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Research Program Coordinator -- RISE Program (Partially Grant-funded)

Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

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Research Program Coordinator -- RISE Program (Partially Grant-funded)

Job Summary:

This is a multi-year, partially grant-funded, position that reports directly to the RISE Assistant Director and is primarily responsible for the overall program development, management and execution of the Freshman Introduction to Research and Skills Training (FIRST) Program and the administration of student research participation and development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provides support for program activities and administering the program’s objectives.
• Organizes the administration of the RISE application and screening of applicants
• Identifies available pool of faculty mentors and provides orientation and training to prepare mentors and scholars for research experience
• Serves as the lead and main contact of the Freshman Introduction to Research and Skills Training (FIRST) Program academic and 8-week summer program;
o Develop, manage and execute the curriculum and programming for the FIRST Program;
o Coordinate and plan the FIRST Program along with guidelines established by the Program Director
o Manage the lab placement selection process for students and research instructors for the FIRST program;
o Plan weekly mandatory student professional development workshops
o Plans and implements summer research symposia and other program events.
o Manage the lab placement selection process for students and research instructors for the FIRST program;
• Orders all equipment, office supplies and supplies needed for the RISE Program student labs and activities (including CSI Course)
• Maintains budget for lab and office supplies
• Assists students with developing Individualized Educational Action Plans
• Assists student in developing research proposals and prepares students to present scholarly work at conferences
• Assists the Assistant Director with data collection activities and manages the storage of collected data required for NIH annual reports. This will include developing and maintaining database of program participants and activities for reporting and tracking purposes (. i.e. tracking student research activity)
• Prepares and enters data for program evaluation (i.e. tracking the number of students completing laboratory projects, attending seminars, etc.);
• Maintains detailed documentation of program files and records.
• Conducts lab visitations to ensure student attendance and participation meets the program’s requirements;
• Manages and monitors student research activities and progress;
o Review and approve all timesheets
o Assess student performance and progress to determine if the lab is a good placement;
Review and assess student bi-weekly reports to ensure adequate student participation;
• Coordinates arrangements for student travel, lodging, and registration at national and local research conferences;
• Coordinates the logistics for program activities including annual retreats, the RISE lecture series, workshops, and recruiting visits.
• Maintains and updates RISE website; which include depicting the scholarly activities of RISE Scholars
• Develops creative ways to promote the programs activities and to inform the college of opportunities available for selected undergraduates through the RISE Program, but not limited to, branding and maintaining the program social media and web presence and developing creative advertising for all events and activities.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree, preferably in STEM and a minimum of three years of experience in data collection and program management or coordination required, preferably in a college/university setting.

The incumbent must be customer service oriented, able to handle multiple tasks, flexible, and detailed oriented. The duties of this position require excellent interpersonal skills and strong organizational capabilities.

The incumbent must have the ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals and documents. Also this position requires the ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints. The duties of this position require the ability to write business correspondence and various reports plus the ability to effectively deliver presentations to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must have the ability to perform intermediate level computer skills using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). In addition to producing correspondence, memos, and e-mails, duties may involve assignments that require creating brochures, spreadsheets with formulas, tables, PowerPoint presentations, and newsletters, use of Lotus Notes, Banner Financial Module, WordPress and Internet navigation.

Preferred Qualifications:

Prior experience in undergraduate research programs, mentoring undergraduate researchers, or advising preferred. Experience with event planning and management preferred.



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EEO Statement:

Spelman College is an EEO/Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Title IX Employer and we participate in E-Verify. We are a smoke-free campus.


Working at Spelman College

Spelman College is a prestigious, highly selective historically Black college that prepares women to change the world. Spelman’s holistic liberal arts education empowers women to excel intellectually, think creatively, serve wholeheartedly, act globally, and lead boldly. Located in Atlanta, Spelman College’s multifaceted, person-centered learning community creates lasting bonds of sisterhood and support. Providing an educational experience unlike any other, Spelman embraces a long-standing and life-changing commitment to academic rigor, career development, community involvement, and positive social impact.

Spelman is part of the Atlanta University Center, the largest consortium of historically Black institutions of higher learning in the world. Its partner institutions include Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College and Morehouse School of Medicine. Spelman shares cross-registration with its undergraduate partners. The AUC institutions also share the newly renovated Robert W. Woodruff Library.

A historic campus of 32 acres, dating back to 1883, Spelman is five minutes west of downtown Atlanta. There are 25 buildings on the lush, well-manicured campus, including a new, silver LEED- certified green residence hall, The Suites, and The Camille O. Hanks Cosby Academic Center, which houses the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the state-of-the-art College Archives.

As a result of its dedicated faculty and staff, Spelman College has gained an excellent national reputation and high rankings in the media’s annual college guides. The College ranks among the top 70 Best Liberal Arts Colleges, consistently ranks as a top producer of Fulbright Fellows and Teach For America candidates, and has the distinction of being the leading producer of Black females who go on to earn doctoral degrees in science and engineering.

Spelman College is also home to SpelBots, the first all-women, African-American robotics team to take part in the international RoboCup competition in 2005, long considered the Olympics of Robotics and artificial intelligence. In addition, the Women’s Research and Resource Center, the WISDOM Center and Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, as well as the College’s departments of art and drama and dance, are among the many esteemed programs that showcase the College’s strengths in the humanities, arts and service leadership.

Dedicated, talented, and well-qualified faculty members are a hallmark of Spelman College. Home to 183 full-time faculty members, Spelman boasts an 11:1 student/faculty ratio, providing students with greater opportunities to engage with professors across disciplines. The William and Camille Cosby Endowed Professorship Program, for example, supports professorships in the fine arts, humanities and the social sciences. It is a multidisciplinary initiative designed to enhance the intellectual, cultural and creative life of Spelman College and its surrounding community. Previous Cosby Chairs include former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin; award-winning author and poet Pearl Cleage, C’71; the Rev. Renita Weems; distinguished scholar and economist William Darity, Ph.D.; and Bernice Johnson Reagon, C'70, an internationally known producer, composer and recording artist, and founder of the Grammy Award-nominated a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey and the Rock.

Spelman faculty have a significant impact on the College’s mission to educate students to lead and serve their communities and the world. To this end, Spelman’s iconic representative is the Millenial professor. The College is strengthening its Faculty Development Program to be comprehensive – recruiting and retaining talented individuals who pursue creative, rigorous scholarship and course development within their disciplines and in multidisciplinary ventures. These professors will also lead the way in internationalizing the curriculum.

As part of the College’s strategic plan for 2015, Spelman’s agenda is to strengthen the academic core of the institution. Constituents such as students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumnae, trustees and community partners participate by taking specific actions called GOALS. Spelman’s faculty goals are: global engagement; ongoing professional development; advising students to prepare not only for careers but for lives of success, leadership, and service; leadership through participation in shared governance; and service learning integrated across the curriculum.

The Spelman MILE – My Integrated Learning Experience – forms the foundation of Spelman College’s strategic plan. Symbolizing a transformational journey of learning, the Spelman MILE will ensure key competencies – such as critical thinking, effective communication, quantitative reasoning, and digital literacy – that Millenial students need for personal success. Student GOALS include: global engagement, including at least one meaningful international travel experience; opportunities for undergraduate research and career-related internships; alumnae connections to strengthen our sisterly bonds early on; leadership development focused on individual potential and best practices; and service learning that pairs hands-on community engagement with coursework shared governance.

Each year, the College hosts Research Day in April, as well as Faculty Research Day in October. Both events are designed to showcase excellence in student and faculty research across academic disciplines.

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