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Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Co-Coordinator
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Job ID 9775
Employer Curricular Resource Center
Employer Type On Campus
Date Posted Nov 28, 2016
Category Program Coordination
Job Type On-Campus Jobs
Job Description Overview: The Curricular Resource Center for Peer Advising (CRC) is a place where students help each other engage with Brown's open curriculum and utilize its academic resources. Founded in 1976 to support the fullest use of the New Curriculum, today the CRC's Director, student coordinators and volunteers coordinate information sessions, community-building events, and individual meetings with students for advising about independent studies and concentrations, applying for funding opportunities, issues related to the sophomore year, and more. The CRC staff works with other departments and peer advising programs to best provide a broad spectrum of advice about the wealth of curricular resources at Brown. The CRC is a part of the Office of the Dean of the College. The position: Sophomore year can be a challenging time when students have to make many pivotal decisions. The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) pairs second-year students with junior and senior mentors for one-on-one support related to the concentration declaration process, academic opportunities, summer plans, and the transition to junior year. The mentors also coordinate campus-wide discussions for all sophomores. The MAPS Co-Coordinators spend the start of fall semester recruiting juniors and seniors to be mentors, and encouraging sophomores to apply to the program; all applicants are interviewed. The coordinators make the matches, plan trainings and the inaugural mentor-mentee meeting held in mid-October, and coordinate the campus-wide panels and MAPS focus groups with the MAPS mentors. In 2016-2017, the MAPS Program will work closely with the sophomore advising deans Yolanda Rome and Carol Cohen to develop a reflection "curriculum" for sophomores, a series of events facilitated by the Randall sophomore advising faculty. Responsibilities: Oversight and direction of the entire Matched Advising Program for Sophomores, including recruitment of sophomores and upperclass mentors, interviewing and training up to 120 peer mentors, advising and supervision of mentor and mentee groups (mentees totaling 170), and ensuring participants comply with requirements for focus groups and panel/workshop events. Assessing areas of need and interest among participants and facilitating small group discussions accordingly. Planning, marketing, and evaluation of about 2 large events and 5 smaller focus groups each semester. Speaking in front of groups of 10 to 250 people. Serve as liaison between sophomore deans/advisers and MAPS participants as well as the entire sophomore class. Oversee program-related expenditures, implementation of evaluations, and community building. Challenges of the job: Gaining momentum for the program in early September during shopping period; Recruitment of mentees and mentors in the program, increasing visibility of MAPS to all constituencies (faculty, students, administration), ensuring that each sophomore is appropriately matched to a mentor, monitoring progress and strength of individual mentor-mentee relationships throughout the course of the program, accommodating and adapting for unexpected circumstances among participants, fostering a community among diverse individuals, keeping all participants engaged, and ensuring attendance for panel and workshop events. Collaborating with DOC-efforts to support sophomore advising overall. The selected candidates must be willing to meet with the current student coordinators for at least one hour of training sometime in April or May 2016.
Job Requirements * Demonstrated commitment to the CRC's mission and goals. * Experience with peer advising. * Experience with planning events. * Demonstrated ability to collaborate with various stakeholders--peers, faculty and deans. * Attention to detail, follow-through. * Excellent oral, written, and social communication skills.
Number of openings 1
Hours 6.0 to 12.0 hours per week
Hourly Rate $10.55/hour to $12.65/hour, Raises commensurate with performance and length of time in position.
Time Frame Academic Year
Start Date Wednesday, January 20, 2016
End Date Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Primary Contact Peggy Chang
Email Address
Work Location Campus Center room 228
Phone Number x32324
Fax Number x35050