The Office of Professional Development (OPD) is seeking a self-motivated and proactive Program Researcher to help advance the mission and strategic goals of the office.
In close collaboration with the Director of the Office of Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdocs as well as the Director of BGREAT and the Office of Diversity, Outreach and Recruitment, the Program Researcher will help identify opportunities and implement programming in five main areas: Career Readiness & Exploration, Teaching & Mentoring, Leadership & Management, Communication and Wellness. In addition, the Program Researcher will support efforts to build community and establish relationships between individuals, both trainees and faculty/staff, and biomedical training programs in the Medical School.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Program Researcher in this position will conduct research and service that provides further development of career skills and allows them opportunities to learn new research techniques towards a career in higher education, with an emphasis on graduate and postdoctoral trainee professional development. They will work in conjunction with the Director of the Medical School Office of Professional Development who determines the agenda. Hires have typically worked in a previous post-doctoral position, and may supervise other personnel.
Research & Data Analysis, Program Development and Coordination (60%):
In partnership with the Director, support existing programs and develop new programs and initiatives, based on research and data, that support the mission and strategic goals of the office, and advise the Director in various aspects of program planning, analysis and reporting.
Assist the Director for Professional Development in the creation and implementation of enhanced professional and career advising services specifically targeted for biomedical sciences PhD and postdoctoral trainees to meet their unique career development needs.
Conducts research on the effectiveness of professional development programming, to include analysis, evaluation and reporting of results. Actively participates in research efforts by exploring new possible approaches to programming or suggesting new interpretations of data.
Evaluates, suggests alternate methods, modifies or develops new procedures and techniques to aid in the investigation of career resources for graduate students and postdocs.
Gather and synthesize current literature on professional development programming and information about programming at other higher education institutions.
Direct new data-driven initiatives to engage graduate students and postdocs in the Medical School and develop and improve programming based on surveys and evaluations.
Develop and coordinate awards and seminar series to highlight the work of graduate students and postdocs.
Maintain and analyze an alumni database, conduct an analysis of BGREAT’s program’s alumni and generate figures, programming, and communications based on data.
Assist in the development of workshops for graduate students and postdocs, including identifying topics, corresponding with potential speakers, developing agendas and collaborating with other University partners.
Assist with planning, advertising, and execution of community building and professional development events.
Arrange logistics for OPD events, including room reservations, coordination of A/V equipment, arrangement of catering.
Prepare reports as requested or needed to provide timely and accurate information to support program improvement and decision making
Assist in the coordination and administrative support of other OPD initiatives as needed
Identify content to support the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees in the University of Minnesota Medical School:
Identify content for weekly e-newsletter, including local and national events and opportunities as well as job, funding, fellowship and internship postings.
Develop and update online content for the OPD and BGREAT website.
Collaborate with the OPD and BGREAT team on social media efforts.
Provide administrative support to the director.
Respond to questions regarding the OPD, as appropriate
Special Notice for COVID-19 Hiring
The University of Minnesota has suspended hiring for positions that are not deemed critical to the University's mission and operations. At this time we are accepting applications for this position; however, hiring will not proceed until the hiring freeze is lifted. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.
Doctoral degree in psychology from an APA-accredited program by start date
Experience working and collaborating with diverse populations
Internal Number: 337571
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