Serna Center Coordinator

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Full Time, Part Time, Student Services

Working Title: Serna Center Coordinator

Classification Title: Student Services Professional II

Position Details 

Emergency Hire - Temporary position lasting at most 60 days with an option of being extended to 120 days.

Position Summary

The Serna Center Coordinator is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, and assessment of programming and services designed to promote, foster, and enhance self-advocacy, empowerment, and leadership among Chicanx/Latinx students and students from other under-represented backgrounds at Sacramento State. Integrated into all programming are efforts that raise awareness of the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural realities of Chicanx/Latinx populations. The Center establishes a strong foundation that enriches cultural identity and develops a sense of family within the campus through events and activities that promote a sense of belonging.

Under the general direction of the Director, Equity and Affinity Centers, the Coordinator creates and implements programming and services that align with the mission of Student Affairs; assists in the recruitment, development, enrichment, inclusion, retention, and student experience of the Sacramento State Chicanx/Latinx student population; serves as a liaison to various offices and programs across campus and to external and community partners with regard to Chicanx/Latinx and other under-represented minority (URM) students at Sacramento State; and recruits, hires, and supervises student office staff and interns. The Coordinator is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships and partnerships within Sacramento State and the larger community to create and administer programs and services that support the retention and success of, and improves the campus climate for Chicanx/Latinx students

FLSA: Other

Hiring Range/Rate: $24.83

Salary Grade/Range:  1

Time Base: Hourly-Intermittent

Work Hours: M-F, 8 am - 5 pm; hours subject to change depending on needs of the department

Department Information 

This position is in the Serna Center.

Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the practices, procedures and activities of the program to which assigned; general knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management. General knowledge of research and interview techniques; and of the principles of individual and group behavior.

Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations; use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements; obtain factual and interpretative information through interviews; reason logically; collect, compile, analyze and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentations based on these data; advise students individually and in groups on routine matters where required; recognize multicultural, multisexed and multi-aged value systems and work accordingly; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, CSU administrators, student organizations, private and public agencies and others in committee work, and student advising and community contacts; and, rapidly acquire a general knowledge of the overall operation, functions and programs of the campus to which assigned. Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas.

Possession of these knowledge and abilities typically is demonstrated through the Experience requirements below.


Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of competence and indicate the potential for further growth. A master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.


Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field.  Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Required Qualifications 


  1. Experience in a higher education setting (e.g., advising, admissions, student programming or development).
  2. Experience working with students from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, including students who may be considered to be “at promise.”

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  1. Ability to independently prioritize, plan and organize work in a fast-paced environment.
  2. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to provide direct programs and/or services to a diverse student population.
  3. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  4. Ability to compile, prepare, write and review reports.
  5. Proficiency using standard office software packages (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite).
  6. Familiarity working with university-based record/data systems/software (example: PeopleSoft).
  7. Ability to understand, interpret and apply moderately complex rules, policies, regulations, and procedures.
  8. Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate the work of student assistants.

Conditions of Employment:

      A background check must be completed satisfactorily post-conditional offer.

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Experience developing partnerships and cultivating collaborative working relationships with internal and external constituencies including local, state, and national organizations focused on serving undocumented and immigrant groups.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of the political, historical, and cultural realities of Chicanx/Latinx students.
  3. Demonstrated ability to identify and address the needs, experiences, and concerns of Chicanx/Latinx students.
  4. Familiarity with grant writing and fundraising processes and procedures.
  5. Fluent in Spanish and English.

Documents Needed to Apply

List documents needed for this position: Application; resume.

About Sac State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student successdiversity, equity and inclusioncommunity engagementphilanthropy, and campus safety.  

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.  

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Background Check Disclaimer  

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position. One variation of background check required could be a LiveScan screening, which involves submitting fingerprints at a certified LiveScan Service Center.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Out of State Employment Policy

Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.

As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.

Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States. 

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit . 

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at . 
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Eligibility Verification  

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency (i.e. H-1-B Visa). 

Note to Applicants:

Possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview unless required by collective bargaining agreement.


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