CSU CLASSIFICATION SALARY RANGE:
However, offer amount will be commensurate with candidate's
experience, education, skills, and training.
CSUB offers a best-in-class benefit
package for eligible employees that includes an array of medical
plans, choice of dental plans, vision coverage, retirement
participation in CalPERS, CSU tuition waiver, up to 24 vacation
days per year, sick leave with unlimited accrual, 14 paid holidays
per year and more! See our benefits
for additional information.
CANDIDATES ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:
Open to all
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANT:
FOR PRIORITY CONSIDERATION
, applications must be
received by October 25, 2022
; however, the
position will remain open until filled.
faculty, staff, and
students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized
or declare a medical or religious
exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently
open search process should be prepared to comply with this
requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at
CSU Vaccination Policy [calstate.policystat.com]
may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Under the administrative
direction of the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs &
Student Services, the Director of Special Programs & Student
Retention Initiatives is responsible for providing leadership and
direct assistance for student retention-based initiatives, programs
supporting CSU Graduation Initiative 2025, and student
success-related areas in the CSUB Strategic Plan. Emphasis will be
placed on closing equity gaps for underrepresented minority (URM)
and Pell-eligible students.
The Director is responsible for providing leadership, direction,
and management of programs and services designed to enhance student
success. These include student-facing programs and services that
support the recruitment, retention, and graduation of URM and
Pell-eligible students. The incumbent must be a passionate advocate
for student success and have a clear understanding of student
development, principles of individual and group behavior, knowledge
of and sensitivity to issues related to URM, historically
low-income, and first-generation students, a working knowledge of
the methods and problems of organization and program management,
and a working knowledge of University structure, programs, and
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Coordinate programming for URM and Pell-eligible students to
promote persistence, retention, sense of belonging, and graduation,
while serving as a passionate advocate for student success.
- Maintain currency on issues and best practices impacting URM
and Pell-eligible students.
- Establish working relationships with internal and external
stakeholders to support the recruitment and retention needs of URM
and Pell-eligible students.
- Give presentations to internal and external audiences on topics
related to student success and issues impacting Underrepresented
Minority (URM), 1st-generation, and Pell-eligible students
- Work with key stakeholders, K-12, community colleges and
four-year colleges to create a consortium designed to address the
issues men of color face throughout the educational pipeline and
improve retention and graduation rates.
- Manage the strategic direction, financial resources, and daily
operations of Excel Scholars, a recruitment and retention program
that supports undergraduate URM males.
- Provide training for personnel, mentors, student assistants,
and program volunteers.
- Assist in writing grants to secure external funding.
- Coordinate the creation, planning, and implementation of
workshops and seminars.
- Design and administer a comprehensive assessment plan.
- Identify, evaluate, and propose solutions to relevant areas
that need special attention.
- Serve on committees as assigned by the Assistant Vice President
for Student Success.
- Coordinate special events and projects as requested.
- Represent the University on various systemwide, internal and
external committees, initiatives, and task forces.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE –
- Monitor student progress and provide reports as needed.
- Assess student needs and make data-informed decisions.
- Refer students to appropriate resources as necessary.
from an accredited university in higher education or related field
and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience in
student success, student development or related area. A doctorate
degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training may be
substituted for two (2) years of experience.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE & ABILITIES (SKA's) –
- Regular and reliable attendance is required.
- Knowledge of and sensitivity to issues related to URM,
historically low-income, and first-generation students.
- Demonstrated sensitivity to individual differences and a strong
commitment to serving diverse student populations and community
- Ability to demonstrate high-level analytical and interpersonal
skills in working on complex problems and interpreting student
- Working knowledge of the methods and problems of organization
and program management.
- Ability to write clear and concise reports and consistently
complete work assignments on time.
- Ability to work independently, cooperatively, and effectively
as part of a team.
- Skills in budget preparation and fiscal management.
- Ability to utilize computerized student information systems and
the ability to effectively leverage technology.
- Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work
assignments and implementing short and long-range goals.
- General knowledge of the principles, practices, and trends of
higher education and student services.
- Ability to effectively engage students.
- Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt
effective courses of action.
- Ability to advise students individually and in groups on
complex student-related matters.
- Thorough knowledge of the principles of individual and group
- Ability to carry out a variety of professionally complex
assignments without detailed instructions.
- Ability to advocate for the needs of individual students and
groups of students to university administrators, faculty, and
- Demonstrated customer service experience requiring a very high
level of diplomacy and professionalism.
- Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad
range of high level and sensitive interpersonal situations with
diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts
- Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and
teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work
atmosphere in the University with the ability to establish and
maintain effective working relationships within a diverse
population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
- Excellent communication skills: ability to effectively
communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both
verbally and in writing.
- Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and
- Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and
- Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the
ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments
with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
- Excellent computer skills and competence with a variety of
computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets,
databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring
- Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University
- Possesses a customer-oriented and service-centered
- Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site
for occasional professional development.
- Must be able to work occasional holidays and adjust working
hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to
perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
- Master's degree from an accredited university and a minimum of
three (3) years of related experience.
- Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational
- Demonstrated professional level experience working in a
retention capacity serving URM, historically low-income, and
first-generation college students.
- Knowledge of campus and community resources for URM and
- Knowledge of academic, social, and emotional challenges often
faced by first-generation and Pell-eligible students from diverse
LIGHT WORK – involves mainly
sitting, up to 25% standing or walking; lifting medium weight
objects limited to 25 pounds.
Only those applicants possessing
experience most directly related to the immediate needs of the
office will be invited to appear before a Qualifications Appraisal
Board for the purpose of appraising training, experience, and
interest in the position.
Satisfactory completion of a
background check (including a criminal records check) is required
for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment,
which may be rescinded if the background check reveals
disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the
candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to
satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the
continued employment of a current CSU employee who was
conditionally offered the position.
Sensitive positions are
designated by the CSU as requiring heightened scrutiny of
individuals holding the position, based on potential for harm to
children, concerns for the safety and security of the people,
animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to the
CSU or individuals in the university community.
Limited: The person holding
this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the
California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to
comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083,
revised July 21, 2017.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST:
A "designated position" in
the CSU's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate
accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest
forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices
It is the policy of
California State University, Bakersfield to hire only United States
citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United
States. All new employees will be required to present documentation
verifying their right to accept employment. You will also be
requested to present a social security card at the time of initial
appointment in compliance with state payroll regulations. State
regulations require that every state employee sign the Oath of
Allegiance prior to commencing the duties of his/her State
employment, except legally employed non-citizens. These individuals
are required to sign the Declaration of Permission to Work.
California State University,
Bakersfield is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity.
Applicants will be considered without regard to gender, race, age,
color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic
information, marital status, disability or covered veteran