Slug Support Case Manager, Resource Center Specialist

University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Title: Slug Support Case Manager, Resource Center Specialist
Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 34091


UC Vaccination Policy: With limited exceptions, COVID-19 vaccinations are required for Covered Individuals under the Policy. Covered Individuals include all employees, students, or trainees who physically access a University facility or program in connection with their employment, appointment, or education/training.

Covered Individuals do NOT include employees who work 100% remotely with NO expectation that they will physically access any University location or program at ANY time. If 100% remote work ends, the employee is subject to policy.


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The IRD for this job is: 05-05-2022


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


The Division of Student Affairs and Success provides campus-wide coordination and leadership for student affairs programs and activities across departments, divisions, colleges, and administrative units. The Student Affairs and Success Division includes Career Success, EOP, STARS, Disability Resource Center, Learning Support Services, the Resource Centers, Dean of Students, Slug Support and Basic Needs, Student Development & Engagement, Student Conduct, and Student Health, which all provide direct services and resources to students.

The Dean of Students Office at UC Santa Cruz promotes personal development and successful navigation of campus life thereby strengthening the student experience. This is accomplished by facilitating partnerships, developing student centered policies, creating meaningful opportunities, and providing direct support to cultivate a vibrant, healthy, and inclusive UCSC community. The Dean of Students Office envisions a university where every student has limitless opportunities and support to reach their highest goals for themselves and society.


Under the general direction of the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Support Programs, the Slug Support Case Manager, Resource Center Specialist serves as the nexus of information and integration for the campus’s response to students experiencing varying degrees of need and/or distress. The incumbent is readily accessible to students, staff, faculty, parents and family members who are concerned about a distressed student. The Slug Support Case Manager, Resource Center Specialist works closely with key offices to identify and intervene as early as possible with students who may be experiencing basic need insecurities, distress, or other challenges where they would benefit from advocacy and support services.

This role will serve as a liaison between Slug Support and the UCSC Resource Centers, which are comprised of the following six centers: The African American Resource and Cultural Center, the American Indian Resource Center, the Asian American/Pacific Islander Resource Center, the Chicanx Latinx Resource Center, the Lionel Cantú Queer Center, and the Womxn's Center. The Resource Centers offer counter-spaces for students who are queer, trans, nonbinary, womxn, and people of color, as well as impact institutional policies and campus climate. The Resource Centers engage the broader campus on issues and challenges facing our communities, and provide programs, physical spaces, and services to foster student’s academic, personal, and professional growth, through community-based leadership development.

Duties include providing information and training for the Resource Center staff and community including consulting about students who may need support as well as providing general information about Slug Support during Orientation and other key events; working directly with students referred by the Resource Centers to help resolve complex situations and advocate on their behalf, fielding calls, emails and referrals regarding coordinating responses and services for individual students, undertaking research on national best practices, and participating on various “students of concern” committees. The Slug Support Case Manager, Resource Center Specialist will also support the activities, programs and services associated with the functions of the Dean of Students office.


Salary Information: Salary Range: $65,000 - $68,000 / Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:

  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: 004564 (STDT LIFE DEV SPEC 3)

Travel: Never or Rarely


70% - Student Advocacy and Coordination of Responses to Students with Unmet Needs or in Distress

  • The position provides direct student support in meeting with students to assess and provide assistance regarding distressing and sensitive situations they may be navigating. Manages students of concern cases that require gathering information, developing recommendations for response, taking the initiative to mobilize appropriate responses and/or services; provides information to the student, student’s family (as appropriate); and conveys information to other units including Counseling and Psychological Services, Academic Advisers, Faculty, Residential Services, Resource Centers, Campus Police, and other campus entities, ensuring that appropriate resources are available and post-intervention strategies are mobilized on behalf of the student and the campus community. Provides administrative interface, coordinating with various campus partners to ensure coherent integration of campus and community resources for individual students who face challenges with academic, health, conduct, substance abuse, financial and social issues.

15% - Distressed Student Consultation

  • In consultation and collaboration with units across the University, serves as a point of contact for members of the campus community, as well as parents and families who are concerned about a student. The incumbent will consult about a student, provide resources and connect students to offices across campus such as Counseling and Psychological Services, Academic Advising, Residential Life, among others, develop action plans, and follow up with students, staff and faculty as appropriate. The incumbent will also be an active member of the UC System Wide Case Management Team. Responds to inquiries about distressed students from faculty, staff, students and parents/family members. Provides information and resources to appropriate campus services; may activate the Slug Support team for high level and high-risk incidents.
  • Will provide information and training for the Resource Center staff and community including consulting about students who may need support as well as providing general information about Slug Support during Orientation and other key events; will work directly with students referred by the Resource Centers to help resolve complex situations and advocate on their behalf.

15% - Education and Outreach

  • Works with the Resource Centers to develop and implement education and outreach campaigns for students, with particular attention to educating students about Slug Support and creating pathways for early intervention to students in need who identify with the Resource Centers.
  • Works collaboratively with Resource Center leadership and other campus units and departments on the provision of campus-wide training and programs as well as publications regarding responding to students in distress and with unmet basic needs. Develops and delivers specialized curriculum and training programs as requested by the Resource Centers regarding responding to students in distress, and educational workshops about Dean of Students services and programs. Provides regular drop-in hours for students at the Resource Centers, attend orientations and events, and attends meetings with RC leadership regarding student case collaboration. Engages in continued learning and training that inform the incumbent’s work with the communities that the resource centers serve and the challenges they face on and off campus.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Demonstrated experience in crisis management, crisis intervention, and case management with college students and emerging adults.
  • Broad knowledge of health care, mental health care, crisis management, and services. Experience in prevention, psycho-educational and educational outreach and programming for students, faculty, staff, and parents/family members.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and coordinate campus and community services for students including connecting students to comprehensive programs on campus to help them succeed as well as advocate on their behalf in extenuating circumstances, and assist them in understanding and accessing resources available to them.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively, productively, and sensitively with students, faculty, staff, and parents/family members per the standards and practices related to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) and the relevant policies and best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary organizational setting including on-campus residential facilities, faculty, campus administration, campus health providers, off campus health care providers, law enforcement, and the courts.
  • Demonstrated ability to uphold the UCSC nondiscrimination policy by actively promoting inclusion in diverse communities diverse by race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), genetic information, ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. Commitment to cultivate a healthy campus climate in which all students, staff and faculty are treated respectfully and are able to thrive and succeed. Ability to collaborate with campus partners to promote a campus climate that values diversity, equity and inclusion, and identifies proactive actions to address bias and harassment.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop training curriculum and deliver training and presentations to a wide variety of audiences such as faculty, deans, department chairs, students, and staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to review, understand, and effectively apply complex policies and laws.
  • Outstanding oral, written, and digital communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, cultural competence, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience working with members of African, Black & Caribbean; Asian, Asian American & Pacific Islander; Chicanx/Latinx; Native/Indigenous; South West Asian & North African; Disabled/Neuro Diverse; Trans & Non-Binary; Queer; Undocumented and other historically marginalized or underrepresented communities. Successful candidates will demonstrate measurable experience employing practices/praxis grounded in intersectional approaches and understandings of identity, and will possess knowledge of and insight about different religious traditions that intersect with many of the identities and communities listed above.
  • Ability to follow, implement, and encourage others to follow the UCSC Principles of Community, University Policies, and State and Federal Laws.
  • Ability to advocate on behalf of students and encourage students towards achieving individual goals, following through on recommendations, and learning self-advocacy skills.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Public Health, or related field.
  • Direct experience working on college campuses with college students in a health or mental health setting.


  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Ability to occasionally work flexible hours.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • 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.


All UCSC employees must understand 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.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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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