The Coordinator/Assistant Director will serve as the primary coordinator of activities of the IMSD (Initiative to Maximize Student Development) and CLIMB (Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences) programs and will be responsible for the monitoring of all aspects of the student program, and will provide both academic and non-academic advice to the students. In addition, this position will assist the Director interfacing with faculty and in the training and preparation of IMSD student participants enrolled in one of the (5) Life Science graduate programs (DGP, NUIN, IBIS, BME, and ChBE).
Manage the day to day operations of the IMSD and CLIMB programs. Recruiting, selecting, orienting and retaining students who are funded by the IMSD or voluntarily participate in CLIMB from the 5 graduate programs.
Acting as liaison between the IMSD Program Director and Directors, Assoc. Directors and Asst. Directors of the participating graduate programs.
Advising students and coordinating with advisory committees regarding IMSD-funded students.
Working with the Director to create, teach and evaluate workshops for 1st and 2nd year students to complement their regular PhD training.
Working with PhD students and program leaders to assist with selection of laboratory rotations for IMSD students.
Assisting with training grant submissions pertaining to IMSD students.
Participating in data collection and long term outcome evaluations in conjunction with the Program Director and the graduate school.
Attending SACNAS and ABRCMS meetings to keep current with new resources for underrepresented minority students and NIGMS funding requirements
Providing strategic planning analysis and preparation of annual progress reports to be submitted to NIGMS.
Integrating program activities with other programs and activities for PhD students on both campuses.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or life sciences and two years of experience in PhD graduate student administration (biological or biomedical program) or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which similar skills can be acquired.
Experience with programs and issues of particular importance to students from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the life sciences.
Experience with project management, organization, coaching/mentoring, multi-tasking, research training.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Effective communicator, ability to relate to and work with individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, able to work independently but also as part of a highly integrated group, strong organizational skills.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Ph.D. in Biological or Life Sciences, demonstrated experience with diversity initiatives.
Enjoys working with students.
Excellent organizational, planning, and time management skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Competency with NU enterprise systems (Project Cafe, FASIS, SES).
Ability to work independently.
Coaching/mentoring training skills.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 36078
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