Assistant Director, Education Programs

United States, North America
May 03, 2014
About The Unit: The Marine Biological Laboratory is a destination for research, education, and training in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Its intellectual culture has developed in part through its renowned summer programs, which attract more than 1,700 scientists and advanced students from around the globe each year to participate in intense, transformative research and advanced-level courses in a range of biological subjects. The lab has a year-round staff of more than 300 employees, about half of whom are scientists and scientific support personnel working in fields ranging from microbial evolution and cellular mechanisms of camouflage to ecology and global climate change. The University of Chicago and Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, have a long, shared history of forging new paths in scholarship and discovery. Both are world leaders in scientific and educational innovation, drawing students and researchers from around the globe. In July 2013, UChicago and the MBL established a formal affiliation that strengthens and builds upon the institutions' combined eminence in biological research and education.

Unit Job Summary: Assistant Director, Education Programs: - Serves as an education science and program liaison between the MBL and University of Chicago. Such educational programs may be offered and taught in conjunction with the MBL scientific community. Examples of programs include: ­ - Helping implement high school, undergraduate, graduate, postdoc, and faculty research ­ - Implementing educational programs designed by the University of Chicago faculty to be offered at the MBL. - Advises, informs, supports and facilitates the formation and implementation of new educational programs that emerge from the Affiliation Faculty Advisory Committee (FAC). - Works closely with the MBL and University of Chicago staff and scientists to negotiate and enable the offering of new programs in light of the current MBL education program commitments. Is an advocate for Affiliation program offerings. - Supports the MBL and the University of Chicago in all matters related to successfully operationalizing and delivering a consistently high quality educational experience to attendees. - Serves as on the ground University of Chicago focal point for high school, undergraduate, graduate student, and postdoc programs. Work with the staff at the MBL and University of Chicago to support the smooth functioning of programs and the well-being of the students. - Manages the budget related to above. - Reports to Neil Shubin, University of Chicago; dotted line report to the MBL Director of Education.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required. Masters or PhD degree strongly preferred.

Unit Experience: - Three to five years of experience in managing a portfolio of educational programs. - Familiarity with University of Chicago and the MBL/Chicago Affiliation. - Administrative experience in program, project, and budget management. - Preferred science background to enable working with MBL and Chicago scientific and research community. - Appreciation of the MBL education and science. - Appreciation of the current facilities, resources, space (housing and lab) and infrastructure available at the MBL. - Excellent organizational skills, history of reliability and resourcefulness. - Ability to adapt and remain flexible as needs arise is paramount.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Advanced knowledge of instructional methodologies required. Advanced knowledge of professional development strategies, including coaching required. Advanced knowledge of evidence-based decision making to improve instruction and professional development required. Advanced knowledge of program development required. Ability to develop programs, curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required. Strategic leadership skills required. Supervisory skills required. Budget management skills required. Program management skills required. Verbal and written communication skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Presentation skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to maintain confidentiality required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.