MSU Denver’s Colorado SpaceTech Scholars program is committed to
developing a pipeline for MSU Denver students seeking careers into
the growing Colorado aerospace industries. Within MSU Denver, it is
a program dedicated to undergraduate student success, diversifying
these industries from the underrepresented communities served by
MSU, and engaging K-12 partners in equitable STEM access and
professional identity development. The scholarship program is
federally funded by the Department of Education for Hispanic
Serving Institutions of higher education and is part of MSU
Denver’s broader Hispanic Serving Initiatives.
MSU Denver’s Colorado SpaceTech Scholars program is for pursuing a
degree in the aerospace/aeronautics or engineering technician
fields. The STEM Community Coordinator will work with staff &
faculty throughout the College of Aerospace, Computing,
Engineering, and Design (C-ACED) to co-develop and sustain a linked
learning community through various industry and academically driven
programs and events. The SpaceTech learning community is based on a
cohort program model with goals of retention, engagement, community
building, and professional development. Ultimately, students will
partake in courses, programming, events, workshops, and industry
tours strategically planned to guide them to eventually graduate
with the knowledge, skills, and connections to succeed in their
respective career pathway.
MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have
experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a
demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for
under-represented and historically minoritized groups. We are a
designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) located in downtown
Denver. As the third largest institution of higher education in
Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU
Denver is a model university for today’s college students.
The STEM Community Coordinator of the Colorado SpaceTech Scholars
Program will work closely with the SpaceTech Project Manager and
other members of the SpaceTech Scholar’s team to complete the
undergraduate engagement, community building, and student success
goals of this grant. This effort will include the following
activities and responsibilities.
Learning Community Development & Sustainment - 10%
First Year Experience - 15%
- Work with campus-wide academic advisors, faculty, and partner
student success professionals around MSU Denver to retain and
persist undergraduate cohort in their respective academic
- Work with the SpaceTech Project Manager on deliberative,
intrusive, and proactive advising initiatives within the SpaceTech
Peer Mentor Program Coordination - 25%
- Support curriculum development initiatives from the SpaceTech
Scholars project manager relevant to a first-year experience
specific to STEM.
- Collaborate with faculty and staff within C-ACED in working
directly with FYE students and leading subsequent first-year
- Support the eventual transition of First-Year Experience
Students to undergraduate cohort.
Industry Exposure & Accessibility - 25%
- Maintain oversight of the Peer Mentor Program including:
- Supervision of (2) student employees
- Ensuring the First Year Experience students connect with their
assigned Peer Mentor
- Co-Develop and foster ideas of support community building
programming from the peer mentor team.
Student Support Services - 20%
- Work closely with the MSU Denver Classroom 2 Career Hub (C2Hub)
Industry Navigator on Aerospace Science industry-specific
employment, mentorship, and internship opportunities.
- Alumni Engagement; maintain a network of SpaceTech Scholar
Alumni and Professionals of underrepresented backgrounds for
professional development purposes.
- Develop familiarity with a network of external and industry
specific resources, emphasizing strategic partnerships in support
of the C2Hub Aviation & Aerospace Industry Navigator Staff
- Foster Industry Mentorship connections; collaborate
specifically with the C2Hub personnel and programs focusing on
mentorship and industry specific support, such as the COMPASS program.
Other Duties and Roles as Assigned - 5%
- Conduct semesterly required check-ins with SpaceTech Scholars
undergraduate cohort with the support of the Outreach Coordinator
and Project Manager.
- Support and enhance opportunities for professional development
pertaining to underrepresented students, examples of which include
high-impact opportunity access, professional development, and
developing critical social and cultural capital for
underrepresented students within the College of Aerospace,
Computing, Engineering, and Design.
- Develop familiarity with a network of campus-wide resources for
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related-field such as
Education, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Engineering, Aerospace,
Aviation, or other STEM-related field of study or profession
- Experience in community development
- Experience in event planning and program development
- Attention to detail and strong organization skills
- Able to work and be sensitive to the educational needs of a
- Master’s degree in Higher Education, human services, social
sciences or STEM-related field to the position
- Currently pursuing a Master’s degree in a related field
- Bilingual (Spanish-English) ability
- Experience working to promote diversity, equity, and
- Experience working in a higher-education and/or K-12 settings
with diverse populations in a multicultural environment that is
committed to equality, accessibility and inclusivity in
- Experience working within a team and communicating
collaboratively within an educational institution and stakeholders
to the related entities of that institution
- Experience in public outreach and/or advocacy
- Experience related to working with government agencies and
non-profit organizations on matters of diversity & equity, and
- Experience working with industry specific partners supporting
This is a hybrid position designed to support flexibility with both
in-office work, as well as some remote schedules subject to
supervisor approval and department/program needs.
Salary for Announcement
This is a four year grant-funded position. The anticipated hiring
range for this position is $50,000 - $59,000. The salary of the
finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of
factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience,
training, and qualifications.
MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental,
retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief
overview of these options, please visit the benefits section
Instructions to Apply
Complete applications received by Thursday, September 28, 2023 at
11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, but applications will
be accepted after this date until the position is ﬁlled. Please
apply through MSU Denver Careers
, and search for JR101458.
Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday
profile by selecting the Career tab within the Menu and searching
For full consideration, please include the following documents with
2. Cover letter describing relevant job experiences as they relate
to listed job qualifications and interest in the position
3. Names and contact information for three professional references
(at least one reference provided must be a supervisor, either
current or former).
4. P lease submit a separate document that responds to the
- If you were the successful candidate for this position, how
would you help develop a sense of belonging for students and
employees from diverse communities?
- What do you expect the challenges would be?
- What do you expect the benefits would be?
Upload all materials into the resume submission field; multiple
documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively,
merge all documents into one PDF for submission.
Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for
Open Until Filled
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MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees
a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the
Employee Benefits Offerings
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique,
access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and
inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of
nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of
color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in
We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert
with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity
and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and
perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that
in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go
beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and
dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture
of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and