Posting Summary: The Office of Graduate Student Life & Development (GSLD) at Teachers College, Columbia University (TC) encourages students to become familiar with programs and services designed to enhance the graduate student experience at Teachers College. Alongside academic studies in the classroom, TC students have many out-of-class opportunities to engage peers and persons with diverse cultural experiences, to examine new philosophies, to develop new interests and skills, and to prepare for active participation in a rapidly changing global society.
The office is seeking a Part-Time Student-Parent Coordinator who will serve as a liaison with our student-parent community and implement programming and resources to best support our students and their families.
This is a 20 hour/week position with a one-year appointment.
Job Summary/Basic Function: Reporting to the Director of Graduate Student Life and Development, the Student-Parent Coordinator will serve as a representative for student-parent needs. The incumbent will focus on providing holistic and intentional programs, workshops, and resources to meet the needs of our student-parents and their families. The Student-Parent Coordinator will work alongside the Director in meeting with key stakeholders across the College to advise on best practices and supports for students with dependents to have their needs understood and addressed in all aspects of their TC experience.
Student & Family Engagement
Implement orientation program geared toward welcoming children of student-parents to the Teachers College community
Facilitate summer transition workshops for newly admitted student parents to prepare for their move to NYC and shift in day-to-day responsibilities
Identify key moments for student-parents, and their children, and create targeted programming to meet the needs
Partner with the Office of Residential Services to support initiatives supporting families in within Family Student Housing
Manage the annual TC Community Week that highlights and celebrates TC student families
Assist Student Health and Wellness with monthly Student-Parent support group
Resources & Advising
Identify resources and options, and build potential partnerships, to provide guidance and support regarding child care, education placements, and healthcare for children of students in NYC
Meet one-on-one with students as needed to provide support and serve as an advocate
Advise and assist the Teachers College Student-Parent Group
Develop understanding of all policies that relate to the student-parent experience and develop strategies for students to develop awareness of their options
Working with the Manager of Operations, create communication plan to highlight upcoming TC offerings, as well as free/low-cost NYC family activities
Work Create social media and digital campaigns to highlight student-parent achievements and initiatives
Maintain and regularly update the Student-Parent Resource webpage providing updated information about on-campus support, off-campus resources, transitioning to NYC (education, healthcare options), policies, etc.
General GSLD Duties
Support with office and College-wide events and programs
Serve as campus representative knowledgeable of resources and services available to students through Teachers College and Columbia University
Work with staff in fostering student engagement in the learning process through intentional programs and provide a high level of student contact
Other duties as assigned
This job summary is not intended to be inclusive of all expectations for this position
High school degree or equivalent
Strong computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google, Canva) as well as the ability to use web-based technology
Exhibit excellent judgment as advisor and mentor
Experience with providing exemplary customer service
Ability to manage multiple projects while being detail-orientation and self-motivated
Demonstrated success in event management with the ability to work evenings and weekends when needed
Demonstrated ability to design, understand, commit, and participate in programs designed to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ability to work effectively to create a culture of collegial relationships with all constituents, including students/alumni, faculty and administration
Sound professional judgement and a strong sense of ethics
Bachelor’s degree with 2-3 years of related experience
Related experience working with parent and family needs
Previous experience working with diverse student populations
Knowledge of local, regional and national trends as they relate to graduate students with children
Participation in NASPA, ACPA or a related Student Affairs or Student Development professional association
Knowledge of best practices and competency levels expected for Student Affairs practitioners
Teachers College, Columbia University, is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation's best. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership and psychology.