The SAO position oversees all undergraduate education and advising functions for the AAS majors and minors in the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies in L&S. Guides and manages a complex cohort of students as they consider admission to the campus, enroll, change or add majors and minors, pursue academic excellence, seek exceptions to policies, encounter problems, and proceed toward their degree. The SAO is also responsible for working with the program faculty on curriculum and other matters of undergraduate education in AAS. Independently exercises substantial delegated authority from the Faculty Undergraduate Advisors (s) and Department Chair within broad policy and procedural parameters established by the College of Letters and Science and Faculty Committees.
The SAOs in Hart Interdisciplinary Programs provide crucial support to affected student communities during incidents of racial harassment or discrimination at UC Davis. Throughout the campus, the SAO will play significant roles in the delivery of academic advising services and other programs and responsibilities associated with undergraduate education including: Providing leadership and acting as a representative of the program to promote AAS within UC Davis and California schools and colleges more broadly. Designing strategies and materials to promote AAS course offerings to the UC Davis undergraduate community, in general. Collecting and maintaining alumni records and developing materials about careers made possible with AAS degrees. Representing the respective programs at public forums and responding on behalf of the program to inquiries or complaints from the general public.
Under direction of the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Hart Interdisciplinary Programs (HIP), assigned to the African American and African Studies department (AAS) to provide support to the Chair and the Undergraduate Advisors in the areas of Advising and Counseling, Admissions and Academic Services, and Undergraduate Program Development and Administration. Maintain a close working relationship with the Director of Undergraduate Education and Advising (UEA) in the College of Letters and Science (L&S) to ensure that the AAS Undergraduate Advising program is consistent with the advising goals of the College. Manage the AAS undergraduate academic program and provide advising and counseling to undergraduate students with the following core responsibilities:
Organize and provide leadership on all advising functions, confidential issues and materials involving interaction with university administrators, deans and faculty, staff, students, and the general public; Build and expand the undergraduate AAS program, while supporting all undergraduate students at UC Davis in general; Support administratively the day-to-day organization of the undergraduate curriculum; Liaison, as needed, with the Campus Director of Academic Advising to implement campus-wide academic advising initiatives and act as the representative of the unit in discussions with other student-oriented units across campus, including all four colleges, Student Judicial Affairs, the Student Disabilities Center, Financial Aid Office, Intercollegiate Athletics, Education Abroad Program, Undergraduate Education, Student Academic Success Center, EOP, CLL and the ICC.
$44,800/Annually – $90,100/Annually
No. of Positions
Percentage of Time
Full Time; 100%
Monday – Friday , 8am-5pm
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Work at desk for several hours at a time.
- Work occasional flexible schedule evenings and weekends to meet operational needs.
- Occasional travel providing own transportation. May be required to work at all Commencement Ceremonies.
- The Smoke and Tobacco Free Environment policy is intended to provide a healthier, safer, and more productive work and learning environment for the entire UC community. The University of California prohibits smoking and tobacco use at all University owned or leased properties, or facilities operated by UC staff or faculty. Smoking and tobacco use are strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces, parking lots, residential space, and University vehicles. https://ucdavispolicy.ellucid.com/documents/view/271
- B.A. in education, psychology, anthropology, sociology, African American and African Studies, counseling or related field and/or significant experience in student advising or work with the African American community.
- Experience using counseling and guidance techniques to provide advice and counsel to students in a college or university environment.
- Experience developing curriculum, staff development training and workshops.
- Interpersonal, communication, and effective listening skills to interact positively and cooperatively with students, parents, faculty, administrators, staff and; and to provide guidance to emotionally upset students and parents.
- Problem solving skills to identify and document patterns of student academic needs and to develop strategies and programs to successfully meet those needs.
- Skills to examine and assess college transcripts and accurately compute grade point averages and grade point balances.
- Writing, editing and proofreading skills to compose correspondence and prepare clear and concise summaries.
- Presentation skills.
- Knowledge of assessment to evaluate student learning and educational effectiveness.
- Knowledge of multi-cultural dynamics within a University G83, and the academic environment and pressures encountered by students at a major research university, and of the personal and social problems commonly encountered by college students of all backgrounds.
- Knowledge of general curricular elements and structures (e.g., courses, units prerequisites, majors and minors).
- Computer skills using software programs (i.e. word, spreadsheet and database).
- B.A. in African American and African Studies, Counseling and Guidance or related fields.
- Experience with the rules and regulations governing undergraduate EDUCATION as set by the Academic Senate.
- Experience developing, organizing and implementing educational programs, workshops or seminars to enhance student development and retention within the African American student community.
- Experience working with AAS parents, alumni, community groups, and organizations. -Experience addressing the financial, emotional, and academic special needs of students of African American and African descent in an institution of higher learning.
- Knowledge of UC, Federal and State policies and laws regarding privacy of information.
- Skills to use a personal computer, including custom software developed for the UEA in the College of Letters and Science.
- Knowledge of statewide, national and international college and university programs.
This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.
COVID – 19
The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy (ucop.edu) covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
Job ID: 23710