Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
This is a TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME position, scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It begins Upon Hire and is expected to run through September of 2018.
The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The UW Resilience Lab has an outstanding opportunity open for a Temporary, Full-Time Program Operations Specialist.
Overall Role: The Program Operations Specialist for the UW Resilience Lab (UWRL) will provide coordination and logistical support for all UWRL programming. Given the breadth of the UWRL's 80+ members (including faculty, staff, and students) embedded in roughly 30 departments, the Program Operations Specialist's role will include the navigation of the entire UW community as our work intersects with and is developed within spaces beyond Undergraduate Academic Affairs. The UWRL programs include talks, lectures, and discussions lead by UWRL staff with various faculty, staff, and student groups; programming messaging embedded in partner organizations' events; and our own large-scale programs run through the UWRL. The role of the Program Operations Specialist will include vetting ideas for new programs from faculty, staff, and students; helping to set program priorities, and providing needed coordination and support to launch new programs. The UWRL has a large research agenda which the Program Operations Specialist will support through research expertise and / or recruitment support and data set management. The Lab currently has three graduate student interns and four undergraduate interns whom the Program Operations Specialist will help coordinate and supervise.
The position with the UWRL requires the Program Operations Specialist to be a 'jack of all trades' as the role will require the flexibility to pivot from on-the-ground logisitcal support to strategic programmatic thinking, and the ability to teach and share the work with new audiences. The complexity of the role of the Program Operations Specialist will also include the capacity to interact and communicate effectively with a broad range of UW community members ranging from students, to faculty, to high-level administrators, to donors.
The UWRL's work is a part of campus-wide culture shift towards embracing risk and challenge, decreasing fear of failure, and learning from the struggles we face along the way. Our new initiatives include a focus on compassion both towards each other and ourselves. The work of the UWRL is foundational to improving the Husky Experience for our students and fostering a healthy community for our campus at-large. The role of the Program Operations Specialist will be key in expanding the programming capacity of the UWRL on the Seattle campus and beyond. This role will be critical to institutionalizing the successful work we have done so far and for seeing the UWRL expand in new ways in the coming year.
Specific Responsibilities: 35% - The Program Operations Specialist will be the chief operations point-of-contact on program execution. This role will include the logistics and coordination of passive engagement programming (e.g., Failure Walls) and large scale in-person programs (e.g., Fail Forward panel discussions). The UWRL will support undergraduate and graduate students in forming their own programming concepts and the Program Operations Specialist will serve as a thought partner for the development and execution of student programs. In this programmatic role, the Program Operations Specialist will also support the Special Assistant to the Dean of Undergraduate Academic Affairs with the creation of new programs. Within this role, the Program Operations Specialist, with support from the Special Assistant to the Dean, will develop and execute new programming in alignment with the UWRL mission.
25% - Provide coordination and logistical support for the UWRL meetings and sub-committees including the bi-monthly all-UWRL meetings, variable meeting frequencies of sub-committees, weekly research team meetings, and weekly meetings with undergraduate and graduate interns. As we engage new internal and external partners in developing our strategic plan, the Program Operations Specialist will help coordinate meetings or those groups as well as coordinate the engagement of our student advisory board.
15% - Oversight of undergraduate interns connected to marketing, communications, and web development. In coordination with the Special Assistant to the Dean, the Program Operations Specialist will help execute a marketing and communications plan for the UWRL at-large and incorporating existing programming and programming in development.
15% - Support interventions (e.g., Study Tree App) for students as they are developed. This includes coordination with faculty whose courses are connected with the interventions; academic and wellness resource groups connected to the interventions; and potential coordination with third-party vendors.
10% - Support UWRL research through coordination with research team and interns. Help maintain the research data and support coordination of data analysis.
Requirements and Preferences: Minimum required qualifications are Master's in related field with at least 2 years experience experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. Experience in management of small dynamic teams will be preferred. Given the work's focus on resilience and compassion in a higher education setting, preference will be given to applicants who have background knowledge in research on compassion, resilience, and mindfulness as well as a focus on college student development and well-being.
Applicants must have demonstrated program development and coordination experience, strong attention to detail and the ability to problem solve creatively under high-stakes conditions. Must have a both a strong work ethic and sense of humor. Must be able to take an idea or concept and develop it independently while communicating well with the rest of the team. Must be able to connect with people from different backgrounds and life experiences and understand one's positionality within the work.
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, Criminal Conviction History, 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.
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.
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