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MGMT 101 Coordinator

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Position type: part-time
Location: Lewisburg, PA
Categories: Academic Affairs

The Bucknell University Freeman College of Management seeks a Coordinator for MGMT 101, Bucknell’s flagship experiential introduction to organization and management course. This is a 10-month position (preferably mid-July 2018 through mid-May 2019) with the possibility for re-appointment in subsequent years. The Coordinator will handle the extensive coordination needs of the course, working closely with the MGMT 101 faculty and the MGMT 101 Teaching Assistants, as well as acting as liaison with local community service organizations and as with numerous staff members across the Bucknell campus (e.g., Library & Information Technology, Finance Office). The ideal candidate will be available beginning in July 2018 to prepare for the course.

Course Description
MGMT 101 meets five days a week: All four sections meet together at 10:00-10:52 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and each section meets during one of the four 82-minute sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Two faculty members team-teach four sections of the course each semester; four professors currently do this in rotation. The two TAs assigned to each section of the course attend every class session. In addition, MGMT 101 has specialty TAs who are available to help students with various aspects of the course (e.g., human resources management, accounting and financial management).

Each section of MGMT 101 comprises a “company,” focused on doing a community service project that meaningfully involves all 28 of them; they sell a business product to cover the costs of that project. To identify and choose their service and business projects, the students engage in a group decision-making process, experiencing and learning about politics, coalitions, groupthink, advocacy, and more. They elect classmates as CEO and VPs of three divisions (service, business, and reports) and two departments (accounting and human resources). These officers apply organization design theories to create jobs, hold a job fair, and hire their classmates. Company members work together, overtly applying management theory in developing detailed plans for company operations. They present the plans to the course’s professors and teaching assistants, who give them a loan to get started. The students draw on theories of motivation, communication, leadership, crisis management, and others in collaboratively implementing their plans, and they redesign as needed. At the end, the company uses the concepts and theories of management to report on what happened and why; individual students do the same for their own personal stories of the course, then demonstrating how their understanding of these theories will help them become better organizational members, managers, and leaders in the future.

Coordinator’s Responsibilities
The MGMT 101 coordinator’s duties prior to and at the beginning of classes will be to create the information pieces (e.g., Syllabus, Board Roster) and set up sites (e.g., Moodle, Netspace) and data forms (e.g., grade files, sign-in sheets) for the course. They will also manage the course wait list; schedule rooms; and handle invited guests for the various classes and training sessions. The Coordinator will handle a wide range of routine duties during the semester, such as facilitating board meetings, updating documents for company sessions and board meetings, updating Moodle, managing sign-in sheets, assisting with transportation needs, and keeping the MGMT 101 classroom, library, and TA office organized and stocked with supplies. The Coordinator will interact with MGMT 101 Teaching Assistants, former students, members of the Bucknell staff and faculty in offices throughout campus, representatives of local community service organizations, and of course students in the course. The Coordinator will use several computer applications, such as Moodle, Netspace, WorkDay, Qualtrics, and Google Drive. Toward the end of each semester, the Coordinator will conduct the final company audits, archive and print (as needed) documents created by students for the course, and update other course archives. The Coordinator may take on special projects for the course (e.g., re-creating the MGMT 101 web presence) as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Experiences
■ Bachelor's degree and two years of work experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience).
■ Strong organizational skills.
■ Strong communication skills.
■ Capacity to run effective, efficient meetings.
■ Experience operating successfully under time pressure.
■ Capacity to oversee other people in a team environment and to manage detailed processes.
■ Competence in EXCEL, WORD, PowerPoint.

Personality characteristics
■ Embraces diversity in all its forms.
■ Self-managing team player.
■ Detail-oriented and thorough.
■ Gets along well with others.
■ Calm demeanor and can-do attitude.

○ A grasp of the innovative educational pedagogies that comprise MGMT 101.
○ We would imagine that most suitable candidates for this position would have a bachelor’s degree (probably in management, education, psychology, sociology, or a related field), but we can also imagine someone with a great deal of responsible work experience being suitable.

Preferred related work experience
■ Managing and organizing.
■ Meeting facilitation.
■ Planning and managing events.
■ Budgeting and reading budget reports.
■ Training/educating others.
■ Course management systems (e.g., Moodle, Blackboard, ANGEL, etc…).
■ Willing to learn and capable of learning additional software.

About Bucknell

Founded in 1846 and located along the banks of the Susquehanna River in historic Lewisburg, Pa., Bucknell University is an undergraduate-focused institution that stands uniquely at the intersection of top-ranked liberal arts, engineering and management programs. Our students choose from more than 50 majors and 60 minors in the arts, engineering, humanities, management, and natural and social sciences, as well as extensive global study, service-learning and research opportunities. Bucknell’s 3,600 undergraduate and 100 graduate students enjoy a low 9:1 student-faculty ratio and exceptional opportunities to collaborate with faculty mentors.

Bucknell’s beautiful 450-acre campus includes first-rate facilities and is home to more than 90 percent of its students. Residential life is vibrant with about 150 student-run organizations, 27 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a robust arts culture, and a strong student commitment to community and global service work.

Bucknell is committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports the growth and development of a diverse campus community. The University provides equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status or disability in admissions, employment and in all of its educational programs and activities. We encourage individuals from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

The Community

Located in central Pennsylvania, Lewisburg features a variety of restaurants, beautiful Victorian homes, the restored art deco Campus Theatre (owned by the University), charming shops and boutiques, and the Barnes and Noble at Bucknell University Bookstore. About 33,000 residents live in the region.

The city of Williamsport is about a 30-minute drive from campus, and Penn State University’s main campus is about an hour away, as is Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital. Bucknell is about three hours from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

The cost of living here is low compared to that of major U.S. cities and suburbs. Bucknell’s surroundings yield fresh produce, cultural activities and events, and many opportunities for outdoor activity on the Susquehanna River and in the nearby state parks and forests. The Lewisburg Area School District receives excellent reviews for its schools at all grade levels. Lewisburg Area High School is consistently ranked among the top 50 high schools in Pennsylvania for SAT scores and statewide exams.

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