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Program Coordinator, STEM Workforce Partnerships

The Program Coordinator, STEM Workforce Partnerships will be responsible for logistics, recruitment, and delivery of existing and newly developed program initiatives. They will leverage their own experience to make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of the programs, while establishing relationships to other workforce training programs in the region to foster collaboration and meaningful partnerships. They will have a strong understanding of and will remain actively engaged in the Philadelphia region’s overall workforce and STEM efforts.

The Program Coordinator will build internal partnerships with the Science Center’s commercialization, cultivation and convening teams to ensure cross collaboration, effectiveness of initiative outcomes and collective success of the workforce development programs. They will be responsible for conducting research on past companies affiliated with the Science Center and investigating potential new ones to identify employment opportunities for workforce development program participants.

The Program Coordinator will represent the Science Center in the community – including but not limited to academic and industry partners, federal funding agencies, schools, higher education institutions, teachers, and community groups. This position works closely with the Director, STEM Workforce Partnerships to develop and maintain partnerships that advance the Science Center’s role in workforce development.

The Program Coordinator has internal contacts with the entire staff of UCSC and external contact with scientists, designers, technologists, entrepreneurs, city government and the wider Philadelphia community. This position has access to sensitive UCSC information and is expected to handle such information with integrity and professionalism. This position has regular contact with members of the community and is expected to represent the UCSC in a professional manner.

The Program Coordinator, STEM Workforce Partnerships will report directly to the Director, STEM Workforce Partnerships and participate in department activities as necessary.

Key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Execute operational program tasks, including scheduling of cohorts, maintaining documents and related program materials, and coordinating the cohort application process.
  • Assist team in training and utilizing online instruments for tracking attendance, survey information, maintaining dashboards, and reporting.
  • Manage all workforce development data including pre- and post-program surveys and participant/mentor participation.
  • Serve as organizational point of contact for reporting data on program outcomes to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in workforce development groups that can lead to, benefit, or enhance partnerships.
  • In conjunction with the Director, STEM Workforce Partnerships, build collaborative partnerships with employers and workforce professionals.
  • Collaborate directly with internal UCSC staff to identify opportunities for program participant employment.
  • Identify selection committee members active in the STEM industry to review incoming applications for programs and initiatives.
  • Identify alternative sources of recruitment for program participants.
  • Keep up with and apply emergent trends in workforce, STEM, community, and technology through a variety of sources to include reading various blogs, magazines, periodicals, books, and by attending conferences, exhibitions, and symposiums as necessary.
  • Adhere to current funding rules and parameters while enhancing and designing workforce programming.
  • Works with the Director, STEM Workforce Partnerships on recruiting and maintaining relationships with Philadelphia region researchers and scientists to serve as mentors, selection committee members and potential instructors for the program.
  • Collaborate with the UCSC Marketing and Ecosystem Development teams to promote workforce programs through developing relationships with potential adult education serving partners, community members, and UCSC campus residents, via social media and network pages, and in person by attending events, exhibitions, and other related networking opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the UCSC Development and Government and Community Relations teams on pursuing, and preparing proposals for, funding opportunities, and on the implementation and administration of secured grants and awards, and on related compliance and reporting matters.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with multidisciplinary research teams to ensure best practices are being implemented.
  • Understanding of what it takes to ensure success of program design and implementation.
  • In-depth knowledge of emerging trends related to the STEM industry and workforce development.
  • Technologically savvy with a variety of common software programs including Microsoft Office, Adobe CS, and customized databases.
  • Ability to confidently manage program partner relationships.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience designing, implementing, administering, and enhancing programs.
  • Skill to operate a variety of lab equipment/ technology, electronics, and audio/visual systems effectively and safely.
  • Demonstrates ability to execute daily and special project goals by carefully setting priorities, meeting deadlines, delegating appropriately, and scheduling time efficiently.
  • Ability to demonstrate self-initiative and work effectively independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, about workforce, science and technology initiatives with the Science Center management team, SC staff, and a wide variety of external stakeholders.
  • Ability to organize multiple tasks in an efficient manner and follow-up and follow-through with strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with other people through a cooperative effort.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal skills as demonstrated by compassionate, courteous, cordial, cooperative, and professional interaction with diverse groups of co-workers, external business partners, and the community.
  • Adheres to all UCSC and departmental policies and procedures.

The successful candidate will have 2-3 years of experience with STEM focused programming or workforce development programming; experience in enhancing existing initiatives and developing new ones; strong ties to Philadelphia workforce development organizations; strong ties to Philadelphia community organizations preferred.

Bachelor’s degree (BA/BD/BS) or equivalent from an accredited college or university in STEM Education field or other related field of study.

The Science Center offers a comprehensive employee benefit package which includes Medical, Dental, Short and Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending, Life Insurance and 403(b) with a significant company match.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Interested candidates should forward a resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, University City Science Center 3675 Market Street, Suite 400 Philadelphia, PA 19104 or email resumes@sciencecenter.org.

About the Science Center
Located in the heart of uCity Square, the Science Center is a mission-driven nonprofit organization that catalyzes and connects innovation to entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. For 50+ years, the Science Center has supported startups, research, and economic development in the life sciences, healthcare, physical sciences, and emerging technology sectors. As a result, graduate firms, and current residents of the Science Center’s incubator support one out of every 100 jobs in the Greater Philadelphia region and drive $13 billion in economic activity in the region annually. By providing resources and programming for any stage of a business’s lifecycle, the Science Center helps scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators take their concepts from idea to IPO – and beyond.

For more information about the Science Center, go to www.sciencecenter.org