Experiential Learning Coordinator

Virginia Tech Human Development & Family Science
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The Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) Experiential Learning Coordinator is a full-time, calendar-year faculty instructor position. The Experiential Learning Coordinator will focus on assisting students with their major field study requirement and will also coordinate and support all other department experiential learning opportunities for HDFS students, including service learning and observations. This position is responsible for securing field sites (on-campus, local, and distant), assisting students in site placement, teaching HD 4964 for students to earn credit for their field study, assisting both students and sites with issues that arise, and conducting all administration related to these endeavors. This position will also serve as the HDFS Undergraduate Career Advisor and will work to support students’ career preparation in parallel with their participation in experiential learning.

Responsibilities of the Experiential Learning Coordinator are to provide group and individual guidance to students regarding experiential learning eligibility, preparation, and site placement; teach an expected 3:3 load during the academic year with equivalent summer teaching and supervisory and administrative expectations (HDFS courses taught will relate to experiential learning and professional development); perform departmental service; and develop and maintain relationships with campus and community-based human service agencies. Additional requirements include administering, documenting, upholding, and reporting on legal, logistical, and academic requirements for experiential learning; and working with other VT offices focused on career preparation and experiential learning. Other duties as assigned.

The Experiential Learning Coordinator will assist the department in meeting its goals related to student diversity, engagement, persistence, retention, and graduation. Some work in the evening and on weekends as well as travel may be required.

The department is interested in candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment through teaching, research, and service. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate are especially encouraged to apply.

The Department of Human Development and Family Science, in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has programs that cover the entire human life span. Currently, there are approximately 700 undergraduate and 50 graduate HDFS students studying in the department. There are 28 faculty, instructors, and research associates in the department. The department houses three centers on the Blacksburg campus: The Child Development Center for Learning and Research, Engagement Center for Creative Aging, and the Family Therapy Center. The Department of Human Development and Family Science seeks to be an inclusive community. We recognize that diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and contributes to just engagement in all the world’s communities.

To apply, go to http://www.jobs.vt.edu (Job Number: 524595). and complete the online application. You will be asked to provide brief demographic information and to upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three (3) references.

If you have specific questions, please contact HDFS Director of Undergraduate Studies, Victoria Lael, M.S., Chairperson, HDFS Experiential Learning Coordinator Search Committee, at 540-231-3768 or [email protected]. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations for the application process should notify University ADA Services Voice: 540-231-4638, TTY: 540-231-7227, [email protected].


Required Qualifications
• A master’s degree or higher in human development and family science, social work, psychology, or a related field
• Professional experience working in a human services agency (social services, education, health care, etc.)
• Experience working with diverse populations
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Demonstrated accuracy and attention to detail
• Competence using technology and learning new technology as needed to facilitate documentation, record keeping, and communication
• Ability to work with sensitive information and maintain confidentiality
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
• Demonstrated problem solving ability
• Ability to learn and thrive in a dynamic work environment

Preferred Qualifications
• An understanding and appreciation of the value of an education in human development and family science
• Experience working in a student-focused setting (e.g., career advising, academic advising, student affairs, K–12 education)
• Experience facilitating experiential learning for a student population
• Familiarity with a range of professional human service domains, primarily within the categories of social services, education, and health care
• Professional experience as a liaison between academic and community settings
• Knowledge of higher education academic policies and procedures
• Membership in or modeling of core values and ethics of a professional organization related to human services

Organization Summary

Virginia Tech is a comprehensive land-grant university whose education, research, and outreach initiatives are guided by its motto, Ut Prosim (That I may serve). Globally recognized for its innovative approaches to addressing the challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world, Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 and is ranked as a Top 25 Public University by U.S. News & World Report. Due to its strong commitment to addressing large-scale research opportunities by crossing traditional disciplinary lines, Virginia Tech’s annual research portfolio exceeds $500 million in research expenditures. With its main campus is in Blacksburg, Virginia, and its medical school in nearby Roanoke, Virginia Tech’s many research centers and institutes provide research support to department faculty, including the Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE), the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC, and many others.
The Department of Human Development and Family Science is dedicated to InclusiveVT and affirms the Virginia Tech Principles of Community. We fully embrace Virginia Tech’s aspirational goal of diverse and inclusive communities. To contribute to the equitable inclusion and just engagement of the world’s communities through collaboration and partnerships, we value the educational benefits of diverse ideas, peoples, and cultures. We therefore seek a broad spectrum of candidates and encourage applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in the professoriate. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law. If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Heather Webster: (540) 231-9165, Email: [email protected].

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
commensurate with experience

295 W. Campus Dirve
Blacksburg, VA 24061
United States

How to Apply

To apply, go to http://www.jobs.vt.edu (Job Number: 524595) and complete the online application. You will be asked to provide brief demographic information and to upload a cover letter, CV, and a list of three (3) references.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin March 13, 2023 and will continue until a candidate is appointed.