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University Corporation at Monterey Bay
Human Resources

100 Campus Center
University Corporation, Suite 119 (map)
Seaside, California 93955-8001

Main Number: (831) 582-4449



Research Coordinator, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC)
Student Services III

Science & Environmental Policy

Job #: FP2013-405

This is a fulltime (40 hrs/week) benefited position, dependent upon continued grant funding. *** Offer pending funding approval ***

Open until filled.

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California State University, Monterey Bay is distinctive in serving the diverse people of California, especially the working class and historically underserved communities. The identity of the University is framed by substantive commitment to a multilingual, multicultural, intellectual community which enables students, faculty and staff to cross institutional boundaries for innovative instruction, broadly defined scholarly and creative activity, and coordinated community service.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay on the campus of CSUMB is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and State population.

The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is a non-profit institution that is affiliated with the California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). The University Corporation at Monterey Bay, a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefits corporation, is an auxiliary organization with a mission to further the educational purposes of the University. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is an equal opportunity employer and committed to building a pluralistic university by hiring personnel with competencies and experience related to the regional and state population. The University Corporation at Monterey Bay is committed to a standard of excellence in the services it provides and in the quality of work expected of its employees.


CSUMB is committed to develop programs to attract, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, and to equip these students with the skills they need for successful careers. To that end, CSUMB developed the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) to provide our students with rigorous and guided undergraduate research experiences. UROC is a cross-campus center that trains, supports, and engages students in undergraduate research. UROC students work on relevant and innovative research projects at CSUMB, and at regional, state, national, and international research institutions. Their work is guided by a research mentor, supported by UROC staff, and augmented by extensive training in research proposal writing, presentation skills, communication skills, professionalism, and graduate school preparedness. At the core of UROC's curricular offerings is a four semester, two-unit graded series of undergraduate research seminars. This two-year research series prepares students for their undergraduate research experiences, develops their scholarly identity and acumen, and prepares them for graduate school and fellowship applications. Students also communicate their work to the academic community through conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Taken together, these experiences prepare our students for successful entry into graduate school or professional careers.


The Research Coordinator, under the general direction of the Assistant Director, is responsible for designing and delivering program services for students, program partners, and research mentors. The position has the following overarching leadership responsibilities:

  1. Develops and maintains UROC's undergraduate research partnerships with CSUMB faculty, and with regional, statewide, and national research programs.
  2. Identifies undergraduate research placements, oversees student research experiences, monitors the student's progress in the research project.
  3. Supports the development of student research talks, posters, and publications.
  4. Provides UROC mentor training and follow-up assistance to faculty, graduate students, and research partners.
  5. Publishes UROC's undergraduate research and mentoring models in peer-reviewed journals and presents at professional conferences.
  6. Participates in writing public and private funding proposals, particularly those related directly to student research support, to sustain and grow UROC.
  7. Participates in UROC outreach and fundraising events.
  8. Participates in assessing UROC's mentoring effectiveness.

UROC's Research Coordinator position requires a keen understanding of what students need to engage in undergraduate research at the highest level; a strong understanding of how to prepare students for graduate school and professional life; robust and inspiring teaching skills; an entrepreneurial spirit; and excellent grant writing and communication skills.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Developing undergraduate research partnerships to expand the number and types of research opportunities available UROC students.
  • Developing and maintaining undergraduate research collaborations with regional community colleges, campus partners, and professional societies.
  • Matching, placing, and tracking students in research experiences.
  • Overseeing graduate school preparedness activities and guiding students through the graduate school application process.
  • Identifying training needs for affiliated faculty, graduate students, and staff related to the mentoring of undergraduate student researchers.
  • Working closely with UROC Research Mentors to guide and monitor student progress.
  • Assisting students in preparing research posters, professional talks, and articles.
  • Teaching and/or leading UROC courses and workshops in collaboration with the Curriculum Coordinator.
  • Developing and delivering presentations, journal articles, and reports regarding UROC's programming, undergraduate research model, and work with research partners and mentors.
  • Writing articles and student stories regarding student research experiences and student highlights.
  • Participating in UROC's outreach and fundraising events.
  • In conjunction with the Director and Assistant Director, researching and preparing proposals for project renewal or additional funding.
  • Carrying out responsibilities in accordance with University Corporation and CSUMB policies and all applicable laws.


  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Director.
  • Promote and maintain an atmosphere of excellent internal and external customer service.
  • Develop and maintain an atmosphere of teamwork.


  • Extensive knowledge of higher education, graduate school preparation needs, and the research process.
  • Deep understanding of the research environment.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with administration, faculty, students, and community partners.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills utilizing tact, diplomacy, and patience.
  • Demonstrated writing, critical assessment, and synthesis skills.
  • Ability to present clear and concise information orally and in written reports, proposals, and publications.
  • Teaching experience, particularly teaching university-level undergraduate students.
  • Ability to think creatively and conceptually, and to apply independent judgment, discretion, and initiative to address problems and develop practical, thorough, and creative solutions.
  • Ability to manage complex projects, work independently as well as collaboratively, and complete tasks on time.
  • Ability to work within a project management framework of deadlines and deliverables.
  • Advanced computer literacy, including word-processing, statistical software, databases, website development, and graphics.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Federal grant proposals, grant awards, and required documentation and reporting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration, multiculturalism and diversity, community service, and institutional excellence.
  • Experience working with diverse and multicultural populations and the ability to guide students of diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds to higher levels of skills development.


Master's degree in Science, Education, Psychology, or a related field, AND two years of progressively responsible work in undergraduate research, teaching, student programming, or academic outreach. A Ph.D. in a related field may substitute for one year of the required experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities will be considered.


Demonstrated experience that clearly provides evidence of the knowledge and skills required to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements identified above are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Ability to complete web-based training in Defensive Driving and continue to meet the established driving standards as a condition of employment.

NOTE:Candidates identified for hire with the University Corporation at Monterey Bay must successfully complete a criminal background check.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Highly desirable : Ph.D.in Science, Education, or a related field. Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the CSUMB Vision Statement and the core values of mutual respect, collaboration and service orientation, multiculturalism and diversity, community service and institutional excellence. Experience working with a diverse and multicultural population and performing community services; demonstrated technical literacy


The monthly range for this position is: $4,583.34 - $5,000 commensurate with education and experience. This is an exempt position and as such is not eligible for the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Benefits include medical, dental, vision and life insurance benefits, contributory retirement plan, TSA (403b), 13 paid holidays per year and other benefits. University Corporation positions are at-will employment.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to verbally communicate to exchange information; and to occasionally travel to other offices or locations to attend meetings or to pick up or deliver materials.

Please complete the required on-line Corporation application at http://hr.csumb.edu/jobs/db/fp/
A complete on-line Corporation application must be received in the University Corporation Human Resources Office BY 5:00P.M. on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 TO BE GUARANTEED A REVIEW. Applications received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the Corporation.

For assistance or if you require an accommodation, please call (831) 582-4449, or TDD at (800) 735-2929. For computer/online access you may visit the Tanimura & Antle Family Memorial Library (map) or our Student Services Building first floor (map). Please check the links provided for the respective hours and the location of each site. The University Corporation at CSUMB will not fax application materials.

The University Corporation at CSUMB is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.