Wanted Graduate Program Coordinator for the course “Public Lands in the American West”

Wanted Graduate Program Coordinator for the course “Public Lands in the American West”

The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement is seeking a Graduate Program Coordinator to help manage the blended course, Public lands in the American West. The program runs from May 31 to June 23 and includes a week in Colorado (June 11-18).

The Program Coordinator works with the Program Director to manage all aspects of a hybrid course that includes a three-week virtual course and on-site responsibility while traveling to Colorado. Program Coordinator duties include overseeing student arrivals, orientation programs, supporting student welfare, coordinating field trip logistics, managing student housing issues, enforcing Columbia’s conduct policies and acting as the primary contact for student inquiries.


  • Applicant must be a Columbia graduate student, enrolled full-time in the Spring 2022 semester
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States and undergo an I-9 work eligibility process
  • Must adhere to Columbia COVID-19 vaccination policies

Job requirements:

  • Must be available for the entire duration of the program from May 31 to June 23 with the option to travel to Colorado during the week of June 12 to 19, 2022 and to support the course virtually during the remaining weeks
  • Availability during the spring semester to help with all planning elements
  • Preferred background in social sciences, environmental policy and sustainable development
  • Preferred experience in the American West (live, work or travel)
  • Basic physical fitness, especially the ability to hike in high altitude environments
  • Interest in the well-being and academic success of undergraduate students

Virtual course component (May 31-June 23, except one week in the field)

  • Act as a teaching assistant during the virtual course, including: creating and maintaining the Courseworks site, participate in all class meetings, help the teacher mark assignments and be available to help students as required
  • Other assigned responsibilities

Fieldwork in Colorado (June 11-18)


  • Support the planning, management and delivery of orientation programs in conjunction with the program Dspring semester director
  • Participate in the pre-departure meeting (schedule to be determined)
  • Coordinate and assist student arrivals. Contact the Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement and on-site staff within 24 hours of all students arrived safe and sound
  • Organize and assist with field trips, cultural activities and program-wide group dinners while respecting COVID guidelines. Attend all scheduled activities.
  • Fully understand the details of the program itinerary and communicate effectively and consistently with other faculty, students and on-site staff and partners regarding schedule updates
  • Understand and clearly communicate to students the academic and disciplinary rules described in the student participation agreement
  • Understand and clearly communicate to students the policies and protocols outlined in program emergency protocols, COVID protocols and the Community Health Compact
  • Collect local student and instructor contact information to establish a communication plan use and also in emergency situations
  • Help foster a sense of community among participating students


  • Liaise with the Housing Rental Agent and resolve all housing situations with the assistance of the program Ddirector as they arise
  • Live with students in primary residence and any program-sponsored accommodation on field trips


  • Serve as the primary point of contact for students who may have questions or need assistance
  • Assist students in situations involving communications with legal authorities
  • Remain accessible to students via email and mobile phone 24/7 in case of emergency
  • Support student welfare and accompany students to seek medical assistance as needed
  • Meet regularly with the Program Director to discuss/resolve student issues as needed


  • 2022 summer allowance: $5,500
  • Round-trip airfare from New York to program venue (or equivalent)
  • Housing and meals of the program during the field component
  • Reimbursable expenses (with receipts) including airport transfers

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and CV to Dr. Lisa Dale ([email protected]) before March 11, 2022. Applications are continuously accepted.

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