Job Title: STEM Retention Specialist, PRISM
(Academic Student Support Program Specialist)
Job ID: 22925
Location: John Jay College
ABOUT 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
- 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
- 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
- Track students’ progress and performance for evaluation and
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
-Enthusiastic and flexible, with excellent interpersonal
- 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.
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
Provides educational development activities supporting a targeted
- 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
- Coordinates efforts of faculty, staff, and other service
providers to monitor and assess utilization, student progress, and
- Performs related duties as assigned.
Higher Education Assistant
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
$50,238 - $69,846. Salary commensurate with education and
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
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Review of resumes to begin October 28, 2021.
Posting closes on November 11, 2021.
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our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be
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