Program Coordinator (Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute)
Southern Methodist University Inc

Dallas, Texas

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info


Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

About SMU

SMU's more than 12,000 diverse, high-achieving students come from all 50 states and 80 countries to take advantage of the University's small classes, hands-on research opportunities, leadership development, community service, international study and innovative programs. The University offers a strong foundation in the humanities and sciences and undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs through eight schools.

Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. Now in its second century of achievement, SMU is increasingly recognized for the ways it supports students, faculty and alumni as they become ethical leaders in their professions and communities. The University's entrepreneurial spirit lives in people from every academic discipline who see opportunities to create something new in the world - and work hard to bring their innovations to life. SMU's relationship with Dallas - the dynamic center of one of the nation's fastest-growing regions - offers unique learning, research, social and career opportunities that provide a launch pad for our students, faculty and alumni to make a global impact. On the most beautiful college campus in the country, SMU Mustangs are energized by unbridled opportunities - from teaching, learning and research to creativity, performance and athletic endeavor.

About the Department:

The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII) provides a platform for collaboration and the exchange of ideas across academic disciplines, helping to forge connections between the physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities; between Dedman College and SMU's professional schools; and between academia and the broader community. Serving as a dynamic center for intellectual life within Dedman College and at SMU, the DCII brings together faculty, students, and members of the DFW community by sponsoring research initiatives, student fellowships, and lecture series. Through these programs, the DCII promotes a culture of interdisciplinary problem-solving and knowledge creation to meet the world's increasingly complex needs and challenges.

About the Position:

The Program Coordinator will assist the Director of the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute in the development, planning, and administration of all DCII programs and events, including faculty-led research clusters and symposia, lecture series, graduate fellowships, undergraduate research programs, and other future initiatives. This position will also oversee the day-to-day operational management of the Institute. The Program Coordinator is tasked with financial, event logistics, and marketing management for all DCII programs. This position will also assist with the development of new programs and special projects, resource development and donor relations, coordination of DCII board functions, development and maintenance of relationships with community partners, budget management, and digital and website management.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages all DCII marketing channels and work with the DCII Director to issue communications. This includes providing writing, design support, and oversight for weekly event emails, publicity materials for major events, press releases, DCII website content, monthly e-newsletters, social media posts, and any paid media and paid social advertising. It also includes managing relationships with SMU marketing and public affairs offices and with external vendors, building and managing email recipient lists for community programs and events, and placing events on SMU calendars.
  • Assists in completing the annual budget process and conducts monthly budget review and reconciliation for all DCII accounts and associated programs. Approves expenses and tracks expenditures for all programs and events. Completes payment requests for program expenditures and serves as primary contact for payroll duties.
  • Assists in planning events and organizes all program and event logistics: Serves as primary contact for recipients of DCII program funding. Coordinates with and arranges travel, accommodation, and honoraria for speakers and student fellows. Reserves event spaces and AV equipment, works with vendors, and attends and runs major events.
  • Works with the DCII Director to creatively develop new programming and events. This includes consideration of how new programs and special projects can advance the DCII's mission and goals, identification of potential funding resources, budget development and expense forecasting, and event planning and implementation.
  • Coordinates DCII advisory board functions. Assists in stewarding existing DCII donor relationships and developing strategies to engage with potential donors, and writes annual endowment reports. Assists in building and sustaining relationships with community organizations to encourage community involvement and potential partnerships in DCII activities.
  • Manages all day-to-day operational aspects of the DCII. This includes providing direct oversight of any student assistants, serving as the public face of the DCII in its offices, responding to phone and email inquiries, and generally managing the office.
  • Occasional evening/weekend hours will be required.


Education and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree is required.

Three years professional work experience in administrative support is required. Experience in programmatic marketing, event planning, professional writing, and financial management is also required.

Experience working in higher education is preferred. Visual design experience is also preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate broadly across the University and develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of constituencies. Must also demonstrate strong written communication skills.

Candidate must possess strong problem-solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems, as well as devise solutions. Must also be detail-oriented and have strong organizational, planning, and time management skills.

Candidate must demonstrate a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint). Knowledge of website and social media management systems is preferred. The ability to use WordPress and LibWizard is also preferred.

Candidate must be able to work independently with minimal oversight.

Physical and Environmental Demands:
  • Sit for long periods of time
  • Handle objects (dexterity)
  • Stand
Deadline to Apply:

Priority consideration may be given to submissions received by October 18, 2022.

This position is open until filled.

EEO Statement:

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,


SMU offers staff a broad, competitive array of health and related benefits. In addition to traditional benefits such as health, dental, and vision plans, SMU offers a wide range of wellness programs to help attract, support, and retain our employees whose work continues to make SMU an outstanding education and research institution.

SMU is committed to providing an array of retirement programs that benefit and protect you and your family throughout your working years at SMU and, if you meet SMU's retirement eligibility criteria, during your retirement years after you leave SMU.

The value of learning at SMU isn't just about preparing our students for the future. Employees have access to a wide variety of professional and personal development opportunities, including tuition benefits.

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