Part-Time Program Coordinator, First-Generation Student Program

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Work type: Staff Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Student Affairs / Services, Admin / Executive / Office Support, Community Engagement

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations.

Unit Summary

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS) is the largest and most diverse academic unit at the University of Denver, where students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at nearly any career in today’s global society. The majority of our departments and schools offer masters or PhD programs.

The DU College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences is committed to fostering a community of excellence, innovation, engagement, integrity, and inclusiveness. We see first-hand the educational, artistic, and scholarly benefits of creating and maintaining an accessible and equitable experience for all in our college, priorities that strengthen our academic community of learners and knowledge makers. As such, we strive to comprise a student body and faculty and staff that represent diverse peoples and perspectives, and to offer curriculum and skills that help prepare students for ethical and engaged citizenship in today’s global society. Our intentional commitment to advance diversity, equity and inclusion remains critical to CAHSS's mission of providing a robust liberal and creative arts education in service to the larger public good.

Department Summary

The CAHSS First-Generation Student Program is designed to provide supportive relationships and guidance for liberal arts majors who are the first in their families to attend college. The program involves an intergenerational team approach, pairing first-generation CAHSS majors with a fellow first-generation undergraduate mentor and a faculty or staff mentor from the College. Faculty, staff, and peer mentors serve as a resource for first-gen students as they have questions about navigating college life; need assistance in accessing resources that align with their needs and goals; and provide support in identifying undergraduate career objectives and development of post-graduation plans. The program also focuses on building a sense of community and pride for first-generation students through both mentorship and offering of regular events such as meet-ups, study sessions, resource fairs, and other programming.

Position Summary

The Program Coordinator provides program support to the CAHSS First-Generation Student Program. The ideal candidate must be able to work independently under general direction and  provide excellent service to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members under a variety of circumstances. This is a part-time position with the expectation of approximately 10 hours per week of work. This is a one-year appointment for the 2023-2024 academic year. Continuation will be dependent on need, funding, and performance.

This is a non-benefitted position not to exceed 1,000 hours in a calendar year.

Essential Functions 

  • Collaborate closely with the Director of the program in pursuing strategic priorities and in ensuring overall successful operations for the program.
  • Promote the program and work to expand first-generation engagement across the College.
  • Develop robust, supportive, and proactive relationships with participants in the program
  • Advertise the faculty and peer mentoring programs, administer the application process, and monitor and track participant engagement.
  • Support orientation and training of peer mentors
  • Maintain communications with the CAHSS first-generation community through the program email distribution group and the publication of a regular newsletter
  • Collaborate with Director in coordinating planning, budgeting, marketing, and communications for all program events throughout the year
  • Actively foster and engage first-generation alumni networks to support internship and job opportunities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to interact with CAHSS faculty and employees and communicate effectively and sensitively with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment to or experience working with minoritized and/or historically underrepresented groups.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to do basic math and to use computer programs to manage basic manipulations of data.
  • Proficiency with computer technology such as using the Microsoft Office Suite: OneDrive, Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Publisher, etc.
  • Proficiency with communication and project management tools for remote work, such as Teams and Zoom.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to multi-task, adapt and be flexible.
  • Strong evidence of organizational and program-management skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in progress or equivalent combination of experience and education obtained in other work settings such as the military or non-profit organizations.
  • One to two years of experience in a student support and/or office support role.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • More than two years of experience in a student support and/or office support role.
  • Proficiency in a second language.

Working Environment

  • Standard office environment.
  • Unexpected interruptions often occur, and stress level is moderate to high.
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate.

 Physical Activities

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule

Approximately 10 hours total per week. Specific work schedule is very flexible. May include participating in occasional evening events once or twice per academic quarter.

Application Deadline

This position is open until filled.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Hourly Rate

The hourly rate for this position is $19.00.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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