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Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Biological Sciences (2063)
Posting Number: req988
Working 12 months per year

Non-classified Staff
College of Science and Engineering
Pocatello - Main

Primary Purpose

The Department of Biological Sciences invites applications for a 12-month, full time, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator. The Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) is a community that advances understanding of the biological sciences through active discovery, learning, and engagement with society. Our vision is to inspire our students to wonder about the living world and strive to better understand it. To accomplish this, one of our strategic goals is to increase the number of degrees awarded from DBS programs by 25%, primarily through focusing on recruitment & retention initiatives and developing more effective relationships with other programs at ISU and beyond.

The Undergraduate Programs Coordinator (UPC) will be responsible for coordinating aspects of undergraduate student services, including prospective student development and recruiting, freshman/sophomore advising and retention, coordination of student involvement activities (research internships, clubs, etc), program assessment and development, and post‐graduation tracking.

The Department of Biological Sciences has 40 faculty members specializing in diverse sub-disciplines of the biological sciences. DBS serves 500 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students enrolled in 12 distinct degree programs, along with hundreds of students enrolled in DBS courses offered in service to other departments and programs.

Key Responsibilities

The Undergraduate Programs Coordinator will help our prospective and current students achieve academic success. They will be the primary department contact for incoming freshmen, and will create materials for recruitment and advising. They will also serve on the departmental undergraduate curriculum committee and work with department faculty to enhance student success.

•    Undergraduate recruiting: tours, events, recruiting materials (30%).
•    Manage relationships with undergraduate students and faculty: retention, advising, research opportunities (on and off campus), track alumni (50%).
•    Other duties: Departmental curriculum and scholarships committees, coordinating activities and efforts with other science departments and college-wide initiatives (20%).

Minimum Qualifications

The Undergraduate Programs Coordinator will need to understand the undergraduate curriculum in the department and be able to advise students on which degree to choose and how to navigate the requirements of that degree. They will create recruiting and advising materials to help students. To accomplish this, they will need:

•    Undergraduate degree in life sciences or other relevant field.
•    Demonstrated success in working with students and faculty from diverse backgrounds.
•    Excellent communication skills.
•    Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
Preferred Qualifications

The preferred candidates will also have:

•    A graduate degree in the life sciences or other relevant field.
•    Knowledge of recruitment strategies for limited-income and first-generation students.
•    Experience working with STEM fields.
•    Bilingual (English/Spanish).

Please submit the following documents with your application:
CV/resume, cover letter describing your interest in the position and how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Michael Thomas, Chair, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, USA (

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by March 8, 2020. However, the position will remain open until filled. Salary range has been approved from $40,000 to $45,000 annually, commensurate with education and experience. Includes a competitive benefits package. Offers of employment may be conditional pending successful completion of a background investigation.

About Idaho State University

Idaho State University (ISU) combines exceptional academics amidst the grand natural beauty of the West. ISU faculty and students are leading the way in cutting-edge research and innovative solutions in the areas of energy, health professions, nuclear research, teaching, humanities, engineering, performing and visual arts, technology, biological sciences, pharmacy, and business. ISU is the state's designated lead institution in health professions and medical education.

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution founded in 1901, serves a diverse population by attracting students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls, and Twin Falls, ISU offers access to high-quality education in more than 280 programs. Over 12,000 students attend ISU, receiving education and training in those programs. To read more, visit: Idaho State University Home
Idaho State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We have an institution-wide commitment to inclusion and diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply. Veterans' preference.
Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

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