PREP Project Coordinator

  • Amherst, MA


: $44,490.00 - $91,730.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


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About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

The half-time Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Project Coordinator will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of a year-long internship program for students from underrepresented groups who are interested in earning PhD degrees in biomedical/biobehavioral disciplines. S/he will be responsible for developing and implementing a summer program that includes social and professional development activities. They will also manage a year-long internship program for the same group of students and serve as a role model and mentor for them.

Essential Functions

* Use knowledge of obstacles of diversity to help students overcome feelings of isolation and imposter syndrome identified through regular one-on-one meetings.
* Design and conduct orientation session for incoming students.
* Help students identify strengths and weakness to prepare individualized development plans (IDPs) in consultation with their laboratory PIs and the grant PIs
* Meet with each student and the grant PIs to discuss their summer experience and determine whether possible changes in laboratories, as well as the participant's strengths and weaknesses.
* Verify that all students are attending mandatory elements of the PREP program
* Assist participants in developing abstracts of his/her work
* Monitor progress of the students
* Solicit a mid-summer evaluation of each PREP participant from the laboratory PI and laboratory near-peer mentor
* Assist PREP participants in writing applications for travel awards to attend ABRCMS and SACNAS meetings.
* Cultivate relationships with faculty at minority-serving institutions and develop a contact list of institutions from which the PREP students come for future recruiting activities.
* Ensure that participants are following IDPs and progressing well during the academic year
* Lead discussions that reinforce professional development activities.
* Meet regularly with grant PIs to discuss progress and problems of students.
* Oversee data collection and assist with writing of annual reports to NIH
* Keep in touch with PREP participants after they have completed the program and are in graduate school at UMass or other institutions.
* Maintain an alumni list that is regularly updated as students progress through graduate school and beyond.
* Serve on the Leadership Team.
* Process all forms/contracts required of the university for fellowships, Non-Degree Status and student loan deferment Review applicant files
* Contact each person chosen to participate in the program and send them information including travel, housing, health and financial forms.
* Match participants with near-peer mentors
* Organize regular social and professional development programs, including GRE preparation sessions.
* Organize picnic and poster session for participants, their near-peers and faculty mentors
* Convene virtual meetings of participants with previous cohorts.
* Work with Chemistry Biology Interface (CBI) and Biotech Training Program (BTP) program coordinators to ensure PREP participation in enrichment activities of these programs.
* Supervise graduate resident assistant
* Update the PREP website.

Other Functions

* Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
* Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.
* Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* Masters degree in biomedical sciences, behavioral sciences or science education.
* Experience working with underrepresented students and a deep knowledge of available research data on obstacles to diversity that are specific to STEM disciplines.
* Must be willing to travel and work some evenings and weekends.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* PhD degree in biomedical sciences, behavioral sciences or science education
* Experience with outreach to minority populations or organizing and running diversity programs at multiple levels.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

Typical office environment

Additional Details

Reports to the PI of NIH grant that funds PREP

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday, 4 hours a day

Salary Information

Level 26

PSU Salary Ranges

50% FTE part time grant funded position

Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Apply by May 20, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. (

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Apr 12 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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