Lead Program Manager, Minority Engineering Program (MEP)

Purdue University

West-Lafayette, IN

ID: 7073936
Posted: January 11, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Lead Program Manager will lead all directional aspects of the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) with the purview and scope of student recruitment, retention, university relationship development, and the establishment of strategic partnerships/Memorandums of Understanding and articulation agreements with STEM organizations. The program manager will also work with community colleges and others to reduce/eliminate duplication of efforts and reinforce student access and success in achieving academic goals. The core focus is on evaluating and improving new and existing MEP pipeline projects and the undergraduate and graduate school programs that coordinate with the College of Engineering Office of Future Engineers and the Office of Graduate Education.

The Lead Program Manager will also need to develop and execute sustainable and replicable Minority Engineering Program approaches to broadening participation of under-represented minorities (URM) from elementary through graduate degree attainment. The program manager will work seamlessly with internal and external stakeholders to support diversity efforts and be instrumental in Purdue MEP retaining and improving our posture of a national benchmark among peer institutions in K-12, undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering that can be replicated nationwide.

Master's degree in engineering, management, or STEM field
Six (6) years of experience and a distinguished record of accomplishments in business management, program development, execution and assessment, with evidence of achieving measureable results
In lieu of a degree, consideration will be given to an equivalent combination of related education and required work experience
Six (6) years of experience designing programs/initiatives that encourage a growth mindset in goal attainment, for example new product ventures or academic programs that invite flexibility and expansion
Experience building and leading teams with a data-driven approach to strengthen recruitment and retention initiatives for students throughout the academic pipeline, including elementary, undergraduate and graduate students
Experience developing pathways for students to pursue academic excellence in elementary, undergraduate, and graduate studies in STEM fields
Must have the knowledge and ability to be successfully published
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with a diverse group of internal stakeholders (graduate students, alumni, administrators, faculty and staff) and external stakeholders (prospective students, faculty, administrators at other institutions, large organizations servicing URM undergraduate and graduate students and corporate supporters)
Must be proficient in managing data through analytics, visualization, and accurate assessment of baseline and projected trends towards attainment of metric goals
Possess essential skills including problem-solving, data analytics, virtual and in-person presentation savvy, expertise with web-based applications and social media platforms, organization, time management, creativity and professionalism
Must be highly motivated, self-initiating, and a team player
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and make informed decisions while under pressure from students, faculty, and parents
Strong corporate/customer relations and office management skills
Ability to coach and mentor students from underrepresented populations
A valid US or Canadian driver's license
Ability to travel as needed for presentations, conferences, and partnership development
Experience leading new ventures, marketing, and promoting collaborative national efforts to increase URM participation in STEM
Must be well-versed in Memorandums of Understanding, community college articulation agreements, and understand university protocol for relationship building and successful implementation of new and existing signature programs
Experience in servicing students from historically underrepresented groups in the engineering or STEM fields
Ability to identify current and historical knowledge of engineering or STEM national enrollment, degree attainment, and academic experiences and challenges for under-represented minorities
Awareness of the demands of the engineering curriculum, the engineering profession, internships, graduate research, and student professional development


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