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Project Advisor (1-year contract) - 12643 at University of California - Merced in Merced, California

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full Time

Job Description:

Hiring Range

$43,500 - $46,000 Annually

Job Closing Date


About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system's 10 campuses and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With nearly 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students, UC Merced offers an environment that combines a commitment to diversity, inclusion, collaboration and professional development. With bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, strong research and academic partnerships, and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving and requires talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Ranked among the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced is uniquely equipped to provide educational opportunities highly qualified students from the San Joaquin Valley and throughout California. The campus enjoys a special connection with nearby Yosemite National Park, is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design, and supports the economic development of Merced and the region.
In Fall 2016, UC Merced broke ground on a $1.3 billion public-private partnership that is unprecedented in higher education. The Merced 2020 Project will nearly double the physical capacity of the campus by 2020, enhancing academic distinction, student success and research excellence. In 2018, UC Merced opened the Downtown Campus Center, a $33 million, three-story administrative building located in the heart of Merced.

About the Job

Under direction of a K-14 Academic Preparation Specialist IV, works with assigned institutions and organizations to implement academic preparation programming of moderate scope. Incumbent maintains program visibility in schools, collaborative relationships with K-14 institutions and/or community entities, and relationships with higher education institutions.
Recruits and enrolls K-12 students for program participation and services; Develops student academic plans to ensure postsecondary admission eligibility; Implements grade-appropriate college-going workshops; curricula, materials, and activities; serves as advocate for students and parents in the college-going process; Serves as liaison between students, parents and program develops and maintains program services to parents/families to support student academic success and access to higher education; Works with UC/CSU/CCC Admissions and Financial Aid staff to ensure program participation and a smooth transition from application to enrollment at an institution of higher education; Delivers college-going workshops to parents and families at community and school sponsored events; Prepares summaries of each month s activities detailing results and an assessment of monthly efforts; ensures that daily, workshop, and campus visit logs, surveys, evaluations, grades and other data instruments are entered on time; Prepares specific reports and updates at the immediate supervisor s request; Assists with development and implementation of college-going services and activities; Organize campus visits for students, parents and educators; Organize workshops for students, parents and educators; Assist in the planning and implementation of academic preparation and parent activities and conferences; Deliver admissions, personal statement, financial aid, test taking and other workshops as assigned; Assist in the organization and implementation of personal and academic enrichment programs for students and parents; Assist in the development and production of program publications; Maintains relationships with higher education institutions and community entities; Develop and maintain professional relations with educators to identify educationally disadvantaged students to receive academic preparation and parent services; Principle liaison to partner schools, including principals, head counselors, parents, and other key school personnel and/or assigned contacts regarding student and parent CEP programs; Develop and maintain relationships with other UC/CSU/CCC programs including MESA, EAOP, AVID, Talent Search, CTFMS, Upward Bound, etc. as well as community based organizations, civic groups and private industry; Act as a resource for elementary, middle school and high school personnel and the general public for inquiries regarding admissions, financial aid, housing, campus tours, and other related areas.


* Bachelors degree in related area and 1-year of progressively responsible related experience and/or equivalent combination of experience and training required.
* Master s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training preferred.
* Knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population, and sensitivity to issues related to culture, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status required.
* Knowledge and understanding of K-14 education required.
* Knowledge of higher education institutions (UC, CSU, CC, etc.), admissions and financial aid requirements, and the ability to interpret policies and procedures to youth,
* parents, and school representatives required.
* Experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers required.
* Ability to maintain cooperative relationships with school district administrators, school counselors, principals, teachers, and community contacts required,

Background Check

Background check and fingerprinting may be required.

Policy Statement

How to Apply:
An online application is required for each position to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Smoke and Tobacco Free Policy:
The University of California, Merced is a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

All employers who receive Federal contracts and grants are required to comply with E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). E-Verify electronically verifies employment eligibility by comparing information provided on the I-9 form to records in the DHS and SSA databases. Certain positions funded by federal contracts/subcontracts requires UC Merced to notify job applicants that an E-Verify check will be conducted and the successful candidate must pass the E-Verify check.

Pay, Benefits & Work Schedule:
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit: