M-SOAR Program Coordinator
Brooklyn College/CUNY - Brooklyn, NY

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Job Description: M-SOAR Program Coordinator

Brooklyn College, a comprehensive college and part of the City University of New York, seeks a Program Coordinator for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer student initiatives in our MARC program (Minority Access to Research Careers, funded by the National Institutes of Health). The MARC program’s goal is to increase the number of high-achieving students from groups under-represented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences attaining research doctorates. The position reports to the MARC Program Director and the MARC Program Coordinator.

The position is to coordinate a pre-MARC component of the MARC program, named “MARC Science Opportunities and Research” (M-SOAR). M-SOAR provides educational enrichment and support services to students who are freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students interested in studying the natural or behavioral sciences at Brooklyn College. M-SOAR students intend to major in a science and are interested in the possibility of science careers, but often have little information about how to accomplish their academic and personal goals. The program does active outreach to these students through individualized academic and career advisement. It also provides workshops on key topics related to college success, career planning, financial literacy and support for scholarship applications, as well as tutoring for success in high failure rate “gatekeeper” science classes. M-SOAR provides opportunities for M-SOAR students to become involved in scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences under the mentorship of science professors at Brooklyn College and assists students in securing paid summer research placements that are both financially and academically advantageous. Finally, M-SOAR helps students to establish clear professional and career goals and the skills to be successful in graduate programs. The program stresses making students responsible for their academic progress as members of a community of students with similar goals, and equipping them with the skills that they need to succeed in college-level science majors.

The College is seeking a creative, enthusiastic team member to identify resources and develop a plan for an innovative program engaging to students and offering services necessary to their success in science and mathematics. The M-SOAR program collaborates actively with college offices and other programs with similar goals. The task of the team is to organize and supervise program activities, foster community building, and work directly with freshman, sophomore, and transfer students on academic and career advisement. We are seeking an individual who has a record of success in accomplishing positive results in managing programs.

Duties and responsibilities include:
Organizing and leading workshops and events that attract students to the M-SOAR program

Collaborating with faculty and partner programs to foster the success of under-represented students in the sciences

Academic and career advising of M-SOAR students in one-on-one and group sessions throughout the academic year

Creating and managing student files on participation and progress during students’ academic career.

Organizing academic and social events to support the MARC community

Assisting in securing and orienting mentors for group and individual research projects

Background required:
Experience working directly one-on-one with college-aged students, particularly with students in their first two years of college

Demonstrated expertise working with diverse students

At least one year of program administration experience, ideally in undergraduate science, research, or enrichment programs

Must be able to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team

A bachelor’s degree, ideally in one of the sciences

Strong verbal and written communication, organizational, and computer skills

Ability to work collaboratively with other programs, departments and offices at the college.

A strong commitment to the goals of the MARC program of which M-SOAR is a part

The position currently is a year-long full-time position with good benefits with the Research Foundation of CUNY, working at Brooklyn College. A funding request for the continuation of the program is under review. If funding is approved, the position will continue for up to five years.

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