State University of New York at Oswego — First Year Experience Coordinator

The Center for Experiential Learning at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a Coordinator position.

Posting Date: August 23, 2018

Review Date:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  

Benefit Information:  The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional, visit: or

Date of Appointment:  As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:  The First Year Experience Coordinator provides leadership, management, and coordination of programs that facilitate first year undergraduate students’ transition and success. 

Position responsibilities will include:

  • Provide philosophical and strategic direction for developing programs and implementing high-impact practices and services that support first year student academic transition, retention and success
  • Build and strengthen relationships within the college to provide a comprehensive first year experience for first year students aligned with the college mission, and to provide plans and strategies for retention and progression of undergraduate students
  • Provide on-going expertise and advocacy for  the First Year Experience
  • Coordinate existing first year programs including First Year Advisement, Orientation Advisement, FirstChoice, Learning Communities, First Year Signature courses and Starfish Early Alert
  • Support new first year initiatives such as service-learning
  • Determine the effectiveness of first year programs through ongoing, systematic assessment 
  • Prepare assessment plans and reports
  • Collaborate with colleagues in student affairs and academic affairs focused on student success 
  • Coordinate pre-registration process and Orientation Advisement in collaboration with Transfer Services Coordinator and the New Student Orientation Coordinator

In addition, the First Year Experience Coordinator will be expected to display a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship, commitment to undergraduate and/or graduate education, and possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree by time of appointment
  • Two years professional experience working in higher education
  • Knowledge of assessment strategies to evaluate and improve performance
  • Professional interpersonal and public presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and flexibility
  • Ability to collaborate with various stakeholders
  • Strong computer and technology skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current research, theory and best practices of first year student experience and student retention programs

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Education, Higher Education, Counseling, or related area
  • Three years experience working in higher education focused on first year student success
  • Experience assessing program effectiveness, and successfully applying for grants to support program development
  • Experience teaching in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of FERPA 
  • Experience with Banner and Starfish Early Alert and Connect

To Apply:  Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications, CV/resume, copies of unofficial transcripts for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred, and contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) electronically to:

If you have any questions about the position, please call or e-mail:

Joey Tse, Search Committee Chair

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Files must be complete (all documents requested and required in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts required at time of appointment.

Description of Department:  The First Year Experience Coordinator works with a variety of constituents on campus in the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to provide support and programming to our incoming First Year Students.  The First Year Experience Coordinator will report to the Director of the Center for Experiential Learning.  The Center for Experiential Learning is located in the Compass and focuses on promoting all aspects of experiential learning.  The Center offers a variety of opportunities and programs to SUNY Oswego undergraduate and graduate students.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

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Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing   

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