Director, CURE Scholars Program

University of Maryland, Baltimore
Maryland, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 26, 2021

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The University of Maryland, Baltimore is seeking a CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences) Scholars Program Director. The UMB CURE Scholars Program is a groundbreaking year-round program that seeks to empower middle school and high school students in West Baltimore for competitive and rewarding research, health care, and STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and math) career opportunities. By introducing students to these fields at a young age, UMB CURE Scholars hopes to inspire dedication to higher education and STEM careers that will empower the students and their community to help alleviate medical and educational disparities.

The CURE Scholars Program Director oversees the program operations for the Scholars Program that is designed to support under-represented minority students by exposing them to STEM careers, exciting experiments, and inspiring mentors. The Director will possess a passion for advocating and improving educational opportunities for middle school students. 

UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.

UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.


  • Assist in the development of strategic direction for the CURE Scholars Program, to include establishing achievable short- and long-range goals within the existing framework; identifies key stakeholders and target groups and secure their support; and create program content and delivery methods.
  • Create and implement the admissions process for newly selected scholars and scholar recruitment and retention plans with incentives for longitudinal success.
  • Develop and oversee plan to recruit, train, and retain teachers.
  • Supervise and manage daily programming for scholars, ensuring a rigorous and engaging curriculum.
  • Create and implement recruitment and retention strategies for mentors.
  • Develop and oversee family and community engagement planning, including home visits and opportunities for all family members to engage with UMB’s Office of Community Engagement and Community Engagement Center.
  • Participate in communications, social media, and marketing for the program, often working with the UMB Office of Communications and Public Affairs; consult on the content and production of multiple promotional videos and the “From West Baltimore” documentary and its sequels; oversee the participation of scholars in funding and media activities.
  • Create partnerships and establish relationships with BCPS administrators; BCPS teachers in middle and high schools; minority-focused organizations such as historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs); and community leaders.
  • Develop and implement activities for middle and high school students to foster engagement with the UMB community with a goal of nurturing the students through their middle- and high-school education, mentoring them through their academic years and remaining supportive up to receiving an academic appointment.
  • Work with the Executive Director to develop understanding of the program’s multiple sources of funding by analyzing expenditures with an understanding of the relationship of the program objectives and the budget process, and using benefit-cost analysis for budgetary expenditures; and ensure financial stability, sound financial planning, effective asset management, and full compliance with both state governmental requirements and NIH grant budget requirements.
  • Collaborate with the philanthropy and foundation teams to cultivate potential funding sources; contribute to foundation and corporate grant applications as well as individual donor strategies; and work with program partners in grant writing and grant submissions.
  • Develop, review, and approve policies, procedures, and processes.
  • Plays role in determining program effectiveness, in part by working with both internal and external evaluators to collect relevant data and provide comprehensive mixed-method data analysis and reports; analyze and synthesize programmatic data and information to ensure the successful delivery of the program; and prepare the regular publication of required and desired reports
  • Serve as an information resource to the University, affiliates, and external entities.
  • Create and obtain University review of all Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and Letters of Agreement (LOA) for formalized partnerships to ensure compliance and alignment with University policies and procedures.
  • Create and foster a cohesive work team that works collaboratively to achieve unit’s goals; oversees the recruitment, performance, and training of team members and continually reviews strengths and weaknesses of staff to maintain a well-trained, highly involved, and motivated team
  • Ensure the high school CURE program (known as C2 and College & Career Readiness) is aligned with the middle school program to achieve a cohesive pipeline program.
  • Serve as deputy to the Executive Director of the CURE Scholars Program.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

EDUCATION: Master’s, Ph.D., Ed.D, D.SW., or terminal degree from an approved institute of higher education.

EXPERIENCE: Seven (7) years of education administrator experience with program development or non-profit management experience.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE: Significant experience as an instructional leader with a goal of elevating student achievement. Prior science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) teaching experience. Demonstrated experience with developing programs targeted at underrepresented populations. 

SUPERVISORY EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of direct management involved in recruitment, training and professional development of staff and directly responsible for the performance of staff.

PREFERRED CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE: Certification of institutional/leadership supervisory personnel or a current Maryland Administrator or Principal certification.


Thorough knowledge of position requirements. Thorough knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws. Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems. Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Ability to support a mission and strategic vision. Instructional, training, and teambuilding skills to strengthen and cultivate relationships. Skill in consultation and change management. Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Accountability, Civility, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence, Leadership, and Knowledge.

Comprehensive knowledge of 6th to 12th grade learning and instruction requirements and the resources available in Baltimore City to assist students in making connections with STEM careers. Knowledge of Maryland Department of Human Services - Child Protective Services reporting laws, policies, and procedures; of Maryland’s Individual Education Plan laws, policies, and procedures; Baltimore City’s School Choice process, policy, and procedures for high school applications and entrance procedures.

Exhibits leadership in working with professional staff, students, and the community towards achieving the CURE program goals. Works cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, interactions with others to meet program goals. Effectively communicates both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts; writes and presents information in a clear and concise manner. Effective at communicating with senior leadership at UMB, community partners, potential and current funders, and other key stakeholders. Skilled in supervising numerous people and multiple high-level tasks concurrently; adept at appropriately delegating responsibilities to other CURE team members.

Ability to provide strategic program direction, including development and implementation of strategic plans. Ability to analyze data to solve problems and make sound judgments to support the program. Ability to exercise initiative and resourcefulness to develop a collaborative system.

HIRING RANGE: Low-$80,000s to mid-$90,000s; commensurate with education and experience.


UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at

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