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World Languages and Cultures Department Coordinator - College of Liberal Arts

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Work type: Staff
Location: San Luis Obispo
Categories: Unit 7 - CSUEU - Clerical and Administrative Support Services, Administrative, Probationary, Full Time, Telecommute eligible (work onsite as scheduled and/or as requested and telecommute as scheduled)

Job Summary

This position provides continuity of operations with respect to Department, College and University mission and goals while ensuring compliance with University, College and Department policies and procedures and has significant autonomy and decision-making responsibility. Particular emphasis in the following areas: Program Support; Office Administration/Support; Supervision; Budget Planning and Administration/Accounting /Purchasing; Faculty Peer Review & Human Resources; Staff & Student Assistant Recruiting, Training & Review; Academic Affairs & Curriculum; Department Chair & Faculty Support; Recruitment & Appointment; Student Tracking & Support; Special Events & Projects.

Department Summary

The World Languages and Cultures Department (WLC), in the College of Liberal Arts, provides a BA degree in Spanish and minors in French, German, Italian Studies, Spanish, and Japanese. The Department serves all colleges in the University by offering language courses within General Education and electives. It is also active in aiding the University in foreign language endeavors and administers translation examinations in French, German, and Spanish for M.A candidates who require this; the Bilingual Proficiency Examination in Spanish for those students seeking entrance to the Bilingual Credential Program; and the Spanish Placement Examination for students whose majors require a language or students who wish to pursue a language but are unsure of placement.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of budget policies and procedures.
  • Ability to perform business math, such as calculate ratios and percentages, track and analyze financial and/or budgetary data, and make accurate projections requiring some inference.
  • Excellent communication skills; ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing.
  • Thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn University infrastructure, policies and procedures. Ability to interpret, communicate and apply policies and procedures.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or its equivalent. Type 45 wpm. Four years of general office support or technical experience. (Training at a vocational school or full-time college education may be substituted for up to three years of the required experience on a year-to-year basis).

Salary and Benefits

Anticipated Hiring Range: $44,167- $53,928 annually

Classification Range: $44,160 - $69,396 annually

Cal Poly offers a best-in-class benefits program, including health, dental and vision insurance, retirement participation in the Public Employees' Retirement System, and educational benefits for eligible employees. See our benefits website for additional information. 

Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally-ranked public university located in San Luis Obispo, California, and known for its Learn by Doing philosophy. Each year more than 20,000 top-tier students come to San Luis Obispo to put knowledge into action, taking their learning outside the classroom as they prepare for careers in engineering, agriculture, science, business, humanities and the built environment. Cal Poly’s hands-on philosophy, small class sizes and close student-faculty mentorships result in graduates ready from day one to impact their communities, California and the world. For more information, visit

Diversity Statement

At Cal Poly, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.

Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. Cal Poly is an equal opportunity employer. 

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with Cal Poly. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo is not a sponsoring agency for staff positions (i.e. H-1B visas).

Positions are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days.

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