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coordinator of learning communities

The Coordinator of Learning Communities is an independent functioning professional coordinator/administrator in University College, a department in the Division of Academic Affairs. The incumbent in this role will be charged to develop and supervise Learning Communities and related experiences for students. He/she will intentionally collaborate with university staff, including housing, student affairs, and faculty to establish and support learning community activities designed to support the academic and intellectual development of students with the primary goal being to improve retention. The hours for this position will include day and evening hours to allow for participation in Learning Community activities and collaboration with faculty. The GFPC 3's are wholly funded under Title III grants. This position is classified as a SUA 3 based on the collective bargaining agreement between the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the State College and University Professional Association.

1. Implement and maintain a strategic model for academic learning communities.
2. Collaborate with academic departments on the identification and coordination of academic learning communities.
3. Recruit faculty to act as faculty leads for identified learning communities.
4. Provide training and faculty development for staff and faculty involved in the facilitation of a learning community.
5. Collaborate with faculty on the assessment of learning communities.
6. Develop a repository of collaborative assignments, activities and other resources to support faculty.
7. Act as primary support for faculty in the ongoing development of the learning community model and individual learning communities.
8. Hire, train, supervise and evaluate peer mentors assigned to work with learning communities.
9. Track and monitor progress of students enrolled in a learning community.
10. Coordinate team meetings with faculty to address individual student and learning community issues.
11. Collaborate with the Registrar, Department Chairs, and the Dean of Faculty to ensure appropriate course sections and linkages are in place to support the Learning Community initiative prior to the start of the registration period.
12. Conduct program reviews. Utilize data to enhance and grow program.
13. Recommend and develop policies and procedures that incorporate learning community best practices to ensure and assess student engagement and the impact of participation.
14. Develop and manage marketing and communication plans to inform students of relevant information eg. website updates, Facebook and social media technology or campus management software.
15. Participate in new student and parent orientations to introduce the learning community model and educate on the expected outcomes related to participation in a learning community.
16. Serve as an enthusiastic advocate and role model for students. Be a student advocate and attend learning community events regularly.
17. Participate on committees as directed.
18. Participate in summer activities: staff training, updating publications, orientation, and other special projects.
19. Maintain knowledge of best practices and trends in learning communities, student development, and retention.
20. Maintain effective working relationships with other department and division offices.
21. Provide services and programs in alignment with Title III goals and activities. Complete and submit Title III reports according to established deadlines.
22. Participate in assessment practices as assigned. Provide routine and ad-hoc reports for various audiences including Executive Director and university leadership. Collaborate on reports being completed by the Executive Director.
23. Serve as an enthusiastic advocate and role model for students. Be knowledgeable of campus resources and student organizations.
24. Perform other related duties as assigned.


A master's degree in education, counseling, advising, or student affairs is required. The incumbent must have a minimum of 5 years of experience in higher education in a similar role with specific experience in training, program development and assessment. Experience coordinating or managing learning communities is preferred. Must possess acute awareness of contemporary best practices in learning communities and student engagement to increase student retention.


Application packet must include the following:
·University Application (Go to and select "How to Apply". Download and complete the university application).
·Resume and cover letter

NOTES* 1.Official transcript of highest education level will be required if an offer of employment is extended.
2.Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification and criminal background check per Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education policy.