Minority Student Retention Specialist

Pittsburg, CA
Mar 31, 2017
Institution Type
Community College

Position Definition

To develop minority student retention plans with the Minority Student Retention Committee and to implement these plans; to provide day to day logistical support services for minority student instructional retention programs; and to provide coordinative services for the mentorship program in order to enhance the recruitment, retention, graduation and transfer rates of targeted minority student populations.

Position Title
Minority Student Retention Specialist

Los Medanos College

Posting Number

$4,572 per month (first step)

Examples of Duties/Essential Functions

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: Identify potential student populations for each minority student program through the matriculation process, instructors, and other referrals. Maintain appropriate records and data regarding the retention programs, prepare reports and make presentations as required. Organize and run mentorship program case management workshops. Organize and run workshops for target student populations regarding mentorship programs. Identify and develop college and community resources that will assist students to achieve educational success. Recruit, interview and match mentors and mentees. Monitor and maintain retention program budgets and expenditures, and assist in the preparation of those budgets. Coordinate and conduct minority student recruitment, community outreach programs, scheduling students and potential students with counselors, and student retention and mainstreaming activities. Monitor student progress and investigate areas where additional support is indicated, referring students to appropriate resources and providing advisory services. Coordinate orientation/assessment/enrollment support for target groups. Hire, train and evaluate student and classified hourly employees. Write and distribute periodic newsletters for participants in the retention programs. Update, design, write and oversee the publication of appropriate manuals and forms. Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification-Education/Experience
Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be: Education: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree with studies in one or more of the following: multicultural education, counseling, human development or sociology. Experience: One year working with minority populations. At least one year of full time work experience with demonstrated experience writing detailed, clear and concise reports. Recruitment of minority students. Coordination of student services programs.

Minimum Qualification-Knowledge Of
Policies, procedures, rules and regulations for student recruitment and retention. The California community college system and the four-year university systems. Methods for recruiting minority students.

Minimum Qualification-Skill To
Understand and be sensitive to multicultural concerns in a college setting. Use a computer to perform word Processing and to access and update records and files. Coordinate student services programs. Interact positively with diverse cultural groups and individuals. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Provide accurate and complete information to supervisor as requested.

Desirable Qualifications
• Ability to coordinate and deliver direct outreach services to prospective students from diverse backgrounds (e.g. high school age, returning and re-entry students, etc.).
• Knowledge of barriers to enrollment, completion and persistence that underrepresented and low-income students face in their transition from high school to college as well as the knowledge to overcome identified barriers.
• Experience coordinating events and activities including planning, logistics (including working with scheduling, vendors, contracts, transportation, catering, travel/lodging, and marketing), implementation, and evaluation collection/analysis for events and activities.
• Ability to identify, establish and maintain strong professional relationships with key college and community stakeholders (i.e. high school counselors, teachers, principals, and CBOs) that will assist students in achieving educational success.
• Demonstrated commitment to fostering student equity and ability to communicate and work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and community members of diverse backgrounds, cultures, languages, and abilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Los Medanos College is seeking a full-time Minority Student Specialist to join the dynamic team in the Outreach Department. Under the direction of the Director of Outreach and working closely with the other professional and student staff, this position is part of the of the Student Outreach, Welcome Center and Assessment team designed to assist students in the admission, enrollment and completion of the Student Success and Support Program (SSSP) activities. This position is focused on coordinating high school outreach activities as well as carrying out and promoting SSSP core activities (Orientation, Assessment, Ed Planning and Follow-up services for at risk students) to prospective and new students. This position will be the lead and activities coordinator for the Summer Bridge Program at the college. The position will also participate in general outreach activities for the college, coordinate the campus tour program and coordinate SSSP focused events. Through these efforts this position will play a critical role in increasing the participation of underrepresented and low-income students in the SSSP process and in enrolling at the college.

Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $4,572 per month. Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on an annual basis, until the maximum step of $5,570 per month is reached on the salary schedule.

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled

The Contra Costa Community College District does not discriminate against any applicant for employment on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, age, sex, or sexual orientation. This prohibition against unlawful discrimination extends to any person who is perceived to have any of the above characteristics or who is associated with someone who has, or who is perceived to have, any of those characteristics.


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