Elder in Residence

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Work type: Staff
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 4 - APC - Academic Professionals of California, Temporary, Time Varies, Student Services, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Working Title: Elder in Residence (Hourly Intermittent)

Classification Title: Student Services Professional IB

Posting Details 

Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): Tuesday, November 7, 2023 @ 11:55pm PT

Position Summary

The Elder in Residence (Elder) is an important element of the overall counseling program of the ‘Esak’tima Center.  The Elder will meet weekly with students, both individually and in small groups, to determine specific student needs and how those needs might be met. In addition, the Elder will meet with representatives of the nine local Tribal Nations to ensure that the Center programming is responsive to student needs. The Elder also assists the ‘Esak’tima Center Coordinator and Native Student Success Counselor with coordination of events, facilitate Talking Circle and Cultural Workshops.

Anticipated Hiring Range: Anticipated hiring range is $ 25.00 per hour

CSU Classification Salary Range: $ 23.46 per hour - $ 33.18 per hour

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Salary Grade/Range: 2

Recruitment TypeTemporary (Annually Renewable)

Time BaseHourly-Intermittent 

Work Hours: Work hours will typically be between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday but will be dependent upon department and event needs.

Department Information 

The ’Esak’tima Center (eh-sack-tee-ma) at Sacramento State, residing on Miwok, Maidu, and Nisenan land, welcomes all Native students who are entering freshmen, returning students, and graduate students.   

The ’Esak’tima Center provides supportive services for students to assist you in your academic journey with Academic Advising, Academic Workshops, Peer Advising, Scholarship referrals, Cultural Presentations and Workshops, Student Leadership opportunities and Campus and Community Resources. We strive to make the ’Esak’tima Center a home away from home where your values as a Native student are recognized, your student accomplishments are celebrated and your contributions to your community are honored, as are you. The Center is an open and inclusive gathering space for all students. 

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Minimum Qualifications 

Knowledge and Abilities:

Working knowledge of the methods and problems of organization and program management; research and interviewing techniques; principles of individual and group behavior; the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge of the organization, procedures and activities of the specific campus to which the position is assigned; and the basic principles, practices and major trends in the Student Services field to which assigned.

Ability to rapidly acquire a working knowledge of the specific objectives of the campus Student Services program and its relationship to the total campus operation; interpret and apply program rules and regulations; gather and analyze data; reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; present clear and concise information orally and in written reports; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, CSU administrators, student organizations and other private and public agencies.


Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of one year of experience in professional Student Services work at the entry trainee level. Equivalent amounts of graduate level job‐related education may be substituted for the required experience.


Equivalent to graduation from a 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 

Knowledge and Abilities:

  1. Ability to provide effective student services such as advising, tutoring, counseling, or other related duties in a college setting. 
  2. Ability to interact professionally and communicate effectively with a diverse population of students, staff, and administrators.
  3. Effective communication skills in-person, on the phone, and via online systems.
  4. Ability to maintain composure and professionalism while providing direct service to students, even in difficult situations.
  5. Demonstrated thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  6. Knowledge or familiarity in working with, coaching, or mentoring American Indian Students.
  7. Knowledge of Native American Cultural Traditions, Native American Communities, and Programs.
  8. Commitment to maintaining a welcoming and inclusive work environment with diverse colleagues and constituents including faculty, students, staff, and members of the community.

Conditions of Employment:

- Ability to pass a background check.

Preferred Qualifications 

  1. Experience serving as a referral of community resources to college students.
  2. At least five years of community experience working with the Native American communities and programs, such as Native Wellness, White Bison Society, and Native Dads Network.

Documents Needed to Apply

Resume and Cover Letter

Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.

About Sacramento 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 is a Hispanic and AANAPISI serving institution with about 31,000 students coming not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission:

“As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students to lead, serve, and succeed. Sacramento State will be a welcoming, caring, and inclusive leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to learning and student success; teaching, research, scholarship and creative activity; justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; resource development and sustainability; dedicated community engagement, and wellness and 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.

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.

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.

COVID19 Vaccination Policy

Effective May 2023, per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all California State University, Sacramento employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. 

Out of State Employment

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.

Eligibility Verification

Selected candidate must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the United States. California State University, Sacramento is not a sponsoring agency for staff and management positions (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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