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Summer Program Coordinator

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Medicine Corporate Job REQID REF46590F Job Function Intern Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now

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The Summer Program Coordinator reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Medicine® GCM Grosvenor Scholars Program (hereafter referred to as NM Scholars), a partnership between Northwestern Medicine®, George Westinghouse College Prep High School, Daniel Hale Williams Prep and Bronzeville Scholastic Institute. For more information about the program, please visit  Community Partnership Programs | Northwestern Medicine

NM Scholars offers a Summer Intensive Program led by two Summer Program Coordinators who are largely responsible for managing the day-to-day activities of the Scholars. It is most likely that the program will be offered in person this summer at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The Coordinators work closely with the Summer Intensive Chair, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare System Advisor, Community Affairs Director and Program Manager, Research/Evaluation Advisor. The Coordinators will work as part of a team as well as demonstrate superior organization skills, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and attention to detail and be highly flexible and adaptable. (Please see “Other” section to learn more about the Summer Intensive Program).

Tenure of position: 8 weeks June 5th - August 4th (these dates are flexible)– could be virtual until program begins at the end of June. 

Pay: Commensurate with experience


  • Assist with the Summer Intensive curriculum design and implementation that include designing, coordinating, and facilitating the Summer program. Work with the NM Scholars team to plan and execute activities such as potential college visits.
  • Maintain daily reflections (e.g., memos) on students’ improvement in the Summer Intensive Program by attending all lectures and presentations with students.
  • Design lesson plans on writing techniques for high school students and met with them regularly to work on their summer research projects and (oral and poster) presentations. 
  • Support and reinforce students’ strengths and experiential knowledge.
  • Promote a college culture environment that is similar to current remote learning
  • Serve as the first point of contact for one cohort of students (e.g., rising sophomores), and provide guidance, advice, and mentorship to enhance their experiences in the program.
  • Handle day-to-day responsibilities for students including teaching research curriculum and keeping them on track.
  • Develop and grade homework, projects, and exams, as well as assess participation and attendance.
  • Maintain records of grades, attendance, and participation.
  • Escort students to and from breakfast, lunch, lecture, and lab locations and ensure that the students adhere to the set schedule.
  • Work with the medical student program interns to maximize the Scholars’ summer experience, as well as delegate responsibilities.
  • Assist with research activities, including conducting student interviews and collecting student data.
  • Provide ongoing feedback to better implement the program.
  • Attend regular meetings with the NM Scholars Team to touch base throughout the duration of the Summer Intensive Program.
  • Participate in NM Scholars Program Orientation, in late June of 2023, to ensure proper planning and transition.



  • Masters-level graduate student with experience and/or interest in education, teaching, leadership, high school student development, or college student development. 
  • At least one year of experience with curriculum design and development in and/or outside of traditional classroom environments.
  • Be able to work virtually.
  • Past experience working with high achieving high school and/or pre-college students.
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be able to follow directions independently.
  • Must be able to communicate with a variety of internal and external sources in a direct and professional manner.
  • Must be able to participate and collaborate as a team player, working in a time-pressured environment.
  • Be a well-rounded individual who enjoys guiding, advising, and mentoring youth from under-sourced communities.  

 Desired qualifications:  

  • Ph.D.-level graduate student in Higher Education or another related field.
  • Background in program coordination.
  • At least 2-3 years of experience with curriculum design and development in and/or outside of traditional classroom environments.
  • Past STEM or health/science pipeline experience.
  • Knowledge or understanding of underrepresented student experiences in K-16th and beyond, college access and readiness, as well as equity and diversity.
  • In-depth knowledge of college access and retention in the field of higher education and the ability to apply this knowledge to the health-science career context.
  • Experience with writing development and process at the secondary and/or post-secondary level. 
  • Outgoing personality.


Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.
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