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Coord,Graduate Programs- Geography and Environmental Studies
University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date Posted 05/10/2021
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

This position works closely with the Department Administrator, the Graduate Program Director, and the Undergraduate Program Director to complete day-to-day programmatic tasks related to student academic success. These tasks include, but are not limited to, the following: support the continued implementation of the PhD program jointly administered with New Mexico State University; conduct in-person and internet-based outreach to attract new students; maintain correspondence with prospective graduate students; assist graduate students in navigating administrative systems, policies, and procedures leading to degree completion; assist faculty and graduate students in maintaining contracts and requirements for graduate assistantships; track degree progress for graduate students; scheduling colloquia and other academic events; compile student data for departmental research and reporting purposes; and schedule and plan student recruitment, orientation, and graduation events.

This position will also provide backup and support to the Department Administrator. These duties may include: purchasing and related processes; providing customer service to the public, students, faculty, and other staff who contact the department; scheduling rooms and A/V needs for departmental meetings; issuing keycards; course scheduling; submitting requests for IT and facilities support; and attending meetings.

This position has working hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This position requires excellent communication and problem-solving skills, and the ability to collaborate as a member of a small team that serves a wide range of internal and external constituents.

See the Position Description for additional information.

Conditions of Employment
  • This position is represented by a labor union and is subject to the terms and conditions of the USUNM Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree; at least 2 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of constituent groups of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UNM and the Department of Geography at New Mexico State University
  • Familiarity with the academic benchmarks and processes for Master's and Ph.D. students at UNM
  • Experience generating assistantship contracts for graduate student employment at UNM
  • Ability to manage competing priorities while meeting deadlines
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems independently
  • Ability to plan, organize, and facilitate special events
  • Ability to perform tasks with minimal supervision
  • Experience in higher education working with faculty, students, staff, and members of the general public
  • Experience and familiarity with graduate student policies and procedures
  • Experience and knowledge working in UNM administrative systems, such as Banner, UNMJobs, MyReports, and Chrome River
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success

Additional Requirements

Main - Albuquerque, NM

Geography (860B)

Employment Type

Staff Type
Regular - Full-Time

Term End Date


$14.09 - 17.26 per hour (depending upon education and experience)

Benefits Eligible
This is a benefits eligible position. The University of New Mexico provides a comprehensive package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through the tuition remission and dependent education programs. See the Benefits home page for a more information.

ERB Statement
Temporary and on-call employees working an appointment percentage of 26 (.26 FTE) or greater, per quarter, will be eligible to earn retirement service credits and thus are required to make New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (NMERB) contributions. More information pertaining to your FTE and NMERB contributions can be reviewed on the NMERB Guidelines Clarified webpage.

Background Check Required

For Best Consideration Date

Application Instructions
Please provide an updated cover Letter and resume. In a cover letter of no more than two double-spaced pages, please complete the following tasks: (a) Summarize past work experience that fulfills this position's requirement of having 3 years of directly related experience managing at least one of the following functional areas: academic program administration, student recruitment and support, and/or educational record-keeping, (b) Describe your approach to customer service.

Positions posted with a Staff Type of Regular or Term are eligible for the Veteran Preference Program. See the Veteran Preference Program webpage for additional details.

The University of New Mexico is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class.

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