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University Corporation at Monterey Bay
  • Position Number: 4803928
  • Location: Seaside, CA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

AGPS Academic Success and Career Development Coordinator (ASCD)

University Corporation at Monterey Bay

Salary: $68,000.00 - $74,034.00 Annually

Job Number: 2023-00041

Location: CSUMB Main Campus- Seaside, CA

Department: Biology & Chemistry


Open Until Filled. Priority Screening Date: December 8, 2023.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is related and affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation that is a recognized auxiliary organization of California State University and was established in July 1994. The University Corporation's mission is to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State Population. The University Corporation at Monterey is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.

This position is supported by a USDA NIFA NEXTGEN grant aimed at strengthening and expanding the Agriculture Plant and Soil Science (AGPS) program at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), a Hispanic Serving institution, by leveraging learning communities and building social capital to attract, train, retain, engage, graduate, and guide Hispanic, first-generation, and low-income students into careers in the agricultural industry and USDA. The program supports high-impact multidisciplinary experiential learning opportunities and provides financial support, career development, and just-in-time inclusive mentoring to its participants to leverage recruitment, upskilling, and preparation of a future-ready food and agricultural workforce. The AGPS NEXTGEN program plans delivers, and assesses initiatives and services that support the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of AGPS students, including fostering the AGPS cohort-based learning model as the key to student retention and success. Moreover, the AGPS NEXTGEN program seeks to improve scientific identity and technical, leadership, and employability skills among AGPS students, supporting career-focused experiential learning opportunities, Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences, and agricultural problem-solving Service Learning. Student recruitment will be centered around community outreach and networking, fostering partnerships with regional community colleges and high schools, and developing clear and cohesive academic pathways, while supporting students at critical transitions.

Under the general direction of the Principal Investigator, the AGPS Academic Success and Career Development Coordinator (ASCD) participates in the development, coordination, and implementation of recruitment, preparation, and retention initiatives to ensure prospective, incoming, and current AGPS students successfully enroll and persist in college. The ASCD will be responsible for implementing and overseeing the recruitment, preparation, and retention of students in the AGPS program, as well as community building, professional development, and outreach efforts. The ASCD will oversee student coaching and mentoring, develop and run workshops on college preparedness, educational opportunities and career opportunities, financial aid/literacy, and wellness, and conduct student outreach. The ASCD will work closely with the Principal Investigator and AGPS faculty, and collaborate with several different units on campus, including the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Center, the Center for Advising, Career, and Student Success, the financial aid office, COS Science Internship Program, the Transfer Student Success Center, TRIO program, and El Centro. The ASCD will also provide administrative services and logistical support for the project.

Examples of Duties

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to. the following:
45% - Student Engagement, Coaching, and Mentoring

  • Conducts outreach to currently enrolled AGPS students.
  • Uses an asset-based approach to develop and implement culturally relevant and student-centered services, programs, and strategies offered by the NEXTGEN program or campus partner organizations focusing on students who are the first in their families to attend college, come from historically low-income backgrounds and under-resourced schools and communities.
  • Plans, oversees, and coordinates efforts to ensure the awareness and participation of AGPS students in in-person, virtual, and evening services, events, and workshops focusing on topics such as social and cultural capital, campus resources, balancing work and school, mental health and student wellness.
  • Coordinate and administer new student orientation, professional development and mentoring training workshops, and other activities to support student success.
  • Collaborates with campus partners to advocate for and develop programs that provide holistic support and address the specific needs of AGPS students.
  • Oversees in conjunction with the Financial Aid office the submission and evaluation of NEXTGEN scholarship materials.
  • Hosts application support drop-in sessions for students applying to NEXTGEN and other AGPS-relevant scholarships.
  • Provides students with information about educational opportunities, financial aid/literacy, career exploration, motivation, and self-awareness through workshops, advising, and classroom presentations.
  • Remains current on trends and best practices dealing with student retention and tracking.
  • Meets with AGPS students individually and in groups to evaluate progress and provide guidance relating to student life and academic progress, including supporting and building a sense of belonging among incoming students, particularly non-traditional students, as they transition to CSUMB.
  • Coordinates and executes focus group and exit interviews with AGPS students to obtain factual and interpretative information and assess the impact of current practices and identify and problem-solve barriers to student success.
  • Maintains current, accurate and confidential program files, databases and student records to track all aspects of admissions, student support, scholarships, assignments, academic progress, degrees awarded, and alumni network tracking.

45% - Student Recruitment and Outreach
  • Identifies and coordinate recruitment and outreach opportunities targeting prospective students from local high schools and state community colleges, including campus visits.
  • Provides support and guidance to prospective AGPS students about the application process, admissions requirements (both Four-year and transfer pathways) and opportunities
  • Assists applicants in conjunction with the Admissions and Financial Aid offices to prepare, collect, organize, and submit application and scholarship materials.
  • Follows up with prospective AGPS students (e.g. calls, e-mails, social media) to identify and problem-solve barriers to application submission and matriculation and offer resources to students.
  • Collaborates with academic advisors from state community colleges to gather curriculum information, identify comparable courses or elective alternatives, and streamline the process of formalizing transfer agreements with the AGPS program.
  • Coordinates and leads the development and dissemination of culturally appropriate and accessible marketing, outreach, and recruitment materials and events using social media, videos, flyers, websites, and email.

10% - Other Duties As Assigned
  • Provides support to the NEXTGEN Principal Investigator and Experiential Learning and Community Partnership Coordinator (ELCP) for special projects.
  • Performs other job-related duties to support assignments and implementation of long-range program improvements, collecting, compiling, analyzing, and evaluating data and preparing oral or written presentations based on program data.
  • Attends all regularly scheduled professional staff meetings including but not limited to unit team meetings, meetings with the Principal Investigator, Campus Stakeholder meetings, and strategic project and initiatives working groups.
  • Maintains active communication with the Advisory and Stakeholder Committee, including organizing the project strategic meetings.
  • Supports internal-external evaluation efforts.
  • Regularly participates in ongoing professional development opportunities including workshops, conferences, and webinars.
  • Reviews relevant literature to remain current on emerging trends and issues in higher education.
  • Assists in coordinating and participating in summer internship bootcamp by supporting program/workshop development, and recruitment, enrolment, and onboarding of students.
  • Assists with data management, surveys, and program evaluation.
  • Promotes and maintains an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information.

  • On-Site Position
  • Work Location: CSUMB Main Campus, 100 Campus Center, Seaside, CA

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and handle potentially sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in speaking to large groups.
  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices and strategies currently used in improving access to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, practices and major trends in advising/mentoring.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals, community agencies, universities, and others.
  • Ability to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of the specific objectives of the AGPS major and NEXTGEN program and their relationships to the total campus; ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations.
  • Must be able to multi-task, prioritize, manage multiple priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to gather, report, evaluate and analyze data.
  • Ability to create spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
  • Ability to reason logically, draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
  • Ability to navigate databases and other basic computer systems, software, and internet skills.
  • Ability to work independently and to take direction effectively.
  • Ability to prepare oral and written reports and comments that are clear, comprehensive, and concise (Prezi, Powerpoint etc).
  • Ability to prepare newsletters, informational materials, and reports that include representation and
interpretation of data
  • Ability to handle sensitive and/or confidential documents and information where judgement and discretion are essential.
  • Ability to ensure confidentiality of all program records and other sensitive information.
  • Must maintain current knowledge of College and University admission requirements.
  • Ability to access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work


Education and Experience:

  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in Food, Agriculture, Natural and Human (FANH) sciences, education, student support services, or related fields and/or equivalent specialized experience / training during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above.
  • Experience working with a diverse student population and/or student success programs.

  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish
  • Strong knowledge of student success, inclusive excellence, career development scholarship, career coaching techniques, counseling process, career decision making, and learning styles.
  • Knowledge of needs assessment theory, processes, and practice.
  • Knowledge of workshop and program design and management.
  • Knowledge of higher education programs, career services, employer, alumni, and faculty needs and expectations, recruiting and staffing methods, and employment trends.
  • Effective time management and organizational skills.
  • Effective administrative and technical skills.
  • Strong oral, written, and digital communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal communications skills (e.g., the ability to exercise tact, diplomacy, sensitivity in interacting with students, staff, & faculty and handling sensitive issues).
  • Demonstrated strong problem identification and problem-solving skills. Ability to build new and enhance existing relationships with constituents inside or outside of an organization.
  • Excellent cultural competency skills to engage with individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience providing career advising and/ or counseling to students who have been traditionally underrepresented and underserved in higher education.
  • Knowledge of agricultural production and pest management and related careers and certifications.

Special Conditions of Employment

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the University Corporation. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or the continued employment of current University Corporation employees who apply for the position.

This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues. Our Equal Opportunity Policy Statement is available here.

Please note: University Corporation employment is separate and distinct from CSU Monterey Bay or State of California employment. University Corporation employees are not employees of either CSUMB or of the state of California.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S. The University Corporation is not a sponsoring agency for any positions.

University Corporation at Monterey Bay positions are "at-will" employment.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

The campus leadership has committed the resources needed to achieve an engaged, safe, and in-person experience. The health and safety of our community remain our highest priority, and we are confident that existing public health measures provide for a safe environment capable of delivering a complete college experience on the CSUMB campus. Being an Otter means caring for each other and doing your part to protect your community.

In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at

Sensitive Positions - This position has been designated as a sensitive position with:

  • authority to commit financial resources of the university through contracts greater than $10,000 access to, or control over, cash, checks, credit cards, and/or credit card account information responsibility or access/possession of building master or sub-master keys for building access; access to controlled or hazardous substances
  • access to and responsibility for detailed personally identifiable Level 1 confidential information about students, faculty, staff or alumni that is protected, personal or sensitive as defined in the CSU Information Security Data Classification Standards
  • responsibility for operating commercial vehicles, machinery or equipment that could pose environmental hazards or cause injury, illness, or death

  • This position is required to comply with confidentiality requirements outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

Special License or Certifications and Conditions:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University's liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

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Compensation and Benefits:The University Corporation is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive program that rewards efforts that are appreciated by your colleagues, students, and the customers we serve. Salary placement is determined by the education, experience, and qualifications the candidate brings to the position, internal equity, and the hiring department's fiscal resources. Our salary schedule is available here.

The annual hiring range for this position is $68,000-$74,034. Classification: Grade 5, Staff. This is an exempt position and as such is eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Corporation offers a rich benefits package that constitutes a major portion of total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), and other benefits. Please review our benefits guide (Download PDF reader) for details about sick time, vacation, and holidays.

The Corporation also offers access to CSUMB's Faculty & Staff Meal Plans, which offers convenience, value, flexibility, to our all-you-can-to-eat dining commons, showcasing eight brand new dining concepts for an affordable price.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay also provides access to affordable campus housing:

Although CSUMB is located in a high-cost housing area, Schoonover Park rental homes are affordably priced. Monthly rent rates include cable television, garbage service, and sewer. Convenient floorplans, attractive interior appointments, and numerous community amenities make Schoonover Park Rental Homes an exceptional value. Schoonover Park is near the main campus, yet a tranquil world away. The community lies nestled in the secluded beauty of rolling coastal hills three miles east of campus. Living in one of the most desirable areas of California, you will enjoy the natural splendor and cultural abundance of the Monterey Peninsula. Quality of life begins with your home in Schoonover Park and extends through every aspect of your California coastal lifestyle.

How to Apply:All prospective applicants must apply online. You must complete the entire application for submission. We only accept applications for the open positions listed. Please do not fax or mail in a printed version of the electronic applications or a resume in lieu of an application. If you are having difficulty applying or need assistance, please call (831) 582-3389. All positions are open until filled. The completed online application and resume must be submitted by 5:00 pm PST on the priority screening date. Applications received after this date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: The Corporation is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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