At Columbia's Zuckerman Institute, we believe that understanding how the brain works - and gives rise to mind and behavior - is the most urgent and exciting challenge of our time. Led by Rui Costa, DVM, PhD, and Nobel laureates Eric Kandel, MD, and Richard Axel, MD, we study critical aspects of the mind and brain, gaining insights that promise to benefit people and societies everywhere.
The Zuckerman Institute seeks a talented individual who possesses expertise in program management related to education or public engagement.
Reporting to the Associate Director of Public Programs, the Program Manager oversees BRAINYAC (a mentored high school research program), Saturday Science (a monthly family day) and assists in the management of public engagement programs and the Education Lab. The primary focus of the person's time will be spent on running the BRAINYAC program, with the remaining time devoted to Saturday Science and other initiatives.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Manage Recruitment and selection of students for BRAINYAC; recruit scientist mentors from the Zuckerman Institute and more broadly at Columbia University; liaise with BRAINYAC partner organizations to ensure smooth program integration.
Plan and facilitate select BRAINYAC student sessions in consultation with the Public Programs Associate plan and organize and provide mentor training sessions.
Collaborate with program staff and scientists, schedule and provide resources for pedagogical content for the BRAINYAC program ensuring all supplies and lesson materials are in order.
Plan and organize multiple public events including family days with responsibilities of working with partner organizations, recruiting volunteers and managing public interaction by representing the Public Programs Team at community events.
Mentor high school and undergraduate interns.
Provide a central point of communication between Zuckerman Institute and broader Columbia scientists, Public Programs staff and interns, students and the public.
Day-to-day management of the Education Lab space and resources; manage email,phone enquiries and mailing lists
Perform other operational duties in line with the long-term public engagement goals of the Institute.
Bachelor's Degree required and three (3) years of related experience. Experience with education, program co-ordination or program management.
A strong background in education and a passion for communicating with a broad audience is desirable.Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills, collaborate well in a team environment and be self-motivated, organized and detail-oriented.
Must be comfortable working with diverse groups of people including high school students, teachers, scientists, and university administration.
Must have the ability to take initiative and work under minimal supervision, as well as respond to direction.
The ideal candidate is energetic, creative and enthusiastic, dedicated to exceptional quality and willing to learn.
A familiarity with the life sciences and academic research is desirable.
The candidate ideally has experience with management or student mentorship.
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