George Mason University Volgenau School of Engineering, Computer Science Department Graduate Program Specialist
The George Mason University Computer Science Department, within the Volgenau School of Engineering, invites applications for a Graduate Program Specialist. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
The responsibilities of this position include a combination of graduate academic advising and administrative functions.
Graduate Academic Advising:
This position includes the individual advising of current graduate students and prospective graduate students on a walk-in basis. Additional responsibilities include:
Perform administrative tasks related to students' progression in their computer science degree programs, educate students about university policies, and follow administrative procedures related to applications for course transfers, substitutions and waivers, and graduation;
Conduct graduation checks;
Evaluate and provide recommendations for academic actions such as warnings or terminations.
Oversee the administrative hiring process for Graduate Teaching Assistants, Adjunct faculty, and Wage employees for CS department; to include entering personnel assignments in Banner and maintaining hiring spreadsheets;
Respond to general phone, e-mail and in-person questions of prospective and admitted students and their families, and direct and distribute inquiries to appropriate faculty and staff;
Provide administrative support to Office Manager, Chair, Associate Chair, and Department.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience;
Experience in front office or customer service environment;
Strong interpersonal, time-management, coordination, planning and organizational skills;
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, e-mail and Internet;
Demonstrated ability to utilize and learn computer programs/applications;
Ability to effectively communicate with diverse populations;
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Experience working in higher education;
Experience advising graduate students;
Human Resources/hiring experience;
Knowledge of university procedures, policies, regulations, and systems.
Mason Engineering: The Future of Engineering is Here
The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University is a fast-growing force for innovation in research and education. The school boasts more than 8,600 students in 37 undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs, including several first-in-the-nation offerings. Of the 250 full-time faculty who comprise the School, 90 are tenured, 50 are tenure-track, 85 are instructional faculty, and 25 are research faculty. As part of a nationally ranked research university, its research teams expended more than $60 million in sponsored research awards last year and has projects with over $400 million in current and anticipated awards. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia's technology corridor, Mason Engineering stands out for its research in many leading areas including artificial intelligence, data analytics engineering, cybersecurity engineering, biomedical imaging and devices, community-based healthcare, autonomous systems, 5G communications, systems architectures, computational biomedicine, advanced materials and manufacturing, sustainable infrastructure, and more. The School encourages multidisciplinary research and provides faculty with opportunities to work with other disciplines.
George Mason University is the largest public research university in Virginia, with an enrollment of over 38,000 students studying in over 200 degree programs. Mason is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. It was classified as an R1 research institution in 2016 by the Carnegie Classifications of Institutes of Higher Education. Mason is located in the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia at the doorstep of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, with unmatched geographical access to a number of federal agencies and national laboratories. Northern Virginia is also home to one of the largest concentrations of high-tech firms in the nation, providing excellent opportunities for interaction with industry. Fairfax is consistently rated as being among the best places to live in the country and has an outstanding local public-school system.
In conjunction with Amazon's decision to establish a second headquarters in Northern Virginia, the Commonwealth of Virginia announced a multi-year plan to invest in the growth of degree programs in computing, and George Mason University has committed to accelerate its plans to grow its capacity in computing and high-tech fields. Among the exciting initiatives being undertaken by the university are the launch of the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDEA), a university think tank and incubator to serve the digital economy, and the expansion of its Arlington Campus with a planned 400,000 square foot Digital InnovAtion Building. These initiatives reflect hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment by Mason that will rapidly elevate Mason's already leading national position in computing and related areas. We also expect multiple joint faculty positions funded by Virginia's Tech Talent Investment Program.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 02996Z at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Full consideration will apply to applicants who submit their completed application by January 14, 2020. Review will continue until the position is filled.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 49225
About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.