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Job Summary

Department Summary

The Dean of Students Office promotes student development and enhances the Michigan experience of undergraduate and graduate students through programs, services, partnerships/connections, and policy development that promote an inclusive campus climate and facilitates the successful navigation of campus life.

The core work of the Dean of Students Office includes promoting a safe and respectful campus community, maximizing student’s Michigan experience, responding to critical incidents impacting students and recognizing and responding to the emerging needs of the student population

Job Summary

The Blavin Scholars Program provides students who have experienced time in foster care with comprehensive support in navigating and maximizing their college experience as they pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan.  The Blavin Scholars Campus Coach supports the overall success of undergraduate students who have experienced foster care at the University of Michigan. This position also provides leadership to the Blavin Mentorship component of the Blavin Scholars Program.


Direct Service to Blavin Scholars (70%)

  1. Support, coach, and advise up to 25 eligible Blavin Scholars with all aspects of entry, assimilation, and retention in college life and transition to post-graduate endeavors; engages in problem-solving with scholars; monitor progress and perform monthly assessments/check-ups.
  2. Assist scholars in navigating university processes and services (admission, financial aid, academics, etc.); promote personal and academic success and well-being of scholars.
  1. Coach scholars toward self-sufficiency in campus and community environments and use of resources; assist scholars with securing basic needs (finances for college; health care/insurance, mental/physical health services, career planning, driver’s license, year-round housing; etc.); coaches towards financial responsibility and literacy.
  2. Prepare scholars for graduation, utilizing campus career counseling and services; plan and coach scholars with transition to post-graduation careers and developing skills for independent living.
  3. Assist students in accessing resources in the community and through the Department of Human Services including Youth in Transition (YIT) and Educational Training Voucher funding.
  4. Interact with scholars to promote positive personal identities, social connections, and leadership on campus and in the community.
  5. Assists with establishing effective mentor/mentee relationships for the scholars.

Administrative Responsibilities (25%)

  1. Advocate and serve as liaison to campus liaisons , governmental and non-profit social services agencies (e.g., Dept. of Human Services; Medicaid; public assistance, Community Mental Health, etc.); must be skilled at working between agencies and able to integrate multiple resources to optimally meet scholars’ needs, while coaching scholars toward life and career independence.
  2. Plan, implement, and facilitate educational and community building programming for scholars.
  3. Participate and represent the Blavin Scholars Program in outreach and education events including campus visits for potential Blavin Scholars, tabling events, conference participation, etc.
  4. Maintain, prepare and create statistical reports; participate in developing evaluation tools for program services.
  5. Provides leadership to all components of the mentorship program including recruitment of new mentors, training, program planning 1:1 support for mentors and scholars and evaluation of services.
  6. Perform responsibilities independently, consults with the director as needed.

On Call Responsibilities (5%)

  1. Participate in on-call rotation crisis counseling with at-risk scholars as needed; assess and refer for long-term care, counseling, or to appropriate agencies as necessary.
  2. Work collaboratively with other critical incident and crisis response staff in the Dean of Students office to provide support to scholars.

Required Qualifications*

  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social Work (MSW), Counseling, or Higher Education/Student Affairs.
  • 2-4 years of  experience within higher education or social service agency setting.
  • Experience working with and serving diverse populations
  • Experience providing direct support to foster youth or college students
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively in teams and committees with a diverse group of ndividuals.
  • Skilled at working between agencies and able to integrate multiple resources to meet scholars’ needs.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Case management experience
  • Experience providing direct support to foster youth or college students
  • Knowledge or experience in mentorship programming
  • Experience with supporting social media presence
  • Experience with working with and serving diverse populations.

Additional Information

Please note: Relocation will not be offered for this position

This role may have reporting obligations under Title IX and Clery

Position Criteria (Candidate Characteristics):

These are the criteria that the hiring team will be evaluating the candidate for

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Skilled at working between agencies and able to integrate multiple resources to meet scholars’ needs.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and under pressure.
  • Ability to work independently as well as effectively in teams and committees with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and organizational skills

Working conditions

Work unpredictable early morning, evening and weekend hours in response to the emergent needs of students and the campus community.

Work is currently remote and requires internet access. Laptop will be provided by the unit.

Physical requirements

  • Requires the ability to travel to various locations to conduct work and deliver materials
  • The person in this position routinely presents information at events
  • The person in this position occasionally moves through the facility to attend meetings/events and access files or information
  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.