Coordinator of Learning Assistance and New Student Orientation
University of California Merced - Merced, CA

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The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With more than 5,600 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.

The Coordinator of Learning Assistance and New Student Orientation delivers professional academic transition programs to students and their parents or guests to enhance their successful orientation to the university. Provides learning assistance services for a limited range of learning and academic issues to foster continued academic success for students. Helps students in critical transition stages, including high school or community college to first year Research University undergraduate course work; lower division to upper division; first semester issues; upper division course work to advanced research/capstone-level project; undergraduate to graduate-level academic preparation.

This is dual function role in which the employee will focus fall and spring semester on learning assistance roles and then transition in the spring semester to orientation responsibilities for the summer months. This position is dually funded through Calvin E. Bright Success Center Student Services and the Calvin E. Bright Success Center Office of Orientation.

Qualifications:

• Masters Degree in Student Affairs or related field strongly preferred.

• Experience and knowledge of internal business/administrative practices, organizational structure and campus policies and procedures.

• Knowledge of learning theories and training models.

• Knowledge of how learning skills issues apply to a research institution.

• Knowledge of strategies in critical thinking, reading, writing, note taking, test-taking, time-management, and goal setting. Skills in judgment and decision-making .Problem solving skills.

• Develops knowledge of specific learning theory, learning styles, affective issues, academic issues, and socio-cultural issues in applying academic support for students.

• Develops knowledge of current and theoretical models that influence the application and delivery of academic services {e.g., discipline specific; student-population specific).

• Multicultural competencies; knowledge and experience working and interacting effectively with diverse groups of staff, faculty, and student populations.

• Oral and written communication skills; interpersonal and presentation skills.

• Ability to communicate information in small and large group settings. Ability to speak Spanish is preferred.

• Proficient computer skills including databases, word processing, spreadsheets, and web-based systems.

• Project management skills including planning, implementation, communication and assessment stages for campus wide projects and initiatives.

• Development of program areas and supervision of student staff.

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