Program Coordinator

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA Education & Training / Administrative & Clerical $42,000 yearly

Job Reference #: 18000814

The International Writing Program, University of Iowa, is seeking to hire a 100% time Summer Institute Coordinator (Program Coordinator PAD1) to design, plan, promote and conduct the International Writing Program’s new Summer Institute. This is a three-year specified term appointment with the possibility of renewal for a maximum of three years, pending grant funding.

Key Areas of Responsibilities and Specific Job Tasks
Operational and Financial Management:
  • Coordinate and oversee the operational activities of specified programs, including logistics, travel, hosting and orientation.
  • Monitor the status of the project.
  • Maintain and analyze data on program participants, and develop specialized reports.
  • Monitor accounts and track expenditures related to the program.
  • Advise management on program budgetary needs or discrepancies.
  • Plan and arrange for appropriate facilities and services in conjunction with all project activities.
  • May be responsible for Workflow related functions.

Strategic Planning:
  • Assist in the coordination and preparation of strategic plans in support of future programming for the IWP.
  • Develop, implement, evaluate, and recommend new programs and online resources.

Communication and Outreach:
  • Serve as liaison to participants, specialists, agencies and organizations interested in IWP program participation.
  • Counsel and provide information specific to IWP programs.
  • Write and edit articles and reports for publication and distribution.
  • Interface with other distributed learning systems such as video, web-based, satellite, etc.
  • Prepare special and periodic narrative reports.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, students and the public.
  • Design application materials, orientation manuals, evaluation forms, web-content, etc.

  • Coordinate and monitor program to ensure compliance with grant and funding guidelines.

Quality Improvement:
  • Evaluate program, and analyze data for quality improvement initiatives.
  • Update existing programs based on evaluation and feedback.

Leadership / Supervision:
  • Supervise activities of participants.
  • May provide functional and/or administrative supervision of staff.
  • Provide direction, assignments, feedback, coaching and counseling to assure outcomes are achieved.

Universal Competencies:
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity (Extensive Proficiency): Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.
  • Positive Impact / Achieving Results (Working Proficiency): Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence / Customer Focus (Working Proficiency): Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.

Education Required:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Arts Administration, English, Literature, Creative Writing or related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
Experience Required: 
  • Program coordination experience (typically a minimum of one year) is required
  • Possession of a valid Driver's License, ability to meet the University Fleet Safety Program, and the ability to occasionally travel.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to effectively transmit, receive and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through appropriate communication methods and behaviors at a working proficiency level is required.
  • Working proficiency with word processing and spreadsheet computer software applications is required.
  • Working proficiency and experience with students in a professional or volunteer capacity is required.
  • Demonstrated working proficiency in the ability to work with variety of individuals and groups in a constructive manner while appreciating the unique contribution of diverse individuals is required.

Desirable Qualifications:
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field by start date is highly desired.
  • Some knowledge of Hindi and/or Urdu is highly desirable. 
  • Some knowledge of the literature of India and/or Pakistan is highly desirable. 
  • Working proficiency and experience utilizing social media platforms for outreach and promotional purposes is desirable. 
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust and develop self to prepare for new or changing assignments, processes, people or priorities as organizational needs dictate at a working proficiency level is desirable.
  • Some knowledge of University policies, procedures and regulations is desirable.

Note to Applicants: The qualifications for this job position are described as competencies or the behaviors needed to be successful in performing the duties of the position at a defined proficiency level/standard. The proficiency level required for each qualification is included. Please assure that your resume and/or cover letter illustrates the work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities you have that meet each of the required qualifications. Proficiency levels are defined as follows. For more information on competencies, please go to  For more information regarding competencies, please visit:

Job ID: 65873

Posted 13 days ago

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