PLUS Connections Coordinator
Muskingum University invites applications for the PLUS Connections Coordinator. This position provides direct support to PLUS Program students with autism to foster the development of skills essential for success in college. The Connections Coordinator supports students' transition to college by providing instruction in self-advocacy, social skills, communication with faculty and peers, academic monitoring, and collaboration with students to work towards their goals. The Connections Coordinator supports students achieving independence by focusing on students' strengths, establishing a healthy routine, promoting executive functioning skills, fostering self-advocacy skills, and collaborating with students to prepare for future careers.
Muskingum offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, vision, dental, and life insurance, paid time off, tuition remission, flexible spending accounts, and a 403(b) retirement plan. If qualified, the successful candidate may be eligible for direct educational/vocational debt forgiveness as part of the community's Make Muskingum Home! Program. Please review the Make Muskingum Home! webpage to learn more about your eligibility and the application process.
- Support assigned students' transition from high school to college to career through individualized academic coaching.
- Conduct regular, individualized coaching sessions with assigned students to support communication, social skills, stress management, and executive functioning skills development.
- Recruit, select, train, and supervise peer mentors to provide social skills and life skills instruction by peers.
- Develop and cultivate academic achievement plans with individual students.
- Review assigned students' academic history, disability documentation, degree plan, strengths, challenges, and interests and incorporate into individual coaching sessions.
- Support assigned students' selection and registration of courses based on academic requirements and students' strengths, challenges, and interests.
- Model and foster time management, organization, and executive functioning skills for assigned students.
- Monitor assigned students' academic progress, course grades, and class attendance.
- Recognize assigned students' challenges and address lack of follow-through.
- Communicate within the limits of FERPA confidentiality release to family members about progress, supports, and successes.
- Collaborate and document all contacts with students, instructors, family members, and Learning Consultants.
- 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.
- Maintain confidentiality and professionally represent the University.
- Assist with and attend PLUS professional development and staff meetings.
- Assist with and attend PLUS special events, such as Muskie Preview Days, LEAP Program, Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, Graduation events, Admissions events, which may be held in the evenings or on weekends.
The above statements reflect the general duties and responsibilities necessary to describe the major functions of the position and should not be considered a complete description of the essential functions of the position. This Job Description is not intended to be all inclusive. The employee will be assigned by the immediate supervisor to perform other duties as needed or to perform other related duties, including special projects.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Master's degree required.
- Demonstrated experience working with individuals with autism.
- Experience tutoring or teaching middle school, high school, or college students.
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal, listening, and written and oral communication skills.
- Detail-oriented with the ability to problem-solve, think critically, be creative and resourceful, confront challenges, and recognize accomplishments.
- Ability to collaborate and communicate with students, families, instructors, and a staff team.
- Experience in providing professional development training.
- Willingness to learn new academic coaching strategies and receive feedback.
- Ability to represent the University professionally and to respect confidentiality.
- Proficiency using Microsoft Office 365, email, Internet, and other computer applications.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications must include a letter of interest, a resume, and 3 professional references and should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 740-826-6131. Please include the position title in the subject line of your correspondence. This position will remain open until filled, with review of candidates to begin immediately.
Muskingum University actively seeks out and welcomes administrators and staff who are committed to excellence in student learning, consider the engagement of diverse communities in the University’s educational programs and activities, and are committed to full inclusivity at the University. As an equal opportunity employer, Muskingum welcomes applications from individuals from populations, which have been historically underrepresented in higher education and/or have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Muskingum University does not discriminate in its employment or educational programs or activities. Please visit https://www.muskingum.edu/non-discrimination-statement to review the university’s official non-discrimination statement.