Curriculum & Retention Programs Coordinator

Colorado, United States
$51,500.00 - $51,500.00
Apr 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Summary 

The Curriculum & Retention Programs Coordinator is an integral member of Academic Affairs, providing support to faculty and staff on academic program planning, implementation, and assessment as it pertains to the improvement of curricular and retention structures. This position emphasizes the design of efficient, effective, inclusive, and sustainable academic programs with an emphasis on supporting new curriculum initiatives and new retention initiatives.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution  
  • Knowledge of curriculum structures in higher education, including the organization of major requirements, course pre-requisites, general education requirements, minors, concentrations, and certificates.  
  • Ability to work with Academic Departments on curriculum planning and implementation  
  • Knowledge of student support and services functions that impact retention in higher education,   
  • including advising, success coaching, summer bridge programs, academic alerts, academic policies, success interventions, and graduation mapping   
  • Interest in and commitment to assessing curriculum and program innovations and their impact on retention and graduation rates for underserved, transfer, and returning students and first-generation students, Native American students, and students of color  
  • Ability to work with confidential student information in a discreet manner  
  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills  
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities  
  • Technology skills and experience appropriate for the position (Office Suite), with an ability to learn additional academic technological tools such as Banner, Curriculog, Webopus, Canvas, and Section  
  • The ability to foster and maintain strong professional relationships and work in a team setting  
  • Must be capable of simultaneously working on multiple, complex projects independently and with a team  
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution  
  • One or more years of experience in higher education services, support, or administration  
  • Experience in curriculum design and assessment   
  • Experience in student success, retention, and degree attainment programming  
  • Experience working directly with students and faculty on initiatives designed to improve the educational experience  
  • Program creation, management, evaluation, and/or research in higher education  
  • Familiarity with basic statistics and data analysis, as well as general qualitative and quantitative  
  • research methods  
  • Ability to write clearly and succinctly, creating email, website, and newsletter communication for faculty and student audiences  
  • Ability to communicate data analysis in organized and understandable ways, both orally and in writing  
  • Experience developing and leading trainings or workshops  
  • Ability to understand, reference and adhere to federal and state educational regulations, policies and procedures  

Major Responsibilities 

Curriculum and Scheduling Initiatives   

  • Support the Curriculum Committee, Academic Cabinet, and Registrar’s Office with multi-step process of reviewing curriculum proposals and facilitating their approval in accordance with FLC policy.    
  • Oversee the record-keeping in Curriculog required by the curriculum approval process.  
  • Engage in regular review of new course proposals and initiatives, connecting their design to strategic planning goals.  
  • Support and facilitate new program approval processes, tracking new program creation and review, securing the efficient launch of new programs.  
  • Enter new courses and new programs into annual Academic Catalog; edit Catalog for consistency and correctness  
  • Assist Provost Office with performing comprehensive and targeted analyses of efficiencies and inefficiencies within curriculum and scheduling structures; provide recommendations for improvements; present work to and work with faculty and administration to implement improvements  
  • Assist Provost’s Office, Chairs, and Associate Deans in processes that initiate, collect, review, edit, and finalize each semester’s course schedule in Section software program; assist Provost’s Office in continual monitoring and revision of schedule to match students’ demands and needs  
  •  Help oversee implementation of course structuring for first-year students, ensuring students receive course “bundles” that match their academic interests  
  •  Work with Associate Deans to oversee course equivalency approvals for specific populations such as study abroad students  
  • Support Deans, Associate Deans, and Chairs in analysis of course scheduling patterns to enact larger curricular goals of equity and efficiency.    
  • Ability to learn and operate systems such as Curriculog and Section.  

Student Retention Initiatives  

  • Research best practices in student retention and degree completion, emphasizing the equitable and inclusive support of Native American students, student of color, first generation students, and Pell-eligible students.   
  • Help design FLC-specific retention programming, implement aspects of this programming by meeting with faculty and students, and monitor, assess, and report on progress of this programming.  
  • Hold retention-oriented meetings with students, working with students to understand barriers to student persistence in specific sub-populations.  
  • Help design and implement new programming aimed at returning or “stopped out” students  
  • Help design and implement new concurrent coursework pathways aimed at increasing enrollment from regional high schools  
  • Help implement new transfer student initiatives, including grant-funded “Equity Transfer” program designed to increase enrollment of transfer students from community college partner  
  • Support the implementation and assessment of new initiatives that will provide academic support services for specific student sub-populations, including concurrent, transfer, and returning students.  

Support for Academic Standards Initiatives   

  • Supports the Registrar’s Office, the Academic Standards Committee and designated staff with enforcing academic standards in accordance with FLC policy.   
  • Helps process semester and course withdrawal requests as well as Academic Disqualification and Renewal processes in coordination with the Registrar’s Office and Academic Standards Committee  
  • Provide qualitative and quantitative analysis of academic policies and helps with revisions of policies to support student success.  
  • Ability to operate systems such as WebOpus, Banner, and Perceptive.  

Support for the Office of Institutional Research   

  • Works with Office of Institutional Research to generate data needed for program, curricular, and retention initiatives.  
  • Acts as liaison between Institutional Research and faculty and staff for use of data dashboards and developing data requests as it relates to retention and curriculum.  


  • Supports Coordinator of Assessment and Academic Programs in the collection and analysis of various assessment data to support curriculum and program review  
  • Support developing curricular and retention initiatives from the Provost’s Office, providing assistance for curricular strategies originating from the Provost’s Office.  
  • Utilizes assessment and survey data to aid the Provost’s Office in initiatives supporting advising, retention, and diversity, equity and inclusion.  
  • Demonstrates a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities  
  • Maintains knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.  
  • Produces and remediates digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while  performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  


  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).  
  • Ability to work in a confined area.  
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.  


Salary is $51,500 per year plus a comprehensive benefits package.  

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
  • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
  • Resume 
  • Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 


Application materials received by April 25, 2021, will receive full consideration. 

Position will remain open until filled. 


The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  

and pass a background check. 

The College and the Community  

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas. 


Equal Opportunity   

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.  

To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See  

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination?  

Office of the Title 9 Coordinator  

Molly Wieser  

230 Skyhawk Station  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7241  

Other discrimination questions?   

Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator  

David Pirrone  

192 Education Business Hall  

1000 Rim Drive  

Durango, Colorado 81301  

(970) 247-7182  

Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request. 


  * Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.  

ADAA Accommodations  

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.