Experiential Learning Coordinator

Position Summary:

The experiential learning coordinator is primarily responsible for managing and implementing programs and services aimed at supporting student success through experiential learning.  The coordinator seeks internship, job-shadowing and other experiential learning opportunities by establishing, building and maintaining positive and effective relationships with partners within a wide range of industries. The coordinator introduces students to workforce practices, assists with matching them to appropriate opportunities and prepares them for successful experiential learning experiences. The coordinator also assists students with completion of learning contracts for required internships and Project 1 and 2 experiential learning credits.  This effort involves close collaboration with students and faculty to ensure these projects align with academic program goals and learning outcomes.

In addition to maintaining industry relationships and a consistent pipeline of available experiential opportunities, the coordinator works with the employer relations and career development coordinators to design and/or lead group sessions, workshops, in-class lectures, mock-interviews and other career development events to ensure professional readiness.

Responsibilities:

  • Advise undergraduate students on all aspects of their academic experiential learning.
  • Provide one-on-one, email, and telephone experiential learning advisement to undergraduate students.
  • Assist students and advising faculty with Internship placement and the development of Project ideas/proposals
  • Manage the undergraduate experiential learning contract process. Review, approve, and execute undergraduate experiential learning contracts prior to student being enrolled in the appropriate course.
  • Manage and implement mid-semester and end of semester evaluation of student progress.
  • Assist with managing and implementing the assessment of the HU core competencies for undergraduate experiential learning Projects and Internships. Prepare assessment reports each semester and as requested.
  • Assist faculty with resolving any student issues regarding experiential learning.
  • University liaison to companies who are hosting HU students for experiential learning opportunities.
  • Manage and track student experiential learning progress to ensure success.
  • Promote student experiential learning placements in collaboration with the Admissions Office and the AVP of Communications.
  • Collaborate with the Registrar’s office on experiential learning course enrollment.
  • Serve on the Experiential Learning Faculty Work Group whose mission is to review the University’s current Experiential Learning components and identify gaps in resources or implementation, recommend changes to policies and procedures, and oversee the implementation of the changes in an effort to enhance HU’s experiential learning programs.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources, organizational development, higher education or related field or the equivalent work experience in career services, corporate recruitment and/or corporate/external relations; master’s degree preferred
  • Two years of successful experience in career services, internship programs management, recruitment or in a career coaching/development environment; demonstrated ability to identify, target and partner with potential employers and organizations preferred
  • Knowledge of experiential learning theories, professional development services, employment trends, and business and academic environments, especially as they relate to science and technology
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation; ability to set goals and execute business development activities with confidence.
  • High level of energy, flexibility, initiative and creativity
  • Organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with frequent interruptions
  • Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with colleagues, students, and employers
  • Experience designing/delivering career-focused workshops and events preferred
  • Thorough understanding of academic policies/procedures within a college setting
  • Proficiency in Windows and Microsoft Office computer systems, experience with computer-based integrated student databases and receptive to the use of new technology while also able to utilize web and social media platforms for recruitment; ability to run reports and analyze data in Excel; knowledge of Brazen and the Jenzabar EX student information system is a plus

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Mission:

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology offers innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Our focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.

Harrisburg University- At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 6,300 as of May 1, 2018.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.

Academics:

  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics and the first student cohort began in Fall 2017. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin it’s first cohort in Fall 2018.
  • Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Government Technology Institute, and The Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with:
  • Penn State University – USA
  • Francis University – USA
  • Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
  • Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
  • The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
  • Rede das Faculdades de Tecnologia e Ciencias – Bahia, Brazil
  • St Aloysius College- India
  • Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India
  • Articulation agreements with:
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alvernia University
  • Montgomery College
  • Community College of Philadelphia

About Harrisburg:

Located in a dynamic downtown setting, Harrisburg University connects people to a diverse and exciting community. In 2010, Money Magazine ranked Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities.” In 2009, the Harrisburg area was rated 12th in the “Best Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities in 2010 and the area was named #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. More than 600,000 residents call the Harrisburg region home, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA. Located in the heart of a thriving, bustling downtown, HU is connected to Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping, dining and office complex that serves as the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which also neighbors HU, hosts an array of theatrical and concert events, in addition to displaying a rotation of mesmerizing exhibits throughout the year. Nearby Restaurant Row, and City Island, also provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and other entertainment options. We have teamed with a local developer to renovate nearby building that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes. Concerts, art festivals and shows also take place along the city’s river walk. Museums, fitness clubs, theatres and minor league baseball games are but a few of the entertainment options the HU community can take advantage of on any given day.

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Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of:

 

Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101

717.901.5130

EHill@harrisburgu.edu