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Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
$46,618 - $65,000 per year; DOE
Posted Date
Sep 22, 2023

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Program Coordinator Sr, Student Engagement

Arizona State University

Interplanetary Initiative

Campus: Tempe



Job Description

The ASU Interplanetary Initiative seeks a Program Coordinator Senior, Student Engagement who will work to ensure high-quality student development and learning experiences are integrated across the Interplanetary Initiative's portfolio.


The Program Coordinator Sr., Student Engagement will be primarily responsible for all Interplanetary Initiative student engagement programs, including those related to degree and certificate programs, research projects, the Interplanetary Lab, ASU Space, and various K12 outreach efforts. This position reports to the Interplanetary Initiative’s Sr. Director of Learning.


Salary Range

$46,618 - $65,000 per year; DOE


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Essential Duties

  • Oversee daily operations and coordinate activities of the Initiative's student engagement program portfolio; develop and schedule program work plans in accordance with specifications and funding limitations, working closely with the Initiative’s Learning team.
  • Coordinate various student engagement programs related to our degree and certificate programs, as well as directed to the development and maintenance of a broader community of ASU students interested in space and the work of the Initiative (e.g. the ASU Space Student Ambassador Program and the undergraduate research scholars program).
  • Support the Interplanetary Laboratory’s student engagement goals, including student recruitment and training processes, student club engagement, and emergent related opportunities (e.g. student challenges, summer bridge programs, etc.).
  • Coordinate various aspects of the Initiative’s K12 outreach and teacher professional development programs and events.
  • Develop and facilitate student-focused events and workshops (e.g. Fall Welcome, student project showcases, learning-focused webinars, career fairs, graduation celebrations, open houses, etc.); coordinate logistics, scheduling and participant communications.
  • Identify and surface compelling student stories that the Initiative can share with its networks; work closely with the Initiative’s marketing team to produce these stories.
  • Work closely with the Initiative’s marketing team to recruit program participants and write relevant communications, utilizing most appropriate promotional or marketing methods.
  • Evaluate program effectiveness to develop improved methods; devise and implement evaluation methodology and metrics; analyze results and recommend and/or take appropriate action for continuous improvement of programs.
  • Interact and maintain liaison with students, faculty, staff and outside/community collaborators in facilitating program objectives.
  • Drive student engagement programs with a holistic understanding of the Interplanetary Initiative’s mission and goals.
  • Work collaboratively and collegially with the Interplanetary Initiative’s leadership, marketing, laboratory, and research teams on short and long-term goals related to the success of our student engagement and educational programs.
  • Utilize and demonstrate fluency with a wide range of relevant and appropriate software, student development theory, and outcome-focused pedagogical strategies.
  • Prepare or assist in preparation of proposals for funding and/or funding continuation.
  • Act as a representative to current and prospective students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders.
  • As required, supervise/support student employees in the successful execution of their duties.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND four years administrative/coordinate program experience; OR, Master's degree in field appropriate to area of assignment AND two years administrative/coordinate program experience; OR, Eight years of progressively responsible administrative/coordinate program experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field and at least two (2) years of experience in planning, executing, and continuously improving student-facing educational programs which result in demonstrated outcomes in learning, engagement, and retention; Or, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience coordinating effective and engaging learning programs and activities with a variety of audiences, including high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, K12 teachers, and lifelong learners.
  • Demonstrated experience building new student-facing processes and programs from the ground up and informed by student development theory.
  • Demonstrated interest in inquiry-based STEM education programs, especially those related to space exploration.
  • Experience demonstrating sensitivity to the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Evidence of strong organizational and planning skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Evidence of effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience providing analysis of data for identification of trends.
  • Experience planning and coordinating learner-facing events and workshops, including the development of outreach plans and marketing support materials.
  • Experience working effectively in a startup-like environment and/or an environment subject to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Experience applying the principles, techniques and methods of teamwork, compromise and collaboration to produce desired outcomes.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with peers, faculty, students, administration, faculty and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated fluency with internet-based software tools, Google Suite, and Microsoft Office computer applications.
  • Experience interpreting student needs and determining when referral to other University resources is appropriate.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ASU academic structure and organization.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of academic programs, colleges, and departments university-wide.


Working Environment

  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse.
  • Regular use of standard office equipment including, but not limited to: computer workstation/laptop (keyboard, monitor, mouse), printer, fax, calculator, copier, telephone and associated computer/technology peripherals.
  • Required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, and lifting up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require the ability to quickly change priorities, which may include resolving conflicts, coping with moderate stress levels, along with the requirements to complete tasks within set time constraints and frequently changing priorities.
  • Requires some attendance at evening and weekend events.


Department Statement

The ASU Interplanetary Initiative envisions an interplanetary future built upon new structures, systems and perspectives created by diverse groups of people across disciplines, sectors and cultures. We deploy new ways of building teams and solving problems, at scale, partnered across disciplines, sectors, and cultures to shape an inclusive and sustainable interplanetary future. Together, we are shaping an inclusive and sustainable pathway into space. Learn more at


ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 100,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


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ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.


Resume and Cover letter should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.


IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.


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