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Program Specialist

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The electronic application is the *official* document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

Department Contact

Department Contact Information

Applicants may contact this person if they have questions about this position

Department Contact Name Nicole Delgado
Department Contact Phone 575-646-7649
Department Contact Email

Posting Details

Posting Details

Requisition Number 1700448S
Classification Title Program Specialist
Position Job Title Program Specialist
College/Division Education College
Department 350410-Inst For Excel In Math & Science Ed
Position Number 717321
Internal or External Search External - Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency 1.00
Reports To Position Title Research Assc Prof
Target Hourly/Salary Rate 36,000-38,500 to commensurate with experience
Pay Level 07
Pay Base Salary
Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

The qualified candidate will coordinate K-12 after-school and summer program for Readers Theater students develop curricula including but not limited to; research Common Core, NM Standards and Benchmarks, Next Generation Science Standards and NETS technology standards to integrate into Readers Theater curriculum so lessons, activities, and projects coincide with regular school day learning objectives; demographic analysis of district necessary to compile curriculum, projects, workshops that meet the needs of the district, students, teachers, and parents; Research topics for curriculum unit implementation regarding literacy and reading fluency; Write lessons, projects, and activities that incorporate digital literacy, STEM, and the project-based learning model to support inquiry-based learning; Test curriculum to ensure program is delivered as it was intended to be, student understand the lessons and projects, and the curriculum is academically engaging for participating students; Re-assess the curriculum to ensure cohesive programing that meets the needs of 21st CCLC, and the mission of Readers Theater. The qualified candidate will create educational resource kits; procurement of supplies including ordering, in-store purchasing, and pick-up for all supplies needed for program implementation; creating supply lists necessary for teachers and program staff to better understand and use various supplies needed for various projects; assembling educational resource kits for easy access by teachers and students. This includes counting, cutting, pre-assembly. Conduct professional development through preparation such as logistical planning for Readers Theater PD, communicating with teachers and district personnel about professional development, classroom assignments, teacher registration, prepare projects for teachers during PD; conduct professional development including curriculum review, supply review, best practices for Readers Theater, and hands-on activities for teachers to do so they learn how to deliver lessons and teach the projects. Plan and provide enriching opportunities such as field trips and events for community members in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. Other duties as assigned

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Required Experience

One (1) year of professional experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

Classification Summary

Plans and implements a single, narrow focused program initiative for an identified client-oriented operational entity of the University. Participates in the generation of the program resources and in the design and development of the program operating goals, objectives, and protocols. Serves as primary point of both internal and external representation and liaison with respect to the implementation, operational matters and compliance.Provides technical/professional and programmatic guidance, consultation, and support to client constituencies .

Classification Standard Duties

Programs are usually self-funded and/or grant-funded from a major funding source or series of funding sources. Plans and coordinates the development, implementation, and execution of a single program, special project, or other initiative designed to achieve the overall mission, goals, and objectives of the program. Oversees and administers all facets of the day-to-day operations of the program and activities related to the position’s specific discipline. Serves as primary liaison with internal and external constituencies on all matters relating to program activities; represents the University with respect to program activities on a local, regional, and/or national basis. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for identifying and generating funding and/or resource opportunities for program activities, to include development of grant and other fundraising proposals. Provides and/or coordinates the provision of technical guidance, consultation, related support to clientele within area of program focus; provides day-to-day problem solving as necessary on day-to-day program-related needs and issues. Creates, produces, and delivers a range of promotional, educational, and informational presentations, and/or resource materials related to program activities and initiatives. Oversees and/or coordinates the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develops, writes, edits, and presents comprehensive statistical and narrative program reports and evaluations. Participates in the development of operating goals and objectives for the unit; recommends, implements, and administers methods and procedures to enhance operations, as appropriate to the unit.May supervise staff and/or student employees which includes: work allocation, training,promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls and problem resolution;evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions;motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Demonstrated professional knowledge and operational expertise within designated area of program focus.


Program planning, development, implementation, and leadership skills. Skill in examining and evaluating operations and developing and/or re-engineering operating strategies, systems, and procedures. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.


Ability to determine informational needs, to collect and analyze information, and to devise and develop statistical analyses and reports. Ability to develop and deliver both oral and written presentations. Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources. Ability to make administrative/procedural decisions and judgments. Ability to develop and implement funding strategies and programs.

Equivalency None
Preferred Qualifications

Minimum of one year experience in K-12 education and/or out-of-school time/afterschool programming or related experience.

Teaching and/or related experience working with K-12 students; knowledge of professional teaching practices; understand standards and benchmarks when developing age and grade-level appropriate curricula; and know basic accounting practices to understand budgets pertaining to programmatic needs. Knowledge of MS Office Suite including Word, Excel, Publisher and other software useful to program development and implementation. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.

Verbal and written communications skills; critical thinking and reasoning to best determine the needs of the communities served and the needs of the program STEM Outreach Center provides to K-12 students; deliver information to classes of K-12 students, parents, and peer educators; be organized to maintain ongoing logistical and programmatic oversight of out-of-school time programs; patience, passion, and a drive to serve the K-12 student population of NM and recognize the need to provide out-of-school time services to minority, underprivileged; marginalized, and disconnected youth; and have technical skills to operate and utilize the latest in educational technology.

Ability to write curricula; work well independently, with students, parents, teachers and school administrations; work well under pressure and deadlines; able to easily move from one task to the next task without hesitation or delay; work well in a fast paced environment; able to drive to various NM regions to provide educational outreach services to communities in need; able to understand demographic and statistical information that inform program development.

Required Certification/License
Special Requirements
Other Departmental Requirements

Posting updated 9/14/17

Standard Work Schedule Shift: Other Shift
If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe

Schedule is M-F, 8-5 but may need to work some weekends for preparation of professional development for teachers etc.

Physical Work Location State NM-New Mexico
Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico DA-Dona Ana
Work Site
Contingent Upon Funding Contingent upon external funds
Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Tenure Track No
Posting Date 09/14/2017
Closing Date 10/12/2017
Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional)
Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional)
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

Quicklink for Posting

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Environment Work is normally performed indoors.
Physical Effort Moderate physical activity.
Lifting Requirements Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.
Risk No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you become aware of this position opening?
    • NMSU Website
    • Las Cruces Sun News/El Paso Times
    • Albuquerque Journal
    • Chronicle of Higher Ed
    • New Mexico Department of Labor
    • Other (If other please answer next question)
  2. If you became aware of this posting from another source, please describe?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you meet the minimum qualifications for this position? (Student and/or volunteer work does not count towards experience)
    • Yes, I have a Bachelors degree plus one year of professional experience.
    • Yes, I have a Masters degree or higher level of education
    • No, I do not meet the minimum qualifications for this position
  4. * What experience do you have directly related to providing out-of-school time/ after school programming?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Combined)
Optional Documents