Coordinator, First Year Programs
Student Services Professional III
Priority Application Date (Posting will remain open until filled): October 18, 2021
Under the general supervision of the Associate Director, and with lead work direction provided by the Senior Coordinator, First Year Programs, the Student Services Professional III (SSP III) First Year Programs Coordinator performs a variety of complex and/or sensitive professional student service work from preadmission to the university through graduation. This work includes analysis of needs, considerable advisement of policy and eligibility requirements and the use of planning, interviewing and counseling techniques. Assignments require the application of a high degree of judgment, persuasiveness, imagination and professional skills and knowledge in the specified program or service area as well as a general understanding of the interrelationships and need for coordinated action to develop integrated solutions crossing organizational lines. When appropriate, the SSP III develops approaches for possible implementation that meet specific program needs.
The purpose of this work is to assist students in making timely progress toward their degree objectives; to provide learning experiences that supplement those in the classroom; and to assist and encourage students to utilize effectively the knowledge, skills and abilities learned during their university careers.
The First Year Programs Coordinator assists with the recruitment, training, and supervision of peer mentors and supervises the peer mentors in the University Learning Communities and First Year Seminars. The First Year Programs Coordinator must be persuasive, creative, and knowledgeable regarding the complex relationships between the University’s academic programs and student services, and develop guidelines to establish productive working relationships. The incumbent must have advising and interpersonal skills, and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with a variety of campus constituencies, especially faculty and administration. This position must also have the ability to work with minimal supervision and be able to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances. The First Year Programs Coordinator makes complex decisions on a daily basis. The incumbent must have experience hiring, training, and supervising students and experience working with faculty.
The incumbent must demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student/faculty/staff population.
CSU Classification Salary Range: $4,691 - $6,683 per month
Recruitment Type: Regular
Work Hours: 8 am - 5 pm; occasional weekends and evenings
Academic Advising Center offers mandatory freshman and transfer orientation, mandatory freshman advising, and general education and graduation requirement advising for all students. The center engages students in a developmental process that helps them clarify and implement individual educational plans consistent with their skills, interests, and values. For more information, please visit: https://www.csus.edu/student-life/academic-advising/.
Knowledge and Abilities:
The following knowledge and abilities as well as those listed at the lower levels in the Student Services Professional series are required for appointment into this classification. Thorough knowledge of the principles of individual and group behavior. General knowledge of the principles, practices and trends of the Student Services field as well as general knowledge of the policies, procedures and practices of the program area to which assigned; general knowledge of individual counseling techniques; general knowledge, or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge, of the organizational procedures and activities of the specific campus to which the position is assigned. Working knowledge of student services programs outside the program to which immediately assigned.
Ability to analyze complex situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action; advise students individually and in groups on complex student‑related matters; determine appropriate courses of action and proper techniques to utilize while engaged with individuals in personal interactions of an argumentative or sensitive nature; interpret and evaluate descriptions and explanations of problems brought forward by individuals or student organizations, analyze and define the problem, draw valid conclusions and project consequences of various alternative courses of action; carry out a variety of professionally complex assignments without detailed instructions; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with a variety of individuals.
Possession of these knowledge and abilities is typically demonstrated through the equivalent of three years of progressively responsible professional student services work experience. One year in the program area to which assigned may be preferred but is not required.
A master’s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or a directly related field may be substituted for one year of experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling or guidance may be substituted for the three years of experience for positions with a major responsibility for professional career or personal counseling.
Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, including or supplemented by upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing, and conflict resolution where such are job-related.
- University student services experience (e.g. advising, admissions, student programming or development)
- Experience working with students from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Experience hiring, training, and supervising student assistants and working with faculty
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
- Ability to independently prioritize, plan and organize work in a fast-paced environment
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to provide direct programs and/or services to a diverse student population
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment
- Ability to compile, prepare, write and review reports
- Proficiency using standard office software packages (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite)
- Familiarity working with school-based record/data systems/software (example: PeopleSoft, EAB)
- Ability to understand, interpret, analyze and apply complex rules, regulations and procedures
- Ability to understand and analyze the nature of problems presented by constituents, present solutions, and project the consequences of alternative courses of action
- Ability to carry out complex assignments without detailed instructions
Conditions of Employment:
- Ability to pass a background check.
- Occasional travel may be required.
- Master's degree in Educational Leadership, College Student Personnel, Educational/School/Career Counseling, or related field
- Experience working with at-promise students, particularly those in their first year of college
- Experience with or a general understanding of program coordination
- Knowledge of General Education and academic policies in the California State University system
- Ability to accommodate a flexible work schedule that may include occasional evening or weekend work hours
Documents Needed to Apply
Resume, cover letter
About Sac State
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