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Student Success Coordinator - The Black InGenius Initiative

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Position Status: Full-time temporary
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, School of Leadership and Education Sciences

Position Title & Department:

Student Success Coordinator - The Black InGenius Initiative; School of Leadership and Education Sciences
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Department Description:

Rooted in social justice, led by compassion, inspired by curiosity, driven by a shared vision.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall on the University of San Diego campus is home to the School of Leadership and Education Sciences' (SOLES) vibrant and vision-driven collective of academic departments, centers and institutes. Here, we combine innovation with introspection, academics with real-world application, and study with social impact.

Our nationally-accredited programs span the realms of leadership, teaching and counseling, both at graduate and undergraduate levels. They're all approached with an emphasis on social justice, multiculturalism and a determination to forge a better world together.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Contemporary Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

This is a full-time temporary, benefit-based position with an anticipated end date of May 1, 2025, with the possibility of extension.

The University of San Diego's Black InGenious Initiative (BiGI) is designed to counterbalance the long-standing education inequities experienced by Black youth in the San Diego region. Additionally, BiGI welcomes non-Black youth from groups with documented experience of disparate and adverse impact on educational opportunity. Participation in BiGI and our related partner programs is extended to students from backgrounds such as socioeconomically disadvantaged, unsheltered, foster youth, transgendered, neurodiverse, undocumented, English language learner, first-gen to college, and/or from racial and ethnographic backgrounds with adverse disproportionate rates of suspensions, chronic absenteeism, gifted program enrollment, high school graduation, college matriculation, and law enforcement and special education referrals. BiGI will admit each year a new rising 6th grade cohort and support them through 12th-grade to successfully graduate from high school and be accepted at the University of San Diego or anywhere they choose to go to university. BiGI scholars, their guardians, and their educators will learn how to plan their college and career pathways through summer and Saturday programs.

The Student Success Coordinator plays a crucial role in supporting the mission of The Black InGenius Initiative within SOLES. This position requires an individual who is passionate about student development, equity, and inclusion. The coordinator will be responsible for implementing strategies to enhance student engagement, academic success, and overall student experience within the BiGI project. This role demands a proactive approach to student needs, excellent interpersonal skills, and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Student Engagement and Support:

  • Develop and implement student engagement strategies, provide academic and personal support to students, and create an inclusive environment that fosters student success.


  • Organize and conduct training sessions for POD leaders who facilitate Saturday workshops. These training sessions should focus on equipping POD leaders with the necessary skills, knowledge, and resources to effectively lead and engage students during these workshops. The coordinator will also monitor the progress and effectiveness of these POD leaders, providing ongoing support and guidance to ensure the success of the Saturday workshops.

Curriculum Development:

  • This role involves the development and enhancement of educational content tailored to the Black Ingenious Initiative, focusing on programs such as the Summer Academy, biweekly Saturday workshops, and college tours. The candidate must be proficient in curriculum design, emphasizing inclusivity, innovation, and addressing the educational needs of our underrepresented students. Responsibilities include creating neurodiversity-supportive and socially just curricula, utilizing research-based practices. The role demands effective collaboration with the BiGI team at the University of San Diego to align curricula with the initiative's mission of promoting social justice in diverse educational settings.

Program Coordination Assistance:

  • Collaborate with the BiGI team to organize and coordinate student-focused events and workshops. Manage student communications and provide updates on program activities.

Data Management and Reporting:

  • Track student participation and progress, maintain accurate student records, and contribute to the preparation of reports on student outcomes and program effectiveness.

Liaison and Networking:

  • Act as a liaison between students, faculty, and community stakeholders. Facilitate connections and networking opportunities for students within and beyond the university.

Feedback and Improvement:

  • Collect and analyze student feedback to continuously improve the effectiveness of student support services.

Provide one-on-one and group support to students, addressing their academic and personal needs.

Conducting on-site visits to schools to provide assistance and ensure the success of students.

Organize and coordinate student events, Saturday workshops, and meetings.

Maintain and update student records, ensuring confidentiality and accuracy.

Collaborate with other staff members and departments to enhance student services. 

Participate in the development and implementation of student success strategies.

Act as a point of contact for student inquiries and concerns, providing guidance and referrals as needed.

Engage in continuous professional development related to student success and equity.

Special Conditions of Employment:

Effective June 1, 2023, based on CDC guidance, the University strongly encourages all campus members to stay up to date with Influenza and COVID-19 vaccination recommendations.  For more regarding information USD's COVID-19 protocols, please visit sandiego.edu/onward.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, Leadership, or a related field. 
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in student services, teaching, counseling, coaching, or a similar role in an educational setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in higher education or similar settings.
  • Familiarity with student information systems and educational technology tools. 
  • Experience in program development and student engagement strategies.
  • Experience working with students from backgrounds that are frequently disproportionately represented in rates of suspensions, chronic absenteeism, gifted program enrollment, high school graduation, college matriculation, and law enforcement and special education referrals. 
  • The ideal candidate will have personal experience overcoming barriers to education faced by our student population and professional experience utilizing evidence-based practices to support students from populations historically excluded from higher education. 

Performance Expectations - Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and web-based applications.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Strong empathy and active listening skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and handle sensitive information. 
Posting Salary:

$5,547 - 5,800 per month; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

The salary range provided in this posting reflects what we reasonably expect to pay for this position.  Actual compensation offered or earned is dependent on experience, education and other factors including departmental budget.

Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click the 'Apply Now' button to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled 

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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