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Woods Hole Partner Education Program (PEP) Coordinator

Sea Education Association (SEA) invites applications for the position of Woods Hole Partner Education Program (PEP) Coordinator. SEA is a non-profit educational institution located in Woods Hole, MA, which offers innovative and rigorous oceanography and environmental science programs on our campus and aboard our state-of-the-art sailing research vessels, SSV Corwith Cramer and SSV Robert C. Seamans in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

SEA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to the development of a multicultural environment. We value input of multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the organization; our goal is to create an academic and working community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity.

The Woods Hole Partnership Education Program (PEP) is a 10-week program for college juniors and seniors selected to spend a summer gaining practical experience in marine and environmental science in the Woods Hole science community.

Position Summary

The PEP Coordinator is primarily a summer position responsible for day-to-day program planning, coordination and logistics of the Woods Hole PEP program. He/she/they are also responsible for mentoring and coordinating the research component of the program. The position is a full time, 12 week (one week before the program and one week after) summer position in Woods Hole, MA which requires some availability via telecommunications for seasonal planning sessions during the academic year. Position dates are May 25- August 14, 2020. 

Tasks Summary

  • Working with the YRA, communicate with students pre-program.
  • Greet students on arrival to Woods Hole and organize and lead orientation.
  • Serve as program mentor and students’ first point of contact for questions and concerns.
  • Communicate and coordinate with students, research advisors and PEP staff at regular intervals to ensure scheduling and awareness of required activities, assignments and research.
  • Monitor the research component of the program.
  • Communicate with research mentors throughout the summer. 
  • Working with Course Director, ensure course logistics and requirements are in place, and schedules have been communicated to students and their research mentors. 
  • Work closely with YRA and RA to organize, conduct and participate in activities, field trips and seminars to facilitate student interaction with the Woods Hole science community. Monitor student progress and life on campus. 
  • Organize and lead weekly PEP staff meetings to facilitate sharing of observations and concerns about students and the program. 
  • Working with PEP Director and YRA, monitor program progress in implementing evaluator’s annual program recommendations. 
  • Working with the evaluator, organize year-end program evaluation. 
  • Oversee student departures and related residence departure duties. 
  • Organize and participate in post-program debrief the week after the program ends. 
  • Participate in strategic planning.

Working/Reporting Relationships

The Coordinator reports to the PEP Program Director and works closely with the Resident Advisor (RA) and the Year Round Administrator (YRA). This position is an at-will employee of SEA and is ultimately responsible to the SEA Academic Dean. The Coordinator is first point of contact for the program with research mentors and PEP Affiliates, especially with Sea Education Association staff and the external evaluator.

Minimum Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least one year experience working in program coordination and support, or successfully participating in an undergraduate research intern program.
  • Background in science that includes undergraduate major or minor (or significant course work)  in natural sciences and research experience in a natural science.
  • Demonstrated leadership working with and/or participating in groups of students, including undergraduates and including students from communities under-represented in STEM – experience should include day-to-day supervision of diverse groups of students, and teaching and/or mentoring relationships with students, including students from populations under-represented in science.
  • Success working in academic and research environments and successful participation in programs that include mentoring and activities devoted to career enhancement. 

How to Apply 

Please send cover letter, resume and three references to Review of applications will begin April 15, 2020.

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