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COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach

Company:
University of Northern Colorado
Job Location:
Greeley, Colorado
Category:
Financial Aid

Job Summary:
The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public research university in the state of Colorado with more than 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The faculty and staff add another 1,400 members to the UNC community. UNC is a multipurpose institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate degree programs in six academic colleges: Humanities and Social Sciences, Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences, Performing and Visual Arts, and University Libraries. The University offers more than 2,000 academic courses.

One of the major priorities of the campus is the implementation of the University strategic plan: Rowing not Drifting 2030. The University of Northern Colorado is Colorado's leader in education. UNC sets the standard and models innovative strategies focused on the holistic growth, development, and life-long success of our students - this is how we define a Students First university.

Rowing, Not Drifting 2030 guides our direction and aspirations for the next decade of serving students and our community. As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Northern Colorado will be the institution the state looks to as the future of higher education. Our students will experience a personalized education grounded in liberal arts and infused with the critical and creative inquiry; establish relationships with faculty and staff that nurture individual development; gain the skills and knowledge that provide upward mobility among alumni; and share a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our vision takes shape in the form of five elements that serve as our foundation over the next ten years in support of and service to our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community.

  • Students First: We exist to transform the lives of our students. We focus on all aspects of their success by making intentional decisions to meet their needs and the needs of our community.
  • Empower Inclusivity: The diversity within our university and state is a distinct advantage that we celebrate and nurture. We ensure learning occurs through meaningful discussion of shared and different experiences, viewpoints, and ideas.
  • Enhance & Invest: The success of students relies on a healthy and strong team. We provide our staff and faculty with the support they need to succeed as professionals, educators, and in life. We foster an environment where their individual well-being and sense of belonging are vital to our collective success.
  • Innovate & Create: Learning occurs through critical inquiry, discovery, and creation. We leverage technology and capitalize on opportunities to innovate and improve instruction. We anticipate and address societal needs by transforming the campus into a creative laboratory that asks questions, solves problems, and shapes Colorado's future.
  • Connect & Celebrate: Strong community connections provide authentic learning experiences and reciprocal partnerships and collaborations. We set the standard for how engaged universities enrich the lives of those on campus, throughout Colorado, and beyond.

As you consider joining our community, it is important to know that UNC is dedicated to strengthening and advancing our collective work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We develop and learn more together with a diverse team. To achieve this, diversity for us represents differing perspectives, thoughts, and experiences. We value the individuality of the human distinctions of our staff because these distinctions benefit students, our community, and each other. We expect members of our community to stretch their learning edges about race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, lifestyle, age, educational background, national origin, religion, or physical ability. This is a significant way to honor the intersectionality of our university community. We appreciate the diverse contributions every individual makes to the UNC community. When you join the UNC community, you can expect to be part of a growing inclusive, innovative, and equity-minded community that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and community partners.

The Colorado Department of Higher Education's Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative (COSI) has launched "Finish What You Started (FWYS)," for students who have some college, no degree to obtain college credentials or degrees. The program combines financial support in the form of scholarships, incentives with additional services such as wrap around student support services, student coaching, connection to community and career connections.

This position is a three year grant-funded position and is contingent upon grant funding.

COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach will recruit potential students who have some college, no degree for the new UNC COSI Finish What You Started program. This position will work heavily with UNC admissions & enrollment to identify and recruit potential students. This position will also work heavily with UNC Office of financial aid to collaborate with the development of financial aid packages and award scholarships. This position will be responsible for data management and data entry, in relation to COSI grant reporting requirements, and will work directly with the COSI Scholars Program Director, and the Office of Development to ensure accurate and timely reporting on all facets of the UNC COSI Scholarship Program are submitted to the state.

The COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach will develop, plan and implement programs for the FWYS UNC COSI program. They will facilitate activities, workshops, and other work duties to provide wraparound student support services in the following five main categories: college transition, academic, financial, connection and community, and support. The coordinator will also be responsible for meeting with students one on one to make sure they are achieving academically, mentally and providing support and/or referrals to services needed for support. They will measure outcomes and persistence towards degree completion and will provide support and mentor COSI Scholars.

Administrative Responsibilities, Recruitment, Scholarship distribution, Program Planning (60%)

  • Design and deliver programs and services that develop and address the interests and needs of COSI scholars
  • Heavy collaboration with UNC Admissions & Enrollment to identify, recruit potential students into the FWYS program. Drive scholar recruitment efforts, manage scholar engagement metrics and outcomes across the program
  • Heavy collaboration with UNC Financial Aid office to collaborate with the development of financial aid packages and distribute scholarships to COSI scholars
  • Develop processes/procedures for scholarship distributions
  • Maintain records and data sheets for scholarship distributions and potential students
  • Budget management: Oversee and manage the COSI FWYS budgets, accounts, state funding scholarship accounts
  • Promote student development and learning through mentorship and leadership opportunities offered through COSI programs, including student clubs and organizations, internships, job opportunities, and graduate school
  • Tailor academic and wrap around support and coaching with culturally responsive educational retention methods through individual meetings and collective programming
  • College Transition - early outreach and summer melt programming to build connections with students, support students through the enrollment process and transition to post-secondary institution
  • Academic - plan programs and provide services that support students in successfully completing each semester and continued persistence
  • Financial - provide programming focused on FAFSA completion, financial literacy, assistance with accessing and understanding the full range of financial aid programs and locating resources for public and provide scholarships
  • Connection and Community - provide opportunities for peer to peer interaction, community building and connecting with program and campus staff
  • Workshops - Plan, develop and facilitate workshops for students to gain skills and support in such areas as campus information, well-being, time management, life skills, scholarship search/application and other needs as identified by the students and staff
  • Conduct one-on-one success meetings with students every semester - Schedule, plan and provide one on one success meetings with COSI scholar students

Tracking , Assessment, Data input (30%)

  • Maintain accurate and detailed student data spreadsheets and track student performance
  • Develop reports/spreadsheets on the scholar's academic success and graduation
  • Data management and data entry, in relation to COSI grant reporting requirements
  • Work side by side with the COSI Director to prepare the annual state reports documenting progress on the UNC COSI Programs, writing narrative of the Finish What You Started Program, student scholarship data

Campus and community wide partnerships (10%)

  • Collaborate with internal and external constituents (including faculty, other cultural center directors, alumni, and staff from other units) to provide academic enrichment and personal development opportunities for students
  • Collaboration with community members from t the University of Northern Colorado, the City of Greeley, and Aims Community College to collaborate with
  • Advocate for the needs of students in the COSI program in the development of university policies, programs, and services
  • Participate in collaborative efforts for the COSI program with community partners
  • Maintain strong partnerships with COSI on-campus partners (Financial Aid, Admissions, Registrar) and support on-campus retention initiatives with special focus on students from diverse communities
  • Represent COSI in Summer Orientation, fall and spring welcome back activities and other special projects as assigned

Complexity and Creativity
The COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach has decision-making power over structure of programming efforts including community building activities, retreats, workshops, and dinners. The COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach can make decisions regarding purchasing materials, supplies, and food for any programming efforts.

The COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach needs to comply with federal and university policies and procedures related to financial aid, scholarships, and advocate for individual students and their unique needs.

The COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach will work with sensitive, difficult, and complex student concerns that involve mental health, financial pressures, family obligations and school/work/family balance and other challenges. These situations require professional care, problem-solving, empathy, and communication skills to work with faculty, students, families, and community partners to help resolve multifaceted issues.

The COSI Senior Coordinator & Success Coach position requires an above average degree of complexity, organization, and creativity. Examples include:

  • Heavy collaboration with UNC Admissions & enrollment to identify, recruit potential students into the FWYS program. Drive scholar recruitment efforts, manage scholar engagement metrics and outcomes across the program
  • Heavy collaboration with UNC Office of Financial Aid office to collaborate with the development of financial aid packages and award scholarships to COSI scholars
  • Develop processes/procedures for scholarship distributions
  • Budget management: Oversee and manage the COSI FWYS budgets, accounts, state funding scholarship accounts
  • Maintain records and data sheets for scholarship distributions and potential students
  • Manage a caseload of COSI scholars, which includes one-on-one individual meetings with students to provide support in navigating institutional barriers, academic hurdles, and social/familiar/personal concerns.
  • Provide ongoing and developmentally appropriate support and resource referral to continuing students throughout their undergraduate career, including academic success, preparing for graduate school, leadership development, and on-campus engagement.
  • Meet with students at least once a semester to promote the development of essential skills, such as time management, study strategies, and use of campus resources, and assist them in achieving their goals.
  • Coordinate and implement academic programs and skills workshops/seminars for students by working in conjunction with the Academic , Diversity Programs and Service and other departments on campus
  • Provide intentional outreach to students facing academic difficulty by getting them connected to the appropriate UNC support services.
  • Represent the Office of Student Life on a variety of campus and community work groups in order to provide support and contextual knowledge of student wants and needs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, Human Development and Family Studies, Sociology, Education or any related field.
  • At least three years of experience working in higher education with college students, coaching, financial aid, scholarship distribution, career development or any other related field
  • At least three years' experience with planning, implementing student programming and facilitating events
  • Experience providing wrap around student support services, one-on-one and group interactions to assist in their academic success and persistence to graduation
  • Experience supporting students in navigating and completing financial aid forms and scholarships
  • Experience managing partnerships and collaborations (internal and external partners/leaders) to implement projects or programs
  • Project Management: Proven success prioritizing multiple workstreams and managing multiple programs
  • Experience working with underserved populations/students, first generation, low-income students and communities
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to equity, inclusion, and social justice

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated understanding of student development and awareness of student transition issues, including a variety of factors that could impact academic performance: social, academic, financial, health, family, and personal factors
  • Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication skills; a proven ability to effectively communicate with diverse audiences and the ability to give and receive candid feedback
  • A self-starter who can operate independently and in teams to accomplish goals and objectives
  • Data: Proven ability to make data-driven decisions, ability to input year end student data in state portal
  • Cultural humility and the ability to work effectively with diverse staff, clients, and community partners

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Attach resume, cover letter, and a list of references electronically.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary is $54,000. Benefits available include health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance, as well as a selection of several defined contribution retirement plans. Dependents and spouses of UNC Employees who are employed at 0.5 FTE or above are eligible for undergraduate dependent tuition grants of up to 50%. These tuition grants will cover in-state tuition charges. Further requirements may exist. Other benefits may be available based on position.

Additional Requirements and Information:
Satisfactory completion of a background check, educational check, and authorization to work in the United States is required after a conditional offer of employment has been made. The successful candidate must submit original transcripts within one (1) month of hire.

Required Notice: In compliance with the Clery Act, the most recent University of Northern Colorado Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online (https://www.unco.edu/police/clery/security-report.aspx) and a paper copy can be requested at the UNC Police Department. This report contains crime statistics and policy statements related to safety, conduct processes and Title IX investigations.

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