Academic Success Coordinator, Computer Science

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
27 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Computer Science at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching, as well as excellence in research. The Computer Science Department currently supports over 800 undergraduate and over 100 graduate majors.

Position Summary

The Department of Computer Science is seeking two dynamic and committed Academic Success Coordinators (ASC) who will play a significant role in promoting undergraduate student success. The ASC will work directly with students majoring in Computer Science (CS) and Applied Computing Technology (ACT). These positions are full-time, regular, administrative professional positions.

The Academic Success Coordinators, in collaboration with the department’s advising and mentoring team, department faculty, and ASCs across campus, will provide academic guidance for students both holistic and strategic and will contribute to the department’s ongoing initiatives to build a diverse and welcoming community of students, staff, and faculty. The primary functions of the ASC will be (1) to proactively advise Computer Science and Applied Computing technology students from the time they arrive at new student orientation through graduation and (2) to coordinate key undergraduate programs that will support recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive student body, providing students with an excellent undergraduate educational experience.

The Academic Success Coordinators will work closely with the advising and mentoring team and will report to the department chair.

Required Job Qualifications

Requirements for the Academic Success Coordinator in Computer Science are:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution by the start of the appointment.
  • Two years professional experience working with students in a higher education setting OR two years professional experience with Computer Science (or a related field).

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of a programming language.
  • Professional experience working with student programs in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with mentoring and advising.
  • Interest in organizing and participating in outreach activities.
  • Commitment to increasing participation of under-represented groups in the Computer Science field.
  • Demonstrated ability to do detailed work, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data.

Diversity Statement

The Department of Computer Science is committed to diversity and inclusion and expects candidates to have the ability to advance the department’s efforts in these areas.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Academic Advising of Undergraduate Students Duty/Responsibility

  • Assist with advising during new freshmen and transfer student orientation, participate in Ram Orientation.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing advising/mentoring relationships with students starting at freshmen/transfer orientation continuing through graduation.
  • Strategically advise Computer Science and Applied Computing Technology undergraduate students regarding majors, curriculum matters, course offerings, degree plans, and progress towards degree completion. Assist with short-term and long-term planning, including career planning.
  • Make referrals and connections to appropriate department and campus resources to promote student success.
  • Provide major and career advice for CSU students seeking to change major to Computer Science or Applied Computing technology. Establish ongoing relationship with students who undergoing significant transitions from academic major change and graduation.
  • Participate in student recruitment efforts, meet with and advise prospective students and their guests.
  • Contribute to ongoing development and teaching of the department’s First Year Seminar, particularly with respect to degree planning, careers, academic success, and major selection.
  • Actively participate in the campus Academic Success Coordinator Network, including sharing of best practices.
  • Participate in campus-wide intervention strategies.
  • Analyze data and produce reports on student success (e.g., admissions, retention/graduation, diversity). Use analysis to drive strategic initiatives, develop appropriate programs.

Percentage Of Time 70% Job Duty Category Program Coordination Duty/Responsibility

  • Coordinate and participate in one or more of the following areas:
  • Diversity initiatives, including statistics on participation by under-represented groups in Computer Science, relationship with the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community, mentoring programs.
  • Administrative support of outreach programs such as summer camps, high school coding clubs, university STEM initiatives.
  • Management of department’s undergraduate student employees including recruitment and management of undergraduate teaching assistants and helpers used in undergraduate courses, coordination and management of help desk staffed by undergraduate teaching assistants, training for undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants.
  • Management of undergraduate departmental policies such as academic integrity, class enrollments and capacities.

Percentage Of Time 30%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter which addresses how professional experiences align with identified required and preferred qualifications of the position, a current resume, and the names, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three (3) professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.