Stem Engagement Coordinator University of Washington Department of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Pipeline Project United States

Stem Engagement Coordinator


Req #:   166750


Job Location:      Seattle Campus

Posting Date:     04/18/2019

Closing Info:       Open Until Filled

Salary:   Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Shift:     First Shift

Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.

For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.


Although open until filled, priority application date is May 19, 2019. 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.


UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.


Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington. Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.


Within UAA, the Pipeline Project is a K-12 outreach program that connects undergraduate students from the University of Washington with tutoring and mentoring opportunities in local and regional K-12 schools and community organizations. Working with the Pipeline Project provides a unique opportunity to learn about public education in general, as well as gain a better understanding of what it takes to cultivate partnerships between the University of Washington, K-12 schools, and students. Working with the Pipeline Project also means having fun and joining a talented team of hardworking and passionate people!


The Pipeline Project currently has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time STEM Engagement Coordinator (UW payroll title: Counselor - Student Services).


The Pipeline Project STEM Engagement Coordinator oversees the Pipeline Project’s initiatives to make the STEM field more inclusive of all peoples and ways of knowing, especially those from migrant, rural and tribal backgrounds. Specifically, the Coordinator strengthens relationships with rural and tribal schools, facilitates the seminars related to STEM outreach, organizes and conducts the STEM Alternative Spring Break program and school campus visits in partnership with the Equity in STEM AmeriCorps member, and oversees curriculum development for all outreach programs. The STEM Engagement Coordinator should expect to do periodic (two - three times a month) work away from campus, visiting school partners and attending meetings in Eastern Washington. This is a permanent position at 20 hours per week, and a minimum two-year commitment is desired.


Candidates for the STEM Engagement Coordinator position must exhibit an appreciation of, a sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty and staff of many social, economic, cultural, gender, ideological, racial and ethnic backgrounds.


Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of the Pipeline Project, the STEM Engagement Coordinator will:




Provide counseling, training and support for undergraduates interested in Pipeline Project STEM Alternative Spring Break programs.

Counsel students on their participation in the program and any ongoing issues that arise at their sites.

Mentor and support students to take leadership roles within Pipeline STEM Alternative Spring Break programming.

Collaborate with the Equity in STEM AmeriCorps member in planning and delivery of all programs


Recruit and train undergraduate participants

Recruit a diverse group of undergraduate volunteers to participate in the Pipeline Project STEM Alternative Spring Break Program.

Organize and/or provide training of undergraduates to facilitate STEM curriculum projects with middle and high school students.

Partner with educational consultants and other education professionals to develop a culturally-relevant lesson-planning resources.


Manage relationships with Eastern Washington community partners

Manage reciprocal partnerships with rural communities in Eastern Washington, with a focus on partnerships with Native and Latino communities.

Manage site placement, transportation, and evaluation for volunteers.

Coordinate and host STEM campus visits by partner schools.


Complete requirements associated with NASA grant

Complete evaluations and assessments in accordance with grant requirements.

Participate in meetings and collaborate with NASA Earth Space Science Pipeline (NESSP) program partners.

Track finances and budget for NASA Alternative Spring Break program.

Assist with summer NASA programs in collaboration with NESSP grant partners as needed.




Bachelor's degree.

At least one year experience working with K-12 schools and/or community agencies.

Commitment to and knowledge of reciprocal community partnerships and working with diverse populations.

Enthusiasm for organizing NASA-inspired STEM projects with middle and high school students.

Experience in program coordination for young adults (either in a volunteer or staff role).

Demonstrated ability to take initiative, follow through on independent projects, and balance multiple priorities.

Demonstrated excellent organizational skills with emphasis on accuracy and attention to detail.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Enthusiasm for learning new approaches to mentorship, teaching and education.


Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.




Experience working with undergraduates or K-12 populations, and communities in Eastern Washington.

Experience working with Native and/or Latino communities.

Experience with developing dynamic science or engineering curriculum.

Interest in making at least a two year commitment to the position.

Bachelor's degree in science field.


All UAA Pipeline Project Staff will demonstrate and integrate the following Undergraduate Academic Affairs Competencies:


Accountability and Integrity

Race, Equity, and Difference

Constituent Focus

Collaboration and Teamwork


For detailed information about the Pipeline Project, please visit




Please respond to the following 3 questions and diversity statement within the application assessment or at the end of your cover letter:

1. What about the mission of this position and program interests you, and why?

2. What is your understanding and experience working on equity issues, including racial equity issues, in K-12 education in the U.S.?

3. What does reciprocal partnership or solidarity mean to you, in the context of working with rural and tribal schools?


Diversity Statement: The Pipeline Project at the University of Washington has a commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment to the ethnically and racially diverse children and families we serve.  Please describe your experiences and perspective on diversity and how this will inform your role as a Program Coordinator. Discuss your potential to mentor and educate undergraduate students who will work with diverse populations around the state.


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The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral. The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.


The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or

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