Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Position Title: Build Research and Graduate Opportunities Specialist
Classification Title: FT Administrator
City/Campus: Detroit - McNichols
Department: Dean's Office-Engr and Sci
Position Status: Full Time
The ReBUILDetroit Program, an National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded initiative since 2014, is an intense academic and research-based program to prepare students from underrepresented or financially disadvantaged backgrounds for research careers in the biomedical sciences.
The rigor of the program requires ReBUILDetroit students to develop time-management, goal setting, study, interpersonal and other life skills to be successful in the program.
To assist students in the program, the ReBUILDetroit Research and Graduate Opportunities specialist works with a team to coordinate support, resources, intrusive advising, and mentoring, as well as collecting and monitoring data on student performance and supporting communication between scholars and faculty, with a focus on helping scholars prepare for being a strong applicant for graduate programs while navigating the university setting towards their academic and life goals.
The role includes communicating with students, staff and faculty at Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University, as well as assisting with BUILD events, particularly those involving the Research Enrichment Core.
This a grant-funded position that we hope to sustain beyond grant funding.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
(1) Support Research Enrichment Core Activities • Attend Research Enrichment (RE) Core meetings. Communicate and coordinate with BUILD Scholars, faculty and staff regarding pertinent RE Core information and events in a timely fashion. • Work in collaboration with other RE Core members (at Detroit Mercy and WSU) to assist in planning, coordinating, and executing RE events/activities (e.g. Student Poster Sessions, Research Professional Development Day, etc.) • Assist with Scholar-Faculty Research Mentor pairing, communications, and activities. • Provide assistance and direction to Scholars for identifying and attending conferences to present research. • Coordinate student travel to conferences consistent with BUILD and Detroit Mercy policies and procedures. • Provide assistance and direction to Scholars for identifying and applying to external funded research opportunities. (2) Support Scholar Transition to Graduate Programs • Work in concert with the E&S Pre-Health advisor, faculty advisors, instructors, and other support staff to help students attain self-efficacy and academic cultural capital to successfully navigate the application process for post-secondary studies. • Provide regular programming for Junior and Senior cohorts for the professional development, graduate school readiness, preparedness for post-bachelor studies, and out of consortium research opportunities. • Help Scholars define, develop and monitor realistic academic and career goals. (3) Support Scholar Success and BUILD activities • Develop relationships with ReBUILDetroit Scholars based on trust and good communication, providing support, guidance, and mentoring for academic and life success in coordination with Scholars faculty academic advisors. • Monitor, in conjunction with other student success team members, the personal and academic well-being of students using various means, identifying concerns or needs and bringing relevant issues to the awareness of other ReBUILDetroit team members, faculty advisors and instructors, as appropriate. • Meet one-on-one, regularly, with Junior and Senior Scholars to provide guidance and facilitate preparation and planning for career/post-baccalaureate/out of consortium research. • Assist in executing and facilitating programming in the Summer Enrichment Program and other BUILD events (White Coat Ceremony, Cross-Consortium events, etc.) • Attend BUILD Student Affairs Committee meetings as an active member. • Attend BUILD Admissions Committee meetings as an active member. • Attend BUILD P&P Committee meetings as an active member. (4) All other duties as assigned.
A college degree and a professional certificate or graduate degree
Advanced degree in a scientific discipline involving research strongly preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to take initiative, be self-directed, and see projects to completion. • Effective interpersonal and communication skills • Knowledge of best practices for supporting under-represented groups of best practices for academic advising in STEM disciplines. • Knowledgeable of best practices for admissibility to graduate programs and mentoring. • Interest, empathy, and ability in helping students develop intellectually, socially, ethically, and spiritually • Sense of humor, flexibility, patience, creativity • Attention to details • Ability to use technology to keep accurate records • Ability to analyze, interpret and utilize data for recruiting and program improvement • Ability to problem solve, think critically • Effective interpersonal and communication skills • Occasional availability to Scholars when needed after hours • Willingness and ability to engage in effective developmental, intrusive, and culturally aware mentoring.
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping.
Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.
Open Date: 10/23/2019
Salary/Pay Information: Commensurate with experience
Anticipated Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
About University of Detroit Mercy
Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private university, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's urban mission, commitment to diversity, and tradition of scholarly excellence. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.
Internal Number: AF9575-CG001-0301-1183
About University of Detroit Mercy
The University of Detroit Mercy has one goal - to help our students realize their dreams and ambitions. We fulfill that goal by offering challenging academic programs taught by talented, committed professors and supplemented by hands-on research, co-op, and internship opportunities.