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University of Oregon
  • Position Number: 2800118
  • Location: Eugene, OR
  • Position Type: Student Affairs and Services

DucksRISE Program Manager

Job no: 528812
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Academic Advising/Support, Administrative/Professional, Other, Research/Scientific/Grants, Student Life/Services, Instruction, Planning/Project Management, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Department: Undergraduate Education & Student Success
Appointment Type and Duration: Fixed-Term (OA), Limited
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Compensation Band: OS-OA05-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0
Application Review Begins
January 31, 2022; position open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered for this position, please upload the following documents with your online application:
  • A resume
  • A cover letter highlighting how your knowledge, skills and experience qualify you for the requirements, competencies, and qualifications outlined in the job posting.
  • The names and contact information of at least three professional references.
    Department Summary
    The Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success (UESS) promotes academic excellence, universal access, engagement, and achievement for the student scholar. UESS programs focus on the educational trajectory of the student by providing opportunities and services essential for progress toward scholastic objectives and intellectual development. UESS departments and programs serve the entire population of UO undergraduate students and partner closely with other campus units to support student success and engagement. UESS serves as an institutional leader in promoting student success and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the UO student experience.

    DucksRISE (Research, Internship, and Student Engagement) is a grant-funded program focused on equitable career outcomes for underserved students, centering Pell-eligible and underrepresented minority populations. Through an integrated approach to continued academic preparation and career readiness embedded into the core of the student experience, both in and out of the classroom at an R1 research university, DucksRISE will establish best practices for an equity-centered cohort-based career development program.
    Position Summary
    The Program Manager will implement and guide DucksRISE (Research, Internship, and Student Engagement), a program that focuses on equitable post-graduation outcomes for underserved students, centering Pell-eligible and underrepresented minority populations. The Program Manager position is supported by a two-year grant, and may be extended pending funding feasibility and programmatic needs.

    The Program Manager will lead a diverse stakeholder team to develop DucksRISE, partnering with key UESS partners including the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE), Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS), PathwayOregon, Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, TRIO Student Support Services, Tutoring and Academic Engagement Center (TAEC), and Tykeson College and Career Advising. Concurrently, the Program Manager will foster collaborations with campus, community, alumni, government, industry partners outside of UESS. Strategic partner engagement includes the newly established UO Portland Internship program committed to social justice, community building, racial equity, and economic recovery.

    In concert with these key partners, the Program Manager will develop and manage an intensive, six-month cohort model. DucksRISE cohorts will begin with a hybrid credit-bearing course and associated co-curricular workshops and professional development opportunities intended to build community and foster a sense of belonging while developing career skills and NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) competencies. The Program Manager is expected to serve as an instructor of record for the credit-bearing course, and facilitate engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences for the cohort. The core of the DucksRISE program will culminate with placement in three-month career readiness mentorship experiences (e.g. internships, externships, research/creative work experiences) to expand professional and industry networks; bridge the connection between undergraduate research and career exploration; and gain the tools to be competitive in post-graduation opportunities. Throughout and beyond the six-month cohort experience, the Program Manager will arrange for continuous and focused wrap-around coaching and support from academic and career advisors, as well as peer-to-peer, alumni, and professional mentoring.

    The Program Manager will develop DuckRISE with the intent to create replicable and scaled offerings to serve increasing portions of the target student population. DucksRISE will focus exclusively on expanding exploration and preparation for career readiness opportunities, the development of mentorship connections, and professional networks for students with those who share similar identities and interests.

    This position may supervise one full-time professional staff member (DucksRISE program assistant).
    Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree in college administration, higher education, or related field, or equivalent combination of skills and experience.
  • Two years of demonstrated experience advocating for, programming, supporting, and educating multicultural students/students of color.
  • Three years of professional work experience leading, evaluating, supporting, and/or assessing programs and initiatives.
    Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrated commitment to a socially just, multicultural, and inclusive learning environment, with the ability to work on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to effect meaningful change and promote student success.
  • Ability to assess, understand and meet the needs of a wide variety of people, including recognizing the unique strengths, needs, and challenges for underrepresented and underserved students at the University of Oregon (e.g. Native American, Black/African American, LatinX, Asian, Desi, Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the needs of college students and employers in today's and tomorrow's work environment, and how to prepare college graduates for lifelong career success.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple projects concurrently, and actively identify and independently solve problems; escalating issues to ensure resolution when appropriate.
  • Ability to evaluate and assess organizational diversity efforts using both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with colleagues.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism at all times including understanding of FERPA and other policies, procedures, or regulations that guide interactions with students and colleagues.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), with the ability and initiative to learn and incorporate new hardware/software platforms as required to successfully perform the essential functions of the position (e.g. Qualtrics, Constant Contact, MyTrack).
    Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience mentoring or supervising student leaders and/or peer mentors.
  • Two years of professional experience with budgeting or the completion and administration of grants, applications, or other organizational funding.
  • Two years of professional experience with/application of multicultural organization principles in a higher education setting.
  • Experience developing and executing campus-wide diversity programs, initiatives, workshops, and/or conferences for students, faculty, and/or staff.
  • Experience with large-scale event planning.
  • Experience collaborating with faculty on curriculum and co-curriculum development.
  • Experience with undergraduate research, internships, or related student engagement activities.

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

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    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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