The Assistant Director, Experiential Learning is responsible for the ideation, implementation and overall management of experiential learning opportunities for Johns Hopkins PhDs and Postdoctoral Fellows. The purpose of experiential learning initiatives is to provide predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees the resources needed to explore, prepare, experience, network and ultimately be inspired to pursue their life vision. The Assistant Director serves as a conduit, connecting PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows to people, organizations and opportunities.
One key program in the Experiential Learning portfolio is the PHutures internship program. The Assistant Director will manage all aspects of this program including employer engagement, employer relationships, website management, faculty relations, marketing strategies, intern recruitment, internship placement, evaluation and outcome measurement, and compliance with institutional policies. Since spring 2014, nearly 70 PhD students have been selected for internships in industry R&D, policy, outreach, writing, commercialization, and consulting and the website receives over 10,000 visits annually.
Strategically, the Assistant Director, Experiential Learning will liaise with faculty and department administrators to integrate experiential learning into the PhD curriculum and the postdoctoral training programs.
The Assistant Director reports to the Director of PHutures (formerly the Professional Development and Careers Office) at the East Baltimore office who reports into the School of Medicine’s Office of the Vice Dean for Education. PHutures, East Baltimore has a dotted line reporting structure to the Vice Provost for Integrated Learning and Life Design and the Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. The Assistant Director, Experiential Learning will work closely with the PHutures office on the Homewood campus to provide internships and other innovative experiential learning opportunities to ALL PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows across the institution.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
PHutures Internship Program
Liaise with HIRE HOPKINS employer outreach professionals to identify companies and non-profits to contact about internship opportunities.
Work closely with university-wide administration and implement internship procedures in accordance with the policies of each Hopkins School, as well as the international office when applicable.
Work with the General Counsel Office when applicable, e.g. in developing agreements between the internship host organizations and JHU.
Handle internship applications, processing of memoranda of understanding and other required paperwork.
Coach interested PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows on resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills.
Manage program costs and implement strategies that promote employer financial investments, grant funding and alumni support that offset institutional cost.
Monitor internship placements and coach participants on strategies to achieve success.
Evaluate internship placements and implement program modifications when needed. Work with Office of Assessment and Evaluation when applicable.
Identify opportunities and strategies to increase participation in internship placements across all seven schools.
Track outcomes and impact of internships on PhD student and Postdoctoral Fellow’s life design.
PHutures Mentorship Program
Work collaboratively with Hopkins Connect to cultivate and retain PhD and Postdoctoral alumni mentors.
Develop and lead training strategies that promote success in mentorship relationships.
Independently oversee robust mentorship program that provides opportunities for PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows to connect with alumni.
Track outcomes and report impact. Modify program as needed based on evaluations and outcomes.
Experiential Learning Initiatives
Work closely with Hopkins Connect, Hire Hopkins, faculty, departments and student and postdoctoral organizations to ideate innovative experiential experiences that inspire PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to define and pursue their life goals.
Develop and monitor annual budget.
Work with the Development and Alumni Relations groups to develop and implement a donor plan to offset institutional costs for internships and experiential learning initiatives.
Oversee administration of the travel award.
Master’s degree required. At least five years related work experience, to include a combination of the following:
Serving diverse populations of students, including international trainees, under-represented minorities and people with disabilities.
Knowledge of career options for PhD students and Postdoctoral fellows
Experience providing or overseeing career counseling/coaching/mentoring for students
Demonstrated success developing institutionally effective partnerships. Ability to engage effectively with multiple tiers of stakeholders.
Ability to analysis data and prepare summary recommendations /improvements based on program analysis
Analysis and synthesis of literature that informs new projects and programs
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Knowledge of best practices for using websites and social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) to engage trainees and potential employers
Demonstrated skills as an innovator and relationship builder
Strong service orientation
Strong leadership skills
Classified Title: Academic Program Manager Working Title: Asst Director, Experiential Learning Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/ME Starting Salary Range: $60,342 - $83,034 /Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm Exempt Status: Exempt Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003381-SOM Admin Education Professional Develop Personnel area: School of Medicine
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