Program Coordinator for First Year Experience (Student Services Professional II) / Orientation and First Year Experience (513183)

  • California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB)
  • San Bernardino, California
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Education and Training Project Management

Job Description



California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. Seventy percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.

At CSUSB, you can:
  • Build your future
  • Work with the best
  • Be your authentic self
  • Focus on you
  • Make a lasting impact
  • Work for a purpose that is greater than your own
  • Bring everything you are, become everything you want

Department Summary

The Orientation and Transition Programs (OTP) Office is within the Enrollment Management unit within Academic Affairs at CSUSB. The OTP office consist of the following program areas: Orientation, First-Year Experience, Transfer Student Success, and Campus Tours and Visit Center and is responsible for developing and implementing welcome and transition programming for newly admitted first-year and transfer students, as well as their family members.

Orientation and Transition Programs offers purposeful and dynamic programming that meet the needs of our diverse student population through partnerships and collaboration across campus divisions. Transition programs are designed for first-year and transfer students in order to equip them with the information needed to better manage their transitions to the university and help set them up for student success here at CSUSB. These transition programs prepare students for academic success, provide knowledge of university resources, encourage involvement in student activities, and help build meaningful relationships. Each orientation and transition program are constructed to minimize anxiety and to promote positive attitudes about student success on campus.

Job Summary

The First-Year Experience Coordinator is responsible for the overall implementation and coordination of first year experience programming. Directly reporting to the Director, Orientation and Transition Programs, this position will coordinate, manage, and implement programs, initiatives, and experiences that facilitate successful new student transitions and integration into the college campus environment.

The First Year Experience Coordinator will utilize student development theory, transition theory, and program evaluations to facilitate efforts across the university to increase retention and student success rates of all first-time / first-year students. Specialized efforts will focus on first-generation students and the particular needs of this population. The incumbent will assist with the coordination and implementation of programs and activities offered through Orientation and First Year Experience; assist with the coordination of all first-year experience, orientation, transition, and retention programs; create and present developmental programs for students; assist in the development of other office initiatives; and collaborate with a variety of faculty and staff across the university to ensure a seamless transition for new students. The incumbent will be a contributing member of the Orientation and First Year Experience team and will serve as a valuable team member and resource within the Division of Academic Affairs.

Employment Status: Full-time, Exempt, Probationary with the possibility of converting to permanent.

Application Review Deadline: This position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 16, 2022.

Work Schedule
  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some evenings and weekend hours may be required.

Key Qualifications
  • Strong experience in First Year Experience and transition programs.
  • Knowledge of working at a public institution of Higher Education.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, students, faculty, parents, and guests.
  • Ability to translate student development, leadership theory, and research into practice.
  • Ability to advise student groups and facilitate group development.
  • Ability to plan and implement programs linked to student learning outcomes.
  • Experience maintaining and tracking administrative paperwork.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a diverse student and staff population.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of contract development, negotiations and execution.
  • Event planning skills including designing, marketing, implementing, and assessing impact.
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to analyze situations and develop solutions.
  • Experience providing lead and evaluating student staff.
  • Working knowledge of the practices, procedures and activities of the program to which assigned.
  • General knowledge of the methods and problems of organizational and program management.
  • General knowledge of research and interview techniques; and of the principles of individual and group behavior.
  • Ability to interpret and apply program rules and regulations.
  • Ability to use initiative and resourcefulness in planning work assignments and in implementing long-range program improvements.
  • Ability to obtain factual and interpretive information through interviews.
  • Ability to reason logically; ability to collect, compile, analyze and evaluate data and make verbal or written presentation based on these data.
  • Ability to advise students individually and in groups on routine matters where required;
  • Ability to recognize multicultural, multi-sexed and multi-aged value systems and work accordingly.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with faculty, CSU administrators, student organizations, private and public agencies and others in committee work, and student advising and community contacts.
  • Ability to rapidly acquire a general knowledge of the overall operation, functions and programs of the campus to which assigned.
  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions and carry through actions having implications with regard to other program or service areas.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master's degree highly preferred from an accredited university.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant post-bachelors experience with orientation / transition program development, and providing or advising student staff.
  • An understanding of student development and transition theory.
  • Three years post-master's university orientation experience preferred.
  • Experience with outcomes assessment and analysis is preferred.
  • Experience working independently and self-driven.

Education and Experience
  • Education: Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in one of the behavioral sciences, public or business administration or a job-related field. (Additional specialized experience during which the applicant has acquired and successfully applied the knowledge and abilities may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.)
  • Experience: Equivalent of two years of professional experience in one of the student services program areas or in a related field; experience should give evidence of a competence and indicate the potential for further growth. (A master's degree in a job-related field may be substituted for one year of the professional experience.)


Anticipated Hiring Range: $4,304 per month

Classification Salary Range: $4,304 - $6,120 per month

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

In our commitment to the furthering of knowledge and fulfilling our educational mission, California State University, San Bernardino seeks a campus climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the entire variety of human experience. In our commitment to diversity, we welcome people from all backgrounds, and we seek to include knowledge and values from many cultures in the curriculum and extra-curricular life of the campus community. Our commitment to work toward an environment that values diversity requires that we create, promote, and maintain activities and programs which further our understanding of individual and group diversity. We will also develop and communicate policies and promote values which discourage intolerance and discrimination.

The concept and dimensions of diversity are to be advanced and incorporated into every aspect of university activity, including student life, the curriculum, teaching, programs, staffing, personnel training practices, research, community services, events, and all other areas of university endeavor.

Dimensions of diversity shall include, but are not limited to, the following: race, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, gender expression, ability, socioeconomic status, cultural orientation, national origin, and age.

The implementation of the Commitment to Diversity will rest with the university as a whole. The president, in addition to a personal commitment and involvement, may use the University Diversity Committee, campus administrators, faculty, staff, and students as well as other members of the campus community to implement effectively the philosophy and intent of this statement.

Supplemental Information

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

This position may be "Designated" under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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