The Multicultural Academic Counselor advises and supports a diverse student population including Diversity Excellence Scholars, underrepresented students, and students seeking support and advisement. In addition, the position specializes as the Retention Specialist for Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander students. Duties will include supporting the mission and objectives of CMAE, as a central support program on campus, and serving as a campus resource for Asian American, Desi, and Pacific Islander students; assisting students with academic planning, retention, and post-graduation planning; collaborating with faculty and staff on campus to support historically underrepresented students, and working with other CMAE counselors and campus academic advisors to promote collaborative educational and professional development opportunities for students. This position will also assist the center in creating and implementing academic success and retention programs for underrepresented students. This position reports to the Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.
The Multicultural Academic Counselor and Asian, Desi & Pacific Islander Retention Specialist advises and supports a diverse student population ranging from Diversity Excellence Scholars, underrepresented students, to students seeking support and advisement. In addition, the position specializes as the Retention Specialist for Asian American and Pacific Islander students. Duties will include supporting the mission and objective of CMAE, as a central support program on campus, and serve as a campus resource for Asian American and Pacific Islander students; assisting students with academic planning, retention and post- graduation planning; collaborating with faculty and staff on campus to support historically under-represented students, and working with other CMAE counselors and campus academic advisors to promote collaborative educational and professional development opportunities for students. The Counselor also serves on campus committees and represents the office campus-wide regarding proactive outreach and intervention practices to increase Asian, Desi and Pacific Islander student degree completion. This position will work collaboratively to identify and document the network of campus and community services to meet the specific needs of Asian, Desi and Pacific Islander students. Help develop mutually beneficial relationship and opportunities for collaboration with other advising programs, departmental partners, and faculty to better serve Asian, Desi and Pacific Islander students. They will also serve as a resource for other advisors in their work with underrepresented students, advancing campus-wide advisor competency and expertise in serving all students. The Counselor 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.
A complete application includes each of the following materials (incomplete applications will not be considered):
• A cover letter in which you clearly address how your knowledge, skills and abilities meet the qualifications and competencies outlined in the job announcement and how they prepare you to be successful in this position.
• A resume of your educational and relevant professional work experience.
• Answers to these two supplemental questions:.
1. The 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?
2. Please explain your understanding of issues facing Asian, Desi and Pacific Islander 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?
Apply directly from the University of Oregon jobs page: https://careers.uoregon.edu/en-us/job/524944/multicultural-academic-counselor-asian-desi-pacific-islander-retention-specialist.
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 Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) is a unit within DEI where students are empowered, engaged, and nurtured for success. Our vision is to build and empower an inclusive and diverse community of scholars who exemplify academic excellence and inspire positive change. Our mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and underserved populations. CMAE is comprised of academic counselors and staff who provide culturally competent, holistic and student- centered advising, coaching, mentoring and support. We develop and implement programs and services that support retention, academic excellence, and success at the UO and beyond. In addition, CMAE staff work collaboratively with campus partners assisting students in making a smooth transition to the UO by serving as campus and community connectors, thereby allowing students to take full advantage of educational, professional and social opportunities on campus. We reaffirm our commitment to all students, including undocumented and tuition equity students.
• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
• At least 2 years of professional work experience in advising, counseling, mentoring, customer service 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.
•Demonstrated understanding of issues facing diverse students, including students of color and students from underrepresented and underserved populations including ethnic minorities, low-socioeconomic, first generation, and non-traditional students.
• Knowledge and experience with for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, and deep understanding of the unique experiences and needs of these students.
• Strong organizational and written communication skills as evidenced by application materials
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times including understanding FERPA and other policies, procedures or regulations that guide interactions with students and colleagues.
• Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Services, Counseling, Academic Administration, Psychology, or other related fields.
• Experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion to effect meaningful change and promote student success.
• Experience in strategic planning and program assessment.
• Proficiency in another language in addition to English (Asian language preferred) and/or study abroad experience.