Location: Bowling Green, KY Category: Staff Posted On: Mon Mar 4 2019 Job Description:
The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) invites applications for the position of Coordinator, Nationally Competitive Opportunities. Established in 2008, The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) challenges students to dream big and assists them in making those dreams attainable. OSD staff members help students apply for nationally competitive scholarships by assisting students in finding opportunities to be engaged in their chosen fields beyond the classroom and aiding them in the process of finding the right programs, making important contacts, developing strong proposals, and revising numerous drafts. The office works with students in all majors and degree programs. In the 2017-2018 academic year, OSD helped WKU students to win over $920,000 in external scholarship funding. Beyond the dollars and cents, national scholarships help students to study abroad, conduct research, complete undergraduate and graduate degrees, and change lives.
Additionally, we offer support to faculty and staff members in their endeavors to assist individual students and promote research, creative activities, and achievement university-wide. We collaborate with faculty and staff to apply for grants to create opportunities for students, develop workshops related to our mission, and celebrate the successes of WKU students and their faculty advisors. The Coordinator of Nationally Competitive Opportunities works with students applying for nationally and internationally competitive scholarships and reports to the Director of the Office of Scholar Development at WKU. Information about OSD can be found online at http://www.wku.edu/osd.
Customary duties for this position include the following:
Facilitate communication with students throughout the recruitment and application process.
Provide information about nationally and internationally competitive scholarships, conducting preliminary meetings to help students develop national/international scholarship plans.
Collect, track, and facilitate submission of students' application materials.
Maintain familiarity with the features, eligibility requirements, and timelines of national and international scholarship competitions, providing guidance about student and office-wide deadlines.
Manage assigned scholarship competitions, for example the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad and the James Madison Graduate Fellowship.
Advise students on and provide application assistance with a wide range of federally-funded research internship programs.
Provide leadership in facilitating annual events to promote scholar recruitment and celebrate scholarship successes and in organizing classroom visits and other special events.
Help to facilitate a regular schedule of information sessions, workshops, and mock interview sessions for national scholarships and graduate and professional school.
Maintain the OSD website, including information on national and international scholarships.
Serve as a liaison with other university units (Study Abroad and Global Learning, Financial Aid, Housing & Residence Life, Office of Admissions, Media Relations, Intercultural Student Engagement Center, etc.), facilitating communication while certifying applications, ensuring that applicants meet external eligibility guidelines, promoting scholarships opportunities, recruiting potential scholars, and publicizing WKU scholarship successes.
Develop informational literature for students and facilitate the creation of the annual end of the year report.
Maintain information systems for various reporting audiences.
Supervise student ambassadors.
Manage internal grant follow-up process.
Assist other staff members in providing guidance on a wide range of nationally competitive, post-graduate opportunities.
Assist with special projects as assigned by supervisory personnel.
Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Knowledge and Skills Considered Essential for Success:
Demonstrated excellence in organizational and communication (verbal and written) skills, including proofreading and editing.
Outstanding interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated experience in Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, and Outlook) and willingness to learn WKU applications and systems.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Demonstrated experience working with university students.
Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
Willingness to travel occasionally and a valid driver's license.
Salary Grade: 107 Salary Range: $29,858 - $39,000
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