Executive Director, TRIO

UNT Dallas
Dallas, TX
Sep 21, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Number STA - 201000000536
Job Title Executive Director, TRIO
Job Description
The University of North Texas at Dallas invites applications for the position of Executive Director, TRIO .

The University - the first four-year public institution of higher education in the city - seeks an individual who will help shape the character of a 21st century, teaching-focused university. Candidates should be able to express enthusiastic support for the mission of the university to transform the lives of students, families and communities by providing high-quality, student-focused education in preparation for tomorrow's careers, and its vision to create the place of choice where students are inspired to learn, faculty are inspired to teach and the community is inspired to support. For more information about the university, go to: http://untdallas.edu/

This position, which reports directly to the UNT Dallas Provost, is directly responsible for the Department of TRIO & Pre-Collegiate Outreach. The Executive Director also assumes a leadership role in the identification and acquisition of various funding sources to support college readiness outreach efforts for UNT Dallas. The Executive Director oversees and provides leadership for all Pre College Programs and Initiatives to include the following areas: Dual High School/College Credit Courses, Early College High Schools, Grant Programs (Federal, State, and Private), and Trio Programs.

Responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
  • Maintains appropriate lines of communication with key internal college and external school district stakeholders including college administration, department chairs/lead instructors, faculty and student success personnel as well as school district principals, counselors and faculty.
  • Assume primary responsibility for short and long-term strategic planning, implementation, administration, and evaluation of UNT Dallas TRIO programs.
  • Evaluate and assess all TRIO programs.
  • Work with the UNT Dallas Executive Leadership to develop and implement the TRIO budgets.
  • Hires, trains, develops, supervises and evaluates all program staff; empowers employees and creates an atmosphere that is open to creative ideas for action and improvement.
  • Creates a culture of service to students, faculty, staff and prospective students, industry representatives and community members.
  • Engages in the needs of students while meeting the legal and ethical obligations of the institution.
  • Collaborates with the Office of University Advancement to identify funding opportunities to support college readiness programs and assists with the RFP process.
  • Responsible for ensuring grant objectives are met and provides oversight for the collection of data and submission of Annual performance review (APR) related to TRIO programs.
  • Assist with developing and fostering contract/partnership agreements and serving as a liaison between the college and school district officials, community service agents, state/federal agency personnel, business and industry representatives, workforce solution boards, and local governmental officers regarding college readiness programs.
  • Work closely with the Office of Marketing and Communication to coordinate the promotion and publicity for these programs throughout the district via various media, ensuring all potential users receive important information in a form understandable to them.
  • Provide leadership, motivation, training, and supervision to college readiness staff.
  • Evaluate the TRIO directors, coordinators, and the overall program, including program impact on student outcomes and submit annual performance reports to UNT Dallas executive leadership and funding agencies.
  • Coordinate the development and compliance of TRIO programming criteria, selection process, and maintenance of records.
  • Establish rapport and strong communication links between TRIO Programs, P-16 initiatives, public school personnel, community leaders, and public agency officials.

The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit - and takes actions to prevent - discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate.

The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess the following required qualifications:

Master's degree counseling, education, administration, or a related field and eight years of closely related professional experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Demonstrated commitment to enhancing the success of non-traditional students, minority students, low-income and/or first generation students, and at-risk students.
  • Excellent organizational, decision-making, and problem-solving.
  • The ability to motivate and influence others to work as a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and organizations.
  • Excellent budget management.
  • Familiar with strategic planning and be able to set priorities and specific goals this person needs ability to supervise, develop plans of action, train, evaluate, and motivate staff.

Preferred Qualifications
The preferred candidate will possess the following additional qualifications:

Doctorate degree counseling, education, administration, or a related field and ten years of closely related professional experience.
  • Strong grant writing skills.
  • Relationship management with K-12 administrators, counselors, teachers, and staff.
  • Management of educational pathway programs.

Physical requirements necessary to perform essential job functions
Work is primarily sedentary. Sits comfortably to do the work; however, there may be some walking, standing, bending, or lifting items weighing up to 15 pounds.

Driving University Vehicle? No
Work Schedule


Substitution of Experience/Education No
Start Date
Ending Date (if temporary)
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must submit a resume with their online application.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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    • Current Employee
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  2. Please specify source from above
    (Open Ended Question)
  3. * Do you have Master's degree in counseling, education, administration, or a related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have eight years of closely related professional experience?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. References


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