Director, Upward Bound Program

Austin, TX
Sep 09, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College

General Statement of Job

To oversee all Upward Bound programming in partnership with Austin Independent School District's (AISD) Reagan and Travis Early College High Schools. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A GRANT POSITION WITH FUNDING THROUGH 8/31/22.

Position Information
Location Highland Business Center Hours 40 hours/week as assigned; Generally Monday-Friday, 8 am - 5 pm including occasional evenings and weekends Salary Manager 3/125 ($56,379.00 - $80,541.00) FLSA Status Exempt Reports To Executive Director, College and High School Relations Criminal Background Check Pre-employment criminal background checks are required for all Staff and Faculty positions. Pre-employment urinalyses drug screens are also required for all top candidates considered for positions in ACC's College Police department.

Description of Duties and Tasks

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Coordinates 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).
  • Manages project planning, development, implementation, and management of day-to-day operations.
  • Ensures that Upward Bound meets established objectives within federal guidelines.
  • Supervises, trains, coaches, directs, coordinates, and disciplines assigned personnel while adhering to organizational human resource policies and procedures as well as related employment laws. Recommends hire and termination personnel actions for positions supervised. May supervise personnel such as advisors, administrative assistant, instructors, and tutors, etc..
  • Manages project budget, maintains appropriate program records, and prepares and submits required reports.
  • Builds campuswide awareness and understanding of Upward Bound by providing presentations and networking to establish strong working relationships with leadership, faculty, and staff in a manner that best serves participants' interests.
  • Prepares the Upward Bound continuation grant application, and supports compilation of grant proposals.
  • Responsible for daily electronic timekeeping as it applies to the scope of this position.

  • Knowledge

    Must possess required knowledge and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Complexities faced by low-income, first-generation, and disabled students and adults.
    • U.S. Department of Education TRIO programs or similar programs providing college access services to individuals from populations with identified socioeconomic disadvantages.
    • Financial aid terminology, FAFSA filing requirements, types of federal student loans, and loan rehabilitation.
    • College access and educational advising issues for underrepresented populations in higher education (i.e., admissions, securing scholarships, major and course selection, and experience working with individuals to promote financial and economic literacy).
    • Applicable program regulations.
    • Knowledge of and ability to advise for high school and college coursework.
    • Knowledge of and ability to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEP), evaluate transcripts, and interpret exam scores.
    • Supervisory and management principles, practices, and methods.


    Must possess required skills and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Maintaining an established work schedule, to include some evenings and weekends.
    • Ability to develop and maintain professional, collaborative, and service-oriented relationships within Austin Community College and with educational, government, and community agencies.
    • Effectively using interpersonal and public speaking communication skills, including tact and diplomacy.
    • Must be collaborative and an effective team member and team builder.
    • Must possess effective customer-orientation when working with a diverse population.
    • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditures.
    • Ability to collect, analyze, and manage tracked data, including internal formative and summative evaluations.
    • Ability to plan, supervise, and evaluate the work of others.
    • Ability to develop budgets and monitor expenditures.
    • Ability to effectively manage a caseload of participants.
    • Possesses exceptional interpersonal, counseling, communication, organization, and facilitation skills.
    • Demonstrated commitment to supporting academic needs of students facing barriers to educational success through academic coaching/advising, counseling, instruction, advocacy, and/or education.

    Technology Skills

    • Use a variety of spreadsheet, word processing, database, and presentation software.
    • May also use social media, work with desktop publishing, and update program webpage.

    Required Work Experience

    • Three years of related work experience including one year supervisory experience. Education cannot be substituted for supervisory experience.
    • Demonstrated commitment to supporting academic needs of students facing barriers to educational success through academic coaching/advising, counseling, instruction, advocacy, and/or education.

    Preferred Work Experience

    • Experience designing, managing, and/or implementing programs for disadvantaged individuals.
    • 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.

    Required Education

    • Master's degree.

    Preferred Education

    • Doctoral degree or higher in Education, Counseling, Psychology, Social Work, Higher Education Administration, Public Administration, or a related field.

    Physical Requirements

    • Work is performed in a standard office or similar environment.
    • Subject to standing, walking, sitting, bending, reaching, pushing, and pulling.
    • Occasional lifting of objects up to 10 pounds.


    • Supervise safe operation of unit. Facilitate safety inspections. Take reasonable and prudent actions to eliminate identified hazards. Ensure employees receive appropriate safety training and foster a workplace safety culture.

    ACC Benefits Overview

    Full-time Faculty and Staffing Table employees who work in full-time and/or part-time positions at the College are eligible for ACC medical benefits effective the first of the month after their first 60 days of employment. Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance, short and long term disability, retirement plans and AD&D.

    ACC does not participate in Social Security. ACC participates in the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP-Faculty Only). Part-time and Hourly employees participate in the ACC Money Purchase Plan (ACCMPP) as a retirement program required by Federal law.


    The above description is an overview of the job. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to do the job. Duties and responsibilities may change with business needs. ACC reserves the right to add, change, amend, or delete portions of this job description at any time, with or without notice. Employees may be required to perform other duties as requested, directed, or assigned. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made by ACC as its discretion to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Austin Community College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.