Project Director, Upward Bound - Academic Success Center

California, Azusa, USA
Jul 11, 2017
Azusa Pacific
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Position Type
Alt-Ac & Post-Ac
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelors, masters and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running. The university provides outstanding opportunities for staff in advancement, professional growth, and Christian ministry. APU seeks staff who model excellence in their discipline and have a clear and compelling understanding of their faith and Christian commitment.

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This position will be tasked to oversee all Upward Bound programming aligned with the proposed plan of operation. The PD will ensure that the project meets established objectives within federal guidelines. The PD is responsible for program development, implementation, and management of day-to-day operations, planning, supervision and evaluation of programs and staff, budgeting, maintaining appropriate program records, and preparing and submitting required reports. The PD is responsible for meeting the supplemental high school academic development and non-cognitive personal skills needs of high school youth who are low-income, first-generation to college, and/or have a disability, by providing services that increase the high school academic success, high school graduation, university eligibility and enrollment, and eventual university graduation. The PD must be familiar with higher education issues and policies, administrative procedures, instructional techniques, student financial aid guidelines and application processes, basic academic needs of disadvantaged youth, data collection, detailed service documentation, program evaluation, educational projects and related budgets, and counseling/guidance programs designed to work with high school students. This position is full-time with benefits and is grant-funded through August of 2022 with funding renewable based on project performance.

Required Education

  • Master's degree or doctorate in Education, Counseling, Student Affairs, Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology, or a related field; or master's degree or doctorate and one year of postsecondary teaching in a similar discipline.

Required Experience

  • Three years of administrative experience, including budgeting and regulations related to grant implementation (or equivalent).
  • Two years of experience designing, managing, and/or implementing programs for disadvantaged individuals.
  • One year of experience in counseling and/or academic advising.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting academic needs of students facing barriers to educational success through academic coaching/advising, counseling, instruction, advocacy, and/or education.
  • Prior service with successful TRIO program administration.
  • Preferred: Life experience with barriers similar to those from TRIO target populations, including but not limited to being a member of an underrepresented group in higher education, being a first-generation student, being from a low-income family, or having a disability.

Primary Duties/Essential Functions

  • Coordinate all project programming aligned with the Upward Bound Plan of Operation (i.e., recruitment and selection of participants, outreach activities, promotional material, assessment and evaluation)
  • Ensure that Upward Bound meets established objectives within federal guidelines.
  • Manage project planning, development, implementation, and management of day-to- day operations.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and develop project staff (i.e., Outreach Specialist, Administrative Support Assistant, two graduate interns, and student workers).
  • Manage project budget, maintain appropriate program records, and prepare and submit required reports (e.g., to APU's Senior Director of TRIO Programs and the U.S. Department of Education).
  • Provide direct student support through academic, advising, and non-cognitive development for an assigned roster of participants.
  • Build campus-wide awareness and understanding of Upward Bound (on a campus implementing its second TRIO project) by providing presentations and networking to establish strong working relationships with leadership, faculty, and staff in a manner that best serves participants' interests.
  • Prepare the Upward Bound continuation grant application and support compilation of grant proposals to bring future TRIO projects to APU.
  • Provides the Project Investigator with regular updates and ensures they are informed of the program's challenges, success and progress toward achieving programs objectives

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Click below to discover some of the many benefits APU employees enjoy including competitive health care options, an 8% retirement match, and a generous tuition discount.

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Azusa Pacific University will conduct a background check on all final candidates.

Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled unless otherwise stated. Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.