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The HUMANITIES DIVISION of the COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES at the University of Washington has an outstanding opportunity for a PART TIME PROGRAM COORDINATOR. This individual will work as a part of a dynamic team to provide administrative and program operations support for the HUMANITIES FIRST INITIATIVE. This position requires excellent organizational and coordination skills, effective prioritization and time management skills, a high degree of professionalism, and strong skills in written and verbal communication and knowledge of the humanities as taught in higher education.
The Humanities Division consists of twelve departments and more than one hundred and seventy full-time faculty. We teach and study the languages, literatures, and cultures of the world, and we empower our students to be effective communicators and twenty-first global citizens.
Under the direction of the Divisional Dean of the Humanities and the Humanities First Program Director, this position will coordinate all stakeholders involved in the initiative—UW faculty and staff as well as community partners—as well as oversee program logistics. This will include scheduling courses, arranging for class visits to local cultural institutions, publicizing the initiative, documenting grant-related activities, and producing reports for the Mellon Foundation.
Schedule is flexible, with a minimum of 20 hours per week (schedule to be determined monthly in collaboration with the Humanities First Program Director). This position is dependent on funding that is expected to end July 31, 2023 with possible renewal.
About Humanities First: Humanities First is an integrated first-year experience for humanities premajors, that is, individuals who have, at the time of admission to UW, expressed an interest in majoring in a humanities field. The chief elements of this first-year experience are a theme-based fall-quarter large lecture course; two-credit follow-up seminars in the winter and spring; and events and workshops at local cultural institutions such as museums. At the end of their first year at the UW, humanities premajors learn more about the university, their options for study here, and the many resources and opportunities that Seattle offers. They discover what it means to “think like a humanities major,” and they hear, from alumni and others in the community, how what they learn in the classroom translates into real world impact. The period of the Mellon Foundation grant is three years, which is allowing us to develop, assess, improve, and document this integrated first-year experience over the course of several complete cycles, and at the end, we will be hosting a symposium showcasing our successes to which we will be inviting representatives from peer institutions to share what we have learned.
The initiative is midway through its first year, and the third year of the grant will be concluding on June 30, 2023
Under the direction of the Divisional Dean of the Humanities and the Humanities First Program Director, this position will be charged with coordinating all stakeholders involved in the Humanities First initiative, including the Humanities First Program Committee, Humanities Academic Services, UW Admissions, First-Year Programs, and Seattle-area community leaders and institutional representatives
Schedule Humanities First courses, arrange for classrooms, and manage textbook orders
Act as point of contact and representative/spokesperson for the program
Set up and facilitate meetings
Communicate across departments and units on campus
Create content about the program for the website, publicity, and other communications.
Schedule, advertise, and manage associated on and off campus events and class visits to cultural institutions such as museums, community centers, and gardens
Build and maintain program files
Coordinate travel and accommodation for any guest lecturers
Monitor all budget matters within the program
Draft and submit grant-related reports
Develop an assessment plan
Create a repository of documents relating to grant-related activities.
Other responsibilities as they arise
High school graduation or equivalent AND two years of experience in the humanities OR equivalent education/experience.
Demonstrated program- or project-management skills and experience, including logistical support.
Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills.
Excellent computer skills, including fluency with the suite of Microsoft Office applications.
Ability to conduct off-site meetings with institutional partners to arrange for class visits to local cultural institutions such as museums and community centers.
Familiarity with the UW campus—understanding of structural barriers and throughways to communication with faculty, centers, and staff.
Demonstrated collaborative nature in developing and executing new programs and partnerships and communicating with internal and external stakeholders.
Demonstrated organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to multi-task and manage time wisely (experience prioritizing and managing deadlines).
Comfort with ambiguity and an ability to navigate unchartered territory in helping to facilitate relationships with academic and community partners.
Experience leading interdisciplinary collaborations on a University campus.
Experience with large foundation grants (writing, reporting, financial tracking, etc.).
Experience collaborating inter-institutionally and with persons of diverse professional backgrounds and ranks
Strong interest in teaching and innovative pedagogy
Understanding of college and university administration
Experience organizing workshops or conferences
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