The Assistant Director of the Undergraduate Research Office will oversee all developmental/initial undergraduate research programs under the direction of the Office Director, working closely with students, faculty, and administrators. This position will have the opportunity to create new programs as well as offer extensive one-on-one advising for student and faculty applications.
Project management and Administration:
Oversee and administer the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program, the Undergraduate Language Grant program, and the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition poster sessions, including faculty recruitment and retention for review committees and judging assignments, promotion of program to relevant faculty and students, application advising for faculty and students, processing applications, notifications, and awards, producing program materials for the Expo, and record keeping and program assessment among other duties connected to these three programs. These responsibilities will ensure the smooth and efficient running of the programs, meeting the needs of faculty and students while seeking to grow participation.
Scheduling and conducting one-on-one advising sessions with student applicants to OUR programs and students with general interest in undergraduate research. Advising includes editing drafts of research grant proposals to help students get a better chance at funding. Advising will also consist of leading larger workshops on proposal writing. There will also be advising of faculty applicants for the Undergraduate Research and Arts Exposition.
Serve as primary lead, and overseeing the Outreach Coordinator, in reaching out to students to tell them about the opportunities offered through undergraduate research, including scheduling and attending information sessions for departments, units, and students groups, holding regular office hours, and creating promotional materials. Develop and run a Peer Mentor Program, training undergraduate advisors to promote programs. Collaborate with units like the Office of Fellowships and The Graduate School on developing more Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) on campus, and collaborate with units like the library and Writing Center on creating programs to support students as they get started in research. These tasks are designed to help increase student awareness about undergraduate research opportunities and to increase involvement/applications.
In addition to working with faculty through assigned program management, this position would work to develop relationships with faculty to garner support for undergraduate research experiences, including leading outreach to labs and research groups to facilitate matching students to opportunities, working with labs to create more REU positions, and connecting with new faculty on Northwestern opportunities. These tasks are designed to create more opportunities for students and provide support for faculty, ensuring the continued efficiency and growth of our programs.
Communication, Collaboration, and Support:
Work will include other tasks as assigned by Director, including participation in regular staff meetings and attendance in regular meetings with Director. This position will work to help fulfill the mission and vision of the Office and its Director in order to ensure the smooth running and efficiency of the Office.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Ph.D in hand at time of application
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Excellent Writing and Presentation Skills, Experience with Undergraduates, Initiative, Communication, Efficiency, Customer Focus, Collegiality, Coachability
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Grant writing experience, STEM degree
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience with Labs/Research Groups
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.