Position Number: 00107298
Primary Function of Organization Unit: The vision of the Genetic Engineering and Society is of a group of interactive students, trained in technologies used for manipulation of pest genomes as well as methods needed to assess the environmental and socio-cultural appropriateness of specific products of these manipulations.
Essential Job Duties: We are searching for a program coordinator for our graduate training program "Agricultural Biotechnology in Our Evolving Food, Energy and Water Systems". This program is broadly interdisciplinary, including natural and social sciences as well as humanities. The Program Coordinator is responsible for day to day administration and planning under direct supervision of the program director. A large proportion of the job will involve interactions with doctoral students working toward degrees in disciplines ranging from public administration to molecular genetics. The program was just recently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its National Research Traineeship (NRT) initiative. Because this 5-year program is just getting started, the person in this position will have the opportunity to contribute to growing and shaping the program. To integrate into the program, the Program Coordinator will participate in classes and activities. Recruitment of students- The Program Coordinator will need to: *Design and carry out a marketing plan for our program to other universities and colleges through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc), email and phone contacts with faculty and administrators. *Enhance a section of our Genetic Engineering and Society Website as a recruitment tool. *Communicate with potential applicants and connect these applicants with appropriate NRT faculty. *Coordinate application process with those of PhD graduate programs in five NCSU colleges. *Maintain communication with applicants throughout the recruiting period. *Develop and maintain filing system for applications. *Work with faculty recruitment/admissions committee to select students for group interview visits and arrange travel, accommodations and campus venues for visits. Course arrangements- The Program Coordinator will need to: *Schedule program related courses *Work with course instructors to make travel and other arrangements for July-August field course in Eastern North Carolina. *Provide logistical course support during the field course and other courses. *Assist in developing materials for the field course as well as courses taught on campus. *Assist with logistics of campus courses and the weekly colloquium Student and program coordination- The Program Coordinator therefore will need to: *Assist students with applying for NC residency, fellowship payments, and coordinating NRT and departmental responsibilities. *Track appointments of graduate students to the program. *Maintain files and progress reports for all students *Assess special academic and personal needs of individual students *Assist with design and implementation of student assessment plan *Coordinate logistics of student group projects *Create and maintain contacts with external program stakeholders (farmers, conservation groups, industry) *Coordinate logistics for visits of outside seminar speakers and external advisory committee members *Make arrangements for NRT meetings *Develop materials for annual NSF assessment and external evaluation of program *Assist executive committee members with tasks. *Assist subcommittees with tasks. *Take meeting notes and write reports for NSF and others
Department Required Skills: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse students and faculty. Excellent verbal communication skills and writing skills. Computer and information technology skills. Passion for building healthy interdisciplinary communities.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: Bachelor's degree in natural/social sciences or humanities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Background in both biological and social sciences. Experience in coordinating similar programs. Knowledge of agriculture. Knowledge of biotechnology. Advanced audio/visual skills.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: N/A
AA/EOE: NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
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