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Assistant Director, Undergraduate Biology Research Program, MCB

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, Arizona
Laboratory and Research

Posting Number: req12092

Department: Molecular and Cellular Biology

Location: Main Campus

Address: Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The University of Arizona's Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) provides undergraduate students the opportunity to learn the conduct of biological research under the mentorship of a UArizona faculty member. Through the program, students develop an understanding of the scientific method, receive realistic hands-on research experience, grow professionally, and join a community of scholars.

The Assistant Director supports the Director in program and event coordination, student engagement and training, alumni tracking, development and fundraising, recruitment, grant proposal writing, website and social media management, and day-to-day operations of the program.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Interactions (35%):

  • Full supervision and coordination of UBRP Ambassadors and Officer team
  • Organize and lead field trips and community building events
  • Co-teach Professional Development and Career Exploration course (academic year) and professional development workshops (summer)
  • Lead Welcome to UBRP meetings
  • Assist with Thesis Thursday radio interviews
  • Individual student meetings, as needed (feedback meetings for applicants, provide resources, conflict mediation, etc.)
  • Participate in recruitment events

Work (25%):

  • Assist with program advertising, info sessions, recruitment, posting of applications, application review, and interviews; participate on selection committees.
  • Track post-graduate placements of UBRP alumni
  • Coordination of specific programs within UBRP, in collaboration with program administrators
  • Assist with review of applications for UBRP-related scholarships and awards
  • Collaborate with wider undergraduate research community at University of Arizona and beyond

Coordination (20%):

  • Organization and execution of the annual UBRP Conference, including logistics for the poster session, catering, venue reservations, etc.
  • Assist with coordination of UBRP Orientation, UBRP Ethics Retreat, and Beckman Scholars seminar


  • Assist with creation and distribution of quarterly e-newsletter
  • Manage social media - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram
  • Manage program listservs and website
  • Assist with development/fundraising messaging
  • Attend UBRP Advisory Board Meetings

Proposals (10%):

  • Write and/or contribute to grant proposals
  • Obtain, organize, and analyze institutional and program data
  • Grant management

Knowledge, Skills &

  • Knowledge of program coordination and/or student services at the post-secondary level.
  • Solid interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work well with a wide range of individuals, including different groups of college students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
  • Proficient in using computers and ability to learn and use a variety of tools (UAccess Student Center, UAccess Analytics, Qualtrics, Salesforce, Zoom, Drupal, Microsoft Office and Sharepoint, databases, Adobe Rush, Express, InDesign, etc.), as well as social media platforms.
  • Ability to think critically, creatively, and to solve problems.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage time and multiple tasks efficiently.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Familiarity with pedagogical techniques and comfortable with public speaking.
  • Occasional evening and
    weekend work required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Science or Education.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience required (student services, program coordination, and/or teaching).
  • Valid driver's license and hold (or be willing to
    obtain) HOV certification.
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with University of Arizona community, programs, and systems
  • Prior participation in or coordination of an undergraduate research program
  • Experience with event coordination
  • Experience with writing grant proposals or technical writing
  • Experience with data analysis
  • Master's degree in Science or Education

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.00

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $60,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level


Job Family

Academic Program Mgmt

Job Function

Academic Administration

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Jennifer Cubeta

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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