developing relationships and collaboration opportunities across other advising programs, departmental partners, and faculty, to better serve students.
•Creating assessment and evaluation protocol for assigned programs and advising cohorts.
•Utilizing advising platforms to provide data that will inform program goals.•Working collaboratively with other CMAE staff to evaluate services.
•Provide data and information on the concerns, needs, and trends of students served in CMAE and the satisfaction of experiences of Native American and Indigenous students at UO through collection of reports, surveys, etc.
•Tracking data of institutional retention/graduation rates for Native American students
•Engage in service to the campus by being an active member on committees that enhance student persistence and retention

5% Other duties as assigned by the Associate Director of CMAE

Application Process
Apply directly from the University of Oregon jobs page:; search for job number 523873.
A complete application includes the following materials:
•A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and how they meet the requirements outlined in the job announcement.
•A resume of your education and professional work experience
•Answers to the following supplemental questions (keep total responses to 750 words)
oThe Division of Equity and Inclusion’s Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence’s (CMAE) mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and underserved populations. What does this mission mean to you?
oPlease explain your understanding of issues facing Native American and Indigenous students on college campus and how you will apply that understanding to your work. What steps or actions will you take to continue to build and apply your knowledge in this area?

Institution Information
The Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI) works to build capacity for UO's global leadership around policies, practices, and programs for equity, inclusion, and diversity. DEI promotes inclusive excellence by working to ensure equitable access to opportunities, benefits, and resources through engagement with the campus and the community. As a part of our efforts, we design and implement campus-wide programs to recruit and retain a diverse community of student, staff, and community partners. The CMAE, a unit within the DEI, is a place where students are empowered, engaged and nurtured for success. CMAE’s mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and underserved populations. CMAE is comprised of professional advisors and staff who provide culturally competent, holistic and student centered advising, coaching, mentoring and support. CMAE staff assist students in making a smooth transition to the UO by serving as campus and community connectors, and institutional translators thereby allowing students to take full advantage of educational, professional and social opportunities on campus. CMAE advisors work with undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic stages from exploring majors, transfer, first-generation, cultural integration, Dreamer and tuition equity, and issues of financial and academic concerns or distress. In addition, CMAE advisors work collaboratively with campus partners on workshops, outreach activities, participate in orientation events, and advise students in cultural academic residential communities.

Additional Information
The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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Required Qualifications
•A Bachelor’s degree
•At least 2 years of professional work experience in advising, counseling, mentoring, or related work environment that included one-on-one interaction with others for the purpose of accurately and effectively conveying information and/or providing guidance.

Preferred Qualifications
•Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Services, Counseling, Academic Administration, Psychology, or other related fields.•Knowledge of Banner, AdvisorTrack, Canvas, Data Warehouse or other comprehensive higher education-related student databases and tracking systems.
•Experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion to effect meaningful change and promote student success.
•Experience in strategic planning and retention and/or program assessment.