Coord-Experiential Learning

Adair Village, Benton County / Corvallis, Benton County
Apr 04, 2014

Appointment Type: Administrative/Professional Faculty

Department: Earth, Ocean & Atmo Sci 261000 OAS

Position Summary: The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a part-time (.50 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Experiential Learning Coordinator position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) Experiential Learning Coordinator coordinates internship, undergraduate research, and other hands-on career-related experiences for undergraduate majors in CEOAS (~650 in 2014), working with internal and external partners to create and promote new and existing internship and research opportunities. The Experiential Learning Coordinator works to establish relationships and mutual expectations between internship/research partners and the student; and has the responsibility for determining which experiential learning opportunities meet program degree requirements. This position directly advises students on career-related topic such as resume preparation, internship application process, and networking guidance.

The student population served by the Experiential Learning Coordinator includes both those taking classes on the OSU campus and those enrolled through OSU's Ecampus. This individual participates in recruitment and retention efforts, including participation in START (OSU's new student orientation, advising and registration program, which occurs in summer). Duties include working with diverse student populations. Important aspects of the work include developmental advising, attention to detail, and frequent contact with other units at the University and partners outside the University.

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences provides a core instructional role at OSU, supporting the ideals of learning, discovery, and engagement that are the foundation of a land, sea, space, and sun-grant university. The College embraces instruction and research in disciplines ranging from the physical to the biological sciences. The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences is committed to partnering with industry and public agencies to address some of the most compelling challenges of today and tomorrow.

Position Duties: 70% Internship Coordinator:
Coordinates the internship, undergraduate research and other experiential learning opportunities towards degree completion and career preparation for Earth Sciences and Environmental Sciences undergraduates.

Seeks new internship opportunities; identifies and coordinates with potential internship or research partners to foster the development of regular opportunities for students to complete internships with said partners. Communicates with internship/research partners to align expectations and discuss educational opportunities afforded by prospective internships. Evaluates internships upon completion in liaison with partners, Program Heads, and the student. Works as part of a team to provide consistent process, information and evaluation of the Corvallis campus and Ecampus student internships and interns.

Conducts an exit survey of graduating undergraduate students.

Tracks internship placements and provides summary data to CEOAS administration, faculty and staff as needed.

Maintains internship/experiential learning component of CEOAS website.

Compiles weekly postings of job and internship/research opportunities and posts to CEOAS undergraduate email lists.

Assists in maintaining student records.

Facilitates student-faculty research opportunities (e.g. networks).

Disseminates news items regarding recently completed or on-going internships as appropriate.

Position Duties (continued): 20% Internship Advising:
Advises students pertaining to their academic and career planning, consults one-on-one with students or in a group setting, utilizing professional counseling skills. Assists instructor-of-record for ENSC 410, GEO 410, OC 410 (Internship Credits: Supervised practical experience working with professionals at selected cooperating institutions, agencies, laboratories, or companies). The internship coordinator may serve as presentor for the GEO/ENSC 407 course "Student to Professional". As assistant to the instructor of record, the Coordinator meets with students to discuss the relevance of a potential internship to their academic and career goals, provides one on one advising, clarifies university academic policies and procedures assisting students in making decisions concerning personal educational and career goals, serves as liaison between the student and the internship supervisor, and complies with Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rules and regulations related to accessing student records and confidentiality. The internship coordinator also approves student registration, organizes reporting requirements, obtains and files final internship reports from the student and the internship supervisor, and assists with grades. Provides back-up for the other CEOAS undergraduate Academic Advisors who work with on-campus and Ecampus Environmental Sciences and Earth Sciences majors when the need arises.

10% Service:
Serves on college and university committees related to undergraduate experiential learning. Acts as liaison with University student services units, such as Career Services, Ecampus, Center for Civic Engagement, and Student Sustainability Initiative. Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Occasional travel and work beyond normal office hours sometimes required. Some evening and weekend work required.

Minimum/Required Qualifications: Graduate degree in Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or a related discipline.
Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences or a related discipline plus two years' commensurate professional experience.

Excellent written and oral communication skills implemented in person and via telephone, email, and social media skills and computer skills.

Ability to make independent decisions and solve problems.

Ability to interpret, evaluate, and analyze problems brought forward by students and research/internship partners and adopt effective courses of action in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature.

Ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals and partners both on and off campus.

Ability to work in a changing environment.

Competency with computer applications including: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Excel, as well as with use of web browsers.

Ability to maintain detailed and accurate student records using on-line student information systems at OSU and electronic file storage.

Must demonstrate independence and ability to take initiative in organizing programs, planning events, preparing materials, and communicating with key contacts and stakeholders.

Ability to perform a modest amount of evening and weekend work as required. Ability to travel to student recruiting events held locally and nationally.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: Previous experience working with undergraduates advising, teaching, in student activities, or career counseling.

Broad experience and connection to external internship opportunities.

Experience with OSU's Ecampus or another distance degree program.

Previous experience with OSU policies, procedures, and requirements.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only):

Posting Date: 04-01-2014

For Full Consideration Date: 04-21-2014

Closing Date: 05-05-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants: When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A cover letter of application specifically addressing how your experience, qualifications, and interests have prepared you for this position. To receive full consideration your letter must detail how your education and experience meet the required qualifications.

2) A resume/vita including the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references (if your references are not included with your resume/vita, please upload as "Other Document").

For additional information please contact: Sarah Haluzak,

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

The full consideration date has been extended in order to expand the original applicant pool. For full consideration, applications should be received by 05/05/2014.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Posting Number: 0012166

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