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NEWVEC Program Coordinator

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Microbiology
Union: PSU
Categories: Program Administration/Management, College of Natural Sciences

About UMass Amherst 

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region. 


Job Summary 

The New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEWVEC) Program Coordinator and Regional Extension Agent at Large is responsible for managing the community of practice component of the program and serving as the overarching regional extension educator.


Essential Functions

  • Serve on the NEWVEC leadership team and lead the critical facets of engaged research and training programs.
  • Oversee and coordinate outreach programs and events.
  • Develop training materials.
  • Partner with the PI and senior leadership to assess strategic plans, research activities and programmatic performance indicators.
  • Serve as liaison with NEWVEC participating institutions and community stakeholders.
  • Carry out evidence-based, engaged outreach to parts of New England that currently lack adequate access to practitioner services.
  • Support practitioners in health agencies and extension programs by contributing access to up-to-date informational resources.
  • Disseminate research outcomes and evidence-based recommendations from the NEWVEC Center to community practitioners.
  • Promote and recruit a broad network of affiliate organizations aligned with the NEWVEC mission and able to amplify its message.
  • Coordinate a network of trainers and training opportunities to ensure that content is in alignment with best evidence and corresponding practice.


Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure) 

  • Master’s degree and 4 years of experience in Communications and Project Administration.
  • Excellent organizational skills and acute attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to effectively address complex issues.
  • Excellent ability to demonstrate fairness and diplomacy. 
  • Superb problem-solving abilities.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain productive relationships.
  • Ability to coordinate and work well with a variety of constituents.
  • Ability to ensure compliance with rules, policies, and procedures governing assigned activities. 
  • Excellent computer skills including MS Office and the ability to quickly learn grant related systems. 
  • Proficiency with online application protocols required by funding agencies. 


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure) 

  • Experience managing similar programs. 
  • Advanced degree with a research focus and experience working in a research environment. 


Physical Demands/Working Conditions 

  • Typical office environment.


Additional Details 

  • May supervise graduate and undergraduate assistants.   
  • Will require significant regional travel.
  • Assume other duties as requested by the Director.


Work Schedule 



Salary Information 

Level 28 

PSU Salary Ranges 


Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit letter of application, CV, diversity statement (see below) and contact information for three (3) references.  Search may remain open until suitable candidate is identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.  (


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, caste, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, political belief or affiliation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related condition(s), veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, natural and protective hairstyle and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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