Program Coordinator - School of Business

Howard University

Job Description

Job ID: 33413

Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information

BASIC FUNCTION:           

The Coordinator is responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of the Black Male Initiative, coordinating event and program logistics, managing data collection and reporting, overseeing strategy and outreach to students, conducting academic and career advising, maintaining sponsor and partner contact. Responsibilities include developing and implementing retention and support initiatives to ensure student success.


Responsible for providing limited and direct supervision for student workers including graduate assistants.


Internal contacts include senior administrators, faculty, career centers, academic advisors, other staff and students.  External contacts include representatives of sponsoring corporations, other institutions, associations, and partner organizations. 


  • Confers with students to help them understand and make decisions regarding academic planning, career planning, and personal success. Provide academic advising each semester to all students assigned to the Black Male Initiative program. Supports advising for all HUSB students as needed.
  • Coordinates mentoring, educational, social and developmental components of the initiative. Develops partner relationships and systems to guide and monitor each program component. Manages program calendar and scheduling, ensuring a cohesive and progressive experience for students in their first year at the School of Business. Incorporates upperclassmen into program through a peer influence structure and ensures ongoing support and monitoring of program participants and their academic progress throughout their matriculation.
  • Guides the overall direction of the program, maintaining an awareness of business and educational trends, student and sponsor needs, and HUSB operations. Develops professional development opportunities for students through partner, sponsor, faculty and institutional support.
  • Maintains contact with and awareness of similar programs at other institutions of higher education to build best practices and program support.
  • Maintains accurate data for reports and informed decision-making.  Monitors data related to the program, identifying progress toward goals and objectives and implementing necessary program adjustments. Develops evaluation criteria to support ongoing research regarding program impact including retention, graduation, professional placement rates and overall academic performance levels. Communicates with internal and sponsor contacts as needed.
  • Maintains an ongoing awareness of student successes and needs through regular consultation with students and related faculty, review of student performance, and observation. Is proactive in working with the Assistant Dean and students to address student needs and concerns.
  • Manages mentoring program that ensures student participants have access to peer mentors and professional mentors. Provides structured programming, expectations, and support to ensure success of mentor relationships. Monitors ongoing mentor interaction and impact.
  • Coordinates early arrival programs to help acclimate and introduce students to college and the program. Develops early intervention models for students with identified needs or performance challenges. Works with the Office of Admissions to identify potential students for the program.
  • Works directly with 21CAP Program Coordinator to integrate the program into existing retention and resilience initiatives of the School of Business and ensure cohesive and nonduplicative programming and support services for students. Works directly with Counseling Center and other campus support resources to ensure a whole-person approach to student programming and support.
  • Provides consistent support in the implementation of all aspects of Special Programs, including Career Counseling course, Freshman Orientation, and recruitment events.
  • Supports fundraising and resource development efforts to ensure program continuity and design.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Excellent organizational and communication skills. Must be able to write and present speeches and write and proofread reports.
  • Highly developed and effective interpersonal skills; knowledge of organizational and individual behavior and performance. Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with faculty, staff, students, partners, and the community.
  • Knowledge of academic environment and instructional methods.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheet statistical and relational database software and applications.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and their application to presentation of meaningful reports.
  • Ability to use standard computer based programs associated with college and university academic record keeping in a windows operating system.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with staff, faculty, students, University officials, and the general public.
  • Competence in both oral and written English to communicate in a clear and concise manner.


Bachelor's degree in related field of business, human development, education, or counseling. (Master's degree strongly preferred) Three (3) to five (5) years of demonstrated leadership experience in an advising, academic support, or a related department within a university. Minimum two (2) years of management experience that includes planning, event coordination and budgeting. Some classroom/teaching experience; preferably in a college or university. Prior administrative experience in a college or university. Strong analytical skills including data gathering, analysis, assessment and evaluation and evidence based planning. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to establish positive working relationships.

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex,sexual orientation,gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability or protected veterans status. Veterans and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities or veterans status, Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at 202-806-1280.

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