Part Time: Program Coordinator - 11879BR

Part Time: Program Coordinator

Higuchi Biosciences Center
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

The position coordinates the overall management and operation of the NIH funded project titled “ KU Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program”. KU PREP seeks to increase the preparedness for graduate school of a cohort of students who are members of groups that are currently underrepresented in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. The program provides academic activities and research training for individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree in the biomedical or behavioral sciences but could benefit from an additional year of training prior to entering graduate school. A key component of the training is research conducted under the mentorship of faculty located on the KU or KUMC campus.

Job Description

50% Coordinate training of students who are accepted into the program
  1. Develop and implement program onboarding procedures for newly admitted students
  2. Collaborate with identification and selection of faculty research mentors
  3. Work with PREP scholars to regularly complete an Individualized Development Plan (IDP)
  4. Meet regularly with the cohort of PREP scholars to provide professional development opportunities and share student progress in the program
  5. Meet individually with PREP scholars to assess progress in attaining goals contained in the IDP
  6. Regularly communicate with faculty mentors to monitor the quality of the research experiences
  7. Participate in mentor training activities as specified by the PI of the program
  8. Assist in organizing the annual undergraduate research symposia sponsored by the Office for Diversity in Science Training
20% Coordinates the collection of data, evaluation of program outcomes and program communications
  1. Track outcomes of participants within the program and following graduation
  2. Collaborate in the production of annual progress report and other grant required materials
  3. Communicate program and outcomes to the university community
  4. Maintain relationships with other groups/organizations on campus that work with students with diverse backgrounds
  5. Participate in planning PREP Advisory Board meetings
  6. Manage the updating of the PREP web page
  7. Attend staff and programmatic meetings
15% Recruitment of students into the program
  1. Design and implement procedures to attract eligible students to apply to the program
  2. Collaborate with faculty and staff from other units on campus to identify prospective students who are eligible according to program protocols
  3. Work with the KU Graduate School to maintain web based application process
  4. Work with the PI and designated faculty and staff to evaluate students who apply to the program
  5. Coordinate communication with applicants regarding status of their application
10% Teaching responsibilities
  1. Teach professional development seminars supported by the program
  2. Organize and provide instruction activities for enhancing performance on the Graduate Record Exam
5% Attend national conferences
  1. Attend national scientific conferences with student participants (e.g., Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) or the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
  2. Coordinate attendance (e.g., registration, travel, lodging) of PREP participants at SACNAS or ABRCMS meeting
  3. Attend or present evidence-based training activities at national meetings that focus on preparing students for success in graduate school

Required Qualifications

  1. M.S. or equivalent in an appropriate field relevant to the program
  2. Experience mentoring students in biomedical or behavioral research areas
  3. Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in a biomedical related field
  2. Experience with students from groups that are underrepresented in the sciences, particularly with American Indian students
  3. Experience with externally funded training grants in the sciences

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes: an online application, cover letter, resume (CV), and contact information for three professional references. The cover letter and resume should clearly indicate how you meet the required and preferred qualifications. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Review of applications begins May 21, 2018 and continues until a qualified pool of applicants has been identified. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Estela Gavosto

Advertised Salary Range

$30,000 - $32,000 commensurate on previous experience and qualifications.

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Higuchi Biosciences Center
Employee Class:
U-Unclassified Professional Staff
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