STEM Education Coordinator

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Updated: March 31, 2020
Job ID: 215767
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a STEM Education Coordinator to support the Emerging Infectious Diseases Branch (EIDB) within the Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) in Silver Spring, MD.  HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to EIDB and MHRP. 

WRAIR researchers and staff support STEM access and workforce development through STEM outreach and training in the following named programs.  For rising 7th grade to completion of college, programs are Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS), the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) or the College Qualified Leaders (CQL)/Near Peer Mentor (NPM) programs (see The Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) supports all student ages for participation, although WRAIR’s program is made up of primarily post-baccalaureate participants. Professional development is provided to National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) participants and is a program for only doctoral-level fellowships. The program’s participation levels are summarized as follows: 

GEMS – 600 participants annually during the summer
SEAP – 20-30 annually
College (CQL and NPM programs) – 60 annually
ORISE fellowships – around 100
NASEM – around 15


  1. Maintain and create government-owned databases, some of which are WRAIR-only, and others associated with the Office of the ASA(ALT) and NGO cooperative agreement partners.  These databases capture all program participants’ basic contact, demographic and program information for use in research publications, future research outcome tracking, stipend tracking by program, continuity of participation across programs and sufficient information to support college and professional recommendations and participation confirmation (Task and Reporting Deliverable via extraction of data per annum for government reporting to ASA(ALT) and program partners).
  2. Carry out team-based qualitative and quantitative assessments of STEM research outcomes (requiring knowledge of Qualtrics, graphics and quantitative data analysis software).
  3. Authors and edits abstracts, podium talks (PowerPoint), posters and manuscripts for publication and presentation at scientific meetings and in the peer-reviewed literature (Deliverable – a minimum of 2 per annum).
  4. Participate in 2-3 human subjects protocols per annum (Task – design and preparation, Deliverable – training certificates annually for inclusion on IRB-approved protocols).
  5. Program coordination and cohort development for optimal STEM education research (Task – year-round management of enrollments/placements in coordination with other tasks, Deliverable – planned level of participation per program per year).
  6. Create STEM modules for both summer and in-school programs.
  7. Take part in the preparation of grant applications and their submission to organizations (NIH, NSF, National Defense Education Program and other sponsored research organizations).
  8. Aid in carrying out school-year programs for GEMS research efforts with funded grant applications.
  9. Manage supplies and some equipment maintenance actions by WRAIR staff for all modules developed by the STEM Education Team.
  10. Maintain relationships with local public, private and charter schools, colleges and universities.  Also assist in coordination of relationships with ORISE and NASEM as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of federal and local regulations and policies pertinent to research involving human subjects; excellent interpersonal and computer skills; ability to communicate effectively and to work with individuals of all levels.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline required.

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 6-8 years of relevant experience required. 

Background/Security: Must have lived in the US 3 out of the past 5 years; eligible to pass a NACI background.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.