Academic Coordinator - STEM Starter Academy - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 166656
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Professional (Staff Member) Posted On: Thu Aug 24 2023 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties:
The Academic Coordinator -STEM Starter Academy (In-House title: STEM Starter Coordinator) is responsible for a caseload of STEM students who have opted-in to participate in STEM -related academic, leadership, and professional/career supports and programming The STEM Starter Coordinator identifies students interested in STEM majors, and coordinates regular and frequent student check-ins to connect students with specific STEM opportunities such as student-lead STEM research, STEM work-based experiences, industry mentoring, and transfer options. The STEM Starter Coordinator works closely with faculty, student services, enrollment management and other college partners to provide the necessary supports needed from the time STEM Starter students enter college through completion.
Actively recruit and case manage a cohort of STEM Starter recruited students to ensure students are receiving a cohesive set of supports that span their time at MWCC, including but not limited to academic advising, advocating appropriate course placement, connecting students to academic supports, and offering linkages to STEM career and transfer counseling to every STEM Starter student before they acquire 30 credits.
Perform administrative tasks associated with STEM Starter grant, including the maintenance of student files, counseling notes, and contact logs which document student advisement sessions.
Provides data on STEM Starter students and program components for proposals and reports;
Coordinate and manage the STEM Starter grant according to funder and institutional requirements; which includes tracking activities for reporting purposes and managing budget and funder report submissions.
Coordinate STEM mentoring opportunities to connect students with industry mentors and/or internships, in collaboration with the Coordinator of Career Services.
Develop and connect students with STEM student leadership opportunities for peer-mentoring (academic or social) at least once during their time at MWCC.
Collaborate with academic affairs and STEM faculty to develop STEM research programming.
Provide a minimum of two individual, face-to-face interactions with STEM Starter students to provide guidance and supports on areas related to college completion and STEM exploration.
Help STEM inquiries and applicants identify and communicate STEM pathways (or one to explore) and established career, transfer outcomes.
Coordinates STEM activities such as STEM Speaker Series, STEM WEEK programming, STEM Awareness Day, and Career Exploration and Discernment Programming, in collaboration with various student support, academic, and enrollment offices.
Foster linkages between academic and student support programs/services and provide options, referrals, and alternative solutions for STEM Starter students facing adversity or challenges.
Collaboratively create an individualized, multi-year academic plan with each STEM Starter student aligned to their goals and timeline.
Design a STEM Starter contract to communicate student/coordinator mutual expectations, needs and opportunities.
Attend and participate in various enrollment, advising and career alignment events, including open houses, career awareness days, enrollment events, program orientations, and commencement.
Maintain working knowledge of STEM Starter best practices by participating in statewide STEM Starter meetings.
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Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Sociology, or closely related field
Five (5) years experience and/or training that includes academic advisement, academic placement, counseling, career development, math/electronics teaching, or program/project management; or
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Master's degree in STEM field or higher education administration;
Three years' experience working in a student affairs/enrollment/advising-centered office. experience using technology in the advising process, academic pathways and career assessment tools;
Strong understanding of student development theory and practice to improve STEM student persistence toward graduation/transfer;
Ability to work evenings/weekends during peak enrollment periods;
Strong interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills;
Adaptable and flexible.
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $ $63,608.00-$108,418.00**
(PSM) **** Actual Salary determined by education, experience, and any applicable grant limitations per the collective bargaining agreement. Applicants should be aware it is unlikely the salary will be at or near the top of the range.
Grade: 6 Employee Status: Full Time Grant Funded -Contingent on Grant being Awarded. Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.