Director, Student Research Programs

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Director, Student Research Programs
University of California, Los Angeles



Requisition Number: JPF04345
Recruitment Period Open February 12th, 2019 through March 15th, 2019 Description

Job Summary:

The Director of Student Research Programs at Geffen Academy will work with school leadership and Geffen Academy academic departments to develop programs that offer academic research and internship opportunities for Geffen Academy students. The Director will develop and oversee two elements of the Geffen Academy Co-Curricular program, including:

1) Advanced Academic Research
Students who are interested in research opportunities in areas such as science and other academic disciplines will take Introduction to Research Concentration courses in their 10th grade year. Upon completion of the coursework, students will be placed in classroom labs or other academic settings at UCLA or in Los Angeles, be mentored by lab directors and faculty, and then summarize and present their experience to the Geffen Academy school community.

2) Internship Program
Students who seek internship opportunities will work with the Director of Student Research Programs to locate appropriate internship opportunities that complement coursework and interests. Students will work with non-profit organizations, private businesses, or other programs owners and program directors, and share their experience with the Geffen Academy school community. In some instances, students may take Introduction to Internships course and receive course credit.

The Director will promote and solicit expressions of interest in research and internships among eligible Geffen Academy students; identify suitable research and internship experiences for students; prepare students for the process of seeking and securing research positions and internships; guide students in their work; oversee presentation of research to the Geffen community; and evaluate student's participation in research opportunities and internships.

The Director will demonstrate expertise with ethical concerns in relation to Institutional Review Board requirements; promote important moral and social values; mindful of lab safety concerns that can arise when students participate in various forms of research; familiarity with research methods; lead the development of appropriate policies and protocols for research to ensure compliance with UCLA standards.

Core Functions & Duties

Build the Geffen Academy research and internship programs, as described above.

Strengthen existing relationships between Geffen Academy and research centers at UCLA across disciplines.

Identify and develop new mentor relationships for student placements.

Teach the Introduction to Research and the Introduction to Internships concentration courses.

In conjunction with Department Chairs, support the orientation and training of new faculty in research and internship mentoring.

Work with faculty and the Director of College Guidance and Academic Advising to identify students who should consider applying for advanced research opportunities.

Develop a strategy for students who might benefit from a research opportunity under Geffen Academy faculty mentorship on the school campus rather than at UCLA (special studies model).

Teach additional concentration courses as needed.

Develop curriculum scope and sequence for the Introduction to Research course.

Align research and internship programs with Geffen Academy's core class schedule and school calendar.

Coordinate reporting of student research and internship activities with Director of College Guidance and Academic Advising.

Establish a mentor advisory council comprising members from UCLA educators and researchers, researchers outside UCLA, and educators with experience in internship programming.

Work with UCLA to develop streamlined access to library and training systems as needed by students.

Work with participating students and parents to develop feasible summer work plans that meet mentor, student, and family needs.

Develop a strategy for publication and presentation of student research and internship results consistent with Geffen Academy and UCLA standards.

Required Knowledge and Abilities (SKACs):

Mastery of research pedagogy, both as a teacher and as a manager
Deep understanding of concepts in science
Previous experience working in a research setting
Strong background in secondary education with a clear understanding and embrace of the Geffen Academy's mission, vision, and values
A record of outstanding success as a secondary educator
A joyful embrace of teaching
The ability to work as a partner with school leadership and faculty to advance research and internship programs at Geffen Academy.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communications skills to articulate and explain instructional issues to colleagues, students, and families
Must be self-directed and able to effectively prioritize and handle multiple tasks subject to frequent interruption
Must be capable of developing and sustaining working relationships with colleagues at Geffen Academy and from other parts of UCLA

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (https://equity.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/UC-Nondiscrimination-Affirmative-Action-Policy.pdf).

Job location Los Angeles, CA Learn More More information about this recruitment: https://geffenacademy.ucla.edu/ Requirements Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
    (Optional)
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
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To apply, please visit: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF04345


The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy, https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction


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