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The Program Specialist for Living Learning Communities (LLCs) is an innovative, full-time position in a dynamic department committed to creating innovative supportive learning environments and helping students to reach their curricular and co-curricular goals. The Program Specialist is a 10-month, live-in staff member reporting directly to the Coordinator for Living Learning Communities, who supports the development, implementation, and assessment of Housing and Residence Life LLCs. Primary responsibilities include identifying the programming needs of each LLC and providing support for the planning, implementation, and assessment of individual and large-scale LLC programs. The Program Specialist will work together with LLC stakeholders to provide ideas, support, and programmatic offerings for LLC students.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The Programming Specialist for Living Learning Communities contributes to the mission, beliefs and strategies of the Housing and Residence Life Department. Responsibilities fall into the categories of LLC Program Development, Departmental Responsibilities, Student Development, and Administrative Duties to include, but not limited to:
- Assist the Coordinator for Living Learning Communities in the development of a LLC large-scale programming plan that addresses the unique communities within the LLCs as well as across all LLCs.
- Collaborate with LLC stakeholders to develop creative approaches to meet student needs and expectations and increase quality programmatic offerings through planning, implementation and assessment of LLC programs.
- Research trends and data related to living learning communities at benchmark and trend setting institutions.
- Assist in the creation, execution and implementation of thematic living options for residential students.
- Support all large-scale initiatives and events coordinated by Housing and Residence Life, including residence hall move in and MASTER Plan Orientation.
- Assist in other duties as assigned by the Coordinator of Living Learning Communities and Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life
- Participate in professional staff training and development initiatives.
- Participate in monthly staff meetings and functions including, but not limited to, regular staff meetings, committee meetings and search processes.
- Play an integral role in departmental committees, task forces, and recruitment efforts.
- Perform other related tasks as assigned.
Administrative and Managerial Functions
- Assist with the coordination of all administrative and managerial operations of each Living Learning Community.
- Assist with the development of a programming budget for large-scale LLC programmatic initiatives and individual LLC's programmatic initiatives.
- Utilize computer skills and technology to accomplish job responsibilities.
- Create and help implement marketing efforts for the Living Learning Communities
- Provide intervention and response for crises and other facilities, safety, and security issues via a rotating on-call schedule
Knowledge and Essential Skills Needed
To be successful and maximize efficiency within this position, the Programming Specialist for Living Learning Communities must:
- Possess the ability to maintain an effective, cooperative working relationship with supervisors and co-workers in keeping with the values and mission of the Department and the University.
- Possess above average oral, written, and computer communication skills.
- Possess above average problem-solving, multi-tasking, and organizational skills.
- Possess the ability to practice sound, ethical decision making.
- Demonstrate the ability to serve as a role model for residential students, paraprofessional staff members, and co-workers in work ethic, attitude, and approach to work.
- Demonstrate the ability to role model acceptance and advocacy of diverse student populations by fostering an environment committed to valuing diversity and social justice.
- Demonstrate the ability to assume additional responsibilities within the department as needed.
Although the majority of the position will function as described, some aspects are subject to change due to evolving departmental needs Job Requirements:
- Bachelor's degree
- Candidates must have strong leadership and interpersonal skills and must exhibit professionalism, and the ability to work successfully within a team.
Compensation and Benefits:
- Salary of $15,000 to $17,000 paid over 12 month period for a 10 month contract, with possible opportunity to work during the summer.
- Excellent benefits package including: medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, University Bookstore discount, and reduced membership to the University's health and fitness facility.
- Furnished apartment with cable, internet service, utilities, and local phone service.
- Furnished office space.
- Professional development and extensive training opportunities within the Department, Enrollment and Student Experience Division and the University at-large.
Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre-employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.
Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, age, uniformed services, veteran status, or physical or mental disability in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Persons with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify the office of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services (EEO) at (270) 745- 5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.