Coordinator for Graduate Student Life
The Coordinator for Graduate Student Life is responsible for developing, organizing, and delivering programs to enhance and support graduate student life and their university experience. The Coordinator works with the Graduate School to ensure that Graduate Student Life programming aligns with the Graduate School’s strategies for advancing the intellectual, cultural, social, and personal development of all students. Student engagement through Graduate Student Life will support the scholarly development of graduate students and develop a community across disciplines.
The Coordinator is responsible for:
•The Design, implementation and evaluation of co-curricular student life activities.
•Providing co-curricular activities and programs; advocating on behalf of graduate students in the development of University student life programs, services, and policies; fostering campus-wide communication on co-curricular initiatives for graduate students; and conducting regular assessment of graduate student co-curricular needs.
•Designing and maintaining communication links on co-curricular activities between graduate students, graduate program directors, and student organizations through electronic mail, publications, and regular forums for the exchange of information and ideas; utilizing social media and other emerging technologies to connect graduate students to one another and to campus resources.
Supervision of graduate assistants:
•The Coordinator will supervise a Graduate Assistant for Graduate Student Community and Social Programs and a Graduate Assistant for Communications.
•Design, implement, and evaluate programs of interest to graduate students, including programs for transition to the graduate experience through supervision of two Graduate Assistants. The Assistants create programs on quality of life, personal development, diversity education, community building, and recognition of outstanding contributions to the student body.
•Conduct research or assessment on a regular basis on the quality of life for graduate students at the University; issuing research reports which inform the institution of current graduate student needs, expectations, opinions, and assessment of campus based experiences; evaluating student life programs and services on regular basis; and using data to inform decision making and program planning. Design and maintain communication tools and venues:
•Maintain a strong web presence for graduate services
•Design publications and programs to inform students about resources and services available at the University and in the surrounding communities
Interaction and support of Graduate Student Government and registered graduate student organizations on campus:
•Serving as the staff liaison/advisor to the Graduate Student Government (GSG); work with elected student representatives and leaders, attending all assembly meetings, and support the organization’s advocacy and programmatic endeavors.
•This position provides support for the programming efforts in the Graduate Legal Aid Office.
•As a professional colleague of the business manager for the Student Organization Resource Center, the successful program coordinator will establish monthly meetings with the business team to ensure graduate student organization financial well-being.
•Provide support for all registered graduate student organizations on campus, ensuring adherence to departmental and university regulations, policies and procedures.
•Work with colleagues in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life and the Division of Student Affairs to ensure that graduate students are represented on all campus non-academic policy-making committees, and that University events and major programs address the unique needs of graduate students in general.
Monthly meetings with Graduate School Dean and staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required. 1-3 years of professional experience in Higher Education Administration, Student Affairs, or related area required. Experience in working directly with graduate students—including student services, leadership programs, or organization advising—is preferred, although transferable experiences are acceptable. Candidates should have knowledge of adult development theory and graduate student issues. Candidates should demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal and decision-making skills, and high personal performance standards.
A Master’s degree is strongly preferred. The successful candidate will demonstrate effectiveness in working with students and colleagues as an educator, advocate, advisor, and leader, and, ideally, also will have experience with fiscal management, personnel management, and supervision of a diverse staff.