Academic Coordinator, School of Information Technology and Commu
California State University - Monterey Bay, CA

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Academic Coordinator

(Student Services Professional III)
School of Information Technology and Communication Design (ITCD)

This is a full-time benefited position dependent on continued grant funding. Current funding available through 6/30/15

Program Summary:
CSUMB’s computer science and information technology degree program is introducing a new pathway to a bachelor’s degree that will take students three years, instead of the typical 4+ years. The program is cohort-based, accepting ~30 students each year. The first cohort of students will begin the program in fall 2013 and will graduate in spring 2016. CSIT-In-3 is a collaborative program that involves a close-knit partnership between California State University Monterey Bay and Hartnell College, a local 2-year institution. It is the goal of CSIT-In-3 that any participant who embraces high-expectations, has a tenacious work ethic, and commits to the cohort learning community, upon graduation, will be well-prepared to compete with graduates from any of the nation’s top 10 computer science programs for opportunities in the industry or academia. Visit http://csumb.edu/csitin3 to learn more about the program.

Position Summary:
The Academic Coordinator will guide, monitor, and support students’ academic progress as they move through the program. This person’s primary focus will be ensuring all cohort members are on track to maintain good standing in the program, to graduate, and to compete for opportunities in the industry or in academia. The Academic Coordinator’s responsibilities will include assessing student levels upon entering the program, working with students and faculty from both institutions to monitor progress, designing and implementing interventions and supplemental projects to enhance academic learning, and measuring outcomes. The Academic Coordinator should be able think beyond the traditional boundaries of institutions, courses, and semesters to develop an innovative and high quality computer science education model that leverages the cohort to educate students. The Academic Coordinator also will play an integral role in ensuring alignment and coherence between the CSIT-In-3 pathway and the traditional computer science and information technology degree program offered by the school, while making significant contributions to an innovative educational model that addresses various challenges including the high cost of college education, broadening participation in computing, and incorporation of 21st century skills in higher education.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Work with the Director to develop and implement a comprehensive plan for monitoring and supporting student academic progress throughout the 3-year program.
• Interact with students in large group, small group and one-on-one sessions to reinforce and teach computer science and math concepts.
• Identify and define instruments for measuring student academic progress internally and against national standards for computer science, general education, and 21st century skills learning outcomes.
• Interpret academic data to pinpoint trends and areas of concern for individual students, small groups and large groups.
• Work closely with Director, course instructors, and program coordinator to monitor student learning and grades (students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program).
• Build and maintain collaborative relationships with faculty, Hartnell College programs, CSU Monterey Bay programs, and external partners (e.g. agencies, universities, and community colleges) that will provide academic support and resources for students.
• Coordinate and design workshops, lectures, tutoring and other learning activities to supplement and enhance students’ classroom learning.
• With faculty, coordinate and implement integrating experiences (week-long computing projects at the end of the semester) that tie together learning in all courses.
• Oversee peer tutors and student leadership team.
• Monitor, support, and collaborate with staff and faculty to capture and disseminate program results via talks, conference presentations and publications.
• Collaborate with the project’s external evaluator on all evaluation activities.
• Assist with the research, development, and submission of funding proposals that advance the vision and mission of the department and CSUMB.
• Support the program coordinator and Director with grant documentation, tracking, and reporting.
• Provide regular oral and written progress and summary reports as needed.
• Attend committee and planning meetings on an as needed basis.
• Carry out responsibilities in accordance with Corporation & CSUMB policies and procedures and applicable Federal, State and local laws.
Other Functions:
1. Performs other duties as assigned.
2. Attends workshops and conferences as needed.
3. Travels between Hartnell College main and Alisal campuses, California State University Monterey Bay campus, and other partner sites as needed.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Demonstrated knowledge of computer science and information technology concepts covered in a bachelor’s degree program - primarily concepts covered in computer science courses commonly referred to as CS0, CS1, CS2 and CS3. Knowledge of advanced computing concepts preferred.
• Demonstrated ability and desire to work on a NEW project with evolving goals and activities.
• Ability to collaborate with program staff, especially the Director, to brainstorm, develop, and implement project activities.
• Demonstrated communication skills in large-group and one-on-one settings with students, faculty, partners and to the public.
• Knowledge of standard measures and statistical tools used in assessment and evaluation.
• Ability to think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
• Ability to manage complex projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, and complete tasks on time.
• Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports, proposals, and publications.
• Ability to 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.
• Ability to work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.
• Advanced computer literacy, including word-processing, statistical software, and database work.
• Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related computing field AND progressively responsible work experience in program planning, implementation, and coordinating innovative programs, OR a bachelor’s degree in a non-CS major with additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities shown above. A Master's degree in any related field strongly preferred
Special Condition (s) of Employment:
Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Ability to complete web-based training in Defensive Driving and continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.

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