Human Resources

Connections Program Coordinator

Muskingum University is seeking a creative and experienced educator to serve as the Coordinator of the newly established Connections Program. Since 1983, the PLUS Program at Muskingum University has provided comprehensive academic support services for students with learning differences and beginning the Fall 2021 semester, a new level of services will be available for students with autism spectrum disorders. The Connections Coordinator will provide direct support to students with autism spectrum disorders to foster the development of communication, social and executive functioning essential for success in college, while also serving as a resource for faculty and staff members. This is a full­time, 10-month position reporting to the Executive Director of Disability Resources Services.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support the transition of students from high school or post-secondary school to college and to career through provision of individualized coaching sessions and consultation and professional development for faculty members and staff.
  • Conduct regular, individualized coaching sessions with assigned students to support communication and social skills, self-advocacy skills, a healthy routine, stress management, and executive functioning skills development.
  • Recruit, select, train and supervise peer mentors to provide social skills and life skills instruction by peers.
  • ¬†Review assigned students' academic history, disability documentation, degree plan, strengths, challenges, and interests and incorporate into individual coaching sessions.
  • Monitor assigned students' academic progress, course grades, and class attendance.
  • Learn and incorporate new coaching strategies from research or professional development.
  • Provide professional development sessions to faculty and staff members on strategies for supporting students with neurodevelopmental differences and facilitating their growth and success.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree required.
  • Experience working with individuals with autism.
  • Experience tutoring or teaching middle school, high school, or college students.
  • Ability to problem-solve, think critically, be creative and resourceful, confront challenges, recognize accomplishments, and detail oriented.
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate with students, families, instructors, and a staff team.
  • Experience in providing professional development training
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence and desire to mentor a multicultural student population.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365, email, virtual meeting software and other computer applications.

Muskingum University, a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts tradition, is located just seventy miles east of Columbus, Ohio, in the village of New Concord. Founded in 1837, the university has undergraduate, graduate, and adult-learner student populations totaling approximately 3,000. An equal opportunity employer, Muskingum University particularly welcomes applications from educators who are from populations historically underrepresented in the higher education.

To apply, please send the following application materials electronically to Katlyn Goodin, Administrative Assistant for Disability Resources Services, katlynw@muskingum.edu:

  • Letter of application addressing the qualities and qualifications stated above
  • Current resume
  • List of three professional references with contact information and relationship to applicant

Priority will be given to application materials received by May 31, 2021. Appointment to this position is conditional upon the successful completion of a background check through the University's background check agency.

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