TITLE Program Coordinator, Bear POWER
CLASSIFICATION NUMBER 2457
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Bear POWER
The Program Coordinator, Bear POWER assists with the coordination of direct support provided to students in the Bear POWER program, an inclusive college program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities created to offer a postsecondary education opportunity for students transitioning out of high school.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS
Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in education, special education, communication, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, or physical therapy is preferred.
Experience: Experience working with individuals with disabilities is required. Experience in programming for persons with disabilities in the areas of education, recreation/leisure, and/or vocational preparation is required.
Skills: Knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities in young adults is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Coordinates support and resources of the Bear POWER program.
2. Provides direct support to Bear POWER students in the areas of academics, social, independent living, and job readiness.
3. Assists with public relations efforts.
4. Coordinates the annual Bear POWER Fall Open House event.
5. Processes admission applications and coordinates program interviews for potential Bear POWER students applying to the program.
6. Plans and implements the Bear POWER Summer Leadership Retreat as part of the admissions process for incoming students.
7. Organize SOAR, move-in weekend, and orientation for incoming students.
8. Assists in raising funds for Bear POWER program start-up and private scholarship funds through grants, SB40 local and regional boards, crowdfunding campaigns, and/or private donors.
9. Raises awareness through assisting with strategic planning and marketing of the Bear POWER program.
10. Assists in creating and facilitating training workshops for faculty on accessibility, Universal Design for Learning, and inclusion of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
11. Collaborates with other departments on campus (Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services, Disability Resource Center, Learning Diagnostic Clinic, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Career Center, Bear CLAW Tutoring Center, Citizenship and Service Learning (CASL), etc. to provide support for students in the Bear POWER program.
12. Oversees volunteer recruitment, training, and implementation of volunteer support to Bear POWER students.
13. Assists in leading the Midwest Inclusive Post-Secondary Alliance (MIPSA).
14. Attends conferences to gain new information regarding best practices and resources.
15. Builds partnerships with local businesses to provide internship possibilities for students.
16. Assists in providing career support to students graduating and six months post-graduation.
17. Manages and updates the Bear POWER website, marketing materials, and social media accounts.
The Program Coordinator is supervised by the Director, Bear POWER.
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES