Temporary Office Support Coordinator, Graduate Program in Creative Writing

Western State College of Colorado - Gunnison, CO (30+ days ago)


Western State Colorado University invites applications for a half time, temporary Office Support Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW).

Now in its eighth year, the Graduate Program in Creative Writing is a low-residency program that offers on-line courses during the academic year and a two-week intensive residency on Western's campus in mid-July. The summer intensive culminates in the four-day conference Writing the Rockies, which is open to the public. The program offers both the MA and MFA in Genre Fiction, Screenwriting and Poetry, along with a one-year Certificate in Publishing. Faculty are leaders in their fields and most do not live in the Gunnison Valley. The program currently enrolls about 25 students, although during the summer residency that number is closer to 40, as all three summer cohorts attend. In addition to Writing the Rockies, the program sponsors THINK, an internationally distributed semi-annual journal of poetry, criticism, and reviews.


The Office Support Coordinator reports to the GPCW Director and assists with all administrative functions in the program. Duties include but are not limited to support with student recruitment, admissions, registration and data collection; course management and academic policies; purchasing and budget tracking; marketing, public relations and development; and the execution of the summer residency and the annual writing conference in July.


A bachelor's degree is required; a degree in English, accounting, business, or communication is preferred, along with an interest in the Humanities. The successful candidate must be diligent and detail-oriented and have strong skills in customer service, written and oral communication, project management, and data collection and transactions. Individual must also have the ability to prioritize tasks and manage several projects at once. The ideal candidate for this temporary appointment will have at least two years of office experience, excellent computing skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, and e-mail and online systems entry; strong written and oral communication skills; experience in student services or higher education is preferred.

Additional Application Information:

Start Date: As soon as possible after hire.

Compensation: $17.80/hour. Non-classified, hourly, FLSA non-exempt. This position is eligible for the University's shared contribution employee benefit plans.

The position begins at 20 hours/week and will flex with the workload and program enrollment. The candidate must be available to work up to 40 hours per week during the months of June and July supporting residency and conference events, including several weekends.

Application Procedure: Go to www.western.edu/jobs (scroll up the page and select the "Apply" link). Required attachments to the online application include a letter of interest in the position, a resume, contact information for three work-related references, and academic transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment.

Please refer all questions to Dr. David J. Rothman, Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing (drothman@western.edu). Phone number: 970.943.2085 / 970-443-3394 (cell).

Screening of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Western is a public university with an enrollment of 2,700 graduate and undergraduate students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts and sciences and professional training as its core. They are student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged in the campus and community. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Our campus is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides spectacular year-round recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit www.western.edu to learn more about Western.

Western State Colorado University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.