The mission of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Undergraduate Education is to provide resources, opportunities, and systems that promote student academic success, professional readiness, and personal well-being throughout their college career. CLA’s Office of Student Experience (OSE) accomplishes this mission via CLA’s First Year Experience (FYE) and Transfer Semester Experience (TSE) courses, by enhancing students’ connection to the university, the college, and departments, while also creating a bridge to the community beyond the university by means of career exploration and engagement opportunities.
OSE is seeking an Engagement & Curriculum Coordinator to coordinate the FYE by providing a curricular advising experience to help students identify their strengths, clarify their interests, and explore available areas of study in the context of the liberal arts.The overarching model is one positioned at the intersection of development and learning, drawing on multiple theoretical perspectives in the professional literature (for example, self-authorship, appreciative advising, advising as teaching, high-impact educational practices). The FYE provides students with a balance of support and challenge, engaging in a professional practice that is highly contextualized, nuanced, and responsive to the individual learner’s preparation, ability, and interests. Great emphasis is placed on expanded multicultural competence, in line with the broader university and college goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Furthermore, both programs are responsive to collegiate and University goals in the areas of student satisfaction, retention, graduation, career readiness, and timely progress toward degree.
OSE partners closely with colleagues from throughout the University of Minnesota to develop robust opportunities with the goals of connecting students with the campus resources and engaging students in self-reflective learning. Collaboration will include supporting cross-training needs, pursuing programming and best practices initiatives, and establishing and monitoring key success indicators such as retention and timely degree progress.
First-Year Student Experience Design (50%)
Coach students through an online experience based in student development theory to empower students to identify their strengths, clarify their interests, and explore available areas of study in the context of the liberal arts. Collaborate with professional colleagues to design the framework for three First Year Experience courses, guiding approximately 2,500 students each semester.
Develop in-person engagement experiences to complement online experiences as well as connect students with signature engagement opportunities such as learning abroad, research, internships, leadership, community engagement, and student organizations.
Create in-person engagement experiences to highlight and reflect campus diversity.
Facilitate opportunities to increase sense of belonging among students, particularly through programming designed to support cohort building to promote retention and graduation.
Serve as designated lead instructor for one or more FYE courses (CLA 1001, CLA 1002, CLA 1007).
Independently create and assess online content in concert with the OSE team.
Student Peer Team Management (25%)
Facilitate workshops and training sessions, particularly during the week-long summer retreat and ongoing bi-weekly training sessions.
Supervise one FYE Student Director position in the areas of Communications, Analytics, or Event Programming (determined in collaboration with OSE staff and based on skills, experience and interest).
Assist in recruitment and hiring process, with a particular focus on recruiting a qualified, diverse, and passionate pool of candidates to fulfill the program’s current need to onboard approximately 200 student leaders per annual hiring cycle.
Advising Projects and Partnerships (25%)
Work with CLA and University colleagues to develop strategic partnerships, including the CLA Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. program and CLA President’s Emerging Scholars program.
Assist in the development of new programming initiatives with CLA Career & Internship Services, the CLA Career Readiness Initiative, the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration, University Libraries and other campus partners.
Contribute to the overall vision and direction of FYE by identifying and pursuing new initiatives that align with the core learning outcomes and/or the CLA Roadmap.
Serve on Collegiate and University committees to streamline initiatives.
BA/BS in relevant field
Minimum 3 years related professional experience
Master’s degree in a counseling, student services, liberal arts, or relevant field with minimum 1 year of related professional work experience
Demonstrated commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Excellent skills in communication (written and oral), multicultural awareness, mastering and disseminating complex information, computer literacy (including word processing, database usage, email, web searching, and reporting), and time management.
Capacity to articulate the nature and advantages of a liberal arts education.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
Knowledge of leading theories and best practices related to first year experience, students in transition, and student support.
Education program development experience.
Leadership or supervisory experience with student staff, including hiring and ongoing training.
Experience with teaching at the college-level, including curriculum creation and knowledge of web-based software.
Experience with University of Minnesota student support services and liberal arts programs.
Tolerance of ambiguity and enthusiasm for innovation.
Additional relevant higher education advising, student services, or related experience working with college students.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.