McNair Scholars Program Specialist II (UCP 7)
University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT

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Position Summary

The Center for Academic Programs' (CAP) seeks candidates for a McNair Scholars Program Specialist at the Storrs campus. The person in this position will provide leadership and services in preparing low-income and first generation and/or underrepresented college students for doctoral programs, particularly in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program ( is a federally-funded TRIO program.

Some of the primary responsibilities are to participate in the planning, development, design, implementation and evaluation of activities to support the program; design relevant and effective programming to generate the skills needed for doctoral candidates; serve as a resource for staff and others regarding the program; plan, develop and implement methods and techniques of informing/educating, in coordination with program staff; and develop topics, write news releases and prepare information designed to communicate and interpret information to the public and others. The successful candidate will also be involved in developing and conducting workshops and seminars to instruct, inform and/or train others in the area of specialization; responsible for various administrative duties as assigned; assist in advising students regarding course selection; may participate in the planning, development and implementation of grant proposals; and represent the program or department to external groups; and performs other duties and projects as required.


Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree. Three or more years experience working with disadvantaged students in an educational setting. Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of graduate school application procedures, including knowledge on sources for graduate school funding. Ability to design relevant and effective programming to generate the skills needed for the doctoral candidate. Demonstrated ability to present workshops and provide instruction through seminars. Knowledgeable about the challenges and barriers to higher education for underrepresented students. Demonstrated experience in team building. Excellent organizational and event coordination skills. Strong writing skills, excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D., experience working with graduate students at a university, experience with budgets, grant writing experience.

Appointment Terms

Salary is in the low $50's and includes full benefits. This is a full time, end-date position, subject to annual renewal.

To Apply

Log onto Husky Hire and apply on-line by uploading/submitting a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please be sure your application materials demonstrate how you meet the qualifications for this position. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Search # 2013357 The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 PM eastern on 2/01/2013.

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