Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Program Development Specialist for the School of Engineering. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for Access Programs. The position is a high student contact position responsible for promoting and achieving student success by providing comprehensive academic support and retention services to students in a specific population, and by making timely referrals to appropriate offices. Through a variety of programs and initiatives, School of Engineering Undergraduate Education fosters a strong sense of community, teamwork, and service excellence. The office oversees professional academic advising teams, collaborates with the Office of academic Services, and promotes a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment at the School of Engineering. This position works as an integral part of Undergraduate Education collaborating on engineering engagement, recruitment and other special undergraduate programs or events as assigned. We look for someone who can support and contribute to the collaborative, team focused, positive work environment that is student-centered and passionate about the student success.
Among the key duties of the position are the following:
Creates and sustains a supportive learning environment that inspires, encourages, and achieves maximum student success from outreach to completion of the baccalaureate degree.
Achieves student success through intrusive academic and personal mentoring, academic coaching, academic guidance, financial literacy, and other responsibilities that provide essential student development and leadership.
Develops, implements, and participates in academic outreach, retention, assessment, guidance, and related initiatives.
The nature of the work requires a high level of sensitivity, discretion, and confidentiality.
Builds a diverse and inclusive engineering community through the Engineering Opportunity Program (EOP), expanding recruitment efforts in underserved school districts, and implementing precollege initiatives to strengthen the math and science skills underrepresented minority students and women interested in STEM.
Day-to-day advising meetings, helping enrolled students select appropriate classes, guiding students in their choice of an Engineering major, end-of-semester and end-of-year academic review, counseling students in academic difficulty and/or on academic probation, helping students navigate issues with Financial Aid, Housing and Dining Services.
Monitors academic progress of students via advising meetings, SSC and semi-annual academic reviews; updates advising database records accordingly.
Works to implement best practice strategies to engage with underrepresented minority (URM) & women in engineering (WIE) middle/high school students and strengthen STEM skills. These access programs for URM and WIE students will encourage their pursuit of postsecondary degrees and careers in engineering. These initiatives will serve as a direct pipeline for our EOP program, as well as increase the number of regularly admissible underrepresented students to SOE.
Shares duties in the planning and running of a five-week summer bridge program for incoming students of this population.
This is a full-time, 12-month position encouraging an inclusive community, fosters an open and productive environment and demonstrates sensitivity to and respect for a diverse population.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a bachelor's degree in a related field.
A minimum of five (5) years related experience in program administration and coordination, as well as some experience working with students in a math/science or engineering curriculum.
All aspects of Microsoft Office, SSC, IMS, Degree Navigator and database management.
Due to the nature of the workflow of this office, no vacation may be taken from the middle of June through the end of July.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.