Manager of STEM Professional Development Programs

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

ID: 7084222
Posted: August 30, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

How to Apply
A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and must be attached as the first page of your resume. The letter should address your specific interest in and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

Job Summary
The Rackham Graduate School’s Graduate Student Professional and Academic Development team is seeking an individual to provide the highest level of excellence in the development and implementation of innovative professional development programs to engage a highly diverse STEM graduate student and postdoctoral fellow community. We seek an individual that will be energized by working in a student-centered, multidisciplinary and collaborative team environment.

The Academic Program Manager will design and manage programs; cultivate relationships and develop collaborations with university and external partners; develop and support STEM internships; and collaborate within Rackham to further Rackham’s mission.

They will be responsible for developing strong partnerships with faculty, staff and graduate students in graduate programs and departments in the schools and colleges across the University to inform and support high quality, innovative graduate student professional development programs and resources.

The position may require some travel and evening and weekend work.

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Job responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Program design. Collaborate with the Professional Development Team in developing the curriculum in areas related to Rackham's core skills for professional development, taking the lead on programming related to STEM, postdoctoral fellows and other topics where appropriate. Review the future faculty programming for STEM graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on campus, with special attention to students from underrepresented backgrounds; identify gaps in that curriculum; and make strategic recommendations for future programming to address those gaps. Research innovative ways that other units and institutions are providing professional development opportunities for STEM (as defined by the National Science Foundation) students and postdoctoral fellows and make strategic recommendations to develop high-impact programs on our campus. Design tailored workshops upon requests from STEM departments and programs.

Program management. Collaborate with Professional Development team on Doctoral Internship Programs and grants for STEM students and provide professional development for STEM Rackham-sponsored interns. Contribute to Rackham’s internal internship working group. Manage AAAS CASE workshop competition for STEM students. Co-chair Ph.D. Connections annual career conference planning committee. Manage STEM professional development workshops, seminars, and programming on both central and north campuses. Implement programming by facilitating workshops, introducing guest speakers for Rackham programs, and moderating panels in collaboration with Professional Development Team. Facilitate workshops and presentations at the department level for STEM departments and programs. Work closely with Events Coordinator to supervise program logistics.

Postdoc support and leadership. Co-coordinate the Postdoctoral Administrators Group with campus postdoctoral administrators. Attend UMPDA board meetings as necessary. Represent Rackham on campus-wide postdoc advisory committee. Coordinate Rackham programming for Postdoc Appreciation Week with Rackham Program Specialist. Serve as a liaison between UMPDA leadership and Rackham. Participate in Big Ten Postdoc Office meetings every other month to represent Rackham. Work collaboratively with Rackham Program Specialist to ensure support of university postdoctoral scholars. Support postdoc affinity groups and any funding requests they have annually. Coordinate with ADVANCE to review grant applications for the Postdoctoral Travel with Child Travel Expense fund and make travel grant awards.


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