Undocumented Student Program, Academic Counselor (4500U), Center for Educational Equity and Excellence – 40338

  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Anywhere
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
  • Anywhere

Undocumented Student Program, Academic Counselor (4500U), Center for Educational Equity and Excellence – 40338 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Departmental Overview

The Undocumented Student Program, a component of the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence, provides holistic support and guidance to undocumented undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley. USP practices a holistic, multicultural and solution-focused approach that delivers individualized service for each student. The mental health support, academic counseling, legal support, financial aid resources and extensive campus referral network provided by USP helps students develop the unique gifts and talents they each bring to the university, while empowering a sense of belonging. The program’s mission is to support the advancement of undocumented students within higher education and promote pathways for engaged scholarship.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: August 16, 2022. For full consideration, please apply on or before September 8, 2022.


Academic Counseling:

  • Provides multicultural, academic counseling across disciplines and colleges/schools to “at risk” populations (e.g., low-income, first-generation college, underrepresented, underserved and undocumented student populations, etc.). Incorporating a variety of theoretical approaches, the incumbent manages a caseload of students from post-admission through graduation.
  • Conducts a comprehensive assessment/analysis of students’ needs and develops a plan of action to enhance students’ academic success.
  • Provides support, guidance and coaching to undocumented students.
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with student service and academic units on campus to resolve sensitive and complex student issues on financial aid, billing, housing, advising, health care, personal issues, etc.
  • Analyzes and assesses students’ concerns and needs. Conducts follow-up and outreach activities to students.
  • Advocates on behalf of student concerns.

Program implementation & Outreach:

  • Under the direction of the USP Program Director, incumbent administers specialized and complex programs and projects that are designed to enhance student success including but not limited to the Undocumented Student Program.
  • Keeps abreast of student trends and emerging populations in higher education, particularly those relating undocumented students who are generally classified as low-income and first generation college populations.
  • Responsible for bringing issues and concerns impacting priority populations to the attention of Program Director.
  • Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with public and private social services, community groups, and agencies.
  • Participates in new student welcome events across campus, representing USP and talking to students about USP services.
  • Works and partners with undocumented initiatives on campus.
  • Supports with establishing and implementing short and long-term goals and objectives.
  • Oversees and is responsible for one or two projects such as (but not limited to): Transcending Beyond Berkeley Fellowship, Emergency Grants, USP Student Staff.

Leadership, Group Trainings and Facilitation:

  • Facilitates informational workshops on the needs and experience of underserved populations (i.e., low-income, first generation college, underrepresented, undocumented students) at conferences, symposia, and colloquiums.
  • Assumes liaison responsibility with academic departments, faculty, and community organizations.
  • Assists with delivery of trainings, workshops, and lectures to audiences including paraprofessionals, campus staff in academic support and students services units, graduate interns, post-doctoral interns, and system-wide UC professionals regarding undocumented student issues and effective retention and academic success models.
  • Participates in new student welcome events across campus, representing USP and talking to students about USP services.

Professional Development & Other Duties:

  • Participate in professional development opportunities that enhance individual and collective work towards supporting students and addressing inequities that non-traditional communities experience.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge of trends and issues facing undocumented, low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented students.
  • Knowledge of federal and state policies and issues impacting undocumented students including but not limited to AB 540, DACA, etc.
  • Knowledge of the theories and practice of counseling, learning, and human and career development.
  • Knowledge and experience in analyzing problems and identifying solutions for problem-solving; skills and experience in developing and administering programs.
  • Knowledge of laws and ethics related to counseling
  • Strong ability to communicate effectively with diverse student, staff and faculty community members
  • Knowledge of personal growth and development areas, including critical thinking, effective communication, self-appraisal, self-esteem, clarification of values, appropriate career choices, and leadership.
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn University, college, and major requirements, policies and procedures, including policies on handling students records and confidential documents.

Salary & Benefits

  • This is a two-year, full-time (40 hours/week), Contract (temporary) appointment, eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility for extension.
  • This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 40% remote capability.
  • This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $27.06 – $29.23.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying. Please upload the document in the Resume section, then skip the (optional) Cover Letter upload section.

Other Information

This position will involve access to hardware, commodities, and technical information subject to the Export Administration Regulations or International Traffic in Arms Regulations. Accordingly, any hiring decision might depend in part on the University’s ability to obtain or rely on federal government authorization as required, if you are not a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (“green card holder”), asylee, refugee, or other qualifying protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal 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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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