Academic Excellence (ACE) Program Learning Skills Advisor
Physical & Biological Sciences
JOB #: 1908954
Full Time; Partial Year Career
Salary Range: $22.00-$24.00/hourly. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
UCSC strives to embrace diversity in all its forms; it strives to be an inclusive community that fosters an open, enlightened & productive environment.
The Academic Excellence (ACE) Program is designed to increase the success of a diverse population of UCSC students in their pursuit of bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). ACE is an academic achievement and retention program, which is administered through the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences at UC Santa Cruz. Initially, we support students enrolled in gateway mathematics and science courses through active learning problem solving sessions and peer mentoring. Along the way, we help students navigate our research university and the extracurricular STEM opportunities available to them on campus and elsewhere. Ultimately, we offer a community for students who strive for and commit to success in STEM at UC Santa Cruz. The ACE Program received the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. This lifetime award is administered by the National Science Foundation and is presented by the White House to individuals or programs that show a sustained and successful effort in mentoring students underrepresented in those fields.
Under the general supervision of the ACE Program Director, the ACE Learning Skills Advisor (ALSA) works to improve learning outcomes for STEM students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are enrolled in selected UC Santa Cruz mathematics and science courses requisite for their STEM bachelors' degrees. The ALSA leads and facilitates intensive, collaborative problem-solving sessions for these courses, holds weekly office hours for individual or small group support or advising, and conducts problem solving exam review sessions. In addition, the ALSA writes letters of recommendations supporting students' applications to extracurricular STEM opportunities as well as graduate and professional schools and contributes to the professional development of ACE student co-leader/peer mentors. In order to verify the success of the ACE Program, the ALSA monitors individual program participants' attendance in ACE Program Sessions as well as their overall university experience and progress. This is a non-academic position.
Using specialized knowledge of learning theory, counsels students and develops and implements programs for students to enhance their academic success.
Provides a limited range of professional knowledge and strategies related to learning skills for students. Works independently on standard program presentation. May receive guidance from higher level Student Academic Specialists in adapting counseling to specific learning styles and linguistic issues.
Multiple positions are available.
This position requires passing a pre-employment criminal history background check. Selected candidates cannot begin work until passing their background check. Please note: Time required to complete this process may vary and can be lengthy.
* Bachelor's degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) related field and / or equivalent experience / training in a STEM field.
* Ability to work in a multicultural setting and to be sensitive to the unique needs of underrepresented and educationally disadvantaged students who are pursuing STEM bachelors' degrees.
* Ability to prepare for and lead intensive, active learning problem solving sessions for students enrolled in selected UCSC biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, or physics courses.
* Ability to assist students in the development and maintenance of a variety of learning skills, which will contribute to their learning and subsequent performance in the biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, or physics coursework.
* Demonstrated written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Position is open until filled; Initial Review Date: 08-08-2019
APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO USE THE UCSC ON-LINE PROCESS
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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; https://jobs.ucsc.edu. A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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