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State of Massachusetts SPARCnet RaMP Program Coordinator, Staff Assistant in Bridgewater, Massachusetts

To be considered you must apply directly on the BSU jobs site here: * Bridgewater State University is an inclusive community dedicated to the lifelong success of all students, focused on the continuous improvement of its people, and responsible for leading innovation that benefits Southeastern Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and the world. Bridgewater’s accessible environment of teaching and learning stimulates critical thinking, pursuit of new knowledge, and deeper understanding, the cultivation of meaningful and diverse interpersonal relationships, and fostering an appreciation for global engagement, all aimed at transforming lives and improving the human condition. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our *institutional values, which ensure that all students are supported and succeed. Bridgewater State University is equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of underrepresented groups, and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment, are strongly encouraged to apply. The Department of Biological Sciences at Bridgewater State University provides students with a broad background in the biological sciences, allowing for flexibility in career choices. A modern science complex offers teaching and laboratory spaces to support student learning. The overall goal of our program is to involve students in the scientific process and to promote their ability to think critically and to communicate science effectively. Students are the central focus and an integral part of the Department, working side-by-side with faculty and staff who are enthusiastically committed to teaching and research. The RaMP Program Coordinator is a National Science Foundation-funded staff position within the Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Network (SPARCnet). The role of the RaMP Program Coordinator will be four-fold: (1) planning and coordinating of all program elements, (2) facilitating participant communication, serving as a program point person for both postbaccalaureate research participants (hereafter, “mentees”) and mentors, (3) serving as the program liaison to the external evaluator to ensure program evaluation and assessments occur, and (4) administrative project management of the award. In addition to working under the supervision of Principal Investigator Dr. Caitlin Fisher-Reid, the RaMP Program Coordinator will work closely with BSU’s Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects (OGSP) on administrative project management and with their research-focused counterpart (Research Coordinator) at Pennsylvania State University. This is a full-time, 12-month APA position and is subject to the terms of that union agreement. Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. This position is located on campus in Bridgewater, MA. This position is eligible for hybrid / remote work in accordance with BSU remote work policy. Grant-funded travel to 3 program training events per year (roughly scheduled for July, November, March) Essential Duties: RaMP Program Coordination: 1. Manage existing research network communication channels (e.g., email, website, social media, Slack) and coordinate and facilitate mentee cohort communication using these channels as appropriate. 2. Coordinate training and professional development opportunities for mentees. 3. Coordinate mentor training. 4. Execute mentee recruitment, selection, and retention plans. 5. Coordinate and facilitate participant (mentors and mentees) inclusion in all grant activities, including but not limited to participant travel and in-person event logistics. 6. Coordinate mentee deadlines and submission methods for research deliverables. 7. Have regular, informal, check-ins with individual mentees and maintain an open-door policy to give mentees opportunities to discuss program progress, ask questions about program activities and benefits, or address other program-related issues as they arise. 8. Organize and participate in regular virtual social events with mentees. 9. Coordinate and aid external evaluator in execution of program evaluation and assessment plans. 10. Meet with leadership team monthly and share informal feedback from program participants (mentors and mentees). 11. Schedule meetings with leadership team more frequently than monthly if problems/issues arise which need attention. RaMP Award Management: 1. Full coordination with OGSP Post-award Coordinator including monthly meetings. 2. Draft MOUs and contracts with participating institutions for mentor/mentee funding. 3. Update and facilitate subsequent year subcontracts with Co-PI institutions. 4. Coordinate all travel for the PI, Co-PIs (as needed), mentors, mentees and speakers including to the annual meeting at the Field Station in Virginia. 5. Coordinate all purchases with the Post-Award Coordinator. 6. Review Post-Award budgets with Post-Award Coordinator at least monthly. 7. Assisting with preparation of NSF reports. To be considered you must apply directly on the BSU jobs site here: * *Required Qualifications: * Bachelor’s degree in biology or biology-related discipline * Biological research or related experience with field and laboratory biological research principles, practices, and procedures * Ability to meet deadlines, manage multiple priorities, provide attention to detail (e.g., proofreading, editing, compliance, budget, and narrative congruency) * Excellent speaking and writing skills * Strong organizational and analytical skills * Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively in an academic environment and with diverse colleagues * Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive suites of programs Preferred Qualifications: * Master’s degree in biology or biology-related discipline * Grants administration or related experience with grants management principles, practices, and procedures, or ability to learn this skill * Experience working with undergraduate and graduate students * Experience working with amphibians in an ecological research setting * WYSIWYG website design platforms (e.g., WordPress) Job: Education* *Organization: Bridgewater State College *Title: *SPARCnet RaMP Program Coordinator, Staff Assistant Location: Massachusetts-Bridgewater-576 Bedford Requisition ID: 2400059R