Development and Coordination Fellow
Academic Services (2 positions)
Name of Hiring Contact: Dr. Lenny Howard
Title of Hiring Contact: Asst. Vice President of Academic Services
The Fellow will assist the AVP for Academic Services and DB faculty in developing and promoting academic, social, and career planning workshops for the DeSousa-Brent (DB) Scholars Program; supporting staff efforts to recruit Scholars for internship, scholarship, and career opportunities; supporting DB Scholars in coordinating leadership/service projects; maintaining the DB web presence; coordinating special events; and assessing the success and impact of DB programming. In carrying out these duties, the Fellow functions as a liaison between Academic Services, DeSousa-Brent faculty, other College offices, and the Scholars. Specific tasks to be performed by the Fellow include:
Assisting the AVP for Academic Services and DB faculty with design, development, scheduling, and promotion of developmental workshops for sophomores, juniors, and seniors on topics such as choosing majors, managing time, achieving financial aid literacy, and preparing for graduate/professional school and careers. Serving as liaison with other campus offices (e.g., Career Development Center, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid) for the provision of workshops and materials.
Supporting DB faculty, peer mentors, and first-year Scholars in coordinating and implementing spring leadership/service projects (e.g., discussion forums, outreach to high school students). Here the Fellow serves a vital role in helping Scholars coordinate successfully with Student Development and SGA, whose procedures faculty may be less familiar with.
Managing the DB program’s web presence, including maintaining the DB website; creating a DeSousa-Brent blog and managing the program’s social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); supporting DB Scholars in managing their e-zine, Ensemble; uploading Scholars’ short films and videos on the SMCM YouTube channel.
Assisting the AVP for Academic Services with planning and coordinating special events for DB Scholars, such as research symposia, end-of semester celebrations, the annual commencement/recognition celebration, and initial planning for DB Summer Research Experience 2013 and DB Summer Bridge 2013.
Assisting with creating, implementing, and analyzing assessment surveys to assess the quality, relevance, and student satisfaction with DeSousa-Brent programming and communications.
Researching best practices for academic, social, and professionalization programming for underrepresented students.Student Qualifications
Be a full-time resident student with strong academic standing (minimum GPA = 3.0).
Display a professional attitude and have strong organizational and critical skills, including the ability to manage multiple assignments effectively; locate, organize, and critically assess information; give attention to detail; and work well independently.
Have strong interpersonal skills and be enthusiastic about mobilizing resources, on and off campus, to support underrepresented students.
Be technologically savvy, having knowledge and experience with social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Experience developing and maintaining websites and blogs is also desired.
Have strong written and oral communication skills, including comfortability in making presentations to small audiences.
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