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Volunteer Title:     Speakers for Rutgers University iJOBS events
VP Organization:     Outreach
Summary:   Do you enjoy fostering the next generation of life science project managers?

Are you a subject matter expert in life sciences (e.g., pharma, medical devices, biotech, medical, healthcare) and project management as it is used in the life sciences?

Then PMINJ’s Life Sciences LCI (local community of interest) is looking for you! We are seeking life sciences project management experts (having a Ph.D. is preferred*) to volunteer to present on a life sciences project management topic to “trainees” from the Rutgers University iJOBS Program (interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists).

*A speaker with a Ph.D. is preferred, so they can speak to the PM career journey from that viewpoint for this graduate student cohort. However, speakers without a Ph.D. will be also be considered.

The Rutgers University iJOBS Program exposes life science and engineering Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to a range of non-academic career options and empowers them to pursue their career goals.

iJOBS (Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists), was established in September 2014 with a BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) Award from the National Institutes of Health Common Fund. The skills obtained in iJOBS are also valuable to academic careers including leadership styles, managing people, and communication skills. iJOBS has expanded to include all campuses of Rutgers as well as all Ph.D. granting institutions in the state: Princeton, NJIT, Rowan and Stevens Institute of Technology. To learn more about how we collaborate with the iJOBS program, look for “Rutgers iJOBS” on our Life Sciences LCI page:
Benefits of volunteering   
for this role:  
· Give back by helping to create awareness of the project management profession as applied in the life sciences industry for a graduate student cohort

· Become a mentor to emerging PM talent

· Become aware of emerging PM talent that could be of interest to your employer/organization

· Strengthen presentation skills

· Expand your network

· Earn PDUs (if you have a PMI® certification)
Responsibilities:   Note: Life Sciences LCI virtual events for the iJOBS program are typically 90-minutes including audience Q&A and interactive elements (short panel discussion including other LCI team members, workshop exercise, etc.), and held at the speaker’s time of choice.

· Provide a brief abstract / overview of the proposed presentation content.

· Meet with Life Sciences LCI team members (virtual) to discuss proposal; if accepted, select event date & time (we work with the speaker’s schedule).

· Agreement to honor commitment to scheduled event date & time, and deadlines for pre-event preparation tasks and time.

· Prepare for event, e.g., prepare draft materials (such as slide deck, poll questions, etc.), meet with LCI team members to refine & finalize, rehearse on your own to ensure content fits within time slot and conduct a “dry-run” with the team prior to the event date.

· Log in at requested time and deliver presentation/event.

· Participate in short post-event debrief immediately after event.

· If applicable and agreed-to, write up brief responses to unanswered questions from event.
Desired Skills:   · Ability to prepare presentation content using PowerPoint or similar platform.

· Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including collaboration and teamwork

· Organizational skills to meet deadlines.
Number of volunteers needed:     2
Estimated Time Commitment:     8 - 15 hours over 3 months
Type of Interaction:     In Person - N
  Virtual - Y
  Both - N
Travel Required:     N
Can Volunteer   
hold multiple positions:  
Interview Required:     Yes
Opportunity Start:     09/02/2023
Opportunity End:     

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