Office of Peer-Assisted Learning (OPAL) Coordinator

Thousand Oaks, CA
May 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
The Access, Learning and Leadership Initiatives to Elevate Students( ALLIES) in STEM Project is a Title III U.S. Department of Education funded, five-year grant. The purpose of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (HSI STEM) and Articulation Programs is to: (1) increase the number of Hispanic and other low-income students attaining degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; and (2) to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in such fields. Cal Lutheran has developed ALLIES in STEM to strengthen Cal Lutheran's capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students majoring in STEM, attending Cal Lutheran and 2 –year institutions in the region. The Office of Peer-Assisted Learning (OPAL) Coordinator is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Title III, HSI STEM program. Funding following the first year is contingent upon demonstrating substantial progress in meeting the approved goals and objectives and Congressional appropriation of funds for the program.

Basic Fuction:
Under the direction of the ALLIES in STEM Director, the OPAL Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing and providing administrative support for the tutoring and supplemental instruction programs offered by OPAL, as well as developing a centralized administrative structure for tutoring in the STEM disciplines. Specifically, the OPAL Coordinator will create, develop, manage, and assess our tutoring and new supplemental instruction programs. The incumbent will collaborate with faculty and the Center for Teaching and Learning to support student learning outcomes via research on peer-assisted learning techniques and pedagogical models. In addition the position is responsible for ensuring that program operations are aimed at assisting students with their developmental and academic needs.Minumum Qualifications:
Any combination equivalent to: A Bachelor's degree and two years of experience in administrative, education, counseling, or student services with educational equity projects.

Preferred Qualifications:
A Bachelor's degree in STEM or STEM Education
Fluency in Spanish
Familiarity with STEM pathways and disciplines