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Multicultural Academic Counselor

University of Oregon
Oregon, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Aug 29, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Student Activities & Services
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Multicultural Academic Counselor & Native / Indigenous Student Retention Specialist

Job no: 531665

Work type: Officer of Administration

Location: Eugene, OR

Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Admissions/Financial Aid/Enrollment Management, Student Life/Services, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Department: Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, Division of Equity & Inclusion
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $50,000 - $52,000
Compensation Band: OS-OA04-Fiscal Year 2022-2023
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins

May 30, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload a current resume and cover letter that addresses how your skills and experience meet the minimum and, if applicable, preferred qualifications.

In addition, upload the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Department Summary

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 Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success (UESS) promotes academic excellence, universal access, engagement and achievement for the student scholar. UESS programs focus on the educational trajectory of the student by providing opportunities and services essential for progress toward scholastic objectives and intellectual development. UESS departments and programs serve the entire population of UO undergraduate students and partner closely with other campus units to support student success and engagement.

The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) is a unit within DEI and supervised by UESS in a collaborative partnership.

At CMAE, 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.

Position Summary

The Multicultural Academic Counselor & Native / Indigenous Student Retention Specialist advises and supports a diverse student population ranging from Diversity Excellence Scholars, underrepresented students, to students seeking support and advisement. This position is the lead academic advisor for Native / Indigenous students at the UO, including those within the Home Flight Scholars Program (HFSP) and the Native American and Indigenous Studies Academic Residential Community (NAIS ARC).

Duties include supporting CMAE's mission and objectives as a central academic support program on campus; serving as a campus resource for Native / Indigenous 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. This position reports to the Director of the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence.

As part of a dynamic and innovative academic advising center, CMAE counselors have the opportunity to create and implement impactful academic success and retention programs for underrepresented students.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Two years of professional work experience in advising, counseling, mentoring, or related work environment that includes one-on-one interaction with others for the purpose of accurately and effectively conveying information and/or providing guidance.

    Professional Competencies

  • 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 of and experience with Native / Indigenous peoples, 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 at all times, including understanding FERPA and other policies, procedures or regulations that guide appropriate interactions with students and colleagues.

    Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Services, Counseling, Academic Administration, Psychology, or other related fields.
  • Knowledge of Banner, Navigate, Canvas, Data Warehouse or other comprehensive higher education-related student databases and tracking systems.
  • Experience working on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to effect meaningful change and promote student success.
  • Experience in strategic planning and retention and/or program assessment.
  • Ability to work effectively with stakeholders and build partnerships.
  • Knowledge of CAS standards and NACADA Core Values for academic advising.
  • Proficiency in another language in addition to English, and/or study abroad experience.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    University of Oregon students and employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. For additional information see:

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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