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Multicultural Academic Advisor/Native & Indigenous Student Retention Specialist

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Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Admissions/Financial Aid/Enrollment Management

Department: Division of Equity & Inclusion, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $46,933 - $50,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA04-Fiscal Year 2018-2019
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
May 30, 2019; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
A complete application includes the following materials:

• A cover letter in which you clearly describe how your knowledge, skills, and abilities prepare you for the job responsibilities and meet the requirements outlined in the job announcement.

• A resume of your educational and professional work experience.

• Answers to the following supplemental questions (keep total responses to 750 words):
(1) The Division of Equity and Inclusion’s Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence’s (CMAE) mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and under-served populations. What does this mission mean to you?

(2) Please explain your understanding of issues facing Native American and Indigenous students on college campus and how you will apply that understanding to your work. What steps or actions will you take to continue to build and apply your knowledge in this area?

Department Summary
The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) is a unit within the Division of Equity and Inclusion where 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. We develop and implement programs and services that support retention, academic excellence, and success at the UO and beyond. We reaffirm our commitment to all students, including undocumented and tuition equity students.

Position Summary
The Multicultural Academic Advisor advises and supports a diverse student population ranging from Diversity Excellence Scholars to students seeking support and advisement. In addition, the position specializes as the Retention Specialist for Native & Indigenous Students. Duties will include supporting the mission and objective of CMAE, as a central support program on campus and serves as a campus resource for Native & Indigenous students, assisting them with academic planning, retention and post-graduation planning; working with faculty and staff on campus to support historically under-represented students, and working with other academic advisors to promote collaborative educational and professional development opportunities.

Minimum Requirements
• Bachelor’s degree.
• Two years of professional work experience in advising, counseling, mentoring, or related work environment that included 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 under-served populations including ethnic minorities, low-socioeconomic, first generation, and non-traditional students.
• Knowledge 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.

Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, Student Personnel Services, Counseling, Academic Administration, Psychology, or other related fields.
• Knowledge of Banner, AdvisorTrack, 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.

FLSA Exempt: Yes

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

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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