Learning Commons Coordinator
UNT Dallas - the first public institution of higher education in the city - offers faculty and staff the unique opportunity to help shape the character of the 21st century, learner-focused, urban comprehensive university.
Learning Commons Coordinator
Job Description Summary:
The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for the position of Learning Commons Coordinator. The University – the first four-year public institution of higher education in the city – seeks an individual who will help shape the character of a 21st century, teaching-focused university. Candidates should be able to express enthusiastic support for the mission of the university, its core values (virtue, civility, reasoning, and accountability), and its vision to become a highly valued University that will be recognized for its distinctive interdisciplinary approaches to education, for innovative research, and for its commitment to serving Dallas, surrounding communities, and the State of Texas. For more information about the university, go to: http://dallas.unt.edu/
This position requires a self-motivated person who has the ability to inspire confidence in people and the expertise necessary to independently coordinate a large, student-centered Learning Commons. The Coordinator will demonstrate excellent communication skills with all components of the campus community, actively addressing student retention and completion issues. Candidates will have successful experience with program planning, development and assessment. The Coordinator is responsible for planning the activities of the Commons, supervising staff and student employees, providing instructional support to students using the Commons, preparing reports, and implementing the campus vision for its services. The Coordinator should foster a positive, collaborative, student-centered environment that promotes learning and understanding.
Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:
- Provide broad leadership and planning for the Commons in conjunction with the Director of Academic Advising and Student Academic Success, and collaborate with faculty to meet student academic needs.
- Develop student success initiatives aimed at improving retention and completion rates for UNTD students.
- Establish a strong supplemental instruction program.
- Manage the hiring, training, and supervision of the supplemental instructors, full-time tutors, and student tutors who work in the Commons.
- Develop a strategic plan for and manage the Commons budget.
- Coordinate the use of and enforce the policies of the Commons.
- Coordinate and integrate learning services with leadership from other functional areas such as advising, testing, and faculty.
- Oversee the purchase and integration of supplies, equipment, technology, and contracted services.
- Troubleshoot hardware/software issues in conjunction with IT.
- Update and manage the Commons webpage.
- Collect, analyze and report data regarding Commons usage and outcomes assessment data.
- Develop marketing materials for the Commons.
- Participate as a tutor and in other Commons related service roles.
- Communicate with students, faculty, staff, and administrators about Learning Commons services and respond to their instructional support needs.
- Foster a positive, collaborative, student-centered environment that promotes learning and understanding.
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree or higher with CRLA training at the mastery level plus two or more years of professional tutoring or teaching assistant experience.
- Experience recruiting, hiring and training peer tutors using one of the national tutoring association models and/or learning assistance organizations.
- Prior experience developing working relationships and collaborating with faculty to run a tutoring, learning, or writing center.
- Prior supervisory experience.
- Considerable knowledge of University policies and procedures related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate).
- Knowledge of Texas rules and regulations related to functional area (or ability to rapidly assimilate).
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse populations verbally and in writing.
- Strong presentation skills.
- Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills.
- Ability to direct a wide variety of services efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work independently and with others.
- Ability to utilize computer technology to access data, maintain records and generate reports.
The preferred candidate will possess the following
- Preferred degrees in education, liberal studies and/or arts and related experience working with diverse traditional and non-traditional college students.
- Experience and demonstrated success with an early alert and/or probation or academic recovery program.
- Experience using Qualtrics survey software.
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by submitting:
- A cover letter outlining your interest, experience, and qualifications
- A comprehensive résumé
- A complete contact references for at least three references
- An online application at: https://unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com
For more information and to apply, visit: unt-dallas.peopleadmin.com
Founded in 2000, UNT Dallas has grown from 230 students to 2300 students and is projected to reach 16,000 by 2030. UNT Dallas, already among the most diverse universities in the nation, accepted its first freshman class in Fall 2010. For more information about the university, go to http://www.unt.edu/dallas.