Academic Programs and Communications Coordinator

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Sep 16, 2021
Sep 17, 2021
Full Time
Academic Programs and Communications Coordinator

The George Mason University, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) in the College of Science invites qualified applicants to apply for our Academic Program and Communications Coordinator position. 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.

About the Department:

The Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) offers Bachelor's (BS and BA), Master's, and Ph.D. degrees, as well as several Graduate Certificates. Our programs serve a diverse student body, including traditional students, returning professionals, and aspiring academics.


The GGS Academic Programs and Communications Coordinator provides support to the Chair and the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Distance Education Coordinators with respect to Academic Affairs, such as overseeing curriculum and assessment updating, academic advising, academic planning, graduate student academic management, and graduation audits. The incumbent also leads all department marketing and communication efforts, including development and outreach initiatives and social media campaigns.

  • Maintains faculty and student files;
  • Oversees all academic support functions to include, course and classroom space scheduling, reporting of grades, monitoring the progress of graduate applications, and cataloging reviews and updates;
  • Leads outreach and communication efforts both within, as well as outside of Mason including the development of marketing materials and resources;
  • Management of the GGS website and social media channels;
  • Cross-trains with other departmental functions to provide the best possible service to our faculty, staff and students.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of training and professional experience;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated experience working with a diverse population;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with a demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks in a timely manner.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with GMU's administrative and academic policies;
  • Experience with Ellucian Banner and Blackboard;
  • Experience with admissions programs, such as TargetX;
  • Experience working in Higher Education;
  • Ability to effectively utilize and navigate database and spreadsheet software;
  • General knowledge about the structure and typical requirements of graduate programs in a university;
  • Experience with Content Management Systems (CMS) and/or web-editing;
  • Knowledge of social media channels (including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others) to increase the department's exposure to current and new students, and the scientific communities.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at ; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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.

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New hires starting after August 15, 2021, must have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination by their start date, be fully vaccinated within 45 days of their start date, and submit documentary proof unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption by their start date. For updated George Mason University COVID-19 vaccination requirements, please visit George Mason University Vaccination Requirements .

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.

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