SUNY Geneseo McNair Scholars Program Coordinator
1.0 FTE, 12-month
Position Reports to: McNair Scholars Program Director / Director of Access Opportunity Programs
The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo is seeking a Program Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program, a federally-funded TRiO Program that prepares low-income/first-generation and underrepresented students, particularly those in STEM fields, for access to and success in doctoral studies. The Program Coordinator is a full-time, 12-month position reporting to the McNair Scholars Program Director / Director of Access Opportunity Programs. This is a Research Foundation for SUNY position.
The Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and monitoring McNair Scholars Program activities and services and will provide academic, personal, and career support to students; monitor students’ academic and research progress; coordinate student support services; work with faculty mentors and research directors; facilitate summer group research courses; match scholars with other appropriate research opportunities and internships; work with similar programs at regional community colleges to support enrollment of transfer students in the McNair Program; coordinate graduate school visits and similar opportunities; maintain the program website; prepare and maintain documentation of all activities and services provided to scholars; and assist the Program Director in formulating required reports.
- Master’s degree in an appropriate field (e.g., STEM, psychology, counseling, academic administration). Experience working with first-generation, low-income and/or underrepresented students.
- A minimum of three years of experience in an academic support program position that includes student counseling or tutoring.
- Excellent organizational skills suited to managing a complex project.
SUNY Geneseo is one of the nation’s finest public liberal arts colleges with selected professional and graduate programs. The college attracts highly motivated and incredibly talented students and has an outstanding record of preparing undergraduates to obtain doctoral degrees. Located in the national historic landmark village of Geneseo, the residential campus overlooks the picturesque Genesee Valley, just 30 miles south of the major metropolitan area of Rochester and 70 miles east of Buffalo.
Other preferred qualifications:
- Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relationships and partnerships with key stakeholders.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated ability to work within a small team and to coordinate academic support programs.
- Excellent computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
- Ability to communicate effectively in writing and presentations.
- Experience with federal TRiO programs and program development.
- Demonstrated statistical research and/or program assessment skills.
- Coordinate the SUNY Geneseo McNair Scholars Program and manage daily operations.
- Supervise a graduate and undergraduate program assistants.
- Maintain program website; disseminate program information; interface with faculty advisors and other staff members at Geneseo, regional community colleges, and doctoral universities.
- Match scholars with appropriate summer group research course topics; schedule summer program; develop and coordinate workshops and seminars; maintain a program calendar.
- Plan and implement a year-long seminar series that provides an integrative approach to academic and social preparation for pursuit of postbaccalaureate degrees.
- Meet with the McNair scholars for advising purposes or to ensure that the scholars have appropriate discipline-specific advisors to facilitate their continued progress toward the baccalaureate degree and enrollment into doctoral programs.
- Accompany students on group visits to graduate schools, and establish ongoing communication with the support staff at those institutions. Some overnight travel will be required.
- Establish and maintain scholar portfolios documenting student activities and services utilized, academic records, meetings with mentors, research presentations, and other records.
- Assist each scholar in creating a parallel “transcript” that records and tracks all non-classroom educational experiences undertaken.
- Keep up-to-date records on students and an updated database of program alumni to track their progress; conduct alumni surveys and keep in touch after graduation to evaluate the quality of relationships, experiences, opportunities, and resources using multiple information and formal feedback mechanisms.
- Follow up with graduates and request periodic updates on doctoral program enrollment, progress, and degree attainment.
- Maintain the McNair Scholars Resource Room available to students and alumni. This includes information on preparation for the GRE and other tests required for admission to graduate study, information about graduate school programs, and other pertinent publications and resources.
- Responsible for program financial management, working with Geneseo’s Grants Management Office.
- Collaborate with faculty, offices, and programs to ensure that scholars have access to mentoring, advising, tutoring, counseling, seminars, and workshops as needed, without duplicating services.
- Work with TRiO and similar programs at regional community colleges to assure coordination and avoid duplication of services. Become familiar with the structure and services of the community college programs and identify areas of additional support that the McNair program might provide.
- Work closely with the Geneseo’s Access Opportunity Programs (AOP) Office.
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