Special Projects Coordinator

University Of California Santa Cruz , CA 95065

Posted 2 weeks ago

Delay Notice: Due to the current health crisis, candidate selection or hiring steps may be delayed.

Due to COVID-19 related circumstances, this is currently a work from home position and may change depending on Shelter-In-Place ordinance.

UCSC Statement

UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university.

Initial Review Date (IRD)

The Initial Review Date (IRD) for this position is: 10-14-2020

UC Santa Cruz staff jobs are posted until filled. Application materials submitted by 11:59 pm on the IRD will be routed to the hiring unit for consideration. NOTE: Materials submitted after the IRD will be forwarded only at the request of the hiring unit. Submit your materials before the IRD to ensure consideration by the hiring unit.

Dept Marketing Statement

The Educational Partnership Center (EPC) coordinates new and longstanding student academic preparation efforts of the University of California, Santa Cruz with the goal of increasing access and opportunity to postsecondary education for underserved students across the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley/San Jose regions. We provide an array of direct services, supporting students on the college-going pathway through tutoring, mentoring, academic planning and counseling, leadership training, test preparation, college awareness and enrichment, and teacher professional development.

Programs in the EPC include:

  • California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)
  • California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)
  • California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP)
  • Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
  • Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
  • Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

For more information, visit: https://epc.ucsc.edu/

Position Summary

Involves planning, developing, implementing and evaluating programs, activities, counseling, tutoring and advising focused on students' successful graduation from high school and college, and career readiness. Works with students, program alumni, teachers, counselors, school districts, community stakeholders and parents.

Under direction of higher-level K-14 Academic Preparation Specialist, works with assigned institutions and organizations to implement academic preparation programming of moderate scope. Maintains program visibility among program participants and families, in schools and community. Maintains collaborative relationships with K-14 institutions and / or community entities. Maintains relationships with higher education institutions.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary Information: $20.00/hourly.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Mid-Level

Schedule Information:


100% weekly

40 hours weekly


Day Shift with regular evening hours and occasional Saturdays

Employee Classification: Contract Appointment

Job End Date: 6/30/2021

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: None

Job Duties

20% - Under direction of higher-level professional: develops and manages virtual information and communication about higher education and financial aid.

15% - Maintains program visibility in schools and community.

10% - Delivers college-going workshops to parents and families at community and school sponsored events.

10% - Maintains relationships with higher education institutions and community entities.

10% - Maintains collaborative relationships with other college-going programs and high school personnel.

5% - Assists with development and implementation of college-going services and activities.

5% - Support recruitment of K-14 students and families for program participation and services.

5% - Serves as advocate for students and parents in the college-going process.

5% - Develops and maintains relationships with parents / families to support student academic success and access to higher education.

5% - Participates in meetings with school site personnel and / or service providers.

5% - Collects and documents student enrollment / service data, participant contacts, and progress. Contributes to program reports.

5% - Participates in recruitment and program alumni events.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience implementing and maintaining social media campaigns to promote program outreach and services.

  • Ability to create and manage virtual content to support program services and initiatives.

  • Knowledge and experience working with a diverse student population, and sensitivity to culture, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.

  • Knowledge and understanding of K-14 education.

  • 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.

  • Experience advising and supporting educationally disadvantaged and academically at-risk students regarding postsecondary opportunities and careers.

  • Ability to maintain cooperative relationships with school district administrators, school counselors, principals, teachers, and community contacts.

  • Experience with website management.

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written, to deal effectively with diverse groups and individuals at various levels within an organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

  • Thorough knowledge of high school graduation and college entrance requirements.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English or Vietnamese/English).

Special Conditions

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.

  • Ability to work regular evening hours and occassional Saturdays.

  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.

Safety Statement

All UCSC employees must know and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.

How to Apply

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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