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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: G5029 / Student Programs Specialist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 12

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.

Summary

Under general supervision, develops, implements, and oversees a range of integrated and innovative special programs and initiatives designed to assist in the recruitment and retention of graduate and/or undergraduate students within an underrepresented target population. Participates in the generation of funding and resources and in the internal and external promotion and representation of program activities. Provides and/or coordinates advisory and support services to student participants as appropriate to program activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, develops, and coordinates student support programs, special projects, and other initiative geared to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students within the targeted student population.
  2. Oversees and administers all facets of the day-to-day operations of the various programs and activities related to the position.
  3. Serves as primary liaison with internal and external constituencies on all matters relating to program activities; represents the University with respect to program activities on a local, regional, and/or national basis.
  4. Provides and/or coordinates comprehensive academic advisement, career counseling, and/or related support to student participants in programs; acts as student advocate, and provides day-to-day problem solving as necessary on day-to-day student needs and issues.
  5. Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, edits, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports and evaluations.
  6. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for identifying and generating funding and/or resource opportunities for program activities, to include development of grant and other fundraising proposals.
  7. Develops operating goals and objectives for the unit; implements and administers methods and procedures to enhance operations, as appropriate to the unit.
  8. Supervises personnel which typically includes recommendations for hiring, firing, performance evaluation, training, work allocation, and problem resolution.
  9. Serves as Campus Security Authority as outlined by the Clery Act.
  10. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of college level academic advisement and career counseling principles, procedures, and techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the specific development and support needs of the relevant student population.
  • Ability to determine informational needs, to collect and analyze information, and to devise and develop statistical analyses and reports.
  • Knowledge of student development theory and student support administration practices and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Advanced writing and editing skills.
  • Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.
  • Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals.
  • Skill in the planning, development, implementation, and coordination of student recruitment, retention, and support programs.
  • Program management and administrative skills.
  • Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments.
  • Ability to develop and implement funding strategies and programs.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.
  • Employee development and performance management skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017