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Associate Program Coordinator - STEM Training and Education Program (STEP)

City of Hope
Duarte, California
Closing date
Dec 17, 2022

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Life Sciences
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About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent biomedical research and treatment organization for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a leader in bone marrow transplantation and immunotherapy such as CAR T cell therapy. City of Hope's translational research and personalized treatment protocols advance care throughout the world. Human synthetic insulin, monoclonal antibodies and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs are based on technology developed at the institution. AccessHope™, a subsidiary launched in 2019 serves employers and their health care partners by providing access to City of Hope's specialized cancer expertise.

A National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope is ranked among the nation's "Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report and received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Its main campus is located near Los Angeles, with additional locations throughout Southern California and in Arizona.

City of Hope's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion is key in serving our mission to provide compassionate patient care, drive innovative discovery, and advance vital education focused on eliminating cancer and diabetes in all of our communities. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures we bring the full range of skills, perspectives, cultural backgrounds and experiences to our work -- and that our teams align with the people we serve in order to build trust and understanding. We are dedicated to fostering a community that embraces diversity - in ideas, backgrounds and perspectives; this is reflected in our work and represented in our people.

Position Summary

Assists in recruiting, selection, processing, evaluation and planning for all City of Hope's STEM, Training, and Education Programs (STEP), classroom visits and field trips, Girls Only Stem (GO Stem), Saturday Science Academy, Saturday Science Days, Science and Nutrition Summer Research, and additional K-12 science educational programming. Manages educational programs targeted to K-12 and college level students and provides support to all relevant research programs. Provides support to all programs with various services, including recruiting and tracking of students, as well as design and facilitation of program curriculum. Helps establish new programs as requested by the PI and program manager. Plans and implements community outreach programs to inform and educate parents about City of Hope's educational programs. Helps design and maintain STEP science educational website. Maintains relationships with all schools, districts, and cities belonging to the Foothill Consortium as they pertain to collaborative educational programs that fall under the auspices of the City of Hope's educational outreach efforts. Additionally, candidates need to have relevant basic research capabilities and experiences that will allow them to be competent in conducting and leading basic research tutorials.

Key Responsibilities include:
  • Plans, implements and collaborates on the evaluation of all programs for students in all programs. May make programmatic decisions about educational content included in the programs. Works with the leadership team to recruit, select and process students for year-round research programs, with special emphasis on recruiting students from underrepresented minority groups.
  • Set-up mock research experiments to test feasibility of implementation for student candidates. Demonstrate the ability to actively create new relevant age-appropriate curriculum/protocols from advance research topics.
  • Helps track students and coordinates with participating schools for students to receive academic/volunteer credit.
  • Helps establish new programs in partnership with school districts and national colleges. This will include: working to replicate the existing activities into other communities and school districts; developing a teacher professional development program under the auspices of the COH STEM Training and Education Program; maintaining and expanding relationships between COH faculty and science teachers (visits to classrooms and field trips to campus); and other programs developed by the steering committee.
  • Assists with the development of non-curricular materials for the K-12 programs, including but not limited to t-shirts and other giveaways, displays for use in classrooms, and brochures for parents.
  • Creates and maintains student records for educational programs and interfaces with the external program evaluators in utilizing these records. May conduct analysis of evaluation data for purposes of improving program design and implementation.
  • Coordinates with Business Manager on grant administration: tracking and reporting time and effort; processing of stipends, honoraria, reimbursements, other grant expenditures; tracking and oversight of grant budget.
  • Plans and manages meetings and events with parents, district, and local and national government representation.
  • Represents City of Hope and the STEM Training and Education Program at all relevant meetings and conferences.
  • Helps develop and maintain STEM Training and Education Program website.
  • Assists with manuscript preparation, editing, and submission.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • A year of experience in the field of community relations or K-12 education. Experience in the sciences is required.

Preferred education, experience and skills:
  • A degree in the relevant biomedical sciences and/or education with experience working as a high-level mentor or teacher assistant to students in a laboratory setting.

Additional Information:
  • As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research.  City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

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