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Graduate Project Assistant For The Office of Community Engaged Learning & Research (CELR)

Position Description

Lobo Leaders STEM K12 Mentoring Program

The Office of Community Engaged Learning & Research (CELR) is seeking a graduate project assistant for the Fall 2018. CELR was recently awarded a $26K planning grant from AmeriCorps to establish the UNM Lobo Leaders STEM Mentoring & Tutoring Program, an innovative mentoring leadership program that pairs undergraduate college student leaders as AmeriCorps volunteers from the University of New Mexico with K12 students from around the Albuquerque metropolitan area. Combining STEM and mentoring, the UNM Lobo Leaders STEM Mentoring Program is designed to teach undergraduate students how to learn science leadership and mentoring skills while raising the awareness and enthusiasm for science in grades 6-8 middle school classrooms during the academic year.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

As part of our grant, we are hiring a 0.25 FTE graduate student who will be responsible for:

  1. assisting in shaping the program’s research agenda around STEM mentorship,
  2. creating and piloting tools and events that support the growth of STEM mentoring locally and statewide,
  3. creating and implementing systems to capture data and feedback on program activities and STEM mentorship program to inform future activities and report on impact, and
  4. piloting a system of working groups that support the continued development of program functions, STEM mentoring programming, and data/impact collection and assessment.

Position Requirements

  • Be able to work as part of a larger team effort;
  • Be willing to submit to Criminal History/FBI Background check (required);
  • Have strong organizational skills and be detail and deadline oriented;
  • Be able to take supervision and direction in their work, yet work independently to complete tasks on tight deadline;
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills;
  • Be personable and comfortable working with people at all levels of university teaching and administration; and,
  • Be comfortable following others on completing tasks.

 This position requires a 10 hours per week work schedule, including weekly meetings with the Operational Leader and other team members. Applicants should also be interested in the role of the University in supporting and enhancing the lives of the people of New Mexico and understand the role of the University in engaging with the community. Applicants must be master or doctoral students. Preference will be given to applicants with a background in STEM disciplines or K12 education. Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV and a one-page statement of interest that outlines the candidate’s qualifications for and interest in the position. For best consideration, please submit your application materials no later than Tuesday, Sept 11th .


Send required documents to
Dr. Monica Kowal (

Questions? Please call Dr. Kowal at 277-7186.