Beacon Scholars Program Coordinator

    University of Utah
    Salt lake city, UT
    Full-time, Part-time

    Job Description



    Open Date03/09/2020

    Requisition NumberPRN23394B

    Job TitleCoordinator, Administrative Program

    Working TitleBeacon Scholars Program Coordinator

    Job GradeD

    FLSA CodeAdministrative

    Patient Sensitive Job Code?No

    Standard Hours per Week40

    Full Time or Part Time?Full Time

    ShiftDay

    Work Schedule Summary

    Monday - Friday 8am-5pm. Some evenings and weekends.

    VP AreaAcademic Affairs

    Department00785 - Undergraduate Diversity

    LocationCampus

    CitySalt Lake City, UT

    Type of RecruitmentInternal to the University

    Pay Rate Range$37,000 - $40,000

    Close Date

    Open Until FilledYes

    Job Summary

    Designed to provide educational equity and opportunity, Beacon Scholars Coordinator strives to empower first-generation students, students whose parent(s) or guardian(s) do not have a bachelor's degree or four-year equivalent from a college or university within the U.S., to create a community of first-generation students at the University of Utah.

    Positioned in the Office of Undergraduate Studies ( UGS ) Office for Diversity & Inclusion ( ODI ), the Beacon Scholars adviser will strive to support first-generation students at the University of Utah. We acknowledge that first-generation student status is only one aspect of an individual's experience and does not solely define a person or their capacity. We promote a holistic approach to recruitment and retention of students in higher education, taking into account a student's mental, emotional, physical, and financial well-being.

    The primary functions of the Beacon Scholars Coordinator include student support in transition/retention/graduation, programming, community outreach, and recruitment.

    Student Support: The Beacon Scholars Coordinator will be one of two student-serving staff working to support first-generation students, including those not formally involved with Beacon Scholars. The Coordinator is expected to provide in-depth, customized information and support to assist students in the navigation of their educational careers. This professional staff member utilizes an understanding of college student development, learning, and persistence theories to assist new, transfer, and current first-generation students in developing plans to enhance their academic programs while at the University of Utah. Major responsibilities are to foster a successful transition to the university environment, identify services and resources for degree development that meet the student's needs, assist students in identifying resources for major and career selection, and encourage timely graduation. Program staff endeavor to create a supportive and inclusive community wherein first-generation students can develop and thrive. This person will use their professional experience to mentor student teams in the creation and execution of education, advocacy and awareness projects.

    Programming: The Beacon Scholars Coordinator will develop, execute and assist in office and campus-wide programming events for the Beacon Scholars program. These efforts include in-program and campus wide initiatives like Famtorship for Social Justice, Alumni events, Reunion events, First-Generation Celebration, First-Generation Conference, and First-Generation Graduation events.

    Community Outreach: The Beacon Scholars Coordinator will work with community partners to provide information at community-based events. Information will range from awareness, advocacy, resources, and individualized, holistic support for first-generation communities, to college access information for students and families. The incumbent will build strong and effective community relationships that enhance student experiences at the U and promote pathways for future students to the U. Incumbent will develop a complete knowledge of community services and resources that can support students and families, and serve as the point-of-contact for community entities into the University and vice versa.

    Recruitment: The Beacon Scholars Coordinator will initiate, facilitate, and oversee the recruitment efforts of incoming first-generation students to the University of Utah into the Beacon Scholars program. The staff member will attend college application events, college decision day events, and create other opportunities to provide support and information to students.

    Responsibilities

    Specific elements of the work include:

    1.Advise new, transfer, and continuing students and their families, linking them to campus opportunities to enhance their academic experience.

    2.Develop a working knowledge of University of Utah academic advising, financial aid, and career development office services and policies as they relate to this student population.

    3.Engage with departmental and program academic advisers to gain a working knowledge of program requirements to consider when assisting students in connecting with University resources and opportunities.

    4.Employ listening and advising practices to assist students from diverse backgrounds in accessing University resources and opportunities, and developing graduation plans.

    5.Assist students in accessing non-academic resources necessary to thrive, such as counseling, legal aid, housing, tax support, etc.

    6.Document advising sessions and develop practices and procedures for following up with student advisees.

    7.Develop resources (printed literature, web sites, videos, social media sites, etc.) to assist students in exploring opportunities to enhance their academic program at the University of Utah.

    8.Develop new programming and workshops specific to this population in areas of legal, academic, financial, and mental health.

    9.Serve on University committees and make recommendations that affect advising processes, program development, and published materials.

    10.Engage in data compilation, analysis and reporting of program outcomes, including student and resource listservs.

    11.Participate in information sessions, orientations, college application, financial aid, and tabling events on campus and in the community.

    12.Assist in the network of campus offices to understand, identify, and coordinate services targeted to this student population.

    13.Assist in training to staff, faculty, and students across campus, including managing in first-generation student campaigns.

    14.Embrace rapid change and develop new solutions to meet evolving student needs.

    The incumbent is expected to possess a working knowledge about academic programs, policies and procedures, and student support services. The ability to be sensitive to the needs of diverse student populations, such as non-traditional and minoritized students and students with disabilities is a necessity. Incumbents must also be able to interpret student needs and determine when referral to other University resources is appropriate.

    DISCLAIMER

    This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

    Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

    Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

    Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

    Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

    Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

    Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in a related field plus one year directly related experience or equivalency required. Demonstrated ability to work independently, analyze and make decisions related to program content. Strong coordination and organizational skills required to prioritize conflicting deadlines. Demonstrated human relations and effective communication skills are also required.

    Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

    Preferences

    Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Education, or a related field plus one year directly related experience or equivalency required. Familiarity with supporting minoritized (first-generation, low-income, students of color) success and a commitment to helping all students achieve their dreams. Working knowledge of laws and policies affecting related student populations.

    Evidence of successful work with a diverse range of students, including populations typically underrepresented in higher education (e.g. students of color, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students, students with disabilities, and students from lower SES backgrounds).

    Experience building effective working relationships and open communication with students, staff, faculty and University leadership.

    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally to diverse audiences including administrators, faculty, students, and staff.

    Skills in decision making that allow for quick, informed, and appropriate decisions essential to understanding students' needs and identifying where those needs can best be met.

    Ability to thrive in a rapidly evolving environment with a positive attitude, embracing change and adapting to student needs.

    Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.

    TypeBenefited Staff

    Special Instructions Summary

    The UGS Office for Diversity & Inclusion and the University of Utah value interactions among individuals with varying traditions, cultures, identities, expressions, orientation, religious beliefs, economic backgrounds, and racial/ethnic origins. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will share and explore this value with our team and the students we serve.

    Priority consideration will be given to applications received byApril 15, 2020.

    Additional Information

    The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran's status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

    To inquire about this posting, email: employment@utah.edu or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: oeo@umail.utah.edu .

    The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

    This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

    The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.


    Posting ID: 552789857Posted: 2020-05-21