Position Announcement: Outreach Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC), California State University, Monterey Bay

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) PROGRAM SUMMARY:
California State University, Monterey Bay is committed to develop programs to attract, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, and to equip these students with the skills they need for successful careers. To that end, CSUMB developed the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) to provide our students with rigorous and guided undergraduate research experiences. UROC is a cross-campus center that trains, supports, and engages students in undergraduate research (http://uroc.csumb.edu/) across all majors. UROC students work on relevant and innovative research projects at CSUMB, and at regional, state, national, and international research institutions. Their work is guided by a research mentor, supported by UROC staff, and augmented by extensive training in research proposal writing, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and graduate school preparedness. At the core of UROC’s curricular offerings is a four semester, two-unit graded series of undergraduate research seminars. This two-year research series prepares students for their undergraduate research experiences, develops their scholarly identity, and prepares them for graduate school and fellowship applications. Students also communicate their work to the academic community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Taken together, these experiences prepare our students for successful entry into graduate school and professional careers.

OUTREACH COORDINATOR POSITION SUMMARY:
The Outreach Coordinator, under the general supervision of UROC’s Curriculum Associate, is responsible for managing: 1) outreach efforts with our community college partner, Hartnell College; 2) administrative, logistical, and marketing efforts for CSUMB’s newly-funded National Science Foundation Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program (http://reu.csumb.edu); and 3) first and second year outreach efforts.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:
Hartnell College Outreach (50% time)
• Serve as a point of contact for potential Hartnell College transfer students.
• Organize campus tours of CSUMB, field trips for Hartnell College and CSUMB students, and CSUMB faculty lectures at Hartnell College.
• Lead the research poster development session for Hartnell College’s Internship course, and assist with other relevant sessions as needed.
• Develop undergraduate research, transfer, and graduate school preparation materials targeted at community college students.
REU Administration (25% time)
• Develop and distribute marketing material that engages diverse student audiences interested in Ocean Science educational and career pathways.
• Organize student recruitment efforts.
• Create a vibrant online presence (including social media) and website.
• Oversee the online application system and respond to student inquiries.
• Organize logistics, housing, and transportation for REU participants and mentors.
• Organize workshops, field trips, and events.
First and Second Year Student Outreach (25% time)
• Lead outreach and recruitment efforts targeting first and second year students.
• Liaise with student clubs and campus programs, such as Living Learning Communities, that serve first and second year students.
• Lead UROC’s Peer-to-Peer student mentoring program.
• Assist with the recruitment and placement of students in undergraduate research positions.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Advanced computer proficiency, including word processing, spreadsheets, and marketing and publishing software.
• Proficiency in website design and development, and the use of social media, to include but not limited to video editing tools.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Ability to identify, develop, and maintain collaborations with faculty, administration, and partners.
• Superior critical assessment and synthesis skills.
• Ability to think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
• Demonstrated communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact and diplomacy.
• Ability to manage complex projects, work independently and collaboratively, and complete tasks on time.
• Ability to present clear and concise information in oral presentations, and in written reports, proposals, and publications.
• Ability to work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.
• Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
• Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree in the sciences, science education, or related field AND two years of progressively responsible work in outreach, program management, or education.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applicants must complete an employment application located on the CSU Monterey Bay’s University Corporation Human Resources website: http://hr.csumb.edu/jobs/db/fp/. Review of the applications will begin on October 20, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. The University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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