Assistant Director, Professional Development

Classified Title: Academic Program Manager

Requisition #: 315095

Range: ME

Level: 4

Salary: $59,159 - $81,406 annually

Status: Full Time

School: School of Medicine

Location: School of Medicine Campus

Location City: Baltimore

Location State: MD

Resume Required for Application: Yes

Area of Interest: Administrative

Contact: Human Resources - (410) 955-2990

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General Description

The Assistant Director, Professional Development, is part of the JHMI Professional Development and Career Office (PDCO). The mission of the PDCO is to provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the professional skills and knowledge to pursue and succeed in a scientific career. The PDCO offers professional development and career services to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (SOM), the Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH), the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (SON) and other entities. Currently, there are approximately 750 graduate biomedical students in the SOM, 700 from the BSPH, and 550 from SON, and 1,200 postdoctoral fellows in the SOM and 150 in the BSPH. In the last year, a total of 1,400 individuals participated in a PCDO activity.

The Assistant Director, Professional Development will provide one-on-one advising and develop and deliver workshops to terminal-degree students and postdoctoral fellows in the SOM, SON, and BSPH. To meet this goal, the Assistant Director will identify, create and implement enhanced professional and career advising specifically targeted for terminal-degree students and postdoctoral fellows in an effort to meet their unique career development needs. The position will report to the Director of the Professional Development and Career Office (East Baltimore Campus) and work closely with a number of stakeholders, including the SOM Office of Graduate Biomedical Education, the SOM Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, various offices within BSPH and SON, and graduate student and postdoctoral associations.

Primary duties and responsibilities of the job:

Provide career advising to doctoral and postdoctoral fellows.

Create and implement career communities for PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. Pilot and refine programming for each community. Build and maintain relationships with alumni and professionals to guide content and serve as mentors for participants.

Facilitate student exploration of their skills, interests, values and experiences in order to create job search strategies targeted to their industry of interest.

Develop and deliver innovative and engaging professional development workshops on topics relevant to both academic and non-academic careers. Topics include but are not limited to science communication, project management, grant writing, using LinkedIn, creating effective resumes, networking, interviewing skills, and pedagogy.

Research best practices for PhD career training initiatives at peer institutions.

Develop system to track participation in career communities and report participation to NIH training grant administrators.

Manage relationships with NIH training grant directors.

Present scholarly research at national conferences and publish research in peer reviewed journals.

Develop strategic relationships with key faculty to ensure continuous needs assessment and the effective implementation of career and professional development services for terminal-degree students and postdoctoral fellows.

Create professional development and career development content for website.

Build and maintain a network of professionals and alumni across varied careers and engage in networking and career exploration events.

Leverage internal and external resources to maximize services offered to trainees.

Create programming and services specific to the challenges international PhD and postdoctoral fellows face in fellowship applications and job searches.

With the director and the Office of Assessment and Evaluation, develop and implement assessment and evaluation strategies for PDCO program, to include short- and long-term training outcomes.

Assist PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in navigating the NIH grant mechanism landscape and advise trainees on training plan strategies.


Master’s degree in biomedical sciences, public health, nursing, education, or related area required.

Five years of relevant work experience, to include a combination of the following:

Experience in a higher education environment involving students, employers and/or alumni.

Significant successful grant-writing experience, with a preference for NIH grants.

Experience developing workshops and courses for adult learners.

Experience teaching and leading workshops for adult learners.

Experience providing professional and career development services, preferably to graduate and postgraduate trainees.

Experience mentoring graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on career issues.

Event and program management experience.

Experience developing and implementing effective assessment strategies and articulating strategic priorities.

Skills and Knowledge:

Able to translate doctoral and postdoctoral experiences to experience required by industry.

Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, and marshaling professional. networks, such as faculty, senior administrators, employers and alums.

Demonstrated capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds.

Demonstrated commitment to promoting an inclusive culture.

Demonstrated knowledge of grant processes of the NIH and extramural funding agencies.

Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for using websites and social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) to engage trainees and potential employers.

Additional education may substitute for some experience. 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD preferred.

Preferred experience in advising or mentoring students.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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