STEM Programs Coordinator

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology seeks a full-time STEM Programs Coordinator to organize, implement and manage engaging summer exploration camps, workshops, STEM events and related activities  for middle school, high school and community college students across disciplines at Harrisburg University.  The coordinator will develop and expand local and global partnerships to increase camp enrollment, enabling students to gain early awareness and readiness for programs at HU. This is a hands-on role that requires active engagement with internal and external partners and leaders to design comprehensive and effective short-term (two-day to four-week) programs, at HU campuses and off-site locations, throughout the year.  The role combines administrative functions, budget management, marketing, student supervision and program staffing and management.


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with faculty, university leaders and external educators to develop competitive and successful programming and camp schedules; assist with course descriptions and curriculum development; establish long and short-range plans to ensure the ongoing development of comprehensive camps
  • Work with on-campus partners to provide support for camps; manage the camp faculty and student worker employment process; solicit and assign lead instructors and student assistants; work with human resources and payroll to confirm work eligibility, process onboarding and ensure compensation accuracy
  • Coordinate with appropriate internal and external partners regarding classrooms, labs, housing needs, meals, supplies, etc. needed for the camp programs; coordinate scheduling for classrooms, field trips, social and cultural activities
  • Arrange housing, transportation, visas and other administrative elements for global partner programs
  • Develop and implement camp policies, rules and guidelines to ensure a positive and safe environment
  • Handle all questions, inquiries, problems and concerns of students and guardians before and during camp; establish a procedure for handling difficulties related to health, behavior, and/or other related issues
  • Establish and manage an operating budget for camp programs and control expenditures within in a fiscally responsible manner to ensure that programs are developed and delivered on time and within budget
  • Identify and communicate with international partners to continue existing short-term programming and potential for new international programs
  • Work with the communications team to develop a camp program marketing strategy; communicate camp opportunities to students, parents and advisors through the most effective means including relationship-based networking, social media, list serves, marketing materials and other means of communication; increase established and perspective awareness of HU’s camp programs through relationship outreach and development, high school visits, presentations and meet-and-greets for local and global secondary school leaders



  • Bachelor’s degree in education or a STEM related field and experience in event planning
  • Experience managing summer camps or immersion programs that meet the needs of a diverse community preferred
  • Experience in a college or university setting addressing the needs of international, nontraditional and underrepresented groups preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, target and partner with secondary-school teachers, counselors and principals
  • Financial acuity, including budget management and revenue generation
  • Experience training and supervising staff preferred
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal direction and demonstrated experience providing direction or leadership in a team setting
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends, especially during summer camp programs
  • Strong work ethic and self-motivation; high level of energy, flexibility, initiative and creativity
  • Organizational, analytical and critical thinking skills and the ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with frequent interruptions
  • Excellent writing, presentation and intercultural communication skills and demonstrated ability to develop strong, collaborative relationships with a variety of audiences, including local and international STEM faculty, university colleagues, secondary-school leaders, parents and children
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate a vehicle


Interested applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to the attention of:


Kwasi Abrokwa, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101



About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.



Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access


Harrisburg University- At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center


Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 6,300 as of August 1, 2018.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.



  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics – first student cohort began in Fall 2017. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin its first cohort in Summer 2019.
  • Trimester system


Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.


Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, the Government Technology Institute, and the Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines


Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with:
  • Penn State University – USA
  • Francis University – USA
  • Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
  • Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
  • The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
  • Rede das Faculdades de Tecnologia e Ciencias – Bahia, Brazil
  • St Aloysius College- India
  • Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India
  • Articulation agreements with:
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alvernia University
  • Montgomery College
  • Community College of Philadelphia


About Harrisburg:

HU’s location in dynamic downtown Harrisburg connects people to a diverse and exciting community that is a wonderful place to call home. In 2010 Money Magazine rated Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities” and the area was ranked 12th in the “Best Places to Live” category in 2009 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities; and the area as #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. The Capital Region is home to over 600,000 residents, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA, and downtown Harrisburg is the center for commerce regionally with a thriving, bustling downtown community of which Harrisburg University takes its home in the center.  Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping center connected to our campus and new building, is the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts provides auditorium space and numerous cultural events. Restaurant Row and City Island provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and socializing events. We have worked with a local developer to renovate to buildings downtown Harrisburg that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes and are the site for local concerts, art festivals, and shows. It is also possible to tour Harrisburg’s many historic museums, workout at the local fitness clubs, visit the theatres or take in a minor league baseball game.