The Student Services Assistant for the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) serves to provide first level supervision and advising to individual students, student groups and organizations to support their understanding, exploration and development of cultural identities. OCAT exists to enhance students’ experiences by engagement in issues related to academic transitions associated with culture, social class, geography, religion, race, gender and ethnicity. The coordinator will work to organize individuals as well as groups of students from diverse backgrounds to form meaningful interactions and support students in their navigation of cross-cultural encounters.
The person in this position should exemplify the Division’s quality standards and exhibit behaviors that are respectful, responsive and resourceful. All programs under the auspices of this position are designed to respond to the needs of students and the campus community in ways that are aligned with the University’s core values of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity.Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing one or two years of post-bachelor degree work, such as a master’s in administration or a behavioral science field; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in administration, program development and personnel development and training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two years work experience in higher education or with marginalized student communities; experience working with cultural groups similar to Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO), Black Students’ Alliance (BSA), Culturas de las Razas Unidas (CRU) and North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO); have cultural knowledge of Indigenous/Native American communities; assist with planning, implementing and assessing events for the ICA -MRULE program; experience with student leadership development of college students; knowledge of national trends associated with diversity, equity, and inclusion and have a working knowledge of current trends in higher education; strong facilitation skills; ability to communicate effectively and positively, through oral and written modalities, with a wide range of constituencies (students, alumni, administrative officials); organizational skills that include effective planning, time management and multi-tasking.