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Job Req ID:  18877

Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator


General Summary/Purpose:

Johns Hopkins University has developed an ambitious vision to continue to integrate life design, experiential learning, and mentoring in the academic and co-curricular learning experience for all students. Under the leadership of Dr. Farouk Dey, the inaugural vice provost for integrative learning and life design, the university has announced the creation of three new departments and several new initiatives and mission that will ensure that every student has the ability to pursue their life purpose regardless of background, field of study, or social capital. Read more about this plan here.


Reporting to the Manager of HOUR, the Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator will develop programming to enhance the professional development, career advancement, life design, connections with alumni, experiential learning and peer mentoring opportunities for undergraduate students at the schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences on the Homewood campus and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The program coordinator will build a team of experienced undergraduate researchers interested in sharing their knowledge and experience with their peers. The person will also collaborate with departments and offices across the university to develop and capitalize on programs that engage students in life design, experiential learning, and skill development.


To be successful, the program coordinator will achieve strong engagement and outcomes in the following areas: life design programming, education, experiential learning, alumni connections, and data collection, analysis, and reporting.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute courses, workshops, programs, content, and digital resources to help students achieve their life ambitions.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and motivate a team of undergraduate peer mentors to scale efforts for an effective and positive experience for all undergraduate students.
  • Bring higher visibility to the modes and diversity of undergraduate research experiences across all our campuses.
  • Engage with faculty and alumni to increase mentoring, experiential learning, and research opportunities for undergraduates.


Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator

  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships with colleagues across units, including, but not limited to, academic departments, academic advising, life design lab, alumni relations, and international services.
  • Recommend and develop tools and resources for faculty and staff to enhance their mentoring experience with undergraduates.
  • Customize offerings and approaches given unique needs of students based on areas of research interests.
  • Engage in social media, digital outlets, and academic and professional journals and associations to establish an exciting brand, tell the story, and serve as a thought leader at Johns Hopkins University and in higher education.


The Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate is comfortable with co-working and flexible work arrangements. Rather than assigning office or desk spaces to our teams, we have modernized our approach and assigned laptops and cell phones and expect that our teams can work from anywhere for the purpose of scaling our impact across the institution. For this model to work, the ideal candidate must present excellent skills in relationship development and engaging audiences in groups and via social media and digital outlets.


The ideal candidate is entrepreneurial, data and outcomes driven, strong in planning and execution, comfortable leading programs and interventions with groups, and enjoys developing relationships and connections with multiple stakeholders at once. Our vision is focused on scalability of resources and services and does not utilize a one-on-one appointment model. For this transformation to work, traditional one-on-one counseling and coaching services are taking a backseat to a culture of scalable programs and interventions. Candidates who thrive as counselors, advisors, and coaches and do not enjoy the intense focus on scalability and metrics may not be the best fit for this organization.


The ideal candidate is an effective user of social media and digital outlets to engage multiple audiences, strengthen individual and organizational brand, scale impact, and influence public opinion. Candidates who are not comfortable with the utilization of social media in a professional environment may not be a good fit for this organization.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED.  Bachelor’s degree preferred. Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula (30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience).
  • Five years related experience required, preferably recent direct experience within a higher education setting.
  • Strong multicultural competency.
  • The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, knowledge of highly selective college or university settings and has familiarity with operations of the world of university networks.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • By way of experience, evidence of ability to develop and execute programs, courses, events, and content to scale impact across various constituent groups.
  • By way of experience, evidence of ability to engage, teach, and energize various constituent groups.
  • Knowledge of higher education structure and factors that affect decision making at private research institutions.
  • Demonstrated skill in fostering new institutional relationships, and marshaling professional networks with faculty, administrators, and alumni.


Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator

  • Ability to demonstrate capacity to work effectively with persons from diverse backgrounds to promote an inclusive campus and community culture.
  • Be influential and manage change in a highly decentralized institution.
  • Analyze information and situations and make independent judgments and decisions.
  • Listen and communicate convincingly in written and verbal formats.
  • Effectively and creatively utilize social media to increase engagement and influence public opinion.
  • Manage and delegate workload and work flow under the pressure of deadlines.
  • Set priorities in a complex environment and represent the institution’s perspective to external entities.


Classified Title: Program Coordinator 
Working Title: Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ATO 37.5/03/OF 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30-5 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt  
Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 
Department name: 60009252-Integrative Learning and Life Design 
Personnel area: Integrative Learning & Life Design


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


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