Phi Theta Kappa and Honors Coordinator
Bergen Community College is an award-winning, comprehensive community college. More students graduate with associate degrees and certificates from Bergen than any other college in New Jersey. Located in northeastern New Jersey just minutes from New York City, Bergen’s main campus in Paramus features vast physical resources including the Technology Education Center (opened 2003), the region’s only Health Professions Integrated Teaching Center (opened 2016) and the cutting-edge STEM Student Research Center (opened 2019). With two additional locations, one in Hackensack (Ciarco Learning Center) and the other in Lyndhurst (Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands), Bergen provides high quality educational services and programs throughout the county to more than 19,000 credit and non-credit students.
Since its founding in 1965, more than 740,000 students have taken classes at Bergen, with countless others visiting for community and cultural events. The College boasts an accomplished faculty, cutting-edge facilities and opportunities for cultural awareness, civic-engagement and service-learning. Initiatives in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields have uniquely prepared Bergen students as the next generation of STEM innovators.
Graduating students use Bergen’s reputation as a top community college to propel them to institutions nationwide - including all eight Ivy League colleges. Students in career programs enter the workforce in a wide variety of fields, from healthcare to information technology and culinary arts. Bergen graduates earn the highest salaries among the state’s two-year institutions, even out-earning peers from some four-year colleges.
Bergen is a leader among its peer institutions. In 2019, Bergen was awarded the $12 million NJ Health Works grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to lead a consortium of partners to expand and enhance apprenticeship programs for more than 5,000 New Jersey residents. Partners include 14 New Jersey community colleges and healthcare partners such as CVS Health and the RWJBarnabas Health system.
Bergen Community College remains proud of its ethic of care for its students, faculty and staff and invites applications from those wishing to join a community of professionals dedicated to student success.
The Judith K. Winn School of Honors is an academic program offering advanced course work to the College’s highest achieving, most motivated students: incoming freshmen, transfer and continuing students. Taught by scholarly faculty with a commitment to Honors, our curriculum provides select students with an enriched academic experience to foster intellectual growth and enhance their competitiveness in admissions to excellent universities.
The Alpha Epsilon Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was established at Bergen Community College in 1979. Members of the chapter participate in a variety of activities inspired by the Society’s Hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. The chapter’s goal is to provide members with the resources and opportunities to make their transition to four-year institutions easier. They also gain access to exclusive scholarships and receive preferential attention in their college transfer applications.
In 2020, Bergen’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, Alpha Epsilon Phi, earned both the international and regional Distinguished Chapter Team Award, continuing a decade of record-setting success for the group. In the previous year, Bergen’s chapter won the international and regional Most Distinguished Chapter awards, making it the top chapter worldwide.
The Coordinator must have the ability to articulate and implement a vision for Bergen Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and work collaboratively with the Director of the Judith K. Winn School of Honors to lead and support a holistic honors program at the College. The Coordinator will have prior experience in academia with supervision of personnel and the responsibility for strategic management of PTK and honors programs and resources. They will have a clear and demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that aligns with the College’s mission, “To inspire our community to realize a better future.” They will inspire the Honors community to expand their global knowledge and enrich student lives using innovative approaches. The Coordinator will require strong consensus building and interpersonal skills to work effectively with diverse constituencies within the College community and with external stakeholders, including donors and alumni.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide academic honors advising to honor students in all disciplines.
- Advise Phi Theta Kappa and honor students on honors programs and requirements.
- Work with academic advisors and other College personnel regarding honors related matters - requirements within each major, course availability, registration and special permissions, housing, scholarships, recruiting.
- Instruct and supervise student officers on program planning and mentor them throughout the academic year.
- Coordinate conferences: identify appropriate conferences; process relevant documents for travel, hotel, and registrations for local, regional, and national conferences for students and others; facilitate meetings at conferences and serve as chaperone as needed.
- In collaboration with the College’s Communications team, develop promotional materials, newsletters, and advertisements for events.
- Organize, conduct, attend, and write minutes of weekly meetings and distribute to attendees.
- Verify completion of honors requirements and submit honors designations to the Registrar for posting on student transcripts.
- Serve as a liaison for students with administrative offices and committees (registrar, financial aid, BCC Foundation, academic departments).
- Serve as a resource for the articulation of honors course(s) from other institutions.
- Advise and assist new students; refer students to appropriate College resources when needed.
- Provide referral to other College support services when appropriate
- Performs additional tasks or duties as assigned
- Associate’s degree with PTK or related membership required. Bachelor's degree preferred.
- One to two years prior experience in academia with supervision of personnel and the responsibility for strategic management of programs and resources.
- A clear and demonstrated understanding of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that aligns with the College’s mission and strategic plan.
- An ability to inspire the Honors community to expand their knowledge and understanding in a global perspective.
- A commitment to innovative approaches to enrich student lives in and out of the classroom.
- Strong consensus building and interpersonal skills.
- An ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies within the College community and with external stakeholders, including donors and alumni
All interested candidates should send a letter of intent (including the job code PTKHC), resume, and three professional references with current contact information. To ensure full consideration, all requested application materials must be received by May 21, 2021. Send materials by email with the appropriate job code in the subject line to email@example.com.