The role of the Senior Specialist, Education is to develop, coordinate, and execute programs for the education and training of microbiologists and other biomedical scientists. This position supports ASM by offering educational resources and leading online series, professional development programs, workshops and conferences (i.e. the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists (ABRCMS), ASM Undergraduate Conference for Educators (ASMCUE) and webinars). This role is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing scientific and professional development content for students and non-students. In addition, the role is responsible for securing content experts for education programs, online learning, and training curriculum through varied products and services.
Accountabilities (are the critical activities and results the position is held accountable to produce)
Advance Professional & Career Development in the Microbial Sciences
Support Volunteers, Initiatives & ASM Business Units
Promote a Culture of Inclusion & Diversity in Science
Essential Functions (defines the critical end results expected of the jobholder related to the accountabilities above)
Work with volunteers to identify and develop program goals, content and design/format for online series, workshops, and conferences.
Identify, orient and manage subject matter experts and authors for events and publications (e.g. speakers, facilitators, evaluators, judges and authors).
Identify and manage in person and online event services (e.g. abstracts, programming, travel award programs, credentialing, online platform)
Collaborate with Education Director and cross-functional teams (e.g. Meetings, Membership, Marketing & Communications, IT) to develop work plans, content and timelines, deliverables, resources, and assist with budget for programmatic area.
Develop and manage communities of practice to advance professional and career development.
Develop need and program assessments, and monitor participant feedback (e.g., satisfaction and learning); ensure findings drive development of new programming.
This position description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other functions as assigned.
Technical Competencies (are applied or practical knowledge and skills needed for effective technical performance)
Strong written and oral communications skills.
Strong project management skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Expertise in instructional design.
Ability to think critically, solve problem and make sound decisions.
Knowledge about scientific research and preferably the microbial sciences
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and other learning and association management technologies.
Behavioral Competencies (are observable behaviors and skills that matter most for success)
Instills Trust (Respect/Honor) – Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
Self-Development - Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels.
Drives Results – Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
Optimizes Work Processes – Knowing the most effective and efficient processes to get things done, with a focus on continuous improvement.
Collaborates - Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
Values Differences – Recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
Decision Quality - Making good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
Physical Demands This is largely a sedentary role and may sit or use PC for long periods of time. Bending, reaching, or stooping may be necessary for use of filing cabinets or other office cabinets or office machines. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computer, phones, copiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
Travel Requirements Less than 10%
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required with preference for Master’s or other advanced degree in a STEM field
Five (5) or more years of experience with a focus on program design and evaluation
Experience in recruitment; networking; and marketing
Understanding of effective practices in learning communities and working with underrepresented communities
Proficiency with technologies and platforms to support education, training, building communities and communications
Event planning skills are a plus
Experience in associations, nonprofit or scientific organizations a plus
The ASM is the world's largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. The Society’s mission is to advance microbiological sciences through the pursuit of scientific knowledge and dissemination of the results of fundamental and applied research.