Project Director, Upward Bound
Project Director, Upward Bound
Position Number: 53072320
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Campus Location: Blue Ridge
Job Close Date: 08/11/2017
General Summary: The University of North Georgia is currently accepting applications for a Project Director for the Upward Bound program. The Project Director's primary responsibility of this position is to lead the development, implementation, administration, and activities of a U.S. Department of Education funded Upward Bound pre-collegiate preparatory program (the "program") designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among a diverse group of young people from low-income and/or first-generation backgrounds with demonstrated academic need. This is a five (5) year grant. The project director will provide activities and services to improve high school retention and graduation rates, and promote college degree attainment. Pending funding.
Located in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia is a multi-campus university with an enrollment of over 18,000 students, making it one of the largest institutions in the University System of Georgia. UNG is focused on a mission of educational excellence, leadership development and community engagement opportunities that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. Through a variety of educational pathways that provide access and range from certificates and associate degrees to a professional doctoral program, UNG is responsive to regional education and economic development needs. Federally designated as a senior military college, one of the university's signature leadership programs is its 800-member Corps of Cadets on UNG's Dahlonega Campus.
The vision for the Blue Ridge Campus is to offer a variety of educational pathways that meet the needs of the region, to include dual-enrollment courses for high school students, continuing and professional education programs for adult learners, and a full-time cohort-based program for first-time freshmen with courses that will enable students to complete degrees in regional high-demand disciplines. This cohort model may include learning communities and an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum that builds the skills necessary for success in college-level work and uses the region as a context for learning in and out of the classroom. The university will support student success through financial counseling, mandatory advising, and a required pre-college summer program.
Job Duties & Responsibilities: The Project Director for the Upward Bound program will:
- Direct and approve annual budget expenditures.
- Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff.
- Coordinate orientation/training for staff.
- Liaison to UNG, schools, community.
- Lead the development and implementation of Upward Bound Program
- Conduct informational presentations to student, parents, and community members
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- Must have demonstrated skills with educational technology and sensitivity to needs of disadvantaged students
- Demonstrated ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds
- Knowledge of college access issues for marginalized students
- Ability to develop, manage, and monitor databases and tracking systems
- Ability to coordinate project assessment and evaluation
- Excellent communications, interpersonal, and organizational skills
- Strong public relations, presentation, and communication skills.
- Ability to serve as the primary liaison with the Independent evaluator
- Ability to comply with the U.S. Department of Education regulations and guidelines
- Ability to provide Principal Investigator with regular updates and ensures they are informed of program challenges, and progress
- Willingness to work flexible/extended hours including nights and weekends.
Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:
- Master's degree in education, counseling, administration, or related field
- Minimum three years supervisory experience. Minimum three years supervisory experience in an educational setting preferred
- Minimum of 5 years advising/counseling first generation/low-income students
- Experience with federal regulations and grant implementation
- Experience with federal/similar reports
- Familiarity with TRIO programs and unique needs of TRIO students
- Background similar to target population preferred
- Bilingual in English and Spanish is preferred
- Preference for candidates who have held a prior position within a university/college EOP, TRiO Program or other student support service program
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Unofficial Transcripts
Special Instructions to Applicants: Please submit contact information for three professional references.
Employer Information: All employment offers are contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation, as determined by the University of North Georgia in its sole discretion. The University of North Georgia, a unit of the University System of Georgia, is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sex or national origin, age, disability, religion, genetics or veteran status. Georgia is an open records state. Also, UNG is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans.
We provide equal employment opportunities to minorities, females, protected veterans, and disabled individuals, as well as other protected groups.
The University of North Georgia is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without discrimination at the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability or handicap as a matter of college policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws.