Coordinator for Pre-College & Opportunity Programs

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 440608 - Office of Pre-College & Opportunity Programs
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Coordinator of Pre-College and Opportunity Programs is responsible for facilitating an array of college preparatory programming that raises students’ awareness of college, broadens student exposure to college and careers; and assists and supports students and their families in the college application, tests, and financial aid process.

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure for salary ranges.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Responsible for designing and managing both the application and registration process for pre-college programs to ensure cohesiveness across programs and initiatives
2. Responsible for the development and implementation of college-readiness workshops and exploratory activities for pre-college students
3. Provide communications, training, and professional development for student staff
4. Participates in pre-college fairs and other external recruiting and promotional events
5. Collaborates with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships to communicate to high school students, parents, counselors and administrators about pre-college offerings
6. Fields phone call and email inquiries from prospective students and families, while also facilitating program-related communications with accepted students
7. Serve on divisional, university and community committees as assigned or required.
8. Assist the Associate Director of Pre-College & Opportunity Programs in administrative duties and special projects as assigned.
9. Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two year’s work experience in K-12, higher education, or related field. Experience in budgeting, and staff selection and training; and must possess strong organizational, interpersonal, and management skills.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Advanced knowledge of issues affecting diverse populations.
• Advanced cultural sensitivity and humility across the spectrum of diversity broadly defined.
• Ability to lead high initiatives from conception to implementation.
• Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
• Ability to oversee and direct student staff
• Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion at the university
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and advising skills.
• Sound judgement.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

• No unusual physical requirements. Requires limited lifting of files and records and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
• Frequent- External imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficulty to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; involves conflict-resolution or similar interactions involving emotion issues or stress on a regular basis
• Ability to work weekends and long hours

Instructions for Applying:

Applicants must apply online at and attach a cover letter and resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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