Program Director, STEM Ambassadors Program

Develop and implement STEM engagement activities, which involves:
- Creating content for and leading workshops on communicating science, on conducting team-based STEM research projects, and on how to mentor middle school students engaged in STEM research for undergraduate participants
- Creating session guides for undergraduates to employ in mentoring middle school students in STEM research
- Creating “how to” manuals for faculty and graduate student participants and leading training workshops that employ the manuals
Administration of grant budget and financial reports and budget forecasting, which involves:
- Develops budget to include forecasting, monitoring, and reporting outcomes, variances and problems.
- Using financial databases and systems to manipulate and analyze financial data for internal and external reporting and decision making
- Has signature authority to implement solutions and release funds
- Accepts an institutional responsibility for the University funds assigned.
Develop job descriptions for an assistant director of operations and an assistant director of mentoring (subsequently recruiting, training and supervising these positions). Recruit, train and supervise two undergraduate administrative assistants.
Oversee and support activities of:
- external web consultant (help in design, implementation, and future management of website and social media tools),
- external evaluation expert (help in the design, implementation, and analysis of evaluation materials), and
- 4 middle school teachers who work with undergraduate STEM ambassadors
Direct activities of and provide support of faculty advisors (20), graduate student mentors (30) and undergraduate team leaders (30)
Create tracking system for recording confidential records of participants and alumni (10%)

Master’s degree in STEM field
3 years experience in STEM research and/or education
1 year experience working with STEM undergraduate or graduate students
Excellent administrative skills: organizational and planning, including the ability to independently prioritize work, problem solve, handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set goals, and manage project timelines, attention to detail
Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population
3 years experience in data analysis and relevant tools (Excel, SPSS, etc.)
Demonstrated success working in a team environment
Required to work some nights and weekends
Master’s degree in education (or similar field)
Experience with the target student population
Experience working with STEM faculty
Macintosh computer experience



This is a temporary (1-year) grant funded position with the possibility of continuation beyond first year contingent upon availability of funding.

The University of Massachusetts is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origins, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, the University of Massachusetts is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of March 17, 2016, in order to ensure consideration.

To apply provide letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Submit application at