The Program Director will create, evaluate and manage all personnel and operational elements of the Office for Graduate Diversity, Outreach and Recruiting (gradDOR). The missions of this office are to increase the number, quality and diversity of the students applying to the biomedical sciences graduate programs, direct the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP) and develop and evaluate information technology methods to provide the Associate Dean and the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Council data on: the number and productivity (grants & publications) of current graduate faculty and students, student progress to degree and job outcomes for alumni.
The position reports to the Medical School Associate Dean for Graduate Education and works closely with a number of stakeholders, including: the Biomedical Graduate Sciences Council, the Director of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, the Biomedical Graduate Students Advisory Board, the Vice Provost and Dean and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate School Diversity Office among others.
1. 40% Effort - Direct and manage outreach recruiting for LSSURP and gradDOR PhD programs.
Manage the evaluation of the productivity/yield of recruiting activities & pipeline relationships.
Direct the creation of new approaches to recruiting.
Plan and oversee the development and implementation of social media campaigns.
Lead creation of content for virtual graduate program fairs and webinars to recruit prospective graduate students.
Manage communication plans to drive student awareness of and interaction with our programs resulting in applications.
Oversee the creation of recruiting materials: brochures, exhibit displays, promotional materials and web pages. These will employ expert (PhD) knowledge of the current Univ. of Minnesota biomedical graduate programs, research and educational opportunities within these programs.
Define methods to assess the effectiveness of the complex constellation of activities affecting recruiting goals and manage the modification of practices to best meet those goals.
Initiate, lead and maintain recruiting relationships with undergraduate programs and program staff and faculty at current and potential pipeline schools. Employ expert knowledge of Minnesota research and training opportunities to best represent the University to prospective students and their faculty mentors.
2. 30% - Effort - Direct IT project development to provide analytic tools needed by the Associate Dean, graduate programs and training grant directors to evaluate the outcomes and productivity of our recruiting and training activities.
Define and manage the implementation of data management and information technology for recruiting and assessment of:
Use of CRM software created by GRADDOR director in partnership with Graduate School Office of Admissions
Graduate Program admissions outcomes
Grants and publications of graduate program faculty and graduate students.
Lead teams for resolution of IT problems via collaborations with Academic Health Center Information Systems, College of Biological Sciences, Graduate School Office of Admissions, University Libraries and the Office of Institutional Research
Plan and maintain a web portal to maximize national visibility of graduate program web sites.
Direct assessment of thevisibility of existing PhD program web sites on the Internet.
Analyze traffic of PhD program web sites -Google Analytics.
Be a leader in expert understanding of the recruiting practices of national peer institutions.Serve as Data Project Chair for the BioGAP special interest group of the National Associate of Graduate Admission Professionals.
3.10% Effort - Play a leadership and collaborative role with colleagues and programs in the Graduate School, College of Biological Sciences, Graduate School Diversity Office and Student Organizations active in diversity issues:
Collaborate with the Graduate School Diversity Office on recruiting and serve on Graduate Recruitment Council
Direct and advise GRADDOR administrative support to Association of Multicultural Scientists
Direct and advise GRADDOR administrative support for the local chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science
Advise and direct GRADDOR administrative support for Biomedical Sciences Graduate Programs Research Recognition Day student organization
Manage the data acquisition and analytics for reporting for T32 grant PIs and document diversity recruiting plans for new or renewing applications
Determine and oversee GRADDOR office budget expenditures
Supervise the GRADDOR office program associate and staff..
4. 20% Effort - Serve as the administrative/recruiting director of the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (LSSURP). Engage biomedical sciences graduate programs in courting LSSURP students to enroll in graduate programs at the University. Meet with LSSURP participants multiple times during the summer to discuss career plans and build skills in applying to graduate programs.
Design, write and present academic and career development seminars and workshops for LSSURP participants and for University of Minnesota undergraduates: Preparing for the GRE, writing personal statements, getting strong letters of recommendation, how to have an effective interview experience, crafting an “elevator talk”, developing an individual development plan, understanding and developing a mentor network.
Plan and oversee methods to maintain communications with LSSURP alumni to track their career development and to recruit them to apply to Minnesota programs where appropriate.
Create and manage plans to maximize recruiting of LSSURP students to apply and enroll in U of Minnesota graduate programs.
Manage LSSURP year-round operations. Supervise the LSSURP program coordinator and other LSSURP staff..
Oversee LSSURP data acquisition and analytics and provide reporting to PIs of federal grants supporting the summer research programs.
Requirements â— A BA/BS degree with at least 8 years of relevant work experience, to include a combination of the following:
Experience in a higher education environment involving students, employers and/or alumni.
Experience in advising or mentoring students.
Knowledge/understanding of science research on a broad level
Writing experience, including publishing in scientific journals, booksand/or writing grants
Experience teaching or leading workshops for undergraduates
Event and program management experience
Experience collecting and analyzing survey and outcome data and gaining stakeholder input
Understanding of leadership principles either through application or training
Adept at social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter)
Ph.D. degree in the sciences - degree in biomedical sciences preferred.
Skills and Knowledge
Understanding of how undergraduates select graduate programs
Excellent relationship-building skills
Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds
Demonstrated commitment to promoting an inclusive culture.
Facility with multiple software tools for data collection, analysis, presentation and reporting
Excel, Tableau, Databases, Qualtrics, Slate, Adobe Creative Suite
Web site content creation and analysis of effectiveness of content - Google Analytics
Internal Number: 331428
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