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AANAPISI Student Advancement Specialist

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Multicultural Affairs
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience and grade/range
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General Summary of Position:

The University of Massachusetts Lowell recently received through the U.S. Department of Education, the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) grant, which aims to mitigate AAPI students’ barriers to educational achievement by enhancing institutional programs and services.

The AA Student Advancement Specialist will be responsible for conducting outreach and recruitment efforts to AAPI students, promote UMass Lowell’s AANAPISI program, provide educational awareness of AAPI needs, concerns & issues to the UML community, and supports the mission and goals of the AANAPISI five-year grant funded program.  The aim is to increase AAPI college degree attainment and overall student success. The AA Student Advancement Specialist collaborates with the Project Director and campus partners to implement an educational programs, provide culturally appropriate direct services to the AACEE student cohort program such as personal, cultural support and collaborate on facilitating career preparedness, student wellbeing and wellness, financial awareness & literacy, and identity development topics.  The AA Student Advancement Specialist will develop training materials and conduct workshops and trainings.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):


  • Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral, Social Science, or related field. Master’s preferred.


  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating high impact programs in a student engagement, activities or multicultural affairs arena
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience advising, mentoring, coaching students, while developing, implementing and evaluating student support and engagement programs
  • Experience providing outreach and recruitment services
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, cultural competence, and experience working with individuals from diverse social, economic, ethnic, academic and cultural backgrounds, especially including those with different levels of academic preparedness, learning & physical abilities
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to AAPI issues and the educational needs of high-need AAPI students from diverse ethnic, economic, and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to lead training, workshops, and educational programs for UML students, staff, and faculty, especially on the college access experience, identity development of AAPIs, financial literacy, and student wellbeing
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively within a team and with individuals and groups of various identities, cultures, and backgrounds


  • Ability to establish program priorities, monitor progress toward achieving program goals, and conducts assessment to evaluate program effectiveness, and coach student employees toward similar goals
  • Hold a multidimensional view with a strong understanding of the complexities and issues that affect underrepresented students and their academic and personal success
  • Excellent collaboration, organizational, administrative, and communication skills; be able to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Ability to provide leadership and guidance to various student cohorts, groups, and individuals to achieve their mission and goals
  • One should be collaborative and responsive to managing multiple relationships and projects, adapting to new priorities, and being responsive as needs change

Additional Considerations:

  • Some evening and weekend work is required

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Professional experience delivering programs serving AAPI students and an understanding of underrepresented students and college access needs
  • Demonstrated success navigating student affairs or multicultural affairs and student engagement topics; understanding of major trends and issues faced by AAPI students as well as historically underrepresented students
  • Demonstrated experience working with South-East Asian American students and communities
  • Experience working to improve campus climate, equity and access for students/faculty/staff, and increasing workforce diversity
  • Direct experience developing and implementing programs that support underrepresented students from an intersectional framework

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only current UML Employees within the Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period.

This is a Grants & Contracts (MTA/GRACE) bargaining unit position, Grade P15.

This position is contingent upon funding and continued employment is contingent upon grant funding. This is a grant-funded, temporary (5 years-contingent upon funding), full-time, benefited, union position. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include a resume and a cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process.  


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