Inspire and equip the next generation of diverse scientists, engineers, and mathematicians!
The Youth Programs Coordinator plans and implements welcoming and inclusive programs for diverse youth to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) college and career pathways. The position coordinates a variety of outreach programs like school day field trips, virtual afterschool activities, Saturday enrichment and mentorship, and summer day camps. TheYouth Programs Coordinator may propose new programs and initiatives as opportunities arise. The position supervises undergraduate student staff that provide direct service to outreach participants.
The Youth Programs Coordinator will support and report to the Associate Director of Strategic Recruitment and Outreach who will provide consistent vision, oversight, and support to recruitment programs including outreach, admissions, and scholarships, and coordinate with CSE Student Services units to create a seamless transition from pre college to First Year Student.
Program Development and Leadership (60%)
Lead the planning and coordination of youth outreach programs, including Discover STEM, Rooted in STEM, and Eureka!
Serve as the program leader responsible for registering youth programs with the University and ensuring Safety of Minors policy compliance, including writing health and safety plans for both standard operations and emergency management
Design and implement equitable youth participant application and enrollment processes, including recruiting and chairing review committees
Collaborate with the Communications Team to manage program webpages and other communication methods (e.g. print materials, social media) for culturally responsive program promotion and participant recruitment
Set program dates and schedules, including recruiting and coordinating volunteer lesson facilitators and guest speakers and securing program spaces (e.g. classrooms, computer labs, dining halls)
Contribute to undergraduate student recruitment strategic planning and continuous quality improvement through evaluating and reporting on program outcomes using observation, surveys, and the youth program quality assessment (YPQA)
Create and facilitate engaging hands-on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and academic/professional development activities for youth participants
Develop and facilitate age-appropriate youth STEM curriculum
Recruit, hire and supervise diverse undergraduate program staff (Outreach Assistants and Mentors) with an emphasis on student development and fostering leadership
Create and facilitate program staff training as well as volunteer and participant orientations according to Safety of Minors policy compliance and industry best practices
Serve as the program leader responsible for youth participant and family communication, including participant admission and enrollment status, program operations, and emergency management
Write, distribute, collect and manage program documents (e.g. collaboration agreements, program health and safety plans and youth participant handbooks, participant records) in accordance with University record retention policies
Create and maintain a logical and consistent document filing system
Provide timely access to accurate and complete documentation to support internal and external evaluation and audits
Community, High School, and Industry Partnerships (25%)
Develop partnerships with target high schools and specific key community organizations by partnering with teachers and community organizational leaders to determine the needs of the youth and ways CSE can support their education and expand their STEM interest through enrichment programs and resources
Coordinate outreach activities, such as field trips to UMN Twin Cities campus, classroom visits/guest speakers, and exhibiting at school or organization fairs, with key partners to showcase faculty research and facilities
Collaborate with program community partners (e.g. Girls Inc at YWCA of Minneapolis, 4-H, TRIO) to offer synergistic STEM youth programming
Collaborate with CSE External Relations and Corporate and Foundation Relations to cultivate relationships with industry partners interested in supporting youth programs through sponsorship or engagement opportunities
Instruction, Professional Development, and Service (15%)
Achieve and maintain University Safety of Minors and Clery Act Campus Security Authority training as well as First Aid/CPR/AED and mental health first aid certifications
Engage in professional development and service activities related to youth development, student services, and STEM education, within the University of Minnesota community and beyond, when appropriate
Active participation in the University’s Pre College Network, including participation in workgroups and serving on committees as opportunities arise
Teach one section of the College’s required first year course, CSE 1001
Attend CSE 1001 training sessions, hold weekly office hours and supervise one undergraduate teaching assistant.
Engage actively with diversity, equity, and inclusion work, training, certificates, and other opportunities through the Office of Equity and Diversity and the CSE D&I Alliance
Serve on Student Services, College, and University-wide committees as requested or needed.
Participate in College recruitment, outreach, orientation and transition programs, career services, student engagement, and commencement events.
Bachelor degree plus at least four years of relevant experience, or master's degree plus at least two years of relevant experience.
Experience working or volunteering in K-12 education, youth programs, college readiness, or related setting
Interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields
Demonstrated attention to detail, timeliness, and reliability in the successful planning and implementation of multiple programs, projects, or events
Knowledge, skills, and understanding of the social, personal, and cultural needs of historically underrepresented and underserved students
Evidence of the ability to take initiative and work independently as well as effective relationship-building and group facilitation skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) field
Demonstrated ability to work flexibly and successfully within a changing environment to initiate new programs, projects, or events and see them through to completion
Experience supervising diverse young adult (undergraduate student) staff with an emphasis on fostering learning and student development
Experience developing and executing programs that center and affirm BIPOC students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation college students, students with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ students, as well as students from other historically underserved groups
Ability to maintain accurate records and data using Microsoft Office, G Suite, and more; demonstrate some evaluation/data analysis and reporting experience
Experience writing, editing, formatting, and proofing professional and/or technical communications
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.