Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Program Development Specialist for The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) to contribute to the recruitment, retention and graduation of students in the School of Engineering EOF program. This position is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to increase the retention of EOF students in the School of Engineering, as well as recruiting students into the School of Engineering, with a particular focus of increasing access for women and underrepresented populations.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Provides a strong counseling activity within the School of Engineering that services the special needs of identified groups such as EOF, WIE and underrepresented minority (URM) students.
Serves as primary administrative and counseling liaison for SOE as a part of the Douglass Residential College.
Develops programs and strategies that improve the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of EOF students at the School of Engineering, as well as for specific target populations.
Works closely with the Deans for First Year, Continuing, and Transfer Students in determining the needs of each class.
Oversees the Women In Engineering (WIE) programs and outreach at the School of Engineering, including the Douglass Engineering Living Learning Community and Rutgers University Women in Engineering Leadership League (RU WELL).
Tracks underrepresented cohorts including EOF and WIE and provides recommendations for engagement/support services to the School of Engineering.
Works collaboratively through committee involvement and daily contact with school faculty and other university offices to improve retention within the school.
Assists with the implementation and activity that accompany high school and other outreach programs.
Provides assistance during university and college recruitment efforts through college fairs, recruitment fairs, high school visits, etc.
Designs, implements and administers new and existing programs (including The Academy at Rutgers for Girls in Engineering & Technology (TARGET) program) to increase the number of underrepresented populations in the School of Engineering.
Implements funding strategies to include soliciting support from corporations, foundations and other sources that will provide equipment, resources, or financial support not available from the University; writing grant proposals and evaluating existing programs.
Assists in the training and coordination of the academic and residence life staff for the EOF and TARGET summer institutes.
Serves as primary advisor to the one or more student organizations and assists students with details ranging from risk management and fundraising to more standard advising issues of leadership development and conflict resolution.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requires a Bachelor's degree and a minimum of five years related experience in program administration and coordination as well as some experience working with students in a math/science or engineering curriculum; or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be sensitive to the developmental needs of an adolescent population as well as the needs of underrepresented and first generation college students.
Must have demonstrated oral and written communication skills, along with excellent interpersonal, analytical and organizational skills.
Requires a thorough understanding of the nature of engineering education and the unique challenges faced by students in the field is needed.
Ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks in an environment of constant interruptions is a must.
Excellent training and presentation skills are needed.
Must be capable of writing purchase justifications and making persuasive presentations to various types of audiences.
Must be able to motivate and assist students who struggle in college due to a number of socio-economic reasons.
Patience, persistence and a positive attitude are required.
Fluent in speaking Spanish.
All aspects of Microsoft Office, SSC, IMS, Degree Navigator and database management.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
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.