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Program Specialist/Student Services-Dreamer Liaison- Merritt **INTERNAL JOB POSTING**

College Information

Peralta/College Information

Merritt College

Merritt College is a public, comprehensive, two-year college, maintained by the Peralta Community College District in Alameda County. With a comprehensive day and evening program of transfer, technical, occupational and basic skills education, the College is committed to meeting the educational needs of the diverse student population it serves.

Located on a 125-acre site in the hills of East Oakland, Merritt College combines modern, spacious facilities with a spectacular view of the entire Bay Area. An integral part of a large, busy urban community, the location provides a sense of tranquility and peace.

Benefits Information


The Peralta Colleges proudly offers a competitive and comprehensive core of work-life benefits. The value of the employer contribution towards your benefits may increase your total compensation by as much as 47%. Benefit-eligible employees have access to coverage for themselves and eligible dependents:

• Medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug insurance coverage*

• Life insurance of 150% of your income up to $100,000.

• Long-term disability coverage.

• Employee Assistance Program.

In addition to your own contribution, Peralta also contributes 25.37% of your salary to the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Effective January 1, 2013, the PEPRA (Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act) went into effect .

Changes have been implemented as a result of the adoption of this legislation that impact new and existing employees enrolled in CalPERS. A summary of those changes is available at For further up to date information on CalPERS retirement eligibility and PEPRA, please visit the website at The CalPERS member handbook is available at, please visit the website at After 10 years of creditable service, medical benefits in retirement are extended until age 65.

Other voluntary benefits include:

• Flexible benefit plan participation in the Medical Reimbursement Plan, Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan (under tax code 125)

• Pre-tax commuting expenses (under IRS code 132)

• Tax-deferred plan participation in the 403(b) and 457 plans

• Credit union membership

• Prepaid legal plan participation

• Additional Life Insurance for yourself, spouse or children

* Kaiser and United Health Care Dental are fully paid by the District. Other plans require employee contribution. Subject to change.

Position Information

Job Title
Program Specialist/Student Services-Dreamer Liaison- Merritt **INTERNAL JOB POSTING**

Time Base
40 Hours/Week 12 Months/Year

Salary Range: $5,106.26-6,512.71 /Month. Hiring Range: $5,106.26- $5,624.86 /Month. The maximum initial placement is Step 3 depending on experience.

Position Type

Student Services/EOPS/DSPS (642)



Job Description Summary

This vacancy is open ONLY to current regular and hourly employees who are members of SEIU Local 1021. Per new Article 8.7 of the Local 1021 hourly contract, this job is being posted for ten (10) working days.

Under direction performs professional work in the coordination, development, and
implementation of an ongoing program or special project. Performs related work as

Serves as the designated Undocu-Liaison for the college to assist students meeting the requirements set forth in AB 1645, section 68130.5; provide direct support to undocumented and DACA students, as well as increase awareness and professional development opportunities supporting the unique
circumstances and needs of undocumented students. Provide direct support for the successful matriculation and retention of undocumented and mixed-status students as they navigate the college processes. Liaison is to be knowledgeable and well-versed in resources as it relates to federal financial aid, social services, state-funded immigration legal services, internships,
externships, and academic opportunities.

This position is categorically funded. Continued employment is contingent upon refunding of the position

Duties & Responsibilities

Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty of the position satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions required for the position.

• Plans, organizes, evaluates, and promotes the retention services in consultation with the Dean of Enrollment Services and Financial Aid Director. Assists in planning and organizing the daily activities of the Undocumented/Dreamer Program including but not limited to supporting student onboarding, retention, and completion.
• In collaboration with the retention support collaborators, compile and assist in the preparation of the annual program plan, program review, reports to, Year-end Report, and/or other reports as needed.
• Updates and maintains a system to collect and report student progress data and provides regular updates to Dean, faculty, staff, and the campus community.
• Updates and maintains electronic file system of all student records and files with confidentiality and in compliance with FERPA guidelines.
• Works in cooperation with the Dean and retention support collaborators to plan and implement student-centered workshops, activities, and program elements to increase retention.
• Supports student engagement and community by assisting with social media outreach, phone calls, emails, classroom presentations, or other activities that engage students towards retention and completion.
• Administers budget according to funding guidelines with transparency and within the annual allocation.
• Prepares and maintains records of expenditures, costs, and item balances; prepares requisitions and personnel action forms and maintains records.
• Collects information for use on brochures, flyers, newsletters, and other marketing material.
• Disseminates information regarding retention and early alert services to the campus community and develop partnerships widely across the campus and community.
• Update and maintain an annual calendar of programming dates and activities related to the undocumented week.
• Responds to telephone and emails and responds to inquiries about programs, and services; schedules appointments with students and counselors.
• Supervises and trains student workers, tutors, mentors, and/or peer advisors.
• Compose and prepare a variety of written correspondence.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in one of the social sciences, counseling, business, or related field and one (1) year of experience working adult learners in planning, organizing, administering, coordinating or promoting academic and/or cultural programs or learning communities; or an equivalent combination of training and/or experience that could likely provide the desired knowledge and abilities to perform the duties of the position.
2. Knowledge of, and proficiency in, the operation and use of personal computers utilizing word processing, spreadsheet and database management software programs (e.g., MS Office Suite, Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook and PowerPoint) and the Internet browser, websites and E-mail.
3. Applicant must have demonstrated cultural competency, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college staff, faculty, and students.

Desirable Qualifications

• Knowledge of college educational programs and student services; programs and processes related to disadvantaged, underrepresented, and nontraditional students.
• Knowledge and proficiency in supporting diverse student populations.

• Ability to plan, organize and schedule the work of others.
• Ability to interpret laws and regulations and apply this knowledge to the performance of daily duties and responsibilities and/or interpret the information to others.
• Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
• Ability to work independently on a variety of assignments.
• Ability and/or experience in reading, interpreting, and applying applicable state and federal guidelines.
• Knowledge and proficiency in the operation and use of personal computers utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, and database management software programs (e.g., MS Office Suite, MS Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, etc.) and the Internet browser, websites, and e-mail.

Environmental Demands

Other Requirements

Tools & Equipment Used

Application Deadline Date
February 9, 2023

Open Date

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