Under general supervision of assigned manager, performs a variety of technical duties in support of assigned student services program area including admissions and records, assessment center, counseling, financial aid intake and data entry, EOPS, DSPS, international students, transfer center, tutoring center, or other program area; provides students, staff, and others with specialized information, training, and assistance related to area of assignment; and performs other general program support and clerical assistance duties in support of assigned program area.
Examples Of Functions and Tasks
- Performs a full range of technical, program support, and clerical duties in support of assigned student services program area; relieves manager(s) of administrative details including researching and resolving problems related to area of assignment.
- Participates in planning, organizing, and coordinating assigned program activities and student services; assists in the development and implementation of revised/new procedures including those to ensure efficient day-to-day operations of assigned area.
- Serves as point of contact with students, prospective students, staff, and the general public regarding departmental services; provides technical information and assistance regarding area of assignment; explains program applications, policies, procedures, requirements, and restrictions; develops promotional and informational materials for distribution on and off campus; maintains assigned resource material and library.
- Verifies and reviews materials, applications, records, files, and reports for completeness and conformance with established regulations and procedures; applies applicable policies and procedures in determining completeness of applications, records, files, and reports; collects and processes appropriate information.
- Compiles and tabulates statistical data; compiles information from various sources and prepares appropriate forms, schedules, and reports; lists, abstracts, or summarizes data; inputs and reviews data and prepares special and periodic reports related to an assigned project and/or program area including state and federally mandated reports; verifies accuracy, completeness, and compliance to rules, procedures, regulations, policies, and other mandates.
- Establishes and maintains records including student records; maintains complex, interrelated filing systems that may include confidential files; collects, compiles, and records narrative, statistical, and financial data and other information; researches and verifies information as requested.
- Plans, organizes, schedules, and conducts orientations, workshops, seminars, class presentations, tours, meetings, and other activities related to assigned program area; arranges and confirms speakers; reserves facilities and makes other necessary arrangements.
- Utilizes various computer applications and software packages; maintains and generates reports from a database or network system; utilizes electronic technology to correspond with others and to
- maintain assigned calendars, schedules, and appointments.
- Coordinates communication and activities with other District departments and personnel, educational institutions, governmental and private agencies, and the public.
- Performs a full range of clerical and administrative duties in support of program operations; assembles files and duplicates materials; composes and prepares office correspondence, materials, reports, forms, brochures, presentations, handbooks, manuals, and consumer information; answers phones, refer callers, and take messages; maintains and orders supplies.
- Maintains current knowledge and learns new state and federal laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to area of assignment; reviews updated or new technical instructions or references; attends seminars, conferences, workshops, and other training sessions; assists in providing training and direction to others regarding changes and new regulations including creating and disseminating new instructions.
- Provides assistance to and backs up co-workers and other staff within the assigned area as necessary.
- Trains and provides work direction to assigned student workers and temporary help as assigned.
- As applicable, determines program eligibility and prepares needs analysis; reviews and processes applications for students; registers students for programs; monitors progress of students.
- May perform a variety of general clerical accounting duties related to various financial processes.
- Performs related duties as required.
Education and Experience Guidelines: Any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by college level course work in business administration or a related field.
Two years of increasingly responsible clerical and program support experience preferably in a student services area of an educational institution involving frequent student contact.
License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid driver’s license may be required for some positions.
- Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the functions, programs, and operations of the assigned office.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including applicable sections of the State Education Code and other legal requirements related to area of assignment.
- Technical aspects of field of specialty.
- Principles, practices, and procedures of business letter writing.
- Principles, practices, and procedures of fiscal, statistical, and administrative record keeping.
- Principles and practices used to establish and maintain files and information retrieval systems.
- Basic research methods and techniques.
- Principles and techniques used in public relations including methods and techniques of proper receptionist and telephone etiquette.
- Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
- Oral and written communication skills.
- District organization, operations, policies and objectives.
- Referral agencies, services, and departments on and off campus may be required for some assignments.
- Screening and interviewing techniques may be required for some assignments.
- Clerical accounting and bookkeeping principles may be required for some assignments.
- Supervisory techniques.
- Understand the organization and operation of the assigned office and/or program area as necessary to assume assigned responsibilities.
- Understand, apply, and ensure compliance with administrative and office policies and procedures as well as pertinent laws, regulations, and ordinances.
- Perform a range of technical, program support, administrative, and clerical duties involving the use of independent judgment and personal initiative.
- Coordinate and conduct workshops, seminars, special events, class presentations, orientations, and tours.
- Provide specialized assistance, training, and information to students, faculty, administrators, staff, and the public concerning assigned program area, functions, and resources.
- Orient students, staff, and public to resources and services related to area of assignment.
- Research, compile, analyze, and interpret data.
- Independently compose and prepare routine correspondence and memoranda.
- Prepare a variety of clear and concise administrative and financial records.
- Implement and maintain filing systems.
- Compile information and write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.
- Respond to requests and inquiries from students, staff, or the public; effectively present technical information in person or on the telephone to students, staff, or the public.
- Screen, interview, and assess needs of students and clients.
- Use sound judgment in recognizing scope of authority.
- Exercise good judgment and discretion in analyzing and resolving confidential, difficult, and sensitive situations.
- Type or enter data at a speed necessary for successful job performance.
- Train and provide work direction to others.
- Plan and organize work to meet schedules and changing deadlines.
- Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
- Adapt to changing technologies and learn functionality of new equipment and systems.
- Work under steady pressure with frequent interruptions and a high degree of public contact by phone or in person.
- Work effectively with minimal supervision.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Physical: 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 walk, 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; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Some positions may require occasional travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Sierra College has a strong commitment to the achievement of equity and inclusion among its faculty, staff, and students and values the rich, diverse backgrounds that make up the campus community. A strong candidate for this position must demonstrate a profound understanding of and experience with successfully supporting individuals with varying backgrounds. This includes persons with disabilities, various gender identities and sexual orientations, as well as individuals from historically underrepresented communities and other groups. Our District is committed to providing strategies for success and proactive student-centered practices and policies focused on eliminating equity gaps to ensure the District provides an inclusive educational and employment environment focused on strategies for success and equitable outcomes for all.
As an institution, Sierra College is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, learner-centered practices and policies that fully engage the college community. The ideal candidate will share the College’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives. Currently, Sierra College enrolls 18,300 students per term, where approximately: 21% of Sierra College’s students are Latino/a/x, 3% are African-American, 3% are Filipino, 6% are Asian-American, 1% are Native American, 1% are Pacific Islander, 7% are multiracial and 57% are White.
The successful candidate will join a College dedicated to the use of culturally responsive strategies and methods that meet the varying needs of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community. Sierra College demonstrates its commitment to equity by supporting ongoing professional development for students, faculty, and staff. These opportunities include trainings and workshops on equity and inclusion, SC4 (Sierra College Community, Creativity, Culture, and Collaboration Training), active Academic Senate standing committees concerned with student success and equity, a Presidential Equity Advisory Committee (PEAC), culturally responsive student engagement centers, support for our undocumented and AB540 students, campus-wide equity summits, a robust set of programs, events, and conferences related to equity-mindedness and supporting the success of our diverse students.
REQUIRED APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
- A Sierra College application,
- A resume, and
- A cover letter of no more than 4 pages that addresses:
- Please describe the transferable experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you possess to serve in this role.
- What culturally-inclusive/equity-minded practices/strategies would you incorporate into this role?
- Please describe your evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of the racial, socioeconomic, academic, and cultural diversity, including individuals with different ability statuses (e.g., physical and/or learning) and how these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practices in the department and the campus community.