Department: Public & International Affairs - 32421
Brief Summary of Work for this position:
Under the direction of the MPA Program Director and Chair of the Department of Public and International Affairs, the MPA coordinator manages the administrative functions of the MPA program with the primary emphasis of attracting and enrolling well-qualified applicants to the program while also providing advising and counselling to currently enrolled students. This position will provide program support, advising and career counseling, recruitment, and have administrative duties for the Department of Public and International Affair's (PIA's) Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program.
Additional responsibilities include assisting students with admissions and enrollment processes, planning orientations, and identifying and supervising graduate teaching assistants. The MPA Coordinator also serves as the advisor for the MPA Graduate Student Association (GSA), helps plan and execute professional development opportunities for MPA students, and helps identify internship sponsors and hosts for fellowships. The MPA coordinator will also collect and maintain data for NASPAA accreditation, provide support for curriculum updates, maintain the website, update marketing materials, and perform other administrative duties as needed to support the MPA program as assigned by the MPA Director or Chair of the Department of Public and International Affairs.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Master's degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Public Affairs, Business Administration, Leadership or related field, and 3 years' experience in public administration, nonprofit organizations, and/or public service.
The following is also required:
Experience in recruiting, advising, and or placement in a professional field
Aptitude for marketing programs through traditional channels and social media
Familiarity with the profession of public administration and public service
Interpersonal and communication skills needed to advise and recruit working professionals
The candidate should be comfortable working both collaboratively and independently with minimal guidance
5 years of professional experience working as a manager or policy analyst in a public or nonprofit organization
Experience with Excel and other applications related to database management
Demonstrated experience supporting professional graduate degree programs
Experience with marketing and website design
Knowledge and demonstrated ability to learn new computer applications
Required Certifications or Licensure:
Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:
The Masters in Public Administration (MPA herein) Program is accredited by NASPAA and educates both preservice and working professionals using several modalities. The traditional MPA Program is a hybrid that consists of both face to face and online course offerings. There is a new fully online Executive MPA program designed for working professionals with 5 or more years of professional experience. There is also a dual degree for the M.S. in Environmental Science and MPA Program. The MPA program expects to have a fully online path to graduation for the traditional MPA program and preservice students in Fall 2022. In following years, we plan to provide a 4 + 1 option to better serve our undergraduate student population. The MPA program is also involved in regional engagement and faculty regularly work with community organizations. The program also maintains a Community Advisory Board consisting of leaders from the public and nonprofit sectors in our region.
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW's largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university's academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The College's twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women's and Gender studies, among others.
Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College's departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW's University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.
Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on January 10, 2022, the position closing date.
To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/ and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including::
1) Cover Letter, addressed to Chair, MPA Program Coordinator Search Committee
3) Names and contact information for three references
If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.
Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.
Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications.
Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.