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University of Washington ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH PROGRAM in Seattle, Washington

Req #: 225298


Posting Date: 08/07/2023

Closing Info: Open Until Filled

Salary: $6,712 per month

Shift: First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here. (https://hr.uw.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/02/benefits-professional-staff-librarians-academic-staff-20230119_a11y.pdf) Although open until filled, applications received by 8/28/23 will receive priority consideration.

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances, and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington. Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching

To learn more about our open positions visit our Careers in UAA (https://www.washington.edu/uaa/about/careers-in-uaa/) page.

Within UAA, the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) , housed in the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity in Undergraduate Academic Affairs , assists undergraduates in all fields to enrich their academic experience through engagement in exciting, hands-on research with UW faculty and other research mentors in all disciplines. URP staff help students plan for year-round and summer undergraduate research experiences, identify faculty mentors and projects, define research goals, present and publish their work, and obtain funding for their research.

The URP has an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Research Program to join their team.

The URP Assistant Director advises and educates students on all aspects related to undergraduate research engagement and opportunities. The Assistant Director takes a lead role in facilitation of summer co-hosted programs; curriculum management, development, and teaching of URP credit-bearing courses and non-credit bearing workshops; planning and execution of the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium; and implementation of application and selection processes for all URP’s funded research opportunities. In addition, the Assistant Director contributes to the design of new undergraduate research initiatives, especially those related to promoting equity and inclusion, in collaboration with URP staff and other campus partners. Finally, the Assistant Director works closely with the Director to build and sustain a welcoming, inclusive, and collaborative team environment where URP staff are fully supported and encouraged to pursue their own professional development.


Under the supervision of the Director of the URP, this position will have the following responsibilities:

Management and Administration (50%) • Takes a lead role in planning and executing the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, a large tri-campus event featuring approximately 1,000 student presenters and the entire campus community. • Manages joint summer STEM undergraduate research programming (including a weekly seminar, student and mentor orientations, networking events, etc.). • Manages URP scholarship and internship selection processes for two academic year research programs and one summer humanities research program. • Provides critical decision-making support for all facets of the URP program portfolio, including recommendations of program changes and enhancements, and contributes to the design of new undergraduate research initiatives. • Develops communications with faculty, students, staff, and outside organizations and colleges to disseminate program information, raise awareness of URP resources, and to enhance opportunities for undergraduate researchers. • Represents the URP to external organizations and constituents as needed. • Provides critical insight into strategies for intentionally incorporating DEI values into URP programming. • Partners with faculty and departments to expand the student opportunities database. • Strategizes with the URP Director to forecast and manage grant and gift budgets.

Advising, Instruction, and Student Development (35%) • Advises and prepares undergraduates for involvement and engagement in year-round and summer research opportunities, both on campus and in national and international programs. • Creates and facilitates non-credit bearing workshops, events, and information sessions to assist students in developing skills and tools relevant to undergraduate research. • Designs research-related curriculum and teaches credit-bearing URP courses, as needed. • Collaborates with the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Early Identification and McNair Scholars Programs and Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity colleagues to support first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented undergraduate researchers. • Facilitates outreach and information sessions for student scholarship and program application processes.

Supervisory (10%) • Recruits, onboards, and manages the URP Graduate Student Assistant(s).

Contribute to the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD) and Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) (5%) • Works with EXPD programs to advance the goals of the Center, UAA, and the UW. • Serves on UAA and campus committees as needed. • Engages with UAA efforts and represents the URP at UAA events and activities.

All UAA Undergraduate Research Program Staff will demonstrate and integrate the following Undergraduate Academic Affairs Competencies:
• Accountability and Integrity • Race, Equity, and Difference • Constituent Focus • Collaboration and Teamwork

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • Master’s degree in any academic field; • A minimum of three years of experience in program management or leadership in higher education;

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration. Additional Required Qualifications:
• Experience in student advising or teaching in a higher education environment; • Experience in program development and/or management; • Strong problem-solving, management, and organizational skills; • Ability to take initiative and to work independently with minimal supervision; • Enjoys working with students and possesses strong interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate effectively across diverse cultural backgrounds and life experiences; • Employs a team-oriented, collaborative approach and a has a desire to interact with colleagues across departmental units; • Is well-organized, efficient, works well under deadlines, and is attentive to details; • Has excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and public speaking experience; • Has experience advising students on undergraduate research and/or academic programs; • Computer proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, social media, data management, and familiarity with website content management systems (e.g., WordPress).

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience collaborating/writing funding proposals for federal or other grants, gifts, or contracts; • Experience supervising graduate and/or undergraduate staff; • Experience in undergraduate research program development and management.

Application Assessments: • Cover letter outlining your interest and preparation for this position • Diversity Statement: Describe a recent successful experience you have had in creating or supporting a new program, initiative, or policy to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in your work or community.

Application Process:

The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.