The Tufts Pre-College team is currently seeking a Program Director to assist in managing our 6-week Tufts Summer Research Experience (TSRE). Our virtual program in Summer 2021 will welcome high school juniors and seniors to an exciting virtual summer research experience under the mentorship of Tufts’ world-class researchers and their teams. Throughout this program, students will learn the foundational skills required to conduct scientific research and basic lab techniques while working on real, cutting edge research.
The Tufts Summer Research Experience will take place for 6 weeks during the summer from July 5th to August 13th, 2021, with students participating in their selected lab in the mornings, and group programming in the afternoons. The Program Director can expect to work an average of 5-10 hours per week during the spring semester for pre-program planning, with the hours ramping up to about 15-25 hours per week in the summer for ‘on-site’ afternoon programming. All planning and programming will take place in a virtual format.
Program Planning: 3-5 hr/wk during May-June (flexible days/times)
Program Dates: July 5th to August 13th, 2021 (6 weeks)
Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 3-5PM, with an additional 5 possible hrs/wk
The total compensation for the TSRE Program Director position, inclusive of all planning and program time, is $3000.
As a Program Director, your duties include, but are not limited to:
Program Planning and Preparation
- Admissions: along with TA, review applications, correspond with applicants regarding incorrect information / errors, manage faculty application review process, post admission letters, follow-up with students regarding lab placement, administer lab changes (if necessary)
- Marketing: review of marketing materials provided by Director of Marketing, website update suggestions, personal outreach (email and phone calls) to leads and applicants, helps develop social media posts and reposts relevant content, writes updates to parents and students during the program
- Hiring/Payroll: confirms virtual guest speakers, confirms virtual library time, supports recruitment and hiring of TAs (as necessary), identifies mentors in each lab, passes hiring information to the Pre-College team
- Program Materials Prep: places students into TA groups, sets-up CANVAS, zoom sessions, other resources as needed
- Program Planning: plan afternoon sessions and speaker series, as well as any virtual opening and closing activities, including virtual poster presentations; see example schedule.
- Communications: Acts as main point of contact for program duration, and handle communication with students and families throughout the program
- Schedule all necessary trainings
- Virtual afternoon sessions: develops and runs afternoon sessions with full oversight during program hours; liaises with staff, faculty and guest speakers who are participating in the sessions
- Virtual poster session: Oversees planning for and development of student poster presentations
- Orientation / Closing: develops and participates in virtual opening day and closing day activities, including virtual poster presentations
- Strong interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills (written and verbal)
- Adept critical thinking, process development, and operationalization. Strong attention to detail
- Excellent project management skills, prioritization abilities and navigation of tight deadlines
- Proficiency and previous experience with Microsoft Office Suite strongly preferred
- Previous experience in research and/or program management preferred
- Previous experience working with high school aged students preferred