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University of California Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 3909064
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Location: Santa Cruz
Job ID: 48968



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The IRD for this job is: 03-14-2023


UC Santa Cruz is a public university like no other in California, combining the experience of a small, liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. It's known as an unconventional place where innovation and experimentation is part of the campus's DNA. That playful, bold spirit still thrives today, all on a campus renowned as among the most beautiful in the world.


UC Santa Cruz has an extraordinary history of excellence in the humanities and a promising future. In the Humanities Division, we are dedicated to producing interdisciplinary research, student learning, and public programming in ways that break new ground, address urgent questions, and speak to a diverse array of communities and concerns. Our division's nine departments and programs, with outstanding scholars and teachers who care deeply about our students, foster courses of study dedicated to global cultures, histories, languages, and literatures. Our goals include:
  • Fostering research excellence
  • Creating career-ready humanities majors and providing meaningful humanities training for all UCSC students
  • Bringing the humanities to a broad range of public audiences

The Humanities Division includes the departments of Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES), Feminist Studies, History, History of Consciousness, Languages and Applied Linguistics, Linguistics, Literature, Philosophy, and the Writing Program. There are approximately one hundred senate faculty, one hundred lecturers, and sixty graduate student employees in various teaching and research titles. The Humanities Division is also home to The Humanities Institute (THI), which serves as a division-wide umbrella to administer and fund various faculty research projects and groups. THI serves as an incubator for new ideas and provides crucial support to faculty and students at every stage of the research process.

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In partnership with UCSC Humanities faculty and staff, the Experiential Learning Coordinator plays a pivotal role in facilitating a variety of experiential opportunities, with the goal of making such opportunities available to all Humanities students. The Coordinator leverages creativity and project management skills, and a theoretical understanding of undergraduate programs, experiential learning, career readiness, and student success. The Experiential Learning Coordinator uses a solutions-oriented approach in navigating campus resources to identify and co-create experiential learning opportunities, such as service learning, community-based field study, capstone projects, undergraduate research opportunities, public humanities internships, and international immersion courses lead by Humanities faculty. The Experiential Learning Coordinator is responsible for coordinating real-world learning experiences in humanities/interdisciplinary research, curriculum, and operations that not only enhance the learning experience but also prepare UCSC students for careers, all while advancing the division's goal of developing career-ready humanities majors. In partnership with divisional partners, maintains relationships with alumni, community partners, potential employers in the region, UCSC admissions officers, college counselors, and other organizations to establish contacts to meet the needs of students.

Under the direction of the Director of Student Achievement, the incumbent is responsible for the development and administration of curricular and extracurricular-based experiential learning opportunities in the Humanities Division and in partnership with other campus units, predominantly serving undergraduate humanities majors, providing professional development for students in our undergraduate programs and to help facilitate their readiness for the job market. In this capacity, the coordinator is responsible for conducting outreach to community and campus partners, development and administration of experiential learning opportunities, program communications and alumni outreach, event marketing, and coordination including related budgetary management. The incumbent will be uniquely positioned to enhance the undergraduate experience for our majors beyond the classroom and make an impact on the lives of students after graduation. The incumbent will also provide vision, strategic direction, and accountability for developing experiential learning programs and services in support of campus initiatives (e.g. sense of belonging, student retention and time to degree, development of professional and personal competencies, students' academic success within the university, closing equity gaps for historically marginalized students, and students' readiness for post-university trajectories).


Budgeted Salary: $67,400 - $78,000/Annually. Salary commensurate with skills, qualifications and experience.

Under California law, the University of California, Santa Cruz is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary above the posted range. The salary shown above is the budgeted range the University reasonably expects to pay.

No. of Positions: 1

Benefits Level Eligibility: Full benefits

Schedule Information:
  • Full-time, Fixed
  • Percentage of Time: 100%, 40 Hours per Week
  • Days of the Week: Mon-Fri
  • Shift Includes: Day

Employee Classification: This is a Career appointment

Job End Date: None

Work Location: UC Santa Cruz Main Campus

Union Representation: Non-Represented

Job Code Classification: CAREER SVC SPEC 3 (004516)

Travel: Up to 25% of the time


50% - Development and Administering Experiential Learning Opportunities
  • Works with faculty and staff to coordinate the design and development of humanities-centered experiential programming.
  • Manages operational responsibilities for experiential learning, including hiring, training, and supervision of employees and student employees; budget management; program management; and student engagement.
  • Spearheads and encourages innovative experiential learning programs and initiatives by working with on and off-campus stakeholders, including the Colleges, the Registrar's Office, and Career Services.
  • Provides communication and access to all students and works steadfastly to close experiential learning opportunity gaps for Humanities students.
  • Serves on university committees related to experiential learning initiatives, and, in partnership with faculty, staff, and administrators, seeks funding opportunities and develops new programs.
  • Provides dedicated support and takes input from faculty, individually and collectively, including working with Academic Senate on academic-credit-bearing courses and programs.
  • Contributes to and facilitates the development of faculty and staff support programs and resources related to experiential learning.

15% - Experiential Outcomes and Assessment
  • Collects and maintains data related to humanities experiential learning resources and regularly publishes the data to the appropriate university communications channels.
  • Establishes key performance indicators (KPI) to track experiential learning development and implementation, research activity, impact, and engagement.
  • Evaluates performance data, prepares reports, and makes recommendations for changes as necessary.

15% - Outreach
  • In partnership with the UCSC Career Center and other units on campus, expand the humanities-based student job and internship opportunities across the university and within the local community.
  • Work with Divisional communications staff to develop a communications strategy to support print and web content and materials that can be used in student and alumni outreach, as well as employer outreach.
  • In partnership with humanities departments and other academic divisions on campus, develop and offer programming/communications that elevate experiential and career opportunities and results.

15% - Community Engagement
  • Builds and manages relationships with a wide array of humanities-related faculty and staff, as well as operational and departmental leadership and other potential collaborators.
  • Supports and continues to build a network of on and off-campus partnerships to initiate discussion, identify opportunity gaps and needs, execute programs, and assess results for experiential learning with a goal of closing opportunity gaps for Humanities students.

5% - Professional Development
  • Stays abreast of current higher education experiential learning topics, engages with the field as it develops by attending and contributing to conferences and published research, seeking program funding models, and convening stakeholder focus groups.

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Thorough knowledge of effective, equity and evidence-based practices and emerging trends in experiential learning in higher education.
  • Broad knowledge in designing and implementing learning models. Evidence of collaboration with research, business, and nonprofit communities on internships and other experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • Interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to establish effective liaisons and collaborate effectively with diverse groups, including administrators, academic units, faculty, students, and staff, campus committees, as well as on and off campus organizations. Capability to forge new partnerships both on- and off-campus to increase the quantity, quality, and diversity of opportunities available to students.
  • Proven skills in judgment and decision-making, problem-solving. Ability to analyze data and present information in writing and orally in an organized, effective, persuasive and professional manner.
  • Proven organizational skills and project management skills. Ability to prioritize, organize, delegate and coordinate complex tasks with attention both to overall goals and specific details under strict time constraints.
  • A commitment to equity and to ensuring the success of underserved individuals and groups.

  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
  • Experience speaking before large and small audiences and in communicating verbally one-on-one with faculty, staff, students, parents, business persons, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop experiential activities at the university level.

  • Selected candidate will be required to pass a pre-employment criminal history background check.
  • Will be required to work a hybrid work schedule, days of the week and number of days to be determined, and be able to fulfill requirements of the UCSC telecommuting agreement.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as directed.
  • Selected candidate will be required to complete training within established time frames as directed including UC compliance training.
  • Ability to travel nationally.
  • Ability to maintain appearance and conduct suitable for working in a professional setting.
  • The University of California has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, covered employees must submit proof of vaccination or have an approved exception or deferral, eight (8) weeks from date of hire.
  • Per the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA), this position has been identified as a Mandated Reporter. The selected candidate will be required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect as defined by CANRA and will be required to sign a Statement Acknowledging Requirement to Report Child Abuse prior to commencing employment. CANRA Penal Codes, and related definitions, requirements, and responsibilities may be obtained here.


All UCSC employees must understand and follow job safety procedures, attend required health and safety training, proactively promote safety at work, and promptly report actual and potential accidents and injuries.


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The University of California is an Equal Employment 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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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To ensure review of application materials by the hiring unit, they must be submitted on or before the initial review date (IRD) via the Staff Employment Opportunities web site; A computer is available at the UC Santa Cruz Staff Human Resources Office located at Scotts Valley Center. The Scotts Valley Center is located at 100 Enterprise Way, Suite E100, Scotts Valley, CA 95066. To learn more or to request disability accommodations, call 831-459-2009. Hearing impaired are encouraged to use the California Relay Service at 800-735-2922. UC Santa Cruz is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees.

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