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The Equity Program Coordinator is a key member of the Learning Communities and First Year Success team who participates in a full range of strategic retention, outreach, and recruitment efforts. The Equity Program Coordinator facilitates academic advising, academic intervention, cultural/social identity and integration, and outreach for all students, but with a primary focus on the needs of underrepresented, first-generation, and/or low-income students in the first year and during the transition into academic majors and programs. This position supports the First Year Success Program’s contribution to MSU Denver’s Equity in Excellence and Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives. First Year Success seeks candidates who are dedicated to promoting the institutionalization of the practices and philosophies of inclusive excellence that foster equity in access and outcomes.
-Provide information and referral support services to all students focusing on the needs of underrepresented, low-income, and first generation students.
-Develop and implement multicultural programs that support retention, academic persistence, and student success.
-Plan and execute major department-sponsored cultural programs for the campus community; assist with the planning of leadership programs for underrepresented students; assist in the preparation and distribution of informational materials regarding events, activities, and schedules for Cultivating Connections and similar programs.
- Incorporate a case management approach to working with students in providing mentoring, job shadowing, seminars, workshops, student involvement programs, support groups, etc.
- Work with faculty and other staff to identify students most at risk of not completing their educational goals, and develop improvement plans to assist students in attaining their educational goals.
- Prepare, review and analyze a variety of complex information and data, and use an action-inquiry process to further educational equity and/or equality.
-Evaluate and assess programmatic effectiveness through regular qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis such as focus groups, pre-and post-surveys, benchmark tracking, or other performance or outcome data.
-Assist with the coordination of diversity awareness, training, and educational programs in conjunction with student organizations, other University departments, and in alignment with University initiatives (i.e. Equity in Excellence and Hispanic Serving Initiative) that support student access and success.
-Work with the Office of New Student Orientation and other Enrollment Services areas to develop culturally responsive and potentially bilingual (Spanish) communication content on navigating the University system.
-Collaborate with other University partners including, but not limited to: Immigrant Services, Student Academic Success Center, Excel Pre-collegiate Program, Office of Institutional Diversity, Hispanic Serving Initiative, Equity in Excellence, and Undergraduate Initiatives for the facilitation of diversity and inclusion workshops.
-Serve on University-wide committees representing Learning Communities and First Year Success and Undergraduate Studies.
-Stay current with trends and best practices regarding student retention strategies.
-Research and implement best practices to further develop understanding and execution of student success strategies with a specific focus on underrepresented, first-generation, and low-income students.
-Participation in relevant local, state, regional, and national organizations, assuming leadership roles as appropriate.
-Engage in appropriate professional development opportunities.
Other Duties as Assigned-5%
Master’s degree in Higher Education or closely related field
At least 3 years previous experience in one or more of the following: advising, student recruitment/retention, related student services, teaching in an institution of higher education
Demonstrated experience with planning and implementing programs aimed at the retention and graduation of underrepresented students, including students of color.
Experience providing case management and developing academic improvement plans for students.
Experience collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
Must have error-free written communication skills.
Demonstrated experience working with national, regional, state, and local higher education organizations, and participation in relevant local, state, and national organizations, assuming leadership roles as appropriate.
Experience working with undeclared/exploratory students.
Experience using a computer-based advising system.
Knowledge of student development theory and practice
Experience working with immigrant and/or international students
Experience with Ellucian Banner, Cognos, Degree Works or similar student information systems
Experience conducting program evaluation to assess for improvement or goal completion
Experience planning and facilitating trainings, workshops, and/or teaching
Bilingual/Spanish & English speaking
Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
Must have strong written and oral communication skills.
IMPORTANT: in order to be considered as applicant YOU MUST FILL OUT THE APPLICATION AT https://www.msudenverjobs.com. Official Transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
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