Counselor 4 (Program Coordinator for First-year Scholars)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
04 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
Office of The President
Millennium Scholars Program
Full/Part Time:


The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program seeks an innovative, energetic professional to fill the position of Program Coordinator for First-year Scholars. This position provides academic coaching and support to about 170 undergraduate students participating in the Millennium Scholars Program, with a special focus on first-year students and their unique needs. The mission of the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program (MSP) is to cultivate a diverse group of undergraduate scholars who are highly motivated to ultimately pursue doctoral degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. This program is managed through the Office of the President. The Program Coordinator assists students in meeting program requirements through specialized counseling and instruction regarding professional development, obtaining research experience, participation in professional conferences, and preparing for strong academic outcomes. The Program Coordinator also plans, prepares, and implements a series of ongoing workshops, programs and events including the 6-week, residential, math-intensive summer bridge, scholarly visits to research facilities, and individualized advising, counseling and mentorship. Throughout the academic year, the Program Coordinator provides weekly seminars and instruction on topics relevant to academic and summer research preparation such as selection of labs/programs, interview skills, personal statement preparation and the REU/internship application process. This position will also assist in managing the MSP tutoring program with responsibility to identify and match tutors with MSP scholars, and provide support and training for tutors. This position works with students, advisors, associate deans and faculty in five colleges (Eberly College of Science, Agricultural Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, Engineering, Earth and Mineral Sciences.) This position is also engaged with residence life, financial aid, and the Millennium Scholars Program Steering Committee. The Millennium Scholars Program is one of three similar programs that are a part of the Meyerhoff Adaptation Project, a national collaborative of three institutions: University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Penn State-University Park. The Program Coordinator visits, works with, and shares best practices with counterparts at other universities, enabling all programs to be more effective in increasing the number of undergraduate students academically prepared to become Ph.D. scholars. External engagement also extends to an additional 10 to 15 institutions where student research partnerships are developed. The Program Coordinators for the MSP (each with a specific focus on first-year, sophomores, juniors and seniors), positively and directly impact the retention and graduation rate of students that are underrepresented in STEM at Penn State. The composition of the Millennium Scholars currently enrolled is: 66% women, and 74% who are racially underrepresented. While the national average for graduation in STEM fields for these groups without intervention is well below 50%, the graduation rate for Penn State Millennium Scholars is at 86%, with most going on to Ph.D. programs. This success can be directly attributed to the Program Coordinators who together invest in all four years of the student experience at Penn State. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher in counselor education, college student personnel, psychology, social work, education, higher education administration, or related discipline or higher plus five years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Master’s degree in STEM education, a STEM field, counselor education, college student personnel, higher education administration, or related fields is preferred. A Ph.D. is preferred with experience in STEM intervention programming and a demonstrated understanding educational equity. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of continued re-funding. Application review will begin on April 22, 2019 with a target start date of Summer, 2019.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088