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Associate Director of Mini-Med School, Pre-College Programs - University College
Tufts University

Date Posted Mar. 2, 2022
Title Associate Director of Mini-Med School, Pre-College Programs - University College
University Tufts University
Somerville, MA, United States
Department University College
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • University Administration


University College: Tufts University's University College (UC) is dedicated to programming that meets the educational needs of learners, wherever they are on their learning journey. Today, UC's programmatic areas include Tufts Professional & Custom Education Programs, Tufts Pre-College Programs, and Tufts Lifelong Learning & Osher Institute. UC has grown quickly since its inception in November 2018 and is poised for substantial medium-term growth with the incorporation of degree and certificate programs through which it hopes to significantly expand access to Tufts' world-class education. UC offers a fast-paced, nimble environment made of highly-trained professionals who love the higher education environment and are committed to providing world class education in the 21st century to a wide variety of students. UC is well-positioned to develop a distinctive presence in the greater Boston landscape as part of a diverse and accessible institution that makes learning and engagement with education of all kinds for all people a part of its core mission.

This position is located in University College but is dedicated to supporting the Center for Science Education (CSE) (School of Medicine): Synergizing with the primary mission of the Department of Medical Education to educate a diverse population of healthcare leaders, the Center for Science Education (CSE) at Tufts University School of Medicine bridges the divide between biomedical scientists, high school educators, and educational researchers. The CSE specializes in collaborative design-based research projects that aim to: bring the up-to-date science behind health and disease into high school classrooms, understand the factors that shape student perspectives and beliefs around career selection, and identify educational practices that build scientific and health literacy and engage students in authentic science experiences, while expanding their perceptions of self and STEM careers. The CSE is the home of multiple programs that span formal and informal science education spaces, including: The Great Diseases, Teaching the Great Diseases, BioScann, Tufts Mini-Med School, and Mini-Med Connect.


What You'll Do

Reporting to the Director of Pre-College Programs, in strong collaboration with the Directors of the Mini-Med School program (MMS), the Associate Director of the MMS Program is responsible for supporting the implementation and expansion of MMS programing. The current two-week MMS summer programs introduce high school students to the fields of medicine and biosciences with hands-on experiences, access to academic and medical professionals, and guidance from medical student TAs. During the program, students build their knowledge, skills, confidence, and social networks. The program is offered both in-person as a commuter/residential experience and virtually for students located across the globe. 

The Associate Director (AD) will serve as a Program Director and administrator for the in-person and virtual iterations of the MMS program, and will drive the development of new programming (including additional Summer Session, academic year, and Winter Term offerings). Specific duties for this are detailed under Essential Functions. These will include: working with University College and CSE to build and implement a growth strategy, managing applications, supporting marketing, communications and website, overseeing program budgets, supporting residential program functions, and general logistics. The AD will administratively manage the hiring and oversight for all instructors and invited speakers, and will provide on campus, operational support for the MMS Directors. They will contribute to curricular updates each year, supporting the technical and operational elements of curricular updates. In partnership with the Directors of MMS and the Pre-College Programs, as well as stakeholders across and outside of the university, the Associate Director will drive the development of and help operationalize a strategic plan to expand the program to intersect with other programs offered through the University College.

The Associate Director will engage with the rest of the department as a team player, ready to help where needed, problem solve, and work towards the greater good of the University as a whole. The individual must have the ability to manage and evaluate competing priorities and to execute the day-to-day while working collaboratively across the school and larger university to advance broader strategic goals. This position is for someone who gets things done, who pays careful attention to detail, who has an all-hands-on-deck mentality, and is comfortable having clear performance targets and being measured against them on a regular basis.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired through completion of a Master's degree and 5-7 years' experience in educational (broadly defined) program ownership, development, and operations
  • Excellent project management skills; the ability to handle multiple projects, priorities, and issues with sensitivity in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent business skills, relationship management skills, and experience working with various internal stakeholders.
  • Experience with strategic planning, financial/budget analysis, reporting, synthesis and data-driven recommendations.
  • Strong Skills in Google Workspace (Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Calendar) and MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), and ability to quickly learn new software (e.g., email systems, project management software, budgeting software, etc.).
  • Critical thinking, process development, and operationalization skills.
  • Entrepreneurial and "all hands on deck attitude", with careful attention to detail.
  • Experience working as an individual contributor with the ability to execute the day-to-day, while working collaboratively across the school and with university-wide partners.
  • Results-oriented with demonstrated willingness to learn and be hands-on in managing activities.
  • Collaborative and team player.
  • Commitment to educational Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, as well as to the revenue-generating mission of University College;ability to be an effective advocate of UC to internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD and background in a biomedical science
  • Experience working with high school students and parents 
  • Experience with Slate
  • Experience with Canvas

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Evening and weekend hours may be required during peak periods. This is a hybrid position, with expectations for in-person and remote work on a schedule to be determined by the supervisor and based on program operations.

An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer - minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.


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