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Associate Director, Upward Bound

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice Pres-Outreach & Intrntl Affrs
Department: TRiO Programs
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Executive / Director / Management, Program/Project Management

Job Description

Reporting to the TRIO programs director, the associate director is responsible for assisting with the administration, implementation and continuation of the three U.S. Department of Education funded Upward Bound projects. These three unique programs, Roanoke City, Salem, and Southwest VA are dedicated to encouraging and preparing income eligible, potential first-generation college students, and/or students who are considered academically at-risk by federal definitions to pursue a post-secondary education.

Position Summary:
-Provide managerial and programmatic oversight for the daily operations of the three Upward Bound programs;
-Responsible for ensuring the successful recruitment, retention and participation of program participants in the three UB programs for all target schools, and ensuring the programs meet the federally required assurance that two thirds of participants will be both income -eligible and first-generation college students;
-Responsible for ensuring services and student progress are adequately and clearly documented in accordance with federal regulations and office policy;
-Coordinates the organization and implementation of the Academic and Summer Components;
-Responsible for the training, supervision, and evaluation of the Upward Bound programs staff;
-Builds effective relationships with target school staff to ensure programmatic continuity;
-Participant caseload may vary based on other duties.

This position will have periodic travel to target schools to ensure proper program implementation and supervision of staff.
Weekend, evening, and travel responsibilities periodically during the academic year, and with increased frequency in during the summer months.

Required Qualifications

Master's degree in education, social work or related area
Relevant professional experience working for a federal TRIO program and/or similar related program(s)/project(s) serving students from underserved or at-risk populations
Experience providing services and programming on a group and individual basis designed to help students overcome social, cultural, and academic barriers to postsecondary education
Demonstrated understanding of the college admissions and financial aid process
Excellent communication skills
Supervisory and performance management experience

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience working with the U.S. Department of Education and federal TRIO Programs
Experience working with students in the foster care system, and with students and families who are homeless, or at-risk of being homeless, according to the McKinney Vento Act
Previous experience working with an Upward Bound project Demonstrated progressively responsible experience
Demonstrated experience in developing and securing local, state and/or federal grants/proposals


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Salary Information

Commensurate with experience, up to a budget maximum of $73,000

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Additional Information


The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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