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STEM Retention Specialist, PRISM (Academic Student Support Program Specialist)

John Jay College
New York, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
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Oct 26, 2021

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Job Title: STEM Retention Specialist, PRISM (Academic Student Support Program Specialist)
Job ID: 22925
Location: John Jay College


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education.

The Program for Research Initiatives for Science & Math (PRISM), an award-winning undergraduate research mentoring program at John Jay College (JJC) of the City University of New York is looking for a STEM Retention Specialist (SRS) to help manage and implement activities designed to engage and retain undergraduate science, math, and computer science students. This position reports to the PRISM Program Director and Associate Director, who manage the program. Primary responsibilities include running our PRISM Junior Scholars program that provides students enrolled in science and math majors at John Jay and its community college partners guidance, advisement, support, and resources that will help them achieve success in college. And supervising the creation of workshops and student cohort opportunities associated with our new HSI-STEM grant. The SRS will guide the programmatic approaches of our academic support initiatives, organize workshops, field trips, lab tours, seminars, and other events at the College; he/she will serve as a liaison to our community college partner institutions engaging students at those institutions to participate in research and articulate to JJC; she/he will work with Student Academic Success Programs and other offices at John Jay to coordinate all activities into the College’s infrastructure, he/she will track the participation and completion rates of students and other evaluation metrics, and perform other tasks as needed.

In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, the STEM Retention Specialist duties include, but are not limited to the following:

- Develop and implement strategies for recruiting new students both from John Jay and our community college partners (CJA) into PRISM and its Junior Scholars program (a New York State funded initiative), with an emphasis on Latinos/as and other students underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Provide support/advisement to CJA students after their transfer to JJC.
- Supervise the new cohort programs to be developed for CJA students under our new HSI-STEM (Department of Education) grant, and assist in developing STEM career workshops and other activities under this grant.
- Liaise with five partnering CUNY community colleges to make the targeted student populations aware of our existing STEM articulation agreements through the CUNY Justice Academy (CJA). In collaboration with JJC Student Academic Success Programs (SASP), perform transfer credit evaluations for CJA students who are about to transfer to JJC through the articulation agreement.
- Organize and invite speakers for seminar series in coordination with faculty at JJC and other CUNY and outside schools. The goal of the series is to expose undergraduate science students to scientific communication, professional development, academic excellence and career exposure.
- Organize science outings each semester, with behind-the-scenes programming and presentations, for community college and JJC students.
- Prepare and publish materials for the PRISM social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat) to disseminate information about events, highlight student success stories and increase visibility of the program.
- Provide 1-on-1 Mentoring to PRISM students, including career & academic advisement, preparation of application materials, personal statement and interview skills.
- Oversee the submission of applications to our institutional HRPP (Human Subjects Review) Board connected to our grant evaluation components.
- Track students’ progress and performance for evaluation and reporting purposes.

PRISM, is located at John Jay College near Columbus Circle in the heart of Manhattan, NYC. The Program provides academic and pre-professional support to undergraduate STEM students of all levels in an effort to promote their pursuit of post-graduate education and careers in the sciences. Founded in 2006, PRISM is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the New York State Education Department. In 2011, the Program was recognized for having a national impact on promoting the entry of disadvantaged students into the science when it was presented with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring by President Barack Obama. And the Program has been noted as a model of excellence by the National Academy of Science.

CUNY anticipates a return to fully onsite work before January 2022 and this position is based in New York, NY.

Bachelor's degree and four years' related experience required.


-Graduate degree in a science field or in higher education administration, with some research experience preferred.
-A background in community outreach and program coordination.
-Experience managing budgets and event planning.
-Refined written skills and articulate public speaking ability.
-Enthusiastic and flexible, with excellent interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task.
-The individual in this position needs to be comfortable with advising/mentoring students of diverse backgrounds, experienced cultivating relationships with students with a strong commitment to Hispanics and other disadvantaged groups.

Provides educational development activities supporting a targeted academic program.

- Assists in developing and preparing program offerings, curricula, guidelines, and related communications

- Promotes program and advises students and College stakeholders on services, policies, and procedures

- Advises faculty, counselors, tutors, administrators and others on program goals, activities, and best practices

- Provides student services such as workshops, seminars, and advising sessions

- Coordinates efforts of faculty, staff, and other service providers to monitor and assess utilization, student progress, and program effectiveness

- Performs related duties as assigned.

Higher Education Assistant

$50,238 - $69,846. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

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Review of resumes to begin October 28, 2021.
Posting closes on November 11, 2021.

CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.


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