The Engagement Coordinator develops, implements, and oversees the College of Design’s (CDes) career and engagement activities and programs for undergraduate and graduate students that connect them to each other, the college and professionals in the community. Programs include but are not limited to, the collegiate mentor program, career preparation events (portfolio critiques, tours to firms/organizations, and professional panels), and specialized programming for current and incoming students to enhance the student experience and the transition from college to career. This position also partners with Alumni Relations, Career and Internship Services, the Office of Admissions, and academic programs to develop, implement, and oversee engagement activities and programs that connect undergraduate and graduate students to each other, the college, and professionals in the community. The person in this role provides leadership, management, and detailed execution of each area of accountability; therefore, the successful candidate will need to have excellent visionary skills coupled with strong attention to detail and follow-through. We are committed to attracting candidates from historically underrepresented groups knowing that diversity enriches the academic and professional experience and provides a knowledge base for innovation.
This is a 12-month, 100%-time annually renewable appointment that reports to the Assistant Dean of Student Services.
MAJOR AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY
Engagement Programming: Development and Management (70%)
Co-advise the Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB); oversee College to Career program ideas developed by DSAB members and implement two signature events.
Develop and maintain relationships with the professional community to participate in and enhance College to Career programming. In partnership with the college’s Alumni Relations Director, cultivate College to Career program sponsorship and sponsor stewardship.
Oversee the College of Design Mentor Program, including promotion, recruitment, curated mentor pair matching, event facilitation, and evaluation.
Partner with Office of Admissions to development and deliver major-specific College to Career Commitment Events that bring together current and incoming students with recent alumni and college faculty.
Plan and implement the College of Design’s Welcome Week programming for freshman and transfer students in cooperation with U of M’s Orientation and Transition Experiences. Serve as CDes liaison to Welcome Week central committee.
Plan and implement college programming for Parent and Family Weekend in cooperation with the U of M Parent Program.
Partner with Career and Internship Services (CIS) to address career related needs of current undergraduate and graduate students creating and implementing career and engagement programming.
Develop and recommend new, creative approaches and practices to enhance the student experience, improve procedures and systems with engaging students in career programs; take initiative to develop, support, and implement new programs or initiatives when appropriate.
Co-advise with the College of Design Admissions Counselor the College of Design Undergraduate (UG) Ambassador program that supports the full range of engagement programming in the college.
Design and execute engagement events that meet College objectives and student engagement outcomes for Design House, a Living Learning Community (LLC) in the residence hall, also serving as the Design House’s CDes point of contact.
Serve the collegiate liaison for College of Design student organizations; facilitate collaborative fall term meetings and engagement with broad range of college engagement events.
Create, forecast, and manage Student Engagement budget with funding sources from Student Services and Alumni Relations ensuring appropriate use of funds.
Serve as liaison to departmental partners including faculty and Program Directors.
Partner with Dean’s Office for annual commencement event including overseeing student speaker selection including coordinating selection committee, speaker coaching, and day of management of speakers.
Promote an environment of diversity and inclusion among participants, mentors, and sponsors.
Work closely with CDes Communications team to gather and create content for the collegiate weekly newsletter; create new and update existing content for student engagement web pages.
Develop outreach strategies to professionals and alumni in partnership with the Alumni Relations Director, including presence with industry professional organizations, newsletters and/or electronic communication.
Oversee development, editing, and updating of all engagement/career-related handouts for the college, students, external partners, and parents.
Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate student staff employee.
Serve on the Student Services Leadership Team.
Serve as the College of Design representative to the Career Development Network.
Participate in projects related to the continuous improvement of service within the student services unit.
Participate in professional and networking organizations.
Sit on college level committees and advisory boards as needed or requested.
BA/BS plus at least 4 years of related experience
Demonstrated experience providing engagement/career-related programming to students in a higher education setting
Demonstrated strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; experience communicating to diverse audiences, with demonstrated ability to integrate inclusion into engagement and career-related programming
Demonstrated excellent customer service skills
Proven ability to successfully handle multiple and varied tasks
Effective presentation skills (in both large and small groups)
Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity
Demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team. Past experience leading team projects and proven ability to manage projects on a timely basis
Master’s degree in a related field
U of M experience
Minimum two-years of experience providing engagement or career-related programming, advising, facilitation, and/or coaching to students in a higher education setting
Experience with spreadsheets, databases, and digital presentations
Experience updating web pages, preferably using a content management system
Knowledge of or an interest in design-related programs
Demonstrated strong technology skills, with the ability to learn effective use of new software applications
Supervisory experience (student or professional employees)
Internal Number: 326967
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