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
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
UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be
vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious
reasons will be processed through Human
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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.
CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE: Certification of
institutional/leadership supervisory personnel or a current
Maryland Administrator or Principal certification.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:
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
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
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
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