Job Positions

Academic Navigator

Categories: Not Region Specific

Department:

Undergrad Education and Student Success

Institution:

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Date Posted:

May 6 2022 9:08AM

Close Date:

July 6 2022
 

Position Description

The Academic Navigator is dedicated to University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) undergraduates’ persistence and degree completion, especially historically underserved first generation, low-income, and ethnic minority college students. The position will be part of a ten (10) member team that is responsible for supporting the creation of an ecology of validation by utilizing UNL reporting and student information systems to identify students in need of academic support and serving as a validating agent. This position reports to the Director of the Academic Navigator program with a dotted line report to the colleges of UNL. Criminal history background check will be conducted. Excellent benefits including staff/dependent scholarship program. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is an EO/AA employer and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Duties

Responsibilities will include facilitating a case management model that includes triaging student concerns (i.e. personal, academic, or financial) and collaborating with campus partners to facilitate communication and connections with appropriate resources. Proactively engaging with students identified by campus stakeholders including responding to referrals made by faculty and staff across campus and supporting their retention efforts. Using provided university analytics and data to coordinate appropriate outreach and response using a variety of methods (i.e. in-person, email, text, phone, etc.) to targeted student populations and recording contacts in digital notes system. Be able to understand how cultural context, differences, and institutional/social barriers influence the student experience to best employ inclusive advocacy strategies to all students. Engaging in a community of collaborative relationships with student success stakeholders across student and academic affairs including University Housing, UNL faculty, academic advisors, and University Career Services. Engaging in continuous training and professional development to remain informed on existing and emerging strategies to promote student persistence and academic success.

Application Process

Applicant review begins May 24, 2022. View requisition S_220495 at http://employment.unl.edu to apply.

Institution Information

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln was chartered as a land-grant university on February 15, 1869, to create opportunity for the state of Nebraska. A proud member of the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Nebraska is classified within the Carnegie “R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity” category. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Additional Information

In alignment with Nebraska's N2025 goals to increase undergraduate degree completion and close equity gaps, the Academic Navigator program serves undergraduate scholars who may be experiencing barriers. Academic Navigators are housed in all of Nebraska's undergraduate colleges, as well as the Explore Center. Working alongside academic advisors and other student support staff, the Academic Navigators assist students to achieve academic, personal and career goals. No matter how complex scholars' situations, Academic Navigators can help connect them to appropriate resources and identify plans for success.

Contact Information

Allison Wortmann, PHR HR Specialist Lead allison.wortmann@unl.edu

Qualifications:

Required Qualifications

Bachelors Degree and two (2) years of fulltime professional experience working with secondary to post-secondary aged individuals from underserved populations in a social work, educational support or achievement setting required. Ability to build relationships with individuals in 1:1 advising/coaching/mentoring settings. Must have experience providing academic and/or social supports for first generation, low-income, and/or underserved ethnic minority populations. Evidence of working collaboratively within a team environment and with other units required. Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills necessary. Knowledge surrounding academic and/or social supports for first-gen, low-income, and/or underserved ethnic minority populations and be able to understand how cultural context, differences, and institutional/social barriers influence student experiences to best apply inclusive advocacy strategies to all students. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills Strong organizational skills and the ability to prioritize tasks and maintain confidentiality. Strong interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Four years of fulltime professional experience working with secondary to post-secondary aged individuals from underserved populations in a social work, educational support or achievement setting. Demonstrated case management, advising, and/or counseling skills desirable. Evidence of applying retention and student development strategies into student intervention programs and practices preferred Evidence of reviewing multiple forms of data to utilize case-based management protocols preferred. Demonstrated ability to develop and/or deliver programs preferred. Demonstrated ability to learn and stay current of complex program requirements, policies and procedures preferred.