Leadership Program Facilitator

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS


Engineering Administration

Position Overview

The Program Facilitator position is broadly responsible for the curricular and co-curricular programming for Freshman and Sophomore SELF Fellows.  This position works closely with the Director and the other Program Facilitator to plan, implement, and assess programming for the Self Engineering Leadership Fellows (SELF) Program. This position involves significant interactions with engineering students admitted to the program. Responsibilities include professional and personal mentoring of students, as well as creating and executing educational activities designed to develop students into future business and industry leaders.  The position involves managing multiple projects, an understanding of college student development, understanding of current leadership practices and skills in engineering, technology, and business work environments, the ability to plan small and large-scale events, and interaction with faculty, staff, and industry professionals in support of the program and its Fellows.
The mission of the Madison A. and Lila Self Engineering Leadership Fellows Program (the “SELF Program”) is to develop passionate engineering and computer science graduates who are strongly goal-oriented and who bring the business skills and vision needed to guide the technology-based corporations of tomorrow. The SELF Program will recruit, select and financially support students at the University of Kansas (the “University”) and administer to them an ongoing four-year personal development program that leads to a continuing supply of exceptional graduates at the Bachelor of Science level. Recruitment and program events are likely to occur in the evenings and on weekends. By active participation in the program, the students will expand and refine their leadership, managerial, business, interpersonal, entrepreneurial, communication, and engineering skills through mentoring, coursework, seminars, and leadership opportunities. Graduates from the SELF Program will possess the personal attributes needed to become effective leaders who are motivated to make a real difference during their careers.
More information about the SELF Program can be found here: http://engr.ku.edu/self/ .
This position is a full-time regular appointment.  Some travel as well as occasional weekend/evening work will be required as the needs of the position demand.

Job Description

50% - Administrative

  • Participate in the development of and sustain/support the SELF Program by working autonomously on projects as well as in collaboration with other SELF Program staff. Examples of projects include: facilitating and planning industry site visits, planning, implementing, and evaluating relevant and timely workshops and retreats, identifying and engaging guest speakers, and more.
  • Seek out opportunities to identify and incorporate current and future trends in leadership education and practice into the SELF Program, especially as pertains to technology based corporations.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date Fellow records including record of mentor meetings through JayhawkGPS tracking.

Maintain and execute all application processes including the freshman process (via the Common Application, Undergraduate Admissions Application, and the SELF Web Application) and the two-year fellowship process (via the SELF webpage).

  • Plan and execute the Interview Day for incoming Freshmen including all programming and current Fellow engagement.
  • The Facilitator will support the initial upfront proposal, selection, and planning phases of the annual SELF on the Road trip and the High School Design event.
  • Work with SELF Staff to implement and evaluate the annual review processes for Fellows with specific focus on the fellows in their first and second year of the Fellowship.
  • Maintain relationships with SELF Program partners in concert with the SELF Program Director including but not limited to the School of Business Leadership Program, the Vann Fellowship for Innovation in Economics, the Self Graduate Fellowship, and others.

40% - Student Development

  • Develop an experiential and applied curriculum, write lesson plans, and teach leadership development course for the first-year and second-year cohorts and develop co-curricular opportunities based in basic fundamental engineering project management principles to support the development of relevant and readily applicable leadership, communication, business, and management skills of Fellows.  Cohorts generally meet at 7:00 am once per week throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • Plan and facilitate the SELF Service Projects by identifying and coordinating with community partners to create meaningful projects.  The Facilitator will oversee the Fellow-led Project Teams ensuring that scope is appropriate, formal project management tools (charter, budget, project schedule) are applied at a basic level, and that key deliverables are identified and achieved.
  • Plan and execute First Week Welcome activity for entire Fellowship.
  • Plan all aspects of and execute a weekend retreat for first and second year students that is complimentary to the curriculum.
  • Develop and deliver a strengths based assessment and corresponding instruction to the first year SELF Fellows and first year BLP Students.
  • Provide support in partnership with the Business Leaders Program of Business School for the First Year Case Competition including coaching and evaluation of student proposals.
  • Mentor students one-on-one to provide personal and professional mentoring and advising of SELF Fellows, especially first- and second-year Fellows.  Official Academic Advising is not within the scope of SELF Mentoring.
  • Collaborate with the Engineering and University Career Centers as needed on job search tools, resources, and strategies to develop Fellows’ career development plans, including the development of a professional resume, skills in writing a cover letter, practicing interview and networking skills, and engaging with potential employers.
  • Develop leadership programming that serves not only the SELF Fellows but which can be shared with students throughout the School of Engineering. This may include supporting engineering student groups, leveraging SELF events and resources for the benefit of all Engineering students at the University of Kansas, and the recruitment and promotion of highly regarded speakers and industry leaders.

10% - Other

  • Develop recruitment materials with the Program Director and Recruitment team.
  • Maintain the SELF online presence including website and social media.
  • Recruit at relevant STEM outreach events in partnership with the Recruitment team.
  • Assist as necessary with School of Engineering events, such as New Student Orientation, Scholar Day, and Open House, plus major programs such as recruitment events, student trips, and student retreats etc., which are likely to require working some evenings and weekends.
  • Other relevant duties, projects, and responsibilities as assigned by the SELF Program Director or Assistant Dean.
  • Some travel may be required.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 3 years related experience or a master's degree.
  • One year of professional experience in one of the following areas: Engineering, Corporate recruiting, Developing and presenting leadership or entrepreneurship  programs, Career development or business relations or relevant area
  • Excellent written communication skills and organizational skills as evidenced by application materials and interview.
  • One year experience with basic computer systems and working knowledge of software applications and programs including, but not limited to, the following: Microsoft Excel, and Powerpoint

  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in related field
  • Three year's experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM), or related field
  • Experience in career development, corporate recruiting, and/or giving presentations.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work effectively, both collaboratively and independently, as evidenced by application materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with college students.

  • Contact Information to Applicants

    Corey Behrens

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    Only complete application packages submitted online will be considered. A complete application will include:

    • Online application form
    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Names and contact information for three professional references

    The application review date has been extended to

    June 8, 2020

    and will continue until a qualified pool of applicants is received.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $41,299 or commensurate with experience

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    FLSA Status


    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Work Schedule

    40 hours per week

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