(Student Services Professional III)
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC)
This is a fulltime (40 hrs/week) benefited position, dependent upon continued grant funding.
The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The University Corporation at Monterey Bay, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation, is an auxiliary organization with a mission to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and state population. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.
CSUMB is committed to develop programs to attract, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, and to equip these students with the skills they need for successful careers. To that end, CSUMB developed the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) to provide our students with rigorous and guided undergraduate research experiences. UROC is a cross-campus center that trains, supports, and engages students in undergraduate research (http://uroc.csumb.edu/). UROC students work on relevant and innovative research projects at CSUMB, and at regional, state, national, and international research institutions. Their work is guided by a research mentor, supported by UROC staff, and augmented by extensive training in research proposal writing, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and graduate school preparedness. At the core of UROC’s curricular offerings is a four semester, two-unit graded series of undergraduate research seminars. This two-year research series prepares students for their undergraduate research experiences, develops their scholarly identity and acumen, and prepares them for graduate school and fellowship applications. Students also communicate their work to the academic community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Taken together, these experiences prepare our students for successful entry into graduate school and professional careers.
The Curriculum Coordinator, under the general supervision of the Assistant Director, is responsible for designing and delivering undergraduate research program services for students, faculty, program partners, and research mentors. The position has the following overarching leadership responsibilities:
1. Develops and delivers UROC’s curriculum and workshops.
2. Develops web-based undergraduate research resources, training modules, and instructional videos.
3. Provides UROC mentor training and follow-up assistance to faculty, graduate students, and research partners.
4. Oversees all grant-funded tutoring support programs, including upper-division science, mathematics, and writing tutoring and supplemental instructional services.
5. Collaborates with STEM faculty to develop UROC-funded curriculum.
6. Participates in assessing UROC’s curriculum and mentoring effectiveness.
7. Publishes UROC’s curriculum in peer-reviewed journals and presents at professional conferences.
8. Participates in writing public and private funding proposals, particularly those related to curriculum development, to sustain and grow UROC.
9. Participates in UROC outreach and fundraising events.
UROC’s Curriculum Coordinator position requires robust and inspiring curriculum development and teaching skills; a keen understanding of what students need to engage in undergraduate research at the highest level and to prepare for graduate school and professional life; an entrepreneurial spirit; and excellent grant writing and communication skills.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Developing a robust curriculum that prepares students for undergraduate research experiences, conference presentations, peer-reviewed publications, graduate school and fellowship applications, and graduate school and professional experiences.
• Creating a vibrant UROC online presence that includes undergraduate research curriculum, resources, mentor training materials, and marketing materials.
• Identifying and responding to undergraduate research mentor training needs for affiliated faculty, graduate students, and staff.
• Collaborating with CSUMB’s University Writing Program and external writing instruction experts to develop an effective writing curriculum for the undergraduate research program.
• Teaching and/or leading UROC courses and workshops in conjunction with the Research Coordinator.
• Assisting in the development of curriculum assessment tools for UROC-based and UROC-funded curricula.
• Collaborating with CSUMB faculty to develop, assess, and disseminate the results of grant-funded STEM courses and tutoring.
• Developing and delivering conference presentations, journal articles, and reports regarding UROC’s curriculum programming, undergraduate research model, and work with research partners and mentors.
• Participating in UROC’s outreach and fundraising events.
• In conjunction with the Director and Assistant Director, researching and preparing proposals for project renewal and additional funding.
• Carrying out responsibilities in accordance with Foundation policies and applicable laws.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director.
• Promote and maintain an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.
• Develop and maintain an atmosphere of teamwork.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
• Extensive knowledge of higher education, graduate school preparation needs, and the research process.
• Deep understanding of educational pedagogies, particularly in higher education.
• Teaching and curriculum development experience, particularly teaching university-level undergraduate students.
• Extensive knowledge of online learning and technology-rich pedagogical initiatives such as “flipping the classroom.”
• Advanced computer literacy, including website development and graphics.
• Strong writing skills and knowledge of writing pedagogies.
• Knowledge of educational self-efficacy, student leadership, and career development literature.
• Ability to identify, develop, and maintain collaborations with administration, faculty, and UROC partners.
• Superior critical assessment and synthesis skills.
• Ability to think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
• Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact, diplomacy, and patience.
• Ability to manage complex projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, and complete tasks on time.
• Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports, proposals, and publications.
• Ability to work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.
• Knowledge and familiarity with Federal grant proposals, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.
• Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
• Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Master's degree in Science, Education, Psychology, or a related field, AND two years of progressively responsible work in undergraduate research, teaching, student programming, or academic outreach. A Ph.D. in a related field may substitute for one year of the required experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities will be considered.
SPECIAL CONDITION(S) OF EMPLOYMENT:
Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Ability to complete web-based training in Defensive Driving and continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.
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