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El Centro Academic Advisor

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Work type: Staff
Location: Humboldt
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Probationary, Full Time, Student Services, On-site (work in-person at business location)

El Centro Academic Advisor

El Centro Department
Job #534371
First Review Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024

Open Until Filled

At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.

Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.

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(Job #534371) Student Services Professional II, El Centro Academic Advisor, Hiring Range: $4,610 - $6,556 monthly. This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, 12-month pay plan permanent position with a one-year probationary period in the El Centro Department. This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at

Position Summary:

The El Centro Academic Advisor will be able to support the work of El Centro Academico Cultural de Cal Poly Humboldt in respect to its overall general mission. El Centro works primarily with students of Latin American decent in navigating pathways to success that honors and respects their shared cultural trajectory as well as differing experiences, distinct histories, and multi-dimensional identities.

The incumbent provides direct, on-going academic advising to students in the program including academic plans, regular interface with faculty advisors, the financial aid office, the registrar, the transfer center, and scholarships. Responsible for co-assessing students' time to degree, addressing areas of concern. Analyzes, reviews, and maintains student files and records. Complies with University, CSU, State, and federal policies relating to student academic success, financial aid, confidentiality, discrimination, and access. Conducts student and professional outreach to public schools, other universities, and community colleges. Provides services primarily to Latinx students as a part of the Cal Poly Humboldt diversity mission, but also assists any other Cal Poly Humboldt student who seeks services. Develops and delivers public presentations on student achievement, retention, recruitment, and personal research. Creates, develops, and contributes to El Centro policies and practices.

Key Responsibilities:

Academic Mentoring and Advising - 35%

  1. Serves as an academic advisor for El Centro Académico Cultural participants. Provides holistic and culturally specific approaches to individual and group training, access, and outreach.
  2. Delivers new student orientation and current student retention services in collaboration with academic departments, Admissions, Housing, Financial Aid, Registrar, EOP/SSS, Learning Center, Disabled Services, Financial Aid, etc.
  3. Assists students by developing strategies to create supportive relationships, meaningful connections, and authentic allies, on and off campus, in support of their educational and career goals.
  4. Collects narrative information and maintains sensitive and essential student files.
  5. Conducts bi-annual evaluations of each student staff member with the Coordinator.

Academic Liaison – 25%

  1. Utilizes effective communication and collaboration with educational stakeholders such as school districts, universities, community colleges, tribal education programs, family services and mental health agencies.
  2. Serves as a liaison between administration, faculty, staff, and students in resolving academic and/or personal concerns.
  3. Encourages and facilitates contact between students and faculty.


Student Development – 20%

  1. Collaborate with El Centro Coordinator and campus community to provide programming that promotes the success and retention of Latinx students such as community reception, Latinx heritage month, HSI week, cultural graduation, Alumni panels, and guest presenters.
  2. Assist students with internship, scholarship, and graduate school applications.
  3. Provide leadership training for and lead support to El Centro student staff.
  4. Contribute to weekly agendas for staff meetings.
  5. Assess emerging needs of the center’s staff and how to inform future and/or immediate programmatic decisions.
  6. Serve as a resource for all El Centro staff and students.
  7. In collaboration with Coordinator, assess & track activities and event effectiveness of program.
  8. Assist with development of plan to outreach to at-risk students.

Cross-Campus Partnerships/Outreach – 15%

  1. Collaborate with the Centers for Academic Excellence, Educational Opportunity Program, Academic Career and Advising Center, Learning Center.
  2. In collaboration with Coordinator design shared mentor training.
  3. Create communication plan for incoming students and center support services.
  4. Serve as liaison to Residence Life cultural living community for general advisement.
  5. Serve as liaison between El Centro and various on campus organizations such as EOP, Summer Bridge Coordinator and admissions office.
  6. Assist El Centro staff in coordinating, organizing, and implementing honoring activities.
  7. Contribute to on-going program development as relates to emerging partnerships with other units across campus.

Other Duties as Assigned – 5%


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:

  • Working knowledge of the practices, procedures, and activities of El Centro management,
  • General knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management.
  • General knowledge of research and interview techniques.
  • General knowledge of the principles of individual and group behavior.
  • Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations.
  • Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements.
  • Ability to obtain factual and interpretative information through interviews.
  • Ability to reason logically.
  • Ability to collect, compile, analyze and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentations based on these data.
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on routine matters where required.
  • Ability to recognize multicultural, multisexed and multi‑aged value systems and work accordingly.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, CSU administrators, student organizations, private and public agencies and others in committee work, and student advising and community contacts.
  • Ability to rapidly acquire a general knowledge of the overall operation, functions, and programs of the campus to which assigned.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas Services Office.
  • Demonstrated intercultural communication skills.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to cross-cultural perspectives and experiences.
  • Demonstrated experience working with staff and students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and familiarity addressing issues of concern facing students from diverse backgrounds in higher education.
  • Knowledge of current research and practice in active and inclusive higher education practices.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of diversity in higher education and a demonstrated ability to incorporate this understanding, as appropriate, in all levels of your work.

Possession of these knowledge and abilities typically is demonstrated through the Experience requirements below.

Minimum Qualifications:


Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master’s degree in a job‑related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.


Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job‑related field. Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year‑for‑year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated experience working with first-generation students and/or Latinx student populations.
  2. Specialized skill set in coordinating co-curricular programming and event planning with diverse student populations in a higher education setting.
  3. Working knowledge of and demonstrated understanding of Latinx
  4. Computer knowledge and experience in software such as MS Word, Excel, Google apps
  5. Ability to manage and organize student files.
  6. Familiar with Latinx history and current trends.
  7. Demonstrated experience utilizing a lens of intersectionality with students. 
  8. Understanding of El Centro’s procedures and activities; and the basic principles, practices, and major trends of the Cultural Centers for Academic Excellence
  9. Spanish speaking preferred

 Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials by clicking the Apply Now button:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials for first review is Thursday, April 25, 2024. This position is open until filled.

Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or Cal Poly Humboldt’s Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

We acknowledge that Cal Poly Humboldt is located on the unceded lands of the Wiyot people, where they have resided from time immemorial. We encourage all to gain a deeper understanding of their history and thriving culture. As an expression of our gratitude we are genuinely committed to developing trusting, reciprocal, and long lasting partnerships with the Wiyot people as well as all of our neighboring tribes. Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

CSU strongly recommends that all individuals who access any in-person program or activity (on- or off-campus) operated or controlled by the University follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications and comply with other safety measure established by each campus. The systemwide policy can be found at CSU Vaccination Policy and any questions you have may be submitted to

Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 a condition of employment.


Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/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, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Mandated Reporting: This position may be 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.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

Class Code: 3082
Publication Date: April 10, 2024

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