The EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a Focus Forward Coordinator (formerly known as Mentor-Scholar Coordinator). This is a full-time temporary 12-month position.
Posting Date: October 8, 2019
Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
With guidance from the Director of EXCEL and in collaboration with the Oswego Middle School and Oswego High School Administration, the Focus Forward Coordinator (formerly known as Mentor-Scholar Coordinator) will work with staff and faculty to coordinate support programming within the Oswego City School District for “at-risk” students to foster improved school connectedness and higher graduation rates. The Coordinator will support SUNY Oswego undergraduates in their role as mentors while creating spaces for student growth in leadership, community engagement, and professionalism. Major responsibilities include facilitating the Focus Forward Program; recruiting participants; designing programs to build students’ academic, leadership, and self-management skills; and incorporating opportunities for family involvement. This position will require a timeshare with hours on-site at the Oswego Middle School and Oswego High School while maintaining representation on the SUNY Oswego campus during the Oswego City School District’s instructional year.
The Focus Forward Coordinator also:
Coordinates, develops, monitors, and acts as site liaison for Focus Forward partnership with the Oswego City School District
Recruit program participants, district and undergraduates
Maintain presence on site and on campus in order to build supportive relationships with mentees and mentors to encourage participation and commitment to the program.
Submit annual assessment report and goals on the effectiveness of the program and student learning outcomes
Meet regularly with the student support teams at each of the program sites to discuss individual students and most appropriate interventions.
Serve as point person for family communication regarding program applications, policies, and procedures
Coordinate with other team members on event planning and facilitation
Develop curriculum and teach mentoring and team leader courses
Participate in campus committees
Grant writing and budget review
SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan (https://www.oswego.edu/diversity/). As such, the Focus Forward Coordinator will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.
To Apply: Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications and experience with, or commitment to, infusing diversity and inclusion into the responsibilities of the position, curriculum vitae/resume, copies of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for five professional references to:
If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Sheila Cooley, Search Committee Chair
Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered. Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
Description of Department:
EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning offers a variety of opportunities for students to earn academic credit through hands-on experiences. Internships, co-ops, service learning, and experiential courses provide students the ability to apply knowledge and theories learned in the classroom to "real world" businesses, non-profit organizations, and community agencies. Students are able to develop key competencies, explore career goals, and gain valuable professional connections through local, national, or international positions.
Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.
Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at www.oswego.edu.
Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students. We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy, https://www.oswego.edu/human-resources/non-discrimination-policy.
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Master’s Degree in education or related field at time of appointment
Experience in teaching, mentoring or service learning
Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Planning, organizing, and multi-tasking skills
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively interact with a diverse population of students
Two years’ experience facilitating partnerships within the community
Two years’ experience in project management or program coordination
Proven effectiveness assessing student data and evaluating mentor performance
Experience delivering programming to underrepresented minority students, LGBTQ+ students, and other marginalized populations
With a student body of 8,000 students, the State University of New York at Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form lifelong bonds with each other and their professors and mentors. Learning-centeredness is Oswego's organizing principle for decisions about responsibilities, activities, resources, and academic and physical environments as the college addresses the widening missions of public higher education in the 21st century and continues to advance the public good. Students study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors for students with highly rated experiential learning and study-abroad opportunities.The state has invested more than $800 million in campus renewal at Oswego since 2000, bringing new luster and technologies to old buildings and adding wholly new state-of-the-art facilities. The college's new construction is all designed to meet the LEED Gold standard of the U.S. Green Building Council.Inspired by a shared commit...ment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher-education boundaries, SUNY Oswego strives to be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world. Strong traditionThe college was founded in 1861 as a teacher training school by Edward Austin Sheldon, who embraced and popularized some of the most innovative teaching methods of his day. Oswego became one of the State University of New York's founding members in 1948 and evolved into a full-fledged arts and sciences university college in the SUNY system by 1962, when it entered a period of rapid growth: as enrollment soared, 29 new buildings opened in the 1960s alone.The legacy of 19th century founder Edward Austin Sheldon still underpins the college's identity and invigorates its vision. Sheldon built a powerful public asset to meet the needs of rising populations and was one of the original adopters of experiential learning as a compelling pedagogy. LocationThe college's 690-acre campus, featuring nearly a mile of Great Lake shorefront, is scenic every season of the year. Lake Ontario with its connected waterways and natural beauty is the focal point for world-class sports fishing, outstanding opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, community parks, living history through maritime museums and Fort Ontario, and festivals like Oswego's Harborfest as well as a thriving port. To the north are the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the south the vineyards of the Finger Lakes. Syracuse is the metropolitan cultural hub for Central New York, a 45-minute drive from Oswego. Its international airport is closer still. SUNY Oswego also has a branch campus in Syracuse, where it offers degree completion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.Welcome Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaPSio0v2JYFast Facts http://www.oswego.edu/about/facts.htmlAccreditations http://www.oswego.edu/about/facts/accreditations.htmlInteractive Map http://www.oswego.edu/about/visit/maps/campus/index.html#placemarks//zoom/16/lat/undefined/lon/undefinedFollowing State University of New York at Oswego on Twitter https://twitter.com/sunyoswego