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Director, Chemistry Learning Center/Coordinator of Academic Advising

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Position Title Director, Chemistry Learning Center/Coordinator of Academic Advising
Department Chemistry
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate No Less Than $40,000
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Department Chair

Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Director of the Chemistry Learning Center is responsible for recruiting, hiring, scheduling, training and supervising a diverse staff of undergraduate coaches (tutors) and Supplemental Instruction Leaders for the purpose of increased retention and success of students in the first and second year chemistry courses at the university, particularly in transitioning from high school to college. Additionally, this position assists with various administrative aspects relating to large lectures as well as being the primary academic advisor for undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned):

1. Oversee the recruiting, hiring, training, scheduling and supervising of undergraduate coaches (tutors), and Supplemental Instruction Leaders.
2. Design and plan effective tutor training sessions on an ongoing basis
3. Provide services & resources for students enrolled in first and second year chemistry courses including weekly individual appointments and study groups as well as walk-in hours.
4. Meet with students individually to assist with placement concerns, study strategies, test anxiety and referring to other university resources as needed.
5. Responsible for attendance-based grades for CH0100, Chemistry Coaching and CH0200, Organic Chemistry Coaching.
6. Maintain statistical records of Chemistry Learning Center usage and student success rates
7. Oversee the Chemistry Learning Center budget, maintain budget projection models and budget projections.
8. Work flexible or irregular hours at certain times
9. Member of the Learning Centers Steering Committee.
10. Maintain content of the Chemistry Learning Center web site and promote interests of the Chemistry Learning Center.
11. Assist with organizational aspects of administering examinations, and grading, for first year lecture courses.
12. Contact person for incoming students, parents and other advisors and departments on campus.
13. Primary academic advisor for majors, minors and transfers in the Chemistry Department. Assist students concerning degree requirements and progress toward the degree as well as any issues that arise concerning coursework, waivers, degree audits, etc.
14. Meet with prospective students and families and coordinate tours of the department and meeting faculty.
15. Assist with departmental outreach in terms of fostering connections with industry, University Open House, Preview Day.
16. Other departmental duties as assigned.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or related field, education or communication

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated experience supervising student personnel
• Demonstrated understanding of learning strategies, study skills, interactive learning or other aspects relating to student success and retention

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Knowledge and interest in education and educational psychology.
• Knowledge of learning disabilities
• Prior experience managing a tutoring center
• Experience in developing training programs
• Knowledge of Supplemental Instruction

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Excellent communication, leadership, interpersonal and presentation skills

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Experience with short-term and long-range planning
• Experience working with large groups of students
• Ability to be flexible and responsive to changing needs
• A good understanding of factors related to student success and retention
• Experience using academic databases such as Banner

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 17343
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 12/06/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information

Work hours:
This position is 12 month with 40 weeks at 40 hours per week to begin 3 weeks before the start of fall classes and ending 2 weeks after spring finals, then reducing to 10 hours per week for 12 weeks over the summer.



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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Reference List
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