Student Advocacy Specialist (American and Academic Literacy Coordinator)
Penn State University
Penn State Harrisburg is accepting applications for an American and Academic Literacy Coordinator, a professional staff position with the Russell E. Horn, Sr. Learning Center. This person will develop and be responsible for a Multilingual Student Academic and American Literacy Program with a goal of increased literacy in reading and speaking English for multilingual students. This person will also assist the multilingual International students (both undergraduate and graduate) in the transition to American academic expectations to support academic progress and success. Duties will include tutoring the International students, coordinating the program, training other tutors in multilingual strategies, securing resources for academic support, developing and implementing programs to support first-year courses and transition programs such as International Student Orientation, and making appropriate student referrals to other support services available to International students. In support of promoting academic expectations, this position will increase International students’ awareness of academic integrity policies and procedures, familiarize International students with different referencing systems, and support International students with the appropriate use of information/communication technologies and online learning applications. The position will also support international graduate students with adjusting to the academic, linguistic and cultural conventions of graduate study. This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Learning Center, collaborates with the office of International Student Support Services, partners with faculty, and supports International student programming provided by other campus staff and departments. Applicants are expected to have graduate credentials (a master’s degree or higher) and experience in higher education (at least two years) in teaching or tutoring. Experience in working with multilingual students in a collegiate environment is required. Successful applicants have a commitment to diversity, value teamwork, and possess strong program management skills. Prior supervision of students and/or professional staff beneficial. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with possibility of re-funding.
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